Sportspark Statement

An update to our previous statement regarding changing spaces at the Sportspark.

The welfare of all our users is of paramount importance and we take all aspects of privacy, dignity, decency, health and safety of the centre and its users very seriously.

We have designated male and female changing spaces and provide a range of changing options for our users.  These include separate and accessible changing, self-contained changing cubicles as well as group change spaces.  We provide self-contained shower facilities in additional to our communal areas.

We fully recognise the complexities and sensitivities of balancing the rights and needs of different groups accessing public spaces, together with our legal responsibilities when providing appropriate facilities.  We continue to review our obligations in this respect to ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.

Since our previous statement we have sought legal advice, reviewed our building structure and facilities and engaged with regional and national leisure operators and UK sports governing bodies.  We are in active discussions with other higher education providers and, since January 2024, are members of a new working group to share practice across the sector. We continue to listen to our users and we greatly value all your feedback on this matter.

We aim to ensure all our users can access spaces with privacy and dignity and we would ask all Sportspark users to be respectful of others and sensitive to different personal circumstances when using our facilities.  Users are reminded that they can report any behavioural or safeguarding concerns to or to the Manager on Duty.