Westway Sports & Fitness Centre, operated by Everyone Active in partnership with Westway Trust, has recently received funding from Activate to launch climbing sessions for those with disabilities. The sessions cost £1 per one-hour session and will take place in the afternoon and early evening weekdays.
Thanks to funding and in a bid to ensure climbing is accessible to everyone, Westway Sports & Fitness Centre will be offering climbing sessions to anyone with a disability during the school term times. The centre is launching sessions which will facilitate anyone who is in a wheelchair or mobile impaired, autistic, blind, deaf or suffers from mental health problems.
“We are delighted to be able to offer these sessions, as climbing has many proven fantastic physical health and helps improve mental wellbeing too,” says Everyone Active General Manager, Ian Ling. “Regular climbing can improve stamina as well as muscle strength, while all the reaching and stretching improves ﬂexibility, agility and develops problem solving skills. By offering these disability sessions, we hope to create greater access to the sport and show people how fun it can be.”
“Climbing has been a part of life under the Westway for many years and it is great to see that we’re now able to offer the climbing for disabled people in the Borough” says, Stephen Wren, Westway Trust, Director of Sport and Leisure.
“Expanding the opportunity to be more active, more often, to as many people as possible locally was the driving reason we formed a partnership with Everyone Active and I’m delighted to see new sports and leisure activities that we would not have been able to make available.”