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Access people with disabilities have to leisure facilities examined

Health and wellbeing

18 November 2022

West Northamptonshire Council's (WNC) Disabled People's Forum are working with Leisure Centres across West Northants, as well as Northamptonshire Sport, to find out more about what people with disabilities want when it comes to accessing leisure centres to keep active.

The survey aims to find out what sports or sports facilities those with disabilities use or would like to use, and what barriers they are faced with when accessing these.

The information will be used to provide detail about the suitability of current local area sport and leisure facilities and will be fed back to the local leisure providers.

In addition to the online survey, drop-in sessions will be held at certain leisure centres for people with disabilities to take a tour and ask questions. The following drop-ins will take place at:

  • Daventry Leisure Centre, Lodge Rd, Daventry, NN11 4FP, 3 December from 1pm to 4pm
  • Danes Camp Leisure Centre, Clannell Road, Northampton, NN4 0RX, 3 December from 1pm to 4pm
  • Towcester Centre for Leisure, Springfields, Towcester, NN12 6UW, 4 December from 10am to 2pm
  • Brackley Leisure Centre, Springfield Way, Brackley, NN13 6JJ 4 December 10am to 2pm
"Disabled people are an important part of our diverse communities and it is important that we understand any concerns they may have in accessing sport and leisure provision in West Northamptonshire.

"This consultation will help us to shape future plans around leisure and sporting facilities in West Northants and remove any barriers for disabled people when it comes to keeping active."
Cllr David Smith, WNC’s Cabinet Member for community safety and engagement

A virtual event is also being held with Paralympian Ellie Robinson MBE to help celebrate achievements of disabled people in West Northamptonshire during the International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPWD) on Thursday, 1 December.

The survey will close at midnight on Friday, 16 December 2022. People can share their views by completing the online survey.

For further information, or if you have any queries or require information in an alternative format, please contact [email protected] or phone 07826 993847.

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