The Federation

How we started...

Originally founded as the ‘Pole Fitness Association of South Africa’ in 2010, SA’s first ever Pole Sports organisation was created to promote Pole as an athletic, sporting discipline and unite the poling community. Educational workshops, local competitions and fundraising events were the main focus of the former Pole Fitness Association.

In 2013 The Pole Fitness Association changed it’s name and re-branded as the SA Pole Sports Federation, a registered Non-Profit Company in South Africa. 


our vision

Our vision is to empower coaches, judges, athletes, and the broader pole sports community, providing them with the best opportunities to reach their highest potential in all aspects of Aerial Sports.

our mission

Our mission is to foster a supportive and inclusive environment for coaches, judges, athletes, and the wider aerial sports community. We are dedicated to offering comprehensive resources, training programs, and educational initiatives that enhance skill development, promote excellence, and inspire continuous growth in all aspects of Aerial Sports. Through collaboration, innovation, and a commitment to excellence, we aim to create a thriving community that enables individuals to realize their highest potential, achieve personal and professional milestones, and contribute to the advancement of Aerial Sports on a global scale.

Achieving this vision and mission

our key objectives

Pole Sports Focus

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.

International Success

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.

Delivering Partnerships

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.

Raising the Profile of Pole Sports

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.

athlete Support

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.

Coach Support

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.

Govern & Regulate

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


By fostering synergy and cooperation within the pole sports community, the SAPSF aims to establish consistent standards, rules, and regulations that govern the practice and competition of aerial sports in South Africa.


Training Standards

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.

Our Federation 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.

The SA Pole Sports Federation is now the only official Pole Sports Federation in SA to be endorsed by the International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF).  The IPSF is voluntarily run by members of the Pole Sports Industry from across the globe.

The IPSF now have over thirty national federations across 6 continents, involving over 5000 athletes.

In 2016 the IPSF became a World Anti-Doping Agency signatory and completed it’s fourth year of testing with no positive results.

In 2017, the IPSF was awarded ‘Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) Observer Status’.

This means that all official federations under the IPSF are taking the necessary steps towards recognising Pole as an Olympic Sport!


The SA Pole Sports Federation is founded


First Pole Unity Event


The first National Pole Sports Competition (NPSC) Qualifier for IPSF WPSC12


The first World Championships


Anti-Doping programme introduced


We became an official member of ISPF

# the dream team

our members




vice president


event organizer






athlete rep