Uttoxeter Leisure Centre has been awarded IFI (Inclusive Fitness Initiative) status following a recent external audit of internal systems, communication, access and equipment.
The IFI Mark is an accreditation scheme, which is managed and delivered by the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS). The programme aims to make the fitness industry more inclusive, catering for the needs of disabled and non-disabled people. Currently there are 400 IFI Mark gyms in the UK.
Visiting a gym for the first time can be a daunting experience for some. The IFI recognises this and encourages accredited facilities to ensure that the process is truly inclusive for all.
Councillor Bernard Peters, Deputy Leader for Service Commissioning, said: “With the Olympics inspiring more people to participate in sport and leisure activities, it’s important that East Staffordshire Borough Council continues to offer all residents access to sport and fitness facilities.
“The Council is an equality driven authority and the award of this status shows how we determined we are to provide opportunities to everyone in the community.”