£750,000 Sports Facility Achieves Inclusive Fitness Initiative Mark
14th September 2010
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A £750,000 Westminster sports facility is the first throughout London to be awarded the Inclusive Fitness Initiative Mark (IFI).

The health and fitness facility at Paddington Recreation Ground will be offficially recognised for its work to create equal opportunities for disabled people. This includes full accessibility and specific training to ensure that they provide a safe and effective service. IFI London work with all 33 boroughs in the city and hope that a further 150 fitness facilities will achieve the IFI Mark.

Paddington Recreation Ground facilities were opened last Wednesday by Cllr Judith Warner, the Lord Mayor of Westminster. The fitness facilities contain 10 pieces of equipment that have been specially designed for people with disabilities. Amongst the equipment there are treadmills, an upper body hand cycle and exercise bikes to offer a full body workout. The new building also has state of the art meeting areas, consultation rooms and dance studios.

Cllr Steve Summers, Westminster's cabinet member for community services, said: "I'm delighted that Westminster is able to lead the way in offering disabled and non-disabled people equal opportunities to be active together in an inclusive environment. We are very proud of our sports facilities and remain committed to providing opportunities to all of our residents to get fit and develop healthy lifestyles."

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