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New fitness programme targets residents with learning disabilities

Tottenham Green Leisure Centre will be the setting for a disability awareness day launching a new programme of fitness sessions for people living with learning disabilities.

Fusion Lifestyle Leisure Centres in Haringey will provide weekly autism and learning disability-friendly classes to help people with special needs take part in physical activities. For a small fee people can take part in swimming or use the facilities in the gym - writes haringey.gov.uk.

A qualified fitness coach and volunteers will be on hand throughout the sessions to provide guidance and support. The new programme of sessions is available at the Tottenham Green, Park Road and Broadwater Farm Leisure Centres.

The Disability Awareness Day takes place on Thursday 26 October and runs from 11am to 3pm. Activities on the day include tai chi, tag rugby and badminton. Information stalls will be available with local organisations on hand including Haringey Shed, Dementia Hub and One You Haringey.

Cllr Joseph Ejiofor, cabinet member for Customer Services said:

People with learning disabilities are all too often forgotten when it comes to physical activities and wellbeing. This new programme of sports activities will address gaps in the service and shows Haringey is an inclusive borough that supports all of its residents regardless of the level of their learning capabilities.”

Hannah Bennett, Sports and Community Development Officer at Fusion lifestyle said:

We are really excited to be launching this programme and believe that this weekly programme will be able to instil a healthier and more active lifestyle for people with disabilities.”

Fusion Lifestyle who run Haringey leisure centres are looking for volunteers to  support the programme. If you are interested in taking part or would like more rinformation about the sessions, contact hannah.bennett@fusion-lifestyle.com.

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