Cardiff Metropolitan University

Wales Sports Centre for the Disabled

The Wales Sports Centre for the Disabled based at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) is seeking support for the purchase of new fitness equipment suitable for wheelchair users. This new exercise and physical training equipment will assist in rehabilitation, support the training of potential paralympians and enhance the lives of people living with disability.

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Fifteen years ago disabled athletes John Harris and Chris Hallam MBE completed a 400mile wheelchair push around the perimeter of Wales, raising £250,000. The money raised resulted in The Wales Sports Centre for the Disabled being created at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC). While local fitness gyms offer disabled access to their premises, very few actually house fitness equipment that is suitable for physically disabled users. The Wales Sport Centre for the Disabled is a fitness venue for not only students and staff of UWIC but also elite athletes, spinal injury patients in rehabilitation and community groups. After years of the gymnasium being used to its full potential, the equipment is now reaching the stage where it will soon be unsafe for use. If it is not replaced, the gymnasium will no longer be able to provide for the needs of the many disabled users and community groups in Cardiff and elite athletes across Wales. The funding of a new item of equipment would be of huge benefit to the users of the Wales Sports Centre for Disabled. A better equipped fitness centre would enhance the user experience and could attract new users. The disabled users of the centre have nowhere else to train and keep fit so this existing facility at UWIC is very important to the local community.