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Pool hoists make vital difference to pool facilities
The difference pool hoists make to a pool has been highlighted at one of Sheffield’s newest leisure facilities. Disabled swimmers are enjoying special water workouts not possible before since the introduction of poolside aids.

Westfield Disabled Swimming Group runs the weekly adult aqua groups at the Sheffield International Venues (managed Westfield Sports Centre), using the facilities to provide fitness fun to those who have a disability.

The venue’s hoist which enables the less physically able to transfer from wheelchairs into the water with ease, and the easy access steps – a gradual slope used to enter the pool – offers swimmers extra support.

Qualified volunteers are on hand to assist and help swimmers adapt to staying afloat in the water during the hourly sessions.

Alan Smith, Treasurer of Westfield Disabled Swimming Group said: "The sessions are open to anyone who considers themselves to have a disability. We offer a sympathetic social environment for individuals to spend time in the water – whether that’s learning to swim or just gaining confidence in their mobility through aqua exercise."

Steve Culf, General Manager at Westfield Sports Centre, said: "It is brilliant to be able to offer swimmers with specialist needs the chance to maintain their fitness while feeling safe and secure in the water."

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