‘Five star’ rating for Northwich Memorial Court25 Jan
Northwich Memorial Court has been awarded a first class rating by a disability website endorsed by world renowned physicist Stephen Hawking.
The centre scored highly for its facilities and staff were also awarded five stars for being friendly and informative.
The website publishes reviews of public access facilities, including entertainment and sports complexes, from the perspective of disabled users. Established by 40-year-old Euan MacDonald, from Scotland, who suffers from motor neurone disease, the site has the support of Stephen Hawking and author JK Rowling.
Following the visit to the Memorial Court the reviewer wrote: “The centre is friendly and welcoming. The staff are always happy to give information about fitness classes and are very informative about the equipment and its purpose. I was shown how to use all of the equipment, this ensured that I would be safe and get the most out of my gym experience.”
Brio Leisure managing director Elly McFahn said: “We were absolutely thrilled to hear that we had been so highly rated by the reviewer. As a business, we listen to all feedback and use it to continually look at ways we can improve facilities for all. We know for instance that our audio systems at the Memorial Court do not yet fulfil the needs of those with hearing difficulties, so this is one area we are addressing.
“We strive to ensure that all members of the community can enjoy the facilities provided at Brio centres and recognition such as this will encourage all of the team to continue to provide first class service.”
Website founder Mr MacDonald added: “Nearly 12 per cent of Britons have some kind of disability. The guide provides disabled people and their friends and family an opportunity to review any venue they care to write about.
“If this results in improvements, and there are plenty of venues that could surely use them, you might just start seeing a few more wheelchairs, sticks, and other disability aids out and about.”
The review said: “Northwich Memorial Court is a recently opened leisure and entertainment centre, in the heart of Northwich town. Having only opened in May 2015 this state-of-the-art centre caters for all types from hardcore gym lovers to those who just want to relax with the variety of facilities offered. Also over 75’s get free membership, bonus for the elderly who want to keep in good shape. The leisure centre also offers fitness classes that take part in water to ease pressure of exercise on ones joints.”
You can read the full review over at Euan’s Guide.