This month, we met with Petrit Krasniqi, Community Sports Officer at Better, which have five leisure centres in Barnet.
We chatted with Petrit about what opportunities Better have for disabled people to get active in a way that suits them.
Here’s some free sessions they have going on:
- Ramblers Walk for Health every Friday at 10:30am from Barnet Copthall Lesuire Centre. Short walks at a gentle pace. Routes with the least uneven ground can be chosen for those in wheelchairs or using mobility aids
- Middlesex Association for the Blind Activity Day, welcome to anyone who is blind or partially sighted, on the first Tuesday of every month at Barnet Copthall Leisure Centre
- Dementia Friendly Swimming Sessions at Finchley Lido Leisure Centre
To find out more about these sessions, please email Petrit.Krasniqi@GLL.org
Barnet Copthall Leisure centre has also recently signed up to the Warm Spaces initiative, and are opening their Café area every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10am and 12pm for Barnet residents to have a chat and enjoy a hot drink.
Fit and Active Barnet
Better Gyms are also part of the Fit and Active Barnet scheme, which allows you to get discounted access to some leisure centres and activity classes in the borough.
All you have to do is apply for a Fit and Active card online, and you can get started! If it’s easier for you, you can also visit one of Barnet’s Better gyms (Barnet Copthall, Finchley Lido, New Barnet, Burnt Oak or Hendon) to get a card.
It’s great to see local leisure centres like Better are trying to expand their opportunities for disabled people, and we will stay in touch with them to make sure you are the first to hear!