Disability

Edinburgh Leisure has one purpose to ‘create opportunities for everyone to get active, stay active and achieve more’. To do this we make our venues as accessible as possible with a variety of aids including pool hoists. 

Each of our venue pages detail the facilities available and display accessibility symbols such as parking, wheelchair access, lifts, changing facilities and pool hoists. If you have any specific requirements please contact the venue direct.

Junior Opportunities

Every Saturday of the school term, Gracemount Leisure Centre is home to a multi activity programme for children and young people with additional support needs. The programme provides the opportunity for the young people to access sport and creative activities including swimming, athletics, football, painting, drawing and other games. The sessions focus on socialising, learning new skills and having fun. Sessions are on alternative weeks for primary and secondary school aged children. Activ8 supports children who have mild to moderate support needs due to learning or physical disabilities. 

Gracemount Leisure Centre t: 0131 658 1940  e: info.glc@edinburghleisure.co.uk

Boccia is a target ball sport similar to bowls but played with blue and red leather balls. The aim of the game it to get your colour closer to the white Jack ball. The session is aimed to improve participant’s skills and tactics in a fun social environment. The session is open to young people and adults with sensory, physical or learning disabilities. 

Gracemount Leisure Centre t: 0131 658 1940  e: info.glc@edinburghleisure.co.uk

Edinburgh Leisure has a fantastic diving facility at the Royal Commonwealth Pool that hosts a range of diving lessons. The sessions allow people with additional support needs to learn skills and dive from poolside and the one metre diving boards at a pace that is comfortable for the participant. 

Royal Commonwealth Pool t: 0131 667 7211   e: info.rcp@edinburghleisure.co.uk

Mini Kicker sessions are a great fun way to introduce your child to football, specifically developed for children aged between 3-5 years. Our sensory friendly option allows children to develop fundamental football skills in a suitable environment for those who have hearing or visual impairment. Activities involve dribbling, passing and control of the ball while building confidence and learning teamwork.

Meadowbank Sports Centre t: 0131 661 5351  e: info.msc@edinburghleisure.co.uk

Edinburgh Leisure provides swimming lessons for children with additional support needs in three types of classes (Beginners, Improvers and Stroke Development) across many of our centres.  Please note that we usually have a waiting list for these classes. Contact your local centre for more information and to register on any waiting list/book any course.

Deaf Friendly Lessons

In partnership with the National Deaf Children's Societ we are holding deaf-friendly swimming lessons at Portobello Swim Centre. These lessons are suitable for all abilities from complete beginners to confident swimmers. Children and young people will take part in fun activities and learn new skills delivered by fully qualified swimming teachers.

Portobello Swim Centre   t:0131 669 6888  e: info.psc@edinburghleisure.co.uk

Family Fun Sessions

This 45minute pay as you go session provides the opportunity for young people with additional support needs to have fun swimming with their parent or carer. There is a teacher on pool side to give tips and advice to parents and carers to help them support their child in the pool.

Portobello Swim Centre   t: 0131 669 6888   e: info.psc@edinburghleisure.co.uk


Learning Disability Tennis

The High Flyers tennis sessions welcome young people with learning disabilities to take part in fun tennis coaching. The sessions aim to improve coordination and tennis skills in a fun, social environment. Equipment is provided.

Wheelchair Tennis

Wheelchair tennis welcomes players new to the sport as well as both social and competitive players of all ages and abilities. The session is suitable for players who have a physical impairment who could use a wheelchair to access sport. Sports wheelchairs and equipment is provided.

Craiglockhart Tennis Centre   t:0131 444 1969  e: info.cltc@edinburghleisure.co.uk

These sessions are ideal for introducing young people with additional support needs to the exciting world of trampolining! They will work at a level to suit individual’s needs, helping them to learn a series of moves, routines and progressions while enjoying the fun sensation of the trampoline. Working through award schemes they will also have the opportunity to perform in displays and small competitions. 

Gracemount Leisure Centre t: 0131 658 1940   e: info.glc@edinburghleisure.co.uk

Meadowbank Sports Centre t:0131 661 5351   e: info.msc@edinburghleisure.co.uk





Open All Hours is a fully inclusive youth work provision offering young people the chance to take part in physical activity, access youth work led informal education and enjoy recreational and leisure opportunities. 

Young people (S1-S6) pay just £1.00 to access a wide range of sports and leisure activities on Friday & Saturday evenings. Activities include gym, swim, dance, rugby, trampolining, athletics and golf. 

Open All Hours works in partnership with Fabb Scotland so young people with additional support needs are able to engage with Open All Hours.

For more information about Open All Hours and how to get involved please contact Fabb Scotland t: 0131  555 4728.



Adult Opportunities

Informal coaching sessions for players who are deaf, have additional support needs, learning difficulties or visual impairment. 

Craiglockhart Tennis Centre t: 0131 444 1969  e: info.cltc@edinburghleisure.co.uk

Wheelchair Tennis welcomes players new to the sport as well as both social and competitive players of all ages and abilities. The session is suitable for players who have a physical disability however do not need to be permanent wheelchair users. Equipment including sport wheelchairs are provided. 

Craiglockhart Tennis Centre t: 0131 444 1969   e: info.cltc@edinburghleisure.co.uk

Cardio Tennis is a series of tennis- based drills and activities played to up-tempo music on a tennis court. The sessions are open to adults and their carers with a focus on raising your heart rate and having fun. You don’t have to have tennis skills and it doesn’t matter if the ball goes in or out as the aim to provide a great cardio workout whilst improving your skills and coordination. 

Craiglockhart Tennis Centre t: 0131 444 1969

Our Open Swimming Sessions are quieter swimming sessions set aside for adults with additional support needs or those with limited mobility. They provide a perfect environment to enjoy a leisurely swim or even just time in the water.They are available at the following locations:

  • Drumbrae Leisure Centre t : 0131 312 7957
  • Dalry Swim Centre t : 0131 313 3964
  • Warrender Swim Centre t: 0131 447 0052

Boccia is a target ball sport similar to bowls but played with blue and red leather balls. The aim of the game it to get your colour closer to the white Jack ball. The session is aimed to improve participant’s skills and tactics in a fun social environment.The session is open to young people and adults with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.Gracemount Leisure Centre t: 0131 658 1940





Edinburgh Leisure has a variety of pricing options that help with the cost of using our activities.

  • Disability Membership: £24.50 per month for full access to gym, fitness classes and swimming at all venues that offer these activities
  • Disability Leisure Card: £17.90 per year which provides 40% discount to pay as you go access for a wide range of activities including gym, fitness class, swimming, golf and racquet sports

To access these memberships you must be in receipt of Disability Living Allowance, Disability Benefit, Incapacity Benefit, Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (ACFS) or War Disablement Pension (WDP). 

To apply for a concessionary card or membership, please speak to a member of staff at your local venue or email enquiries@edinburghleisure.co.uk.



Edinburgh Leisure is committed to providing opportunities for everyone to be physically active. We welcome carers to come along and help when needed and this is covered in the price of the participant's access. We ask that anyone looking to access our facilities as a carer reads the guidance and completes the necessary form in our carer guide.