Poolpod is now available for use at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, birthplace of the Paralympic Games, following a successful run of installations at leisure sites across the UK. Known as the ‘home of wheelchair sport’, the stadium has introduced Poolpod to it’s 25metre, 6 lane swimming pool, granting users dignified and independent pool access.
Located in Buckinghamshire, Stoke Mandeville is only one of several leisure facilities throughout the UK to feature Poolpod. Check out our Poolpod map in Poolpod Locations to find your nearest Poolpod accessible swim!
Next year will also see Poolpod become a facility of the London Aquatic Centre, which is due to open it’s doors to the public in early 2014. As one of the main venues of the Summer 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, the centre will provide an effective opportunity for Poolpod to showcase it’s usability to the city of London.
“Through staging a sensational Paralympic Games we wanted not just to inspire the world but to motivate everyone to get behind ensuring that every disabled person has the same opportunity to access sport and leisure as their able-bodied counterparts,” said London 2012 director of Paralympic integration Chris Holmes.
“Poolpod clearly delivers in this area, not just accessibility but usability and a smooth, inclusive experience for everyone to enjoy swimming.”