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Accessible Sports Facilities - Sport England

This guidance note sets out Sport England’s advice on meeting the needs of the widest range of people in the design, operation and maintenance of sports facilities, following the principles of Inclusive Design. This includes considering the needs of parents with young children, older people, alongside the needs of disabled people – people with sensory, cognitive and mobility impairments, including wheelchair users. Though this is centered on Great Britain, there are many relevant guidance notes.

Sport England 2010

Accessible Sports Facilities  (PDF File)

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It took me several years of struggling with the heavy door to my building, sometimes having to wait until a person stronger came along, to realize that the door was an accessibility problem, not only for me, but for others as well. And I did not notice, until one of my students pointed it out, that the lack of signs that could be read from a distance at my university forced people with mobility impairments to expend a lot of energy unnecessarily, searching for rooms and offices. Although I have encountered this difficulty myself on days when walking was exhausting to me, I interpreted it, automatically, as a problem arising from my illness (as I did with the door), rather than as a problem arising from the built environment having been created for too narrow a range of people and situations.

Susan Wendell, author of
The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability