Sports centres’ Paralympic fun

The Dolphin leisure centre in Haywards Heath
The Dolphin leisure centre in Haywards Heath

Aquafit sessions and Boccia - a target ball sport played at the Paralympics - are among an exciting programme of sports for people with disabilities.

The Triangle leisure centre in Burgess Hill is running sports mobility sessions every Wednesday between 5.15pm-6.45pm.

Each session will include Boccia and ‘New Age Kurling’, which is similar to the curling game at the Winter Olympics. There will also be bouncy castle fun, arts and crafts plus other sports and games. The sessions are for children aged 8-16 and cost £3.85.

The Dolphin Leisure Centre (pictured) in Haywards Heath is introducing ‘Disability Aquafit Sessions’ on Tuesday evenings from 7pm-7.30pm.

Each session is open to people aged 14 years and over who can already swim and have water confidence. The sessions cost £2.40 each and carers are able to join in for free.

The Dolphin is also running ‘Fit-Ability’, a gym-based session for youngsters aged 12 and over, which runs each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm.

The sessions allow young people to try out gym equipment in the safe environment of the studio with fully trained, experienced personal trainers giving guidance. Each session costs £3.

In addition to the programme of sports, Freedom Leisure, which runs both leisure centres on behalf of Mid Sussex District Council, has acquired two hoists to enable people with disabilities to have better access to the swimming pool and sports hall equipment at The Triangle.

Money has also been spent on improving the changing room and toilet facilities to provide better access.

The pool hoist has moulded seats for greater comfort. A mobile hoist will be used in the sports hall to help people access the trampolines. It will also help youngsters in the soft play area.

Money totalling more than £10,000 has come from West Sussex County Council for the hoists and improvements.