The Aspire Leisure Centre was the first fully accessible Training Centre in Europe for disabled and non-disabled people. Currently, around a third of their members are disabled, compared to a national average of 2-3%. They proactively encourage disabled people to join and take part in all activities by subsidising their membership and activity costs and offer a fully Inclusive Fitness Initiative approved fitness studio.
The leisure centre's facilities include a 25m swimming pool, a fitness studio, a sports hall, a cycling studio and a dance studio. They also have a cafe and provide holiday camps for children.
The Aspire Leisure Centre is an initiative of the charity Aspire, which provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury, supporting them from injury to independence.
Aspire Leisure Centre, Wood Lane, Stanmore, HA7 4AP
Monday-Friday 6am-10pm, Saturday 6am-6pm, Sunday 7am-6pm, Bank Holidays 8am-4pm (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day)
Who is it for:
Anyone, disabled or not disabled
The leisure centre is fully accessible; costs are subsidised for disabled people
No, but they do have holiday camps for children over the school holidays (except Christmas)
See website for details - you can become a member or pay as you use
How to apply:
Call, email or drop into the leisure centre in person
107, 615. There is also a courtesy vehicle going from Stanmore station (bus stop A) to the RNOH where the leisure centre is based, though this does not accommodate wheelchairs.
Edgware (Northern), Stanmore (Jubilee), Elstree and Borehamwood (Thameslink)