Cotswold Leisure Cirencester receives new equipment that will make the pool more accessible for disabled users

Access to the swimming pool at Cotswold Leisure Cirencester has been significantly improved following the installation of £12,000 worth of state-of-the-art equipment.

People with disabilities will be able to access the swimming pool more easily, thanks to the new equipment, which comprises of a powered transfer hoist, an adjustable changing bed, a ‘ranger’ chair to transport swimmers to the poolside, and a pool hoist to lift the chair in and out of the water.

Funding for the equipment was provided by Cirencester SCOPE (a small independent charity affiliated to the National SCOPE organisation), Cotswold District Council and through the fundraising efforts of local resident, Denise Martin.

Andrea North, General Manager at Cotswold Leisure Cirencester, said:

“We are delighted that more people in the local community will have access to the fantastic swimming pool at the centre, following the installation of the state-of-the-art equipment. Swimming is a great way to keep active and we are pleased that people of all ages and abilities will be able to improve their health and wellbeing thanks to the new equipment.”

Cllr Stephen Hirst, Cabinet Member for Health and Leisure at Cotswold District Council, attended a special ceremony to celebrate the launch of the equipment and was full of praise for the project:

“Everyone knows that swimming is a great way to exercise and have fun, but people with disabilities are often unable to share the experience with abled bodied friends and family members because most local pools are not equipped for their needs. This new equipment is a game changer, and I hope that this will encourage a big increase in take-up from those who previously felt excluded.”

Barbara Banks, Chairman of Cirencester SCOPE, added:

“This equipment makes such a difference to the swimming experience for people of all ages with special needs.  It’s been fantastic to play a part in bringing these new facilities to Cirencester, and I am sure that it will lead to increased use from a much more diverse range of customers.”

Fundraiser Denise Martin commented:

“It’s great to see this project finally become a reality. We now have a fantastic accessible facility for all swimmers to enjoy the water along with family and friends”