AN Oldbury leisure centre has scooped an “excellent” rating for its commitment to running fitness programmes for disabled people.

The Portway Lifestyle Centre is one of only six centres nationwide to be awarded the Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) accreditation.

Its gym is equipped with IFI accredited fitness equipment with staff trained to give advice on adapted physical activity, and all the centre’s staff are trained in disability awareness .

Sandwell’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing Councillor Paul Moore said: “Portway Lifestyle Centre is a landmark leisure facility which is fully inclusive for all residents.

“It is fantastic to see a Sandwell leisure centre recognised for its inclusivity alongside only five other facilities in the whole country.”