Access to sport and leisure facilities, for personal enjoyment and for well-being, is becoming an increasingly significant element of the nation’s recreational activity. Providers of leisure facilities are mindful of the need for inclusive access. A facility’s reputation will depend in part, on how accessible it is perceived to be in relation to the Equality Act 2010 as well as responding to social expectations and business opportunities.
Achieving accessibility contributes to the success of recreation buildings by ensuring that they welcome a wider audience that will include older people, visitors with children, and people with disabilities. It is a premise of Inclusive Design that it achieves its purpose unobstrusively. Most visitors to a venue do not realise that the ease with which they entered the building, bought tickets and then enjoyed the pool or gym or squash court was due in large part to the fact that the venue was designed to meet the needs of disabled people.