Portway Lifestyle Centre,
OLDBURY


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Portway Lifestyle Centre
is an exciting new leisure facility for Sandwell, a vibrant and unique sports, health and wellbeing centre for the whole community and centre of excellence for people with disabilities. The sport and leisure facilities at Portway Lifestyle Centre are managed by charitable organisation Sandwell Leisure Trust which also runs seven other leisure centres and a golf course on behalf of Sandwell Council.
 

Facilities include; sports hall, hydrotherapy pool, inclusive IFI gym and weight area, dance studio, climbing wall, outdoor 3G football pitch, LifeTrail outdoor exercise area, multi-purpose activity room, meeting rooms, Sensory Room, cafeteria and purpose-built GP surgery, Portway Family Practice. 

Portway Gym IFI Excellence accredited

 

We're Here to Help

Our timetable are available in large print and easy read. You can ask for these at reception. 

Our gym staff and Sandwell Council's Adults Services staff will be glad to help you during your visit.
 
The centre provides a wide range of activities for people with and without disabilities, in a state of-the-art building. Anyone can use the leisure facilities to improve their health and wellbeing. Our staff team have completed disability awareness training in order to provide the best customer service to all users visiting the centre.

Portway Lifestyle Centre has recently completed an IFI mark assessment, and have been awarded the top level of "Excellent” in recognition of the Centre’s outstanding commitment to increasing participation amongst disabled people.

The Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) aims to increase choice and opportunities for disabled people to enjoy the benefits of physical activity in inclusive and accessible environments.

Portway Lifestyle Centre is one of only five facilities across the country to have been awarded the Excellent level. The gym is equipped with a range of IFI accredited fitness equipment with highly trained gym staff who are experts in providing advice on adapted physical activity.

As an IFI Accredited facility, Portway Lifestyle Centre will provide a fully inclusive customer journey for all users, from arriving at the facility, through to accessible changing rooms, training advice and adapted gym equipment choice. 

Take a Guided Tour of Portway Lifestyle Centre

 

Portway Pass

If you are Sandwell resident with a disability you may be eligible to apply for a Portway Pass.
Find out more about how to access services with our Portway Welcome Pack.

Download the information...

Download an information brochure with details as featured on this page at the links below.
New Portway Lifestyle Centre Brochure
 
A plain text large print information sheet is also available on this link.
 
Download our easy read factsheet providing information about this exciting project.

Your Thoughts

Find out what people say about visiting and using Portway...

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Shaun Walks the Rainbow at Portway, watch video below.



Fran Brown, World Para Climbing Champion visits Portway, watch video below.
 

How To Find Us

Portway Lifestyle Centre,OLDBURY,West Midlands,B69 1HE



Disabled access



Our staff are there to support all users of this facility, please let us know if you need help.

The centre has been specifically designed to help and support users with disabilities and includes the following facilities;



Disabled parking and drop off points are located near to the main entrance.

Easy access ramp and walkways with tactile paving and handrails.
A tactile map of the building is located in reception.

Colour contrast and braille signs for all key areas of building. 

Power assisted doors are located throughout the building.

Disabled toilets and changing areas, the centre is also a Changing Places facility.

Find out more about Changing Places...

The centre has a hearing induction loop.

A Wayfinding audible navigation tool is in place to support visually impaired users.

Hoist facilities are available in changing areas and for access to the hydrotherapy pool.

Guide dogs are also welcome.

A virtual signing service on a tablet device is also at the centre. This service is subject to availability.




Travel Information


From Smethwick

You can catch the 89 National Express Bus from Blue Gates, Stoney Lane direct to Newbury Lane. Click here to watch a video showing you how to catch the bus from Smethwick to Portway Lifestyle Centre.


From Tipton

You can catch the 42 National Express Bus from Owen St to Dudley Bus station, then catch the 126 National Express Bus to Newbury Lane. Click here to watch a video showing you how to catch the bus from Tipton to Portway Lifestyle Centre.


From Oldbury

You can catch the 89 National Express Bus at Oldbury Interchange to Newbury Lane. Click here to watch a video showing you how to catch the bus from Oldbury to Portway Lifestyle Centre.


From West Bromwich

You can catch the 289 National Express Bus from West Bromwich Bus Station direct to Newbury Lane. Click here to watch a video showing you how to catch the bus from West Bromwich to Portway Lifestyle Centre.


From Rowley Regis

You can catch the 89 National Express Bus from outside Barclays Bank on Birmingham Road direct to Newbury Lane. Click here to watch a video showing you how to catch the bus from Rowley Regis to Portway Lifestyle Centre.


From Wednesbury

You can catch the metro to West Bromwich. Then catch the 289 National Express Bus from West Bromwich bus station direct to Newbury Lane. Click here to watch a video showing you how to catch the bus from Wednesbury to Portway Lifestyle Centre.


From Dudley

You can catch the 126 from Dudley Bus Station direct to the Birmingham Road at the bottom of Newbury Lane. You can also watch a video of how to get to Portway from Dudley.


You can also access travel information and plan cycling, public transport, walking and car sharing journeys to the centre by using the Travelwise West Midlands website. Alternatively you could visit www.travelinewestmidlands.co.uk or call Traveline on 0871 200 2233. The Network West Midlands website has information on tickets, travel cards and concessionary travel.

Ring and Ride


If you require a Ring and Ride service you can book this by visiting; www.wmsnt.org or www.ringandride.org You can also call 0121 327 8128 or email: enquiries@wmsnt.org


Building Opening Times


Monday to Friday 7am - 10pm

Saturday and Sunday 7am – 6pm

Project Partners


Sandwell Council, in partnership with Sandwell Leisure Trust, Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS, Sandwell Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) and Sport England are together delivering this new health, well being, sport and leisure facility. Sandwell LIFT is a public private partnership set up to modernise health, social care and community premises across Sandwell.

Portway Service Users Group


We are looking for enthusiastic, forward thinking individuals, with an interest in disabled sport and physical provisions, to join our Service User group. 

We would like to capture your practical experiences of using the centre in order to improve the service we provide.  

We want to ensure that customers of the facility are suitably represented and that their concerns and comments are appropriately voiced and we would like to capture success stories and positive feedback of the service. For details on how to apply see our Portway Service Users Group poster...




The Reference Group


The Reference Group brings together Sandwell representatives to discuss and support the ongoing development of this new facility to serve the wider community. Click on these links for further details on the Reference Group and a list of organisations involved. 

How can we help, ask questions and find out more...


We will do our very best to help with all your can your enquiries.

You can email us portwayinfo@slt-leisure.co.uk

you can call us on 0300 012 0121

You can also text your enquiry and contact details by texting keyword PORTWAY followed by your message and details to 60777

You can also use the Contact Us area on this website.

 

Portway Lifestyle Centre - Questions


Read a summary of frequently asked questions about the Centre.

View our online photo gallery of the development of Portway Lifestyle Centre

Please check with the centre for specific programme and facility opening times.

Portway Lifestyle Centre,
OLDBURY

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