The Sports and physical activity project is part of our work on Inclusive Communities. Its aims, project updates and group members can be found below.
To improve engagement between disabled people and sport and physical activity providers leading to increased opportunities for participation.
This is a new project. The focus is to develop partnerships across sectors, to share our knowledge, expertise and better practice to help providers deliver more inclusive programmes.
The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS), who will be leading this project have already been engaging with Alliance members from across the country, providing a valuable link to local sport industry partners and providers.
We are now looking to increase the membership of the project group to help promote this work across the alliance and other sectors.
Three main aims of the project are to ensure that:
- Everyone involved in providing sport or physical activity will support disabled people to participate.
- Disabled People will have the same opportunity as non-disabled people to be active throughout their lives.
- All communications about sport and physical activity will promote positive public attitudes towards disabled people’s participation.
Sport and Physical Activity – Lead: English Federation of Disability Sport
The steering group met on the 20th April with 6 members varying from the sports and non-sports sector. The group held discussions on what we could realistically achieve as a group with ensuring that we could support the main aim of the group which is “increasing the number of disabled people participating in sport and physical activity opportunities.”
The group maintained that the main focus would be to promote the EFDS Charter for Change which has three main “Asks” within it but the groups unique strength was its connections through the DAA membership and therefore we agreed that we would concentrate on “ASK 2” of the charter which is get more non sport organisations to make sport and Physical activity as a part of their offer.
The group have a realistic understanding of what they can do to promote PA and sport to the non-sport sector and agreed the following:-
- Promote the Charter for Change with specific emphasis on “Ask 2” within the DAA membership.
The group have organised a Mini conference last November that was supported by the Minister for Disabled People (Justin Tomlinson) at Central Hall Westminster as was attended by over 70 non sporting and sporting organisations in promoting and launching the charter for change. The group have also organised 2 Regional days in the North West (Preston) and Yorkshire (Sheffield) to promote the charter and to build effective partnerships between the strategic sports sector and local DAA members with over 35 differing organisations in attendance on both days.
- To develop a resource page for sport and non-sport organisations on the DAA website.
The resource page has been developed by EFDS in conjunction with DAA secretariats that covers contacts, resources and good practice. The group agreed that this needs reviewing with the newly appointed secretariats with DRUK.
- To promote good practice via the website, especially with non-sport case studies.
3 case studies have been developed for Gloucestershire, Staffordshire and Tees valley that fit within the resource page. 2 new case studies for Essex and Northants have been produced and are awaiting to go on the resource page after discussions with the DRUK secretariat.
- To connect non sport and sports organisations together through appropriate contacts and networks.
45 Service and mapping county documents have been produced that identifies key organisations from the non-sport sectors including third, voluntary, private and statutory services that provide key services to disabled people. These documents have been shared with every County Sport partnerships in the country in order to build effective partnerships and relationships. This has resulted in 33 county disability steering groups being developed with key members coming from both sectors.
- To develop a non-sport resource that educates and informs the sector about sport and PA.
The Non sport resource has been designed and developed and will be a part of the Web based Disability Rights UK personalisation resource. The paper format will align to the EFDS engagement resources and will have the DAA and DRUK logo and be finalised in September 2016.
- To promote free inclusive community sport/PA training to the non-sport sector organisations.
Inclusive Community training has been promoted at all three events (London, Yorkshire and Preston) as well as been promoted to all DAA members.
Total number of individuals from NCS attending open workshops – 36
Total number of workshops booked – 21
Total number of workshops being organised – 1 (possibly 3 in total)
Total number of bespoke workshops already delivered – 1 (participant numbers tbc.)
November/December 2015 – The Sport and Physical Activity Project in partnership with DAA members, (and Steering Group members) EFDS and DRUK held the successful ‘Making Active Lives Possible’ conference on Tuesday 24 November 2015. The Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson MP spoke at the event, attended by over 70 organisations. You can view a video clip of the Ministers speech on You Tube here.
Further clips will be added in the new year, so we will share them as they become available.
September 2015 – The project group met on 11th September to review the aims of the group, and their priorities. Members will continue to promote the Charter for Change. In addition, work is under way for the new resource page, which will be added to the website when finalised.
July 2015 – In the coming months the project hopes to develop a new resource page for the DAA website. It will also use Charter for Change as a catalyst to encourage development of local cross sector networks. The group is considering holding an event in the autumn.
June 2015 – The project group met for the first time on 16th June and agreed an action plan. The group is seeking to expand its membership to take forward its work, so do let us know if you would like to join.
Charter for Change
DAA member English Federation of Disability Sport champions disabled people’s right to participate in physical activity and sport. Their Charter for Change sets out what disabled people say they need to make this possible.
The DAA Physical Activity and Sport Project is working to support the Charter and encourage local partnerships between providers, disabled people and the non-sport sector to put the principals of the Charter into practice.
We are asking you to sign up to the charter and make active lives possible, for all.
Download your copy of the Charter for Change (PDF).
Chair: Ray Ashley – English Federation of Disability Sport
Andrew Clark – Bucks Disability Service (BUDS)
Jade Harris – London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC)
Leanne Wightman – Disability Rights UK (DRUK)
[New members wanted]