A sports centre in Worcester has become the first accredited disabled facility in the West Midlands.
The purpose-built St John's Sports Centre, Malvern Road, St John's, is only the 10th facility in the UK to be registered by the Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) and the news comes at a time when membership of the centre is at an all-time high.
Alan New, recreation business manager for Worcester City Council, which runs the centre, said: "We are absolutely delighted. This confirms to users that our leisure facility is accessible to everyone. Our fitness suite incorporates equipment that can be used by disabled people and we hope it will make a real difference to people who, up until now, have had limited access to mainstream fitness centres."
Centre staff have received training to ensure that the centre is suitable for both disabled and non-disabled users. They will now actively encourage local disability groups to take advantage of the facilities.
Supported by the National Sports Foundation and the English Federation of Disability Sport, the IFI encourages the industry to be more inclusive by seeking to attract users who would not usually become members of leisure centres, such as disabled people, older adults and people with medical conditions.
For more about the specialist equipment call the centre on 01905 429900.