Access to Leisure and Learning

The service has now been reactivated for new annual membership applications (subject to meeting the eligibility criteria). For the time being, we would request that all applications, wherever possible, are made online, rather than in person at enrolling centres. This is to minimise face to face contact and the handling of cash, to control the spread of COVID-19.

We recognise that during the lockdown, and subsequent closure of venues and activities, you have been unable to receive the full benefit of your annual membership.

For members whose card expired between 26 March and 1 August and for existing members whose card will expire between 1 August and 25 March 2021, we will therefore be offering a 4 month extension on your membership.

Whilst some venues have reopened, a full timetable may not be operating and some activities may not be available. In addition, some venues may not yet have been able to reopen. Please check with the venues before visiting to check availability and to see if booking is required in advance.

Please also ensure that when visiting any of the venues, you familiarise yourself with the important measures and additional guidelines for your safety and the safety of others to control the spread of COVID-19.


1. Overview

Access to Leisure and Learning is Poole's discount scheme that allows disabled people, people on low incomes and those in full-time education (aged 16 years and over) to take part in leisure and sports activities at reduced rates.

Where you can use your card

You can use your discount card at the following organisations.

Partners in the scheme offer discounts of between 10% to 75%.

Please contact the individual venues for full discount details.

Leisure centres:

Sports and Leisure Clubs:

Other services and organisations:

Please make sure you check out the organisation or coach by asking the following:

  • what are your qualifications?
  • what level of public liability do you/does your club have?
  • what first aid qualification/cover is there?
  • are coaches/volunteers DBS checked (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly the Criminal Records Bureau) (if they are working with under 18's or vulnerable adults)
  • is the club accredited by its national governing body?
Page last updated: 09 September 2020
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