Sports centre is honoured

A SPORTS centre has won national recognition for its commitment to disabled people.

The Headland Sports Hall, in Hartlepool, which is run by Hartlepool Borough Council, has successfully gained IFI accreditation at provisional level.

The scheme aims to ensure that disabled people are offered plenty of opportunities and choices to become physically active.

Jacky Sullivan, senior assistant manager at the sports hall, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the IFI Mark which reflects our commitment to provide inclusive facilities for disabled people locally.

“This accreditation proves that we have excellent practices in place and that everyone has the same opportunity to access our facilities whether or not they are disabled.”

As part of the accreditation process, Headland Sports Hall was assessed in four key areas – accessible facilities, inclusive fitness equipment, staff training and inclusive marketing and engagement strategies.