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Sir Stanley Matthews Sports Centre

Staffordshire University, Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 2DF

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a large sports hall with facilities for sports such as basketball or badminton, as well as a fitness suite within the building, available for use by membership holders.
  • Services / facilities within the grounds include a full size field, for large games and sports, as well as a smaller sized pitch to accommodate smaller events.
  • Related link Sir Stanley Matthews Sports Centre.
  • Http://www.staffs.ac.uk/teamstaffs/facilities/stoke/

Opening Times

  • Monday 07:00 - 22:00.
  • Tuesday 07:00 - 22:00.
  • Wednesday 07:00 - 22:00.
  • Thursday 07:00 - 22:00.
  • Friday 07:00 - 22:00.
  • Saturday 10:00 - 18:00.
  • Sunday 10:00 - 21:00.

Useful Information

Getting Here

Site/Campus Car Park

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located in the centre of the campus on the Leek Road side.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are the Stanley Matthews Sports Centre and the Brindley Building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • There is/are 4 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 480cm x 550cm (15ft 9in x 18ft 1in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by permit holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • Signs are provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
    • Signs are clearly presented.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is sloped access to the car park from the Stanley Matthews Sports Centre.
    • The nearest designated bay is 45m (49yd 8in) from the Stanley Matthews Sports Centre main entrance.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 150cm (4ft 11in).

Outside Access (Rear Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 105cm (3ft 5in).
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are single (with a locked extension leaf).
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in).

Outside Access (Standard Changing Rooms Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 115cm (3ft 9in).
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.

Reception (Main Reception)

  • Main Reception is located directly ahead as you enter the main entrance.
  • The desk is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are medium.
  • The reception desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the majority of the building, via lift.
    • There is/are 3 clearly marked step(s), with no handrails, for access to the ground floor facilities from the rear entrance.
    • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • There is a platform lift which overcomes the steps.
    • These steps are shown in photographs 1 and 2.
    • There is/are 1 clearly marked step(s), with no handrails, for access to standard toilets and changing rooms.
    • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • There is a slight ramp, with no handrails, for access to standard toilets and changing rooms.
    • The width of the ramp is 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The ramp or slope does not bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp leads up to the step before the entrance to access the standard toilets and changing rooms. This level change is shown in photograph 3 and 4.
    • There is/are 2 clearly marked step(s), with no handrails, for access to the standard changing rooms entrance.
    • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • These steps are shown in photograph 5.
    • There are doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is not clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is clearly written directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • This building does play background music.
    • Music is played in the fitness suite and functional training room.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • There is a slight slope leading into the main area of the fitness suite on the ground floor, shown in photograph 10.

Fitness Suite (Main Fitness Suite)

  • Access to Fitness Suite View
    • The fitness suite is located to the left as you enter, following the corridor and signage.
    • The fitness suite is 35m (38yd 10in) 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 160cm (5ft 3in) wide.
  • IFI Accredited Fitness Suite View
    • A portable hearing loop is not available for induction.
  • 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
    • There are additional areas of the fitness suite on the first floor, accessible by the fitness suite staircase and the fitness suite lift, shown in photographs 7 and 8.

Lift (Fitness Suite Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located within the ground floor fitness suite.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G and 1.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 400kg.
  • The lift is approximately 45m (49yd 8in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The lift door is manual, heavy and opens outwards.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 150cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 11in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does not have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G and 1.
    • The stairs are located within the fitness suite, on the right as you enter.
    • The stairs are approximately 40m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the left going up.
    • There is a landing.
    • There is another similar staircase in the lobby area, 25m from the main entrance, to access the viewing gallery for the sports hall. This is shown in photograph 3.

Functional Training Room

  • There are 2 entrances to the functional training room. The one closest to the main entrance is 25m from the entrance, on the right of the reception area, opposite the sports hall entrance and next to the stairs leading to the viewing gallery.
  • The closer entrance is a double set of heavy, manual doors that are 140cm wide. This is shown in photograph 1.
  • The entrance in the fitness suite is a permanently held open, manual door that is 75cm wide. This is shown in photograph 2.
  • The functional training room is used at varying, scheduled times for fitness classes or other group events but also acts as an additional fitness suite area.

Sports Hall

  • There is a large sports hall on the left as you enter, opposite the entrance to the gym.
  • The entrance to the sports hall is 25m from the main entrance.
  • There is a viewing gallery for the sports hall on the first floor, accessible by stairs or the platform lift in the fitness suite, shown in photographs 4 and 5.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 50m (54yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located opposite the ground floor fitness suite.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared 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 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 270cm x 280cm (8ft 10in x 9ft 2in).
    • There is a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 200cm (6ft 7in).
    • 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 pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • 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 available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are open waste paper bin disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The height of the coat hook is 150cm from the floor.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on the right.
    • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf is not higher than 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • 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).
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 105cm.
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • To access the accessible toilet you must go through the accessible changing room. This is shown in the accessible changing room section.
    • The doors to access these 2 rooms are similar, except the door to access the accessible toilet opens outwards whereas the door to the accessible changing room opens both ways.

Accessible Changing Room

  • There is not a Changing Places facility available.
  • There is an/are accessible changing room(s) available.
  • The accessible changing room(s) surveyed is/are located opposite the ground floor fitness suite.
  • The accessible changing room(s) is/are approximately 50m (54yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The accessible changing room(s) is/are approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the ground floor fitness suite.
  • The accessible changing room(s) is/are approximately 40m (43yd 2ft) from the reception desk.
  • The dimensions of the accessible changing room(s) are 295cm x 365cm (9ft 8in x 11ft 12in).
  • The fixtures/facilities available in the accessible changing room(s) include; a chair/stool, a toilet and a wheel in shower.
  • There is level access to the accessible changing room(s).
  • Comments View
    • The accessible changing room is a different room to the accessible toilet and shower, separated by a light, manual, single door, 85cm wide, locked by a lever twist lock.
    • The door for the accessible changing room is shown in photograph 1.
    • The door for the accessible toilet is shown in photograph 3.

Accessible Shower

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located within the accessible toilet, opposite the ground floor fitness suite.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower(s) include; an adjustable shower head, handrails, a shower chair and a flip-down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 60cm (1ft 12in).
  • Other facilities available include; dropdown rails.
  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the ground floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located at the rear of the building, behind the fitness suite.
    • There is a female standard toilet in the same location.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 50m from the main entrance.
    • There is not a/are not cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.

Standard Changing Room

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located at the rear of the building, behind the fitness suite.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 50m (54yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 45m (49yd 8in) from the reception desk.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the fitness suite.
  • There is not level access to the standard changing room(s).

Standard Shower

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The shower(s) surveyed is/are located in the standard changing rooms, at the rear of the venue.
  • There is not level access to the services from the shower facilities.