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Background

Pent Valley Leisure Centre commonly known as PVLC is part of Pent Valley Technology College, located in the Cheriton ward of Folkestone in Shepway.  PVLC opened in 2005 after receiving a grant of £2.7 million from the National Lottery and was designed to provide accessible sporting opportunities to the children of Pent Valley Technology College and the local community with a focus on disability sport.

Pent Valley Leisure Centre is one of only 400 sites that are accredited by the Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI).At the end of 2008, Pent Valley Leisure Centre gained two awards at the first IFI Awards ceremony, first for 'Creating Inclusive Environments' recognising both the design of the facility and the ongoing commitment of the staff to break down barriers to participation. The second award was ‘Outstanding Achievement’ the highest Award given by the IFI, which held up Pent Valley Leisure Centre as the benchmark for all inclusive sites in the UK. 

In 2009 Pent Valley Leisure Centre was also awarded the Fitness Industry Association (FIA) FLAME Award 2009 in the category of Educational Club of the Year. These awards recognise our high level of enthusiasm, professionalism and commitment to inclusive sport. 

Pent Valley Leisure Centre was also selected as a pre-games training camp for the London 2012 Paralympics, offering use of the facilities to paralympians training in Wheelchair Basketball, Sitting Volleyball, Boccia, Wheelchair Rugby and Wheelchair Fencing.

The Centre was opened by Colin Jackson and Noel Thatcher on 20th May 2005.