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PUBLISHED: 13:46 15 June 2007 | UPDATED: 22:51 28 May 2010

Matthew Holland and Caitlin Holmes

Matthew Holland and Caitlin Holmes

Two members of Fenland Youth District Council have checked out the disabled facilities at the George Campbell Leisure Centre, at March. Matthew Holland and Caitlin Holmes, pictured right, students at Meadowgate School, Wisbech, agreed to test what was on

Two members of Fenland Youth District Council have checked out the disabled facilities at the George Campbell Leisure Centre, at March.

Matthew Holland and Caitlin Holmes, pictured right, students at Meadowgate School, Wisbech, agreed to test what was on offer and report back to the YDC.

In 2005, under the Inclusive Fitness Initiative, the leisure centre was awarded funding to provide more accessible facilities for disabled customers. This included new equipment and improved lighting in the fitness studio and accessible steps into the pool.

Matthew opted to try out some of the gym equipment including the arm cycle, the pec dec and the seated row and rated them for ease of accessibility and enjoyment.

A regular customer at the Hudson Leisure Centre, Wisbech, this was Matthew's first visit to the George Campbell and he was impressed.

"Most of the equipment, I would rate at least seven out of 10 and I really enjoyed testing out the facilities which are quite extensive," he said.

Caitlin, 13, a keen swimmer joined a special swimming session for the disabled and thoroughly enjoyed her experience.

"The steps leading into the pool are particularly helpful and very easy to use," she said, "and I was pleased with the disabled changing rooms."

Staff at the George Campbell have undertaken training to enable them to help disabled people more effectively.

If you would like to contact the YDC, call Wendy Coles, community and youth officer, on 01945 427114 or e-mail ydc@fenland.gov.uk

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