A HUDDERSFIELD gym is celebrating its recognition as a centre for disabled people.
The Stadium Health and Fitness Club became Britain's 150th and final Inclusive Fitness Initiative site.
And staff at the centre, based at the Galpharm Stadium and run by Kirklees Active Leisure, celebrated with a launch party.
People from disability and mainstream sports attended, along with representatives from dozens of relevant local organisations.
West Yorkshire wheelchair Paralympian Kevin Baker, who held the world record for discus in his disability category from 1991 to 1995, was at the event.
He won several Paralympic medals and World Championship gold in 1994.
Footballer Steve Daley, who lost most of his sight at the age of 12 but played for the England partially- sighted team, said: "I loved playing football as a boy, but then it had to stop. So sport created a barrier for me.
"But over the last few years we have made huge leaps in removing barriers to disabled people in sport.
"This is only the start. We need to give everyone the opportunity to do whatever level sport they want, from coaching to keeping fit to playing at an international level.
"I have taken part in two World Cups and two European Cups - and hopefully have a couple more left in me!
"With all these wonderful facilities, one day there could be an England captain from Huddersfield."
A group of pupils from Fairfields School in Dewsbury demonstrated fitness equipment in the gyms.
The IFI is a £5m Lottery-funded project that works with fitness facilities to make sure they are accessible for disabled people.
The Stadium Health and Fitness Club received £24,652 towards developments in fitness equipment, staff training and marketing. Kirklees Active Leisure has put in more money.
Huddersfield-born Sue Catton, the IFI national director, said: "The launch at the Stadium Health and Fitness Club is a landmark for the IFI.
"It is the final site to launch through the main part of the programme.
"Disabled people now have access to a network of inclusive fitness facilities across England, a marked change since the beginning of the scheme."
The Stadium Health and Fitness Club was refurbished in December. Work included £400,000 worth of Technogym kit.
Six different pieces of equipment are IFI-accredited, but many more can also be used by people with disabilities.
David Heddon, chairman of Kirklees Active Leisure, said: "We are delighted that we are able to participate in this wonderful initiative.
"We are adopting an inclusive approach in all our work across the trust and it will reflect in all our plans.
"The IFI accreditation is something for us to be immensely proud of at the Stadium Health and Fitness Club.
"We can now provide fantastic exercise opportunities to users with a wide range of disabilities."