Westminster disabled residents to benefit from new membership card
By westlondon | Thursday, January 17, 2013, 16:26
Disabled people in Westminster can now get discounted access to Westminster City Council sports and leisure facilities. A new 'Better Health and Fitness Inclusive membership' card has been launched by Charitable social enterprise GLL, which runs eight of Westminster City Council's sports facilities,
The launch of the new membership forms part of the council's wider sports and leisure legacy programmes following the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Disabled Westminster residents can access to all of the council's sports facilities for just £19.95 a month, while their carers will be able to use the facilities for free. The new membership will also allow cardholders to use any other GLL-operated sports or leisure facility in the UK at no extra cost.
Better Inclusive card benefits:
- Access to more than 100 GLL centres – enabling cross borough useage.
- Access to centres at anytime (not restricted to off-peak times).
- Inclusive access to the gym, swimming, group exercise classes and a fitness induction.
- Carers of disabled customers given free access to centre.
- No joining fee and no minimum contract.
- Available as a direct debit or annual membership.
- Six days advance telephone booking.
- Online booking for activities.
- Access to courses and other member only activities.
- Up to 30% off non-member prices for any other activities.
The following have been included in the Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) - The Queen Mother Sports Centre, Paddington Recreation Ground, Little Venice Sports Centre, Moberly Sports and Education Centre, and Marshall Street Leisure Centre.
All of Westminster City Council's sport and leisure facilities have disabled access.
Cllr Steve Summers, Westminster City Council's lead member for sport and leisure, said:
"This is a great scheme which will encourage more disabled people to engage with the excellent and accessible sporting facilities that we have in Westminster.
"Not only is this fantastic value for money – this card will play a key role in delivering a lasting Paralympic legacy."
Peter Bundey, GLL Deputy Managing Director said: "As the largest provider of public sport and leisure facilities in the UK, one of GLL's key corporate aims is to maximise opportunities to increase and sustain sports participation as part of the legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic games.
"The Better Inclusive card is an important part of our basket of initiatives and programmes to provide practical ways of promoting participation and performance within disability sport."