On Tuesday 5th July Nottingham City Council held a celebration of disability sport at Harvey Hadden Sports Village
The event highlighted the council’s plans to improve access and develop sport for disabled people. Speeches included the English Federation of Disability Sport’s Get Out & Get Active project, as well as celebrating Nottingham leisure centres achieving the nationally recognised CredAble Access accreditation.
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.
The English Federation of Disability Sport – Get Out & Get Active project challenges perceptions of disability by encouraging fully inclusive participation in sport and physical activity. The project 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.
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 Paralympics GB Carnival in the Old Market Square on Saturday 17 September, which will showcase disability sport during the Paralympic Games in Rio.”