Nottingham City Council will be celebrating disability sport and achieving a nationally recognised accreditation for disabled access at an event at Harvey Hadden Sports Village on Tuesday 5 July.
As well as marking the CredAble Access accreditation for all eight of its leisure centres, the event will highlight the council’s plans to develop and improve access to sport for disabled people. These include taking part in the English Federation of Disability Sport’s Get Out & Get Active project to challenge perceptions of disability by encouraging fully inclusive participation in sport and physical activity. It is funded by Spirit of 2012, a trust established by the Big Lottery Fund to recreate the spirit that radiated from the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.
The CredAble Access mark is awarded by national disability advice service Nimbus Disability to buildings that meet its accessibility standards, make it easy for disabled customers to use its facilities and encourage feedback.
Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “We want to make Nottingham the fastest growing city for disability sports participation in the country, so I am very pleased that we have now achieved CredAble access accreditation for all our leisure centres. Disabled people can come and take part in a wide range of sports, knowing that their needs will be met and respected. We will be taking the opportunity, at the celebration, to tell people more about our other plans for disability sport in Nottingham, not least of which is the ParalympicsGB Carnival in the Old Market Square on Saturday 17 September, which will showcase disability sport during the Paralympic Games in Rio.”