Myzone is the industry’s leading wearable technology solution. Myzone’s wearable products show and reward effort when you work out. It displays accurate real-time heart rate, calories, and…read more
Belgravia Leisure’s Access and Inclusion program wins national innovation award
Belgravia Leisure’s Access and Inclusion program has shared the award for the category of Programs, Activities and Events at the Sports, Recreation and Play Innovation Awards night, announced last month in Melbourne.
Explaining that the program had been designed to increase the access to leisure based activities for all members of the community, Belgravia Leisure Chief Executive Nick Cox stated “over 4,000 children and adults with a physical or intellectual disability have made in excess of 80,000 annual visits to participate in sport, aquatic and fitness programs at Belgravia Leisure managed facilities.
“Our access and inclusion program is being integrated across all our facilities.”
The program is headed by National Disability and Diversity Manager, Associate Professor Jeff Walkley, who advocates adopting evidence-based practice in health, wellbeing and social connection.
Cox added “Dr Walkley is renowned for his work in connecting people with a disability to sport and recreation, and has also won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Victorian Disability Awards last year.
“We are very proud to have Dr Walkley spearhead our Access and Inclusion program.”
Dr Walkley established the program in 2015, which creates and fosters sport and recreation opportunities, for all people, regardless of age, disability, health or cultural background.
Today, Dr Walkley leads a team of 50 Inclusion Coordinators, each delivering an access and inclusion program in aquatics, fitness, golf or sports at a Belgravia Leisure facility.
He has created a unique model that shifts funding from government to private enterprise, enabling access and inclusion programs to be financially and socially sustainable, with a proven track record in maximising social impact.
Belgravia Leisure is also a registered NDIS provider, offering sports coaching and fitness programs via this equitable funding stream.
Examples of localised and national access and inclusion programs include:
• Creating Pathways to Golf - golf program in Victorian and Western Australian golf courses
• Creating Pathways to Sport - stadium sports in a community setting
• Pathway to Aquatic Independence Swimming and Water Safety - supported swim classes
• Take Charge - mental health and wellbeing program at City of Sydney sites
• Partners in Health - collaboration with medical and allied health practitioners to connect leisure centres to health services
• Employment program - meaningful employment for people with a disability
Belgravia Leisure shared the Programs, Activities and Events Award with Richmond Football Club and Aligned Leisure’s Tiger PAW program.
Images: Belgravia Leisure team member Jill Heffernan trains a teenager with autism as part of the company's Access and Inclusion program (top - courtesy of Lawrence Pinder) and Nick Cox (below).
1st August 2017 - BELGRAVIA LEISURE ANNOUNCES AUSTRALASIAN FACILITY OF THE YEAR AWARD
27th July 2017 - TIGER PAW PROGRAM WINS INDUSTRY INNOVATION AWARD
24th December 2016 - BELGRAVIA LEISURE APPOINTS NEW CENTRE MANAGER AT WATERMARC BANYULE
15th November 2016 - BROOKE HANSON LAUNCHES BELGRAVIA LEISURE’S NATIONAL WATER SAFETY CAMPAIGN
11th November 2016 - BELGRAVIA LEISURE INSTALLS DEFIBRILLATION UNITS AT ALL OF ITS FACILITIES
18th November 2014 - BELGRAVIA LEISURE MAKES KEY NEW APPOINTMENTS
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
Otium Planning Group is a contemporary sport and leisure consultancy providing services in planning, facility development, management and funding for the sport, recreation and leisure industries…read more
AUSTRALIAN MADE. BUILT NOT BOUGHT. AlphaFit is a 100% Australian owned family company manufacturing gear specifically for the strength and conditioning, functional fitness and high-performance…read more
iDwala is the Community Sports Surface Specialist offering the highest quality designs and technical expertise to Councils, Schools and Sporting Clubs looking to create sporting…read more
Developed in Europe, this innovative system offers a safety management solution for swimming pools that checks individual swimmers via their wristband - monitoring their depth and time. Sensors…read more
Hadley Australia and Series Australia Pty Ltd are the leading quality theatre chair manufacturers in the southern hemisphere. The businesses work closely with architects, interior designers and…read more
ATS are global leaders in altitude training and research. From mask systems and inflatable tents to simulated altitude facilities, we help all athletes gain the competitive edge. Our…read more
At easyemployer we've come up with a software solution that manages one of your most important, and often most costly, business resources - your staff. We are helping 100s of clients to…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!