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Forge Valley Sports Centre

Forge Valley School, Wood Lane, Sheffield, S6 5HG

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a sports hall, activity studio, classroom and fitness suite.
  • Services / facilities within the grounds include artificial football pitches, grass football pitches, a multi-purpose sports field and a cycle track.

Opening Times

  • Opening times do vary depending on timetabling and Opening times for the venue vary according to bookings/events taking place.
  • Comments View
    • The centre is used by the school during the day, but is available for use by the local community from 18:00 on weekdays and throughout the day on weekends.
  • Comments View
    • The centre is used by the school during the day, but is available for use by the local community from 18:00 on weekdays and throughout the day on weekends.

Location

  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Sheffield.
  • There is not a tram stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located at the front of the building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 7 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 362cm x 608cm (11ft 11in x 19ft 11in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 27m (29yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 66m (72yd 6in) from the main entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
    • The patron does not have to cross a road.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Drop off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • There are 2 Blue Badge bays immediately in front of the building.
    • There are an additional 5 Blue Badge bays at the far right of the car park, in front of the main school building.
    • There are bollards between the car park and the venue.
    • The minimum width between the bollards is 132cm.
    • The maximum width between the bollards is 334cm.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The intercom is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 178cm (5ft 10in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a small raised threshold in the doorway.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 138cm (4ft 6in).
  • Comments View
    • The height of the intercom button is 134cm.
    • There is a push pad to enter and to exit.
    • The height of the entry push pad is 79cm (photograph 4).
    • The height of the exit push pad is 86cm (photograph 5).

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located between the car park and the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There are seats in the reception area.
    • The desk is immediately to the left as you enter the building.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does play background music.
  • Music is played during some events and classes throughout the venue.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are varied.

Classroom/Meeting Room

  • There is step free access into the room.
  • The door is single, heavy, opens away from you and has a clear width of 99cm
  • The corridor outside the room is over 150cm.
  • Locational signage is available.
  • There is some fixed furniture in the room.
  • There are chairs at a height of 46cm.
  • The chairs do not have armrests.
  • There are desks and workstations at 71cm high.
  • The height to the top of the monitors is 109cm.
  • There are height adjustable chairs at the workstations.
  • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • The floor coverings are even and without trip hazards.

Fitness Suite

  • Access to Fitness Suite View
    • The fitness suite is located on the ground floor, in the main corridor.
    • The fitness suite is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • There is level access to the fitness suite.
    • There are doors into the fitness suite.
    • The doors open away from you (push).
    • The doors are double.
    • The doors are heavy.
    • The opening is 92cm (3ft) wide.
  • Fitness Suite (General) View
    • Staff receive no training in assisting disabled people.
    • A portable hearing loop is not available for induction.
    • There is clear manoeuvring space between equipment.
    • There is level access to all of the equipment.
  • Comments View
    • The door is double with a locked leaf.
    • The width given is the clear opening without unlocking.

Activity Studio

  • There is step free access into the room.
  • The door is manual, light, opens towards you and double width with one side locked, giving an entrance width of 96cm.
  • The corridor outside the room is over 150cm.
  • Locational signage is available.
  • There is a fixed barre on the rear wall.
  • The height of the barre is 88cm and 103cm.
  • There are full length mirrors along the rear wall.
  • There is a bench.
  • The height of the bench is 30cm.
  • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • The floor coverings are even and without trip hazards.
  • Outside of school hours the studio is used for community dance groups, martial arts classes and yoga classes.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are LG-G.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the far end of the main corridor, next to the Activity Studio.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG-G.
  • The lift is approximately 16m (17yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The clear door width is 91cm (2ft 12in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 150cm x 150cm (4ft 11in x 4ft 11in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Sports Hall

  • There are indoor football goals, basketball hoops for a full court and four small courts, and catch nets.
  • There are trampolines in storage and the sports hall can be used for a variety of activities.
  • There are benches.
  • The height of the benches is 30cm.

