Are your premises accessible for persons with disabilities?
We have automatic doors to provide easy access for wheelchairs and pushchairs. A lift (weight capacity 525kg) in the pool lobby area to provide access to 1st & 2nd floors of the main building. We have a stair lift with a carry capacity of 31 stone, to transport from reception to wet change area. There is a pool hoist for access in and out of the main pool. We have IFI gym equipment. Dedicated accessible change and toilet facilities. We have refuge areas and evac chairs in case of emergency. Ramped access to main hall and to the reception area if approaching from lower car park, as well as a ramp access to the back of the building. There is a hearing loop at reception.
Do you offer disabled parking spaces?
We have 4 spaces in top car park situated next to level path closest to building.
Any areas not accessible for persons with disabilities?
All areas are accessible, although there is potential for larger spec wheelchairs to have difficulty accessing throughout the building.
What facilities are in place to support disabled changing / toilet needs?
We have a disabled toilet in the reception, and accessible change and toilet facilities located on the ground floor along the pool corridor, and along the corridor to the gym, and in. the school PE office area at the rear of the building.
Do you have a concessionary pricing structure for disabled persons?
Yes we offer dicounted rates e.g.
Disabled swim cost £2.00 (reg price £4.00)
Disabled aerobics cost £3.25 (reg price £5.30)
Do you offer any mobility support mechanisms once on your premises? (hoists, lifts, wheelchairs etc)
Yes we have 1 x lift, 1 x stair lift, 1 x pool hoist, easy access pool steps, and Evac chairs
Steve from Ferndown Wayfarers Cricket Club coaches these indoor sessions which helps you to improve your batting, bowling, catching and throwing skills through engaging game based activities. The sessions are fun with the opportunity to play in pairs and mini tournaments.
Stories behind Chance to Shine: Josh's story
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Parley Sports FC
Winter training for Parley Sports (October-March) every Friday 5-30 – 6-30pm at Ferndown Leisure Centre, Cherry Grove, Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 9EZ
Summer training (March-October) every Friday 6-30-7-30pm (although time to be confirmed in spring) at Parley Sports Club, 275 Christchurch Rd, West Parley, Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 8SQ
Contact Coach Rob Amey: firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal Training & Gym Workouts
We have a growing disability membership base who use the gym on a regular basis to improve physical fitness and wellbeing. Following our complete gym refurbishment in December 2013, all the equipment is now accessible for people with various disabilities. In particular, the resistance machines have functions to remove the seat to accommodate members who are in wheelchairs, and easy to adjust levers to change the movement pattern to suit each particular member. Although a lot of the disability users are able to use the equipment themselves, we also offer personal training. We currently have a member who has cerebral pausy and has been attending personal training sessions for the last 2 years, he has made massive improvements in his lower body strength, balance and confidence and feels that the gym is a much more enjoyable place to exercise and socialise compared to visiting the hospital each week for physiotherapy.
I have been playing wheelchair basketball for six years. I am a paraplegic and I have had a kidney transplant. I play for West coast Tornadoes based in Brighton. I play at regional and national level as a guard. For the last two years I have been training with the personal trainers at Ferndown Leisure Centre twice a week and they have helped me reach my goals to become stronger, gain more stamina and build my core strength. Without them I would not be playing at the level I am. The gym is fully accessible and the trainers have a good understanding of training a disabled person. Recently I have been training hard to play in The Sainsburys School Games representing England South under 18s, for the second year. Our team came home with the Bronze medal again this year after competing against six teams. I was also fifth in the shooting statistics. I will continue to train with Martyn, Dannii, Rob and all the others over the coming year as I have been invited to The GB Talent Pathway and who knows, I may play for GB in the Olympics one day.
Thanks to everyone for their help, Bradley Dent
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Shooting with Ferndown Gun Club
Accredited by British Shooting as a Disability Hub Club Feb 2016
Target shooting is a sport that anyone, of any age, gender and physical ability can participate in along side each other. It can inspire those individuals who aren't particularly interested in the “popular” sports.
Contact: John Gillingham
Telephone: 07505 847567
Website: Ferndown gun club
Enhancing everyday lives in Dorset, Bournemouth & Poole
Access Dorset is a user led organisation and registered charity, run by disabled people, older people and carers. They work to remove the physical, attitudinal and communication barriers that exist and are faced daily by us.