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GLL partners Disability Sports Coach to set up community clubs

By Deven Pamben    05 Dec 2016
Community clubs will be rolled out to to improve disability provision

Leisure operator Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL) has signed a deal with Disability Sports Coach (DSC) to improve disability provision by creating community clubs.

The clubs are designed to be fun, accessible sports clubs and provide paralympic and multi-sports for disabled people aged 11 and over.

The two organisations already work together, providing opportunities for disabled people to take part in sport and physical activity at seven GLL venues in London.

The community club model will be rolled out to GLL-operated leisure centres across the UK during 2017.

DSC will also deliver its LIVE programme through five GLL leisure centres in London - Sobell Leisure Centre, Brixton Recreation Centre, Kensington Leisure Centre, Britannia Leisure Centre and Poplars Baths Leisure Centre.

The LIVE initiative helps schools, colleges and community groups to become more physically active through supported gym sessions, energetic studio classes, sports sessions and brisk health walks.

Katie Ellis, GLL national community engagement manager, said: “As a charitable social enterprise one of our key objectives is to improve accessibility to sports and leisure facilities for all sections of society. Partnering with DSC will enable us to do this and we look forward to rolling out both the community clubs and LIVE initiatives through the leisure centres we operate across the UK in 2017 and beyond.”

Peter Ackred, DSC chief executive officer, said: “Even with recent progress disabled people still face a wide range of barriers to taking part in sport and physical activity and have a much lower participation rate than non-disabled people. Our partnership with GLL will bring together a commitment from both organisations to provide more accessible opportunities for disabled people in local facilities and provide a platform to develop new innovative ways to deliver this.”

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