Outside Access (Outside Facilities)

  • This information is for the entrance located to the rear of the building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • Comments View
    • This entrance gives access to the lower ground floor from the football pitches, cycle track and multi-purpose sports fields.

Outdoor Facilities

  • There are 2 artificial football pitches at the front of the building (photograph 1).
  • These are accessed by either a single gate, over 75cm, or a double gate, over 150cm.
  • There are 2 grass football pitches and a multi purpose sports field at the rear of the building (photograph 2).
  • The grassed area has an uneven surface.
  • There is a tarmac footpath to cycle track, with an easy ramp (photograph 3).
  • There is a cycle track with 2 long easy ramps (photograph 4).
  • There are 4 tennis courts available for group bookings (photograph 5).
  • The surface of the tennis courts is concrete.
  • Access to the tennis courts is by a winding, uneven path with varied easy slopes (photographs 6 & 7).
  • The path is loose gravel.
  • There is an outdoor gym/climbing area (photograph 8).

Level Change (Artificial Pitches)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located between the car park and the gate to the pitch area.
  • There is/are 6 step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • The steps can be overcome by using the double gate adjacent to the building (photograph 2).

Level Change (External Access to Football Pitches)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located to the right of the building as you face the entrance.
  • There is/are 15+ step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.

Accessible Toilet (Ground Floor)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) within this venue designated for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is Braille, tactile, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located immediately ahead as you enter the building.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 194cm x 202cm (6ft 4in x 6ft 8in).
    • There is sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 133cm (4ft 4in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • The alarm is a push button and located next to the door.
    • The height of the button from the floor is 99cm.

Accessible Toilet (Lower Ground Floor)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) within this venue designated for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is Braille, tactile, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the lower ground floor, to the left as you exit the lift.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 99cm (3ft 3in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 277cm x 292cm (9ft 1in x 9ft 7in).
    • There is sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 196cm (6ft 5in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is not a mirror.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Accessible Shower (Lower Ground Floor Accessible Toilet)

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located in the accessible toilet on the lower ground floor.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower(s) include; an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 63cm (2ft 1in).
  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.
  • Comments View
    • There is also a fixed head shower.
    • The shower controls are lever twist.
    • There are dropdown rails on both sides of the shower.

Standard Changing Room (Female Internal Changing Room)

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the lift.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 13m (14yd 8in) from the sports hall.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located on the lower ground floor, opposite the lift.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).
  • Shower facilities are available within the changing room(s).
  • There is level access to the shower facilities.
  • Comments View
    • There are 6 shower cubicles.
    • There is a door to exit direct to the outdoor facilities (photograph 4).
    • The clear width of the door is 80cm.
    • The door opens towards you (pull), and is heavy.
    • There are benches in the changing room.
    • The height of the benches is 45cm.
    • There are coat hooks.
    • The height of the coat hooks is between 156cm and 160cm
    • There is an identical changing room at the far end of the corridor, which is the female external changing room.
    • There are 2 male changing rooms next to the female changing rooms.
    • The male changing rooms have a reversed layout to the female changing rooms.

Accessible Shower (Female Internal Changing Room)

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located within the female internal changing rooms.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower(s) include; an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 50cm (1ft 8in).
  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.
  • Comments View
    • The shower also has a fixed head.
    • The controls for both are lever twist.
    • There are dropdown rails on both sides.
    • There is an emergency cable, which is tied up over 10cm high.
    • There is an identical shower in the female external changing room.
    • There are similar accessible showers with a reversed layout in the male changing rooms.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Shared Toilet(s) View
    • The shared toilets that were surveyed are located in the main corridor on the ground floor.
    • The shared toilet(s) is/are approximately 9m (9yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the shared toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There are 4 additional unisex toilets located on the lower ground floor next to the changing rooms.
    • These are slightly larger with a different layout (photograph 2).
    • There is an additional toilet in the female external changing room.

Additional Info

  • Staff do not receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • An assistance dog toilet area can be provided onsite.
  • The assistance dog toilet area is located on the surrounding grassed areas.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.
  • This service cannot be requested.