The Department for Culture, Media and Sport launched a consultation paper at the beginning of August to inform a new strategy for sport. The consultation considers a range of beneficial outcomes that can result from people taking part in physical activity and sport. These include a stronger sense of social inclusion, better health and even increased employability.
In the foreword Tracey Crouch MP, Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage, makes reference to ensuring that people of varying ability to participate in sports can. She states that: “We need to consider how we make sure that everyone – no matter who they are and no matter what their ability – has the opportunity to take part. As part of this we need to ensure that sport is designed to meet the demands of consumers, who each have different motivations and engage with sport in different ways.”
This is an opportunity to feed into the government’s future sports policy, and to ensure that the voices of disabled people are represented. The Minister for Disabled People states on page 45: “Whoever is participating, it is important that Government ensures that everyone is able to take part, perform and work in a safe and accessible environment.”
The DAA encourages members to feed into the consultation. To respond, please click ‘Respond to consultation’. You can also submit material for consideration, for example documents that cannot be uploaded to the website, to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is 2nd October.