Pole Sports is an extremely demanding physical activity that is performed on a vertical pole. Athletes will succeed in this sport if they train consistently and progressively within professional training centres, alongside qualified coaches. 

This sport requires strength, flexibility, power, agility and athleticism.


Our vision to “to enable our coaches, judges, athletes and the wider pole sports community the best opportunity to achieve their highest potential in all aspects of Pole Sports.”


Our mission is “to enable and inspire people to take part in safe and effective pole sports around the world.”

We look to achieve this vision and mission through our five key objectives as listed below:

We want to enable and inspire all coaches, judges, athletes and enthusiasts to enjoy pole sports, by providing opportunities for individuals to engage, develop and realise their potential within all aspects of the sport, regardless of their age, background, ability or disability.

We want our sport to be recognised nationally and internationally with representation at multi-sport events, the World Games, and eventually at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

We want to develop strong internal and external partnerships, at all levels, in order to provide opportunities, structures and support for Pole Sports and the wider pole community.

We want to publicise and inform the public about the full range of Pole Sports activities, leading to increased recognition, sponsorship, funding, access and participants for our sport.

The development of an extensive pole sports structure and community to support athletes for careers as they transition out of competition. We want to build a sustainable long-term future for Pole Sports athletes.

We want a cohesive, ethical, inclusive and valued coaching system where skilled coaches support pole athletes at all stages of their development.

Our aim is to maintain an Anti-Doping Programme in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code, which is recognised as the gold standard in fairness, equality, and integrity across all sports and all countries.

To fairly and comprehensively govern and regulate Pole Sports, from a national perspective, in all regions.


The vision of the SAPSF is to work in synergy with all pole sports professionals in South Africa who share the common goal of standardising pole sports nationally and internationally.

The SAPSF is working alongside the International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) to develop pole sports to a point where it can be regarded, by the majority, as a highly respected competitive sports discipline.

Establish Training Standards in South Africa

Encourage, educate and promote accredited training courses as well as continued professional development amongst pole sports professionals.

Health and Safety in Pole Schools

With Health and Safety being a key concern within pole sports facilities. The SAPSF will establish specific guidelines for coaches, instructors and athletes in training.