Sports: West Midlands

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 19th December 2017.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to improve the number of accessible sports facilities in the West Midlands.

Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The Equality Act 2010 requires that ‘reasonable adjustments’ are made by service providers, which include the owners of sports stadia, to make premises accessible for disabled people. It is for individual owners of sports facilities to determine what adjustments are ‘reasonable’ taking into account their own circumstances.

Our Sports Strategy sends a clear message to all sports that sports facilities and stadia should provide an inclusive environment that welcomes all users and spectators. Sport England provides guidance to organisations to support them in developing accessible facilities which is publically available: https://www.sportengland.org/facilities-planning/design-and-cost-guidance/accessible-facilities/

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