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Inclusive Sport and Fitness Programme..... The Launch!

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Brentwood Leisure Trust, who operate the Brentwood Centre, are pleased to announce its new inclusive sport and fitness programme launched on 27th November.  

The launch of the new programme included the introduction of the Brentwood Leisure Trust ‘Inclusive Challenge for the Sport and Leisure Industry’ – a pledge to develop and promote equality, diversity and inclusion. 

The event was attended by delegates from national, regional and local organisations sharing ideas and best practice of fully inclusive programmes. 

Inclusion is about fairness, equality of access, recognising discrimination and inequalities and taking steps to address them. It is about changing attitudes and behaviours to ensure equal access to all members of society, whatever their age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, beliefs or social and economic status. 

The inclusive programme has been developed with volunteers, employees and partners with lived experience from marginalised groups. 

Brentwood Leisure Trust CEO, Roger Davinson said: "Proactive engagement and co-production of what people need for better inclusion, has driven the formation of our Equality, Diversity, Inclusion Sub-Committee, with the full support of our board. We have plenty of work to do, but have some really exciting times ahead in 2016 and beyond, to make everything come to life.” 

Under the umbrella of the inclusive programme, the Brentwood Centre has developed and supported new initiatives including the award-winning Fitness In Mind™ programme, the award-nominated Barbell Girls, the annual BLT Sports Fest event, the Golden Years Fitness programme and the ever popular Dementia-Friendly Tea Dances. Brentwood Leisure Trust was one of the first organisations to sign-up to the Sport and Recreation Alliance ‘Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation’, to the English Federation of Disability Sport ‘Charter for Change’, and to the Sport England ‘This Girl Can’ campaign. 

Leisure Services Manager Nicky Smith and her team have also been nominated for ‘services to disability sport’ at this year’s Active Essex Sports Awards. 

New initiatives planned for 2016 include the Brentwood Aqua Centre re-development and Disability Club Hub programme, the wheelchair sport and fitness programme, the introduction of free courses on inclusion awareness, disability confidence, and mental health first aid training, and working with the Stonewall ‘Sports Role Model Programme’ and the Sporting Equals ‘Making Equals Project’. 

Today, Brentwood Leisure Trust can announce a series of funding awards secured to facilitate our development towards a Centre of Excellence for Inclusive Sport. Partner funding and support has been secured from Active Brentwood, Active Essex, Basildon and Brentwood CCG, Brentwood Borough Council, Home Instead Senior Care, ecdp, Essex County Council, Essex Mental Health Community, Fitness In Mind UK, Healthwatch Essex, Inspired Exchange, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT), Sported, and Sport England – £305,207.00 alone for the Fitness In Mind™ programme. 
Secured Funding: 
£339,325 for Aqua Centre Changing Village - from Sport England, Brentwood Leisure Trust and Brentwood Borough Council 
£305,207 for Fitness In Mind™ - from Sport England, Brentwood Leisure Trust, Active Brentwood, Basildon and Brentwood CCG, Brentwood Borough Council, ecdp, Essex County Council, Essex Mental Health Community, Fitness In Mind UK, Healthwatch Essex, Inspired Exchange, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT) and Sported. 
£40,000 for Wheelchair Sport and Fitness Programme - from Brentwood Leisure Trust andEssex County Council 
£19,177 for Brentwood Dementia-Friendly Tea Dances - from Brentwood Leisure Trust, Home Instead Senior Care, Active Essex and Brentwood Borough Council 
Announcing the Community Sport Activation Fund, Sport England Director, Mike Diaper, said, "It’s great to be working with innovative projects like Fitness In Mind™ which offer more people the chance to get active in a way that suits them best. Given the overwhelming benefits of being active, it’s important that age, gender, or income never prevent anyone from taking part.” 
Essex County Councillor, Roger Hirst said: "The Community Initiative Fund is an excellent example of how Essex County Council is supporting communities to help themselves. 
By increasing the opportunities for local residents, community groups and volunteers individually to shape their local facilities and undertake new ventures, we will see them make Essex an even better place to live and work than it is today.” 

More details on the Brentwood Leisure Trust Inclusive Programme can be found on the Brentwood Centre website www.brentwood-centre.co.uk/inclusive or by emailing inclusive@brentwoodleisure.co.uk 

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