Iffley Road Sports Complex

Swimming pool and sports facilities for University staff and students, as well as members of the local community

The Iffley Road Sports Complex has recently been refurbished and most of the facilities are very accessible. The swimming pool has a changing room built to Changing Places specifications.

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Parking

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There are 2 accessible parking spaces on site. These are available one a first come first serve basis, although can be also be booked in certain circumstances. Please contact the centre directly for more details.

There are also several standard parking spaces.

The car park leads directly to stairs taking you to the entrance. Alternatively you can follow the path around the bike racks to use the level ramped access to the entrance.

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Entrances

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Access is via the pedestrian path from Iffley Road (almost opposite Marston Street). Although this is level access, it is quite a long distance from Iffley Road to the entrance.  Alternatively take the car route down Jackdaw Lane off Iffley Road - there is standard parking and two accessible spaces.

Either way will take you around the back of the athletics track and main building to the main entrance.

The car park leads directly to stairs taking you to the entrance doors. Alternatively you can follow the path around the bike racks to use the level ramped access up to the entrance doors.

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Lifts

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There is a platform lift connecting the ground and first floors. This is at the opposite end of the building to the reception. At ground floor level the lift entrance is in a spacious lobby area by the staircase – there is plenty of manoeuvring space. At the first floor level the lift entrance is on a small landing at the top of the staircase by a door leading into the multi-use room; space is a bit tight here so please take care.

The lift door is manually operated. You’ll need to hold the buttons down for the duration of the journey between floors. The buttons are high contrast, tactile and have numbers in Braille. The lift has a handrail and is spacious. There is a small ramp into the lift that should not present any problems to wheelchair users. The ramp is also high contrast.

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Toilets and changing rooms

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The sports centre is well set up with plenty of accessible facilities including a Changing Places toilet and changing room. The accessible facilities are spacious and well-lit, with well placed hand rails and good colour contrast.  There are several main changing areas:

New sports hall

Two accessible changing rooms with toilet and shower.

Male and female changing rooms with showers, toilets and lockers (including some at accessible height for wheelchair users). Ambulant accessible toilet available in male and female changing rooms.

Swimming pool

One accessible changing room with toilet and shower. One accessible toilet. Once Changing Places changing room with toilet, shower, ceiling track hoist, height adjustable changing bench and height adjustable sink.

Male and female changing areas – both have lockers at accessible heights for wheelchair users, showers, toilets and one ambulant accessible toilet.

Gender neutral Changing Village area with individual and large changing cubicles. 

Gym/old sports hall

Accessible changing room with toilet and shower. Accessible toilet. Male changing area with lockers at an accessible height for wheelchair users, showers, toilets and one ambulant accessible toilet. Female changing area with toilets and one ambulant accessible toilet.

In addition there is an acccessible toilet on the first floor in the multi-use room.

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Rosenblatt Swimming Pool

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This is a 25m, 8 lane pool. You’ll need to come through access controlled gates to get to the changing areas and swimming pools. Once through the gates, there are large heavy double doors; staff are happy to help if needed. There is level access throughout and a poolside lift. There are accessible changing rooms, as well as a Changing Rooms changing area with shower and toilet (see Toilets and Changing Room section above).  The pool is well lit with spacious areas around the pool. There are contrasting strips around the poolside. There is a large window running alongside the pool; on bright days there may be a high amount of glare and reflection off the water.

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Sports Halls

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There is ramped level access to the new sports hall from the main entrance. This is via access controlled gates and large manually operated doors – staff are happy to assist if needed. This leads into a lobby where you will find 2 accessible changing rooms with a toilet and shower. There are also standard male and female changing rooms with individual shower cubicles including one ambulant accessible shower cubicle and one ambulant accessible toilet. From the lobby there are double glass doors with contrasting markings leading into the sports hall. 

The old sports hall can only be accessed via a short flight of stairs. 

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Track, gym, and other facilities

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Please click here for a full list of sports facilities. 

The gym, powerlifting room and dojo room are all in the corridor running adjacent to the old sports hall.You'll need to go through powered glass access controlled gates to get to this area.

The gym has glass, powered, access controlled gates. These are wide enough for wheelchairs and have contrasting markings. As you enter the gym the area to the left is level access; the area to the right is raised. 

The powerlifting room has a glass, powered, access controlled gate. This is wide enough for wheelchairs and has contrasting markings. There is a small lip at the entrance. The room is small and as you’d expect is full of weight lifting equipment – there is not a lot of manoeuvring space.

The Dojo Room has a step up immediately inside the door.  

There is ramped level access to the (external) Roger Bannister athletics track via access controlled gates and large heavy manually operated doors – staff are happy to assist if needed. If you need assistance to open the doors to get back into the sports centre, there is a bell push to alert staff at reception.

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Opening hours

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Please follow the link to the sports centre website for details of opening times: 

http://www.sport.ox.ac.uk/about-us/opening-hours/

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Inaccessible areas

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The sports centre has recently had a major refurbishment; all new areas are very accessible. The older sports hall can only be accessed using stairs. The Dojo Room has one step up. The gym and powerlifting rooms may be difficult to access for some people with disabilities due to space constraints and lack of manoeuvring space.

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At a glance

On-site disabled parking spaces 2
Parking nearby (within 200m) No
Main entrance Level
Door entry Powered
Direct contact to reception No
Number of floors 2
Accessible toilets 8
Lift to all floors Yes
Hearing support system No