History

GRAFTS HELLAS was established in 1991 and since then it has contributed significantly to the development of the Fitness sector in Greece and Cyprus, and has successfully trained the staff of most fitness clubs in the two countries.

  • 1991

    Established by Thelxi Demou in Thessaloniki as the first Vocational Training Provider offering certificates in Aerobics & Fitness in Greece.

  • 1992

    It starts its operation in Komotini at the Sports Center Gym under the leadership of today’s President and CEO Christos Prantsidis.

  • 1993

    Established in Athens as the largest Training Provider in Greece.

  • 1996

    It starts its operation in Larissa (until 1997) and it restarts there in 2005, and at the same time it starts operating in Larnaca, Cyprus.

  • 2000

    It starts its operation for the first time in the island of Crete (Heraklion) and it restarts there in 2007.

  • 2001

    It is integrated in Powerful Life Ltd and dedicated exclusively to the internal network of employees (fitness trainers) of UNIVERSAL and Vis Vitalis Fitness Clubs. It develops innovative exercise training programmes entitled Aerobics & U, PFM, Weights & U.

  • 2003

    It develops a series of courses based on international standards through the collection of academic material, and achieves cooperation with the largest certification organisation worldwide (American Council on Exercise - ACE).

  • 2004

    It restarts as a Vocational Training Provider addressing everyone concerned.

  • 2005

    It operates for the first time in the island of Rhodes and in Peloponnese (Patras).

  • 2006

    It merges with the training provider Fit to Train (former FACE) located in Thessaloniki and owned by Despina Arvanitidou. During the same year it sets forth its cooperation with the US based educational organisation YogaWorks.

  • 2007

    It merges with the training provider DAA/BCH owned by Doros Kleovoulou. It also starts operating in Tripoli for the first time.

  • 2008

    It establishes an exclusive cooperation with two additional educational organisations: Pilates Coach (US) and People in Motion by Marc Oliver Kluike (Germany).

  • 2009

    It establishes one of the most important cooperations in its history with the international company RADICAL FITNESS (Argentina), which develops an overall quality system in the Group Fitness area, and undertakes the operation of the RADICAL FITNESS system in Greece.

  • 2011

    GRAFTS leads the way becoming a Member & Training Provider of the EHFA (European Health and Fitness Association), which represents the Fitness sector in Europe.

  • 2013

    It successfully completes the procedure of accreditation for the certification programme of PERSONAL TRAINER from EuropeActive (former EHFA) and its classification at level 4 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) on February 13.

  • 2014

    It successfully completes the procedures of accreditation for the certification programmes of PILATES TEACHER, GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR and FITNESS INSTRUCTOR from EuropeActive (former EHFA) and their classification at level 4 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) on May 23, September 12 and December 19 respectively.

  • 2015

    It successfully completes the procedure of accreditation for the certification programme of FITNESS ASSISTANT from EuropeActive (former EHFA) and its classification at level 4 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) on May 30.

  • 2016

    GRAFTS successfully completes the procedure of its registration at the Lifelong Learning Providers Record of the General Secretariat for Lifelong Learning of the Greek Ministry of Education, Research & Religious Affairs on January 25, 2016 (registered number MHT79) in the category of General Education for Adults providing certificates in the fields of Personal Training, Exercise to Music, Pilates Training and Yoga Training.

    It also becomes the first private Vocational Training Provider in the field of Fitness in Greece that enables its graduates to continue their studies up to an Academic level through the FITNESS PRO program.

    Through the FITNESS PRO program, in addition to Vocational Training, its graduates may enroll, in collaboration with higher education providers (IEK - Colleges), in 2-year and 4-year study programs, in order to obtain either a certification from the Ministry of Education in the disciplines of Weight Training or Gymnastics, providing them with professional rights and the license to practice, or a Bachelor (BSc) in Sport Science.

  • 2017

    It successfully completes the procedure of accreditation for the certification programme of WEIGHT MANAGEMENT EXERCISE SPECIALIST from EuropeActive and its classification at level 5 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) on February 20.

  • 2018

    GRAFTS presents for the first time in Greece and Cyprus the most innovative and internationally recognized certification program for health coaches in Europe and the US, through its partnership with the American Council on Exercise. The ACE Health Coach program is accredited by EuropeActive at the level 5 of the EREPS EQF qualifications framework for the Fitness sector (SQF).