MORE ACCESSIBILITY IN OUR BOROUGH GYMS AND SWIMMING POOLS
Our gyms and swimming pools are accessible for everyone and each of our fitness suites have pieces of equipment which can be adapted for wheelchair users.
Inclusive play park equipment is available at 32 of our Council play parks. Our play park at V36, Newtownabbey features a Wheelchair Accessible Swing, Wheelchair Roundabout and Sensory Play elements. Our new play park at Antrim Loughshore Park features a Wheelchair Accessible Boat, Wheelchair Accessible Swing and Roundabout.
As part of the gym equipment replacement programme we aim to provide a high percentage of Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) accredited gym equipment. All of our leisure centres have a wheelchair accessible lift and the swimming pools also have a hoist to help those with a disability in and out of the pool. SWIMMING LESSONS Little Stars at the Valley Leisure Centre is suitable for children age 5-10 with learning difficulties. Sharks swimming lessons are held in Sixmile Leisure Centre and are open to children with disabilities. Our adult swimming classes are open to all abilities and if required, one-to-one coaching is also available. CLASSES Our Every Body Active Coaches organise sport specific sessions for those with additional needs. We also offer classes such as ‘Wheelie Active’, Boccia and Inclusive Golf. DISABILITY SPORTS HUBS Disability Sports Hubs were launched earlier this year at the Valley Leisure Centre, Allen Park and Crumlin Leisure Centre. The Hubs have disability sports equipment including twelve sports wheelchairs, one rugby wheelchair, three track racers, five hand cycles, four tandems, three trikes, three boccia sets and one sensory activity pack.
MEMBERSHIP We offer a concessionary rate of £16 for our monthly leisure membership. If you require a carer to help you when you are at one of our leisure centres, your carer can accompany you free of charge. For concession criteria please visit antrimandnewtownabbeycouncil.gov.uk/more If you have any suggestions on how we can make our leisure facilities and activities more accessible, let us know.
For more information visit antrimandnewtownabbey. gov.uk /accessibility or T. 028 9446 3113 or E. firstname.lastname@example.org
BOROUGH LIFE // October 2018