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Passport to leisure

A Passport To Leisure (PTL) card entitles the holder to discounts of up to 30% off most activities at our BCC run leisure centres, Wellbeing Centres and swiming pools.


Disabled people can apply for a PTL card if they are in receipt of Incapacity Benefit, Tax Credit or Disability Living Allowance (an allowance book or a notification letter is required as proof of receipt).

You and Your Helper - Passport to Leisure Card

This card is available to anyone with a physical, learning or sensory impairment who needs the support of a carer or helper to enable them to participate in physical activity.

With a PTL card the disabled customer pays the appropriate PTL price for their activities, while the carer is admitted free. However, if the carer also wants to use the facilities, he/she must pay the appropriate PTL price (with the exception of swimming, which is free when the carer is accompanying the disabled customer).

Group Passport - Groups of people with special needs who require assistance

A group card is also available for organisations representing groups of disabled people with physical, learning or sensory impairments.

To obtain a Group Passport you should write to the manager of the centre you want to use. The letter must be printed on your organisations official headed paper.

Group PTL enables an organisation to bring up to ten people, with carers, to use Birmingham City Council run sport and leisure facilities. The above guidelines on carers also apply to the Group Passport.


Residents of Birmingham(you pay your Council Tax to Birmingham City Council):

  • £6.00 if you are aged 69 or under
  • Free if you are aged 70 and over

All cards are valid for 12 months, cardholders must remember to renew their card when it expires.

How to Apply

You can apply for your Passport to Leisure at your nearest Wellbeing Centre & Birmingham City Council Run Leisure Centres or contact Birmingham Wellbeing Service on 0121 464 2012.

You can also start the PTL application process online, though you will still need to visit a Wellbeing Centre with the appropriate payment and proof of your eligibility and address before a card can be issued.