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March 2019

Team England stars run accessible sessions at Stechford

Team England’s para-triathlon champion Jade Jones-Hall and her husband para-athletics star Callum Hall recently took time out from their busy training schedules to run sessions for disabled young adults at Stechford Leisure Centre, one of nine facilities in the city managed by the Birmingham Community Leisure Trust (BCLT)

Callum and Jade did 30 minute training sessions attended by disabled young adults from the local Hive College: Jade using the pool and Callum making the most of Stechford’s well-equipped gym. Crews from BBC West Midlands, and Free Radio were in attendance to cover the this Sport England-arranged event, geared towards encouraging more people to get involved in accessible sports and leisure activities.

Jade Jones-Hall said:

“Thank you to all of the participants who turned up for the session at Stechford Leisure Centre, we hope they enjoyed it.

“Callum and I both enjoyed introducing them to swimming and gym exercises and are delighted to see all of this inclusive sporting equipment available in Birmingham ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.”

Andy Taylor, BCLT’s Aquatics Manager said:

“We recently had a visit from swimming superstar Katinka Hosszu, and now we’ve been lucky enough to have Jade and Callum running accessible sessions for local people, who loved having athletes they’d seen on TV at their local centre.

“The 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham seem a long way off, but at BCLT we’re doing all we can to encourage the next generation of Callums and Jades by offering welcoming, inclusive facilities, which can be accessed by all sectors of the community.

“2019 is definitely the year of sporting stars at Stechford!”

Stechford was chosen for these sessions as the centre features such a wide range of equipment to ensure disabled people get the most out of their sports and leisure time.

In the centre’s pool, they’ve got a Pool Hoist allowing for easier access, plus various buoyancy aids to suit swimmers of differing abilities. In the gym, they have a Recline Bike, plus numerous pieces of Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) equipment. For fitness kit to be awarded IFI accreditation, it needs to have been designed to be fully accessible.



February 2019

3-time Olympic champion visits Stechford Leisure Centre and brings the BBC!

It’s not often a 3-time Olympic gold medallist and multiple world record holder visits your local leisure centre, but for the team at Stechford, February will always be remembered as the month swimming superstar Katinka Hosszu popped in for a swim. Katinka brought with her a camera crew from BBC, who were filming an interview with her to be used later in the year.

After the interview, Katinka had a workout in the Stechford gym, then swam a few lengths while being filmed. The centre had closed off a lane for the 3-time gold medallist, but in the open lanes hundreds of happy kids were frolicking on the inflatable AquaChallenge, oblivious to the fact that one of the biggest names in aquatics was swimming just next to them.

As she walked past the AquaChallenge, Katinka said how fun it looked, but unfortunately she didn’t have time to have a go herself.

Elizabeth Mallettt, Marketing Executive for the Birmingham Leisure Trust, who attended the day said:

“What a great day! Getting to see close-up such a sporting mega star was a real treat. Katinka didn’t act like one of the biggest names in the swimming; she was really down to earth, and humble about her huge list of achievements.

“The staff at Stechford - Alan Doody and his team - were great on the day, and the customers showed a lot of patience while the interview was being filmed in the reception area. I can’t wait to see the full feature, when it airs on the BBC later in the year.”

Katinka Hosszu is a multiple world record breaker and holder, 3-time Olympic Champion and 7-time World Champion. Due to her versatility, and length of her career, she is known as the Iron Lady, having competed at the last four Summer Olympics.


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National Fitness Day 

Wednesday 7th September 2016

The countdown has begun. National Fitness Day on Wednesday, September 7th looks like being the busiest one yet. The most active day of the year just became that little bit more lively!

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To help you decide what to do on the day, there’s an Event Planner on the National Fitness Day website

All events are free so there’s no excuse for not making an appearance. The range of activities is pretty impressive and will be getting added to as the day approaches.

So, just pop your post code in the event finder and see what’s happening near you.

It’s a post code lottery, but you’re guaranteed a win!



1st June 2015 - Hello from Birmingham Community Leisure Trust!

From the 1st June 2015, Birmingham Community Leisure Trust (BCLT), will manage the following leisure centres with Serco as the partnership operator.

  • Beeches Pool & Fitness Centre

  • Fox Hollies Leisure Centre

  • Billesley Indoor Tennis Centre

  • Northfield Pool & Fitness centre

  • Stechford Cascades

  • Stechford Cascades

  • Erdington Leisure Centre

  • Wyndley Leisure Centre

As part of the continuous commitment to improving services for Birmingham residents, BCLT will be refurbishing the following Leisure Centres;

  • Fox Hollies Leisure Centre

  • Stechford Cascades

  • Beeches Leisure Centre

  • Wyndley Leisure Centre

Three new leisure centres will be built to replace the following facilities:

  • Northfield Leisure Centre

  • Erdington Leisure Centre

  • Stechford Leisure Centre

  • A new site will also be built on Icknield Port in Edgbaston



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