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Leisure: Disability

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 143678, tabled on 21 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to ensure that swimming pools and leisure facilities have adequate disabled access.

Answered on

30 March 2022

The government recognises there are barriers which exist and prevent some people from participating in sport and physical activity, including access to facilities. We want to continue to do all that we can to tackle these.

We continue to work with our arm’s length bodies, Sport England and UK Sport, and sector partners to encourage sport bodies to make sport and facilities more accessible. Sport England's new ten year strategy 'Uniting the Movement' reinforces their commitment to increasing participation in sport and physical activity for those from under-represented groups, including disabled people.

Sport England is also developing a new plan called ‘Accessible and Inclusive Sports Facilities’ and that will be published this year.