Following recent improvements, Basildon Sporting Village has now been recognised as an ‘Assisted Facility’ by the Changing Places consortium.
As well as renovating an existing toilet, there have also been additional new facilities installed and access improved throughout the leisure centre. These improvements were made possible following a major investment from Essex County Council, whose aim now is to make all public facilities in the county accessible to all.
Speaking to the Echo, county councillor Dick Madden said, “These facilities make a huge difference to the accessibility of Basildon Sporting Village and I am delighted we were able to support such an excellent project.”
He continued, “We are committed to ensuring people with disabilities can enjoy the same leisure opportunities as everyone else and are pleased to have helped fund a number of Changing Places across Essex.”
It was Lyndsey Barrett, the founder of Sport for Confidence, who originally requested the investment from Essex County Council. Sport for Confidence, a group who aim to support people in engaging in inclusive sport and physical activity, have been running sessions at the Basildon Sporting Village for several years.
Lyndsey was understandably very pleased with the improvements, saying: “The renovations and the resulting recognition by Changing Places will enable even more of the community to enjoy the superb leisure facilities on offer at the centre.
“The centre was built as part of the Paralympic legacy and the fact that more people with a disability will now be able to enjoy what is has to offer is incredibly good news.”
Basildon Sporting Village offers a vast array of sports and is situated on Cranes Farm Road, SS14 3GR. It is also home to South Essex Gymnastics club and Olympic Gold Medalist Max Whitlock. For more information and to go on a virtual tour of the centre, please visit their website.