Have you heard of Inclusive Leisure?
As the name suggests, Inclusive Leisure will be available to everyone – with equipment purpose built for disabled users, which in turn will make it accessible to all users.
After spending 6 years working in the leisure industry in various roles as a gym instructor, personal trainer, outdoor activity leader and group fitness instructor, Kyle Worrall (founder) spent two summers in Texas working amongst groups with challenging illness and special needs. Kyle soon realised that there are few facilities in the UK that enable disabled children and adults to reach their full potential and not be held back by their disabilities. This led to the creation of Inclusive Leisure.
Kyle Worrall of Inclusive Leisure, said:
“The issue of accessibility and inclusion in leisure centres has been addressed in most council’s; nevertheless buildings are being erected for able bodied people and then later adapted for disabled users. ‘Disabled’ people are disabled by poorly designed environments and providing add-on or special facilities, this creates segregation rather than inclusion.
“The design and management of facilities creates the barriers and limitations, Inclusive Leisure will be purpose built for disabled users which in turn will make it accessible to everyone and therefore inclusive.”
Inclusive Leisure has a vision to bring a leisure establishment targeted predominantly towards disabled and impaired users by providing a unique, completely barrier free and accessible environment. The team at Inclusive leisure are in the process of acquiring funding to open a leisure facility which will feature a gym and community room for multi-use where sports activities and classes can be held, in addition to this there will also be a sensory room provided. The centre will cater to all communicational needs and physical needs of individuals that have disabilities and impairments. However, non-disabled people may use the establishment as it is intended to be an inclusive environment. Inclusive Leisure hopes to solve and break down barriers by offering an inclusive environment for all.
Inclusive Leisure CIC is a non-profit organisation and the progression of the business relies heavily on funding from external sources. If you are interested in finding out more, or wish to discuss investment opportunities, please contact Kyle Worrall on 07462193124 or alternatively email Kyle@inclusiveleisure.com.
Inclusive Leisure is currently in the process of finishing a pitch video for Richard Branson’s competition VOOM 2016, with hopes of being a big contender and gain as much funding as possible. You can find out more about Inclusive Leisure at www.inclusiveleisure.com, by following @inclusivleisure on Twitter and by searching ‘Inclusive Leisure’ on Facebook.