Rye Sports Centre is looking to spread the word about its new Submersible Wheelchair, which means the pool is even more accessible for those with mobility issue.
The centre’s pool has always had a ramp straight into the pool which makes it great for those with mobility issues, along with specialist pool-side changing facilities which include a changing bed, hoist and seated shower but now with the addition of the new chair those with extra requirements can be wheeled into the pool fully.
Freedom Leisure worked to secure funding via local foundation Grace Eyre, which has a ‘Sports for All’ project in Sussex funded by Sport England since 2013. The project is in place to increase the number of adults with disabilities and mental health needs who take part in sport and physical activity.
This pool is a wonderful facility and an asset to the area, and while the ramp and pool-side facilities have always helped to make it accessible, we hope this new chair will make it even more so. Rye has several local community groups and we are working with them to increase their activity time, but the town also has many older residents and this chair is also great for those who may be unsteady on their feet or nervous when entering water.Ian Oliver, Freedom Leisure Centre Manager