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How accessible is your Club?
Have you ever took a step back and considered how accessible your Club
Listed below are some key areas to investigate, these are areas which
particularly benefit disabled users although many of these possible
improvements will be helpful to all users of your facility.
Parking – Have you designated car park spaces for the disabled? Are these
clearly marked when entering the car park and regularly monitored to ensure
they are used only by disabled badge holders?
Each disabled bay
should measure 2400 x 4800 with each side having a divisional hatched area
for wheelchair transfer of 1200 (min) x 4800 mm
External Signage – is
the entrance clearly signed from road/footpath/car park?
Entrance – Is it free from obstacles such as plants? Are there any steps? If
so has a ramp been provided? Are all mats flush? Is there an alternative
access which may be more accessible for disabled users?
doors – Are the doors heavy to open? Are they wide enough to accommodate a
wheel chair or other walking aid? Can they be modified, if not is it
possible to hold open during buildings opening hours?
Corridors – Are
they free from obstructions and clutter?
Access to the bowling green
– Can wheelchair bowlers gain access to the green? Can the facility be
modified as shown below?
Access to the WC and Changing Rooms – Is
there a separate WC for wheelchair users? Are there changing facilities for
Do you have other
disabled people who use your facility – Have you asked them for further
feedback about hearing loops, Braille signs, panic alarms etc?
Area – Do your chairs have arm rests to enable members with hip/knee joint
difficulties have leverage when sitting down or standing up.
Reception Desk – Is the desk accessible for Wheelchair users, could part of
the desk be modified?
Telephone – Is this wall mounted? Is it at a
suitable height for wheelchair users and small people to reach the coin slot
or even see the dialled numbers?
Colour Schemes – When you next
redecorating please consider contrasts between: Doors, Walls, Floors,
handrails around corridors etc.
Fire Alarm – Is the alarm audible
only? Can it be modified to include visual indicators for the hearing
impaired? If not, what provisions do you make with regard to evacuation of
disabled and hearing impaired users in the event of an emergency?
Fire Exits – Could wheelchair users or those with mobility difficulties exit
the building via these doors?
Steps within the facility – Are there
handrails? Are there colour/tonal contrasts on step edges to help visually
Décor – Next time facilities are redecorated consider
colour contrast between the following areas to help the visually impaired:
- Doors and door frames; - Walls and floors; - Furniture and fittings; -
Grab rails and sanitary fittings in WCs
General Interest Signs/Notice
Boards/Posters – Are items always easy to read for people with low vision?
Signs displayed behind glass can be particularly difficult to read. Are
notice boards at a suitable height for all users? Can they be modified?
Lighting – Are all public areas (including car park and corridors) well
lit? Is lighting in WCs and changing areas bright enough? Can it be
“Making access to goods
and services easier for disabled customers” - published by the Disability
Rights Commission. Available to download from the official government
website www.Directgov.gov.uk go direct to
- comprehensive audit sheet can be printed (608k) which should be used in
conjunction with the Sport England’s guidance note titled Access for
Disables People (file size is 2Mb)which provides information that exceeds
current standard regulations
All copies are available from HQ if you do not have access to the