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Birmingham City Council

Disability Sport

Overview

We aim to offer inclusive opportunities to disabled people or those with additional needs. This includes a combination of dedicated and inclusive sport and physical activity at local leisure centres, as well as working in partnership with other organisations to offer specific projects across the city.


Main areas of development

• Encourage disabled people to take part in mainstream activities
• Provide Disability Awareness training for leisure centre staff, sports coaches and leaders
• Support new and existing disability sport clubs
• Support the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) West Midlands Disability Awards
• Support talented disabled performers and coaches to apply for Grant Aid
• Support specific disability sports projects and events within the city


Essential Information
  • Many disabled people can use our standard gym equipment.


    The following new gyms, and those recently refurbished, are accredited Inclusive Fitness Intiative (IFI) centres and have accessible facilities, equipment and trained staff:


    • Chamberlain Health & Fitness Centre
    • Moseley School Health & Fitness Centre
    • Nechells Community Sports Centre
    • Wyndley Leisure Centre

    The following centres have a mixture of accessible equipment:


    • Alexander Stadium
    • Billesley Indoor Tennis Centre
    • Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre
    • Colmers Community Leisure Centre
    • Fox Hollies Leisure Centre
    • Kingstanding Community Leisure Centre
    • Newtown Pool & Fitness Centre
    • Northfield Pool & Fitness Centre
    • Small Heath Leisure Centre
    • Stechford Cascades Leisure Centre


    Shard End Easy Gym


    The Easy Gym provides gentle exercise for disabled people, older people and those less mobile offering a total body workout without overstressing joints or muscles. The machines work the muscles and make it ideal for people with osteoporosis, joint, mobility and muscle tone problems.

  • The following leisure centres offer activities for Disabled People:

    Alexander Stadium – Track Use, Studio Cycling
    Billesley Indoor Tennis Centre – Wheelchair Tennis
    Fox Hollies Leisure Centre – Wobblers & Wheelies Swimming
    Kingsbury Community Leisure Centre – City of Birmingham Special Olympics
    Kingstanding Leisure Centre – Toning Tables
    Linden Road Instruction Pool – Swimming
    Stechford Cascades Leisure Centre – Swimming
    Colmers Community Leisure Centre – Cricket
    Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre – Trampolining, Football, Swimming, Playscheme, Golf

  • The Leisure Card is available, free of charge to all customers. You’ll need a Leisure Card if you wish to use the gym and you will also need to book an induction at one of our leisure centres.

    The Leisure Card is a customer loyalty, access and membership card, which enables you to gain points for every pound you spend on certain activities.

    Ask for an application form at the reception of your local leisure centre.

    Passport to Leisure

    For disabled customers in receipt of certain benefits, you may be able to apply for the Passport to Leisure scheme to receive discounts when you use our leisure centres and benefit from certain discounts from certain council venues and other partner organisations.

    Also, you don’t have to be a Birmingham resident to take advantage of this offer. Please note, there is a charge for the card.

    You and Your Carer

    The disabled person and their carer, in receipt of benefit, are entitled to a Passport to Leisure.

    You and Your Helper

    Only the disabled person is entitled to a Passport to Leisure. The helper is not entitled to a Passport to Leisure. If the helper needs to help the disabled person access the activity, they do not need to pay. If the help also carries out the activity, they need to pay for this. If the helper wishes to use the gym, they will need a gym induction and a Leisure Card.

    Groups of Disabled People

    For groups of disabled people, a Passport to Leisure Card will be issued to the group leader for bringing in a group of up to 10 people. The card can only be used at one specified leisure centre by arrangement with the centre manager.

    Ask for more information and an application form at the reception of your local Leisure Centre.

Frequently Asked Questions
    • Please contact the leisure centre direct, if you haven't been able to find the information that you need.