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Help Improve the Future Design of Fitness Equipment


Metro Blind Sport are delighted to offer 20 Blind and partially sighted people in the London area a chance to take part in workshops to test the accessibility and inclusivity of fitness equipment, such as treadmills and exercise bikes. This project is important because it means that you can help to improve the design of fitness products in the future.

Metro Blind Sport is working with Rica, a national disability-led consumer research charity, to carry out the tests with support from the RNIB and funding from the Thomas Pocklington Trust.

If you’re a regular gym user or just someone interested in being more active, Rica would love to hear from you.

The testing will take place at the following venues:

•    Monday 3rd July - The Castle Centre, 2 St Gabriel Walk, Elephant and Castle, SE1 6FG
•    Wednesday 5th July - Ability Bow, St. Paul’s Church, St. Stephen’s Road, E3 5JL
•    Wednesday 12th July - Pancras Square Leisure, 5 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG

Workshops held at The Castle Centre and Pancras Square Leisure will take place between 1.30 and 4 pm. The workshop held at Ability Bow will take place between 9:30 and 11 am.

Rica staff will meet you at the nearest tube station on the day and you may also bring a volunteer or assistant to help you. You will receive £40 as a thank you for taking part and we will cover the cost of all travel expenses. Food and refreshments will also be provided.

If you can’t make the workshops, Rica still wants to hear your views. You can take part in a 20-minute telephone interview and receive £20 as a thank-you for taking part.

If you’re interested, or have any questions, please email Freddie Gregory at freddiegregory@rica.org.uk or ring Freddie on 0207 427 2464.

We’re looking for as wide a range of people as possible and everyone is welcome! Please get in touch.