Disability Sport NI is delighted to announce a £155,000 investment into inclusive swimming from Department for Communities through Sport NI. This further investment into the Active Living: No Limits 2016 - 2021 Action Plan has secured five new Poolpods into some of the sports facilities across Northern Ireland that have gained Disability Sport NI’s Inclusive Sports Facility Accreditation.
Poolpods are a platform lift that were developed for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and are transforming access to swimming pools for people with disabilities and restricted mobility. The facilities to secure Poolpods are Bangor Aurora Complex, Lakeland Forum, Omagh Leisure Centre, Newry Leisure Centre and Foyle Arena.
Kevin O’Neill from Disability Sport NI welcomes the funding commenting,
“The facilities that have received the pool pods have shown a great commitment to improving access and providing their staff with disability inclusion training. This project is part of the wider District Council Disability Sports Hub Project which recently saw a significant investment into disability sports equipment in every council area”
Fergus Devitt, Director of Active Communities at the Department for Communities said; “I am delighted that the Department has been able to commit significant funding to provide Poolpods at District Council Disability Sports Hubs across Northern Ireland. Opening up access to swimming pools for people who would otherwise not be able to use these facilities is a practical outworking of our commitment to the Active Living: No Limits Action Plan and to the promotion of opportunities for participation in physical activity and sport amongst people with mobility issues."
Sport NI Chief Executive Antoinette McKeown added,
“These new Poolpods are the latest example of how the Active Living: No Limits Action Plan is enhancing the lives of local people with a disability through sport. The many benefits of an active lifestyle to our physical, emotional and mental wellbeing should be open to everyone here, and Sport NI is proud to be working with our partners to create more inclusive opportunities for local communities to enjoy, engage and excel in sport.”