Accessible facilities

This guidance covers accessible sports facilities and will help designers, building owners and operators meet design and operational obligations

It will help meet obligations under The Disability & Equality Act 2010:

  • BS 8300: 2009 Design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people – Code of practice
  • Building Regulations Approved Document M: 2004 Access to and use of buildings and Sport England’s requirements.  

Formerly known as Access for Disabled People, the 'Accessible Sports Facilities Design Guide' was first published in 2010 and conveys current requirements for accessible sports facilities.

Following the publication of the Accessible Sports Facilities Design Guidance note in 2010, the audit checklists that support the guidance note have been updated.

Download the audit checklist

 The Audit Checklist is intended to assist the user in auditing an existing or new facility, assess accessibility and help identify and avoid barriers that might otherwise limit the use of the facility by those with a disability. 

Wayfinding and signage

This guidance (July 2013) covers the principles of good wayfinding and signage for community sports centres. It encourages a strategic approach at the early design stages of projects in order to create user friendly and easily operated sport facilities.

Factors such as the positioning of the building on a site, circulation routes, views into activity areas and the organisation of internal building elements are discussed along with the need for clear, simple and intuitive signage.

Two examples are provided based on our ‘Affordable Sports Halls’ and a typical ‘Wet and Dry Sports Centre’. These can be used as templates for the development of appropriate solutions for individual projects.