This resource page provides links to information for physical activity and sport providers, who want to encourage more disabled customers and for disabled people who want to take part in physical activity. This will also be a useful resource for non sports providers and public services, with an interest in increasing disabled peoples opportunities to take up physical activity. These links have been collated by Disability Action Alliance members which we hope you find useful.
We will continue to add to this page over time. However, if you are aware of any helpful resources that are not included on this page, please contact us.
Sources of advice for coaches and venues
EFDS Inclusion Club Hub – This hub is a free online tool for sports clubs. You can use it to access a free report on your club and gather information on how to improve your activities for disabled people.
Access for all: Opening Doors. A guide to support sports clubs to improve physical access for disabled people– aims to break down one of the main barriers for people with a range of impairments- venue accessibility.
Access for all: EFDS inclusive communications guide – It supports providers to reach a wider audience, including more disabled people..
Coaching disabled people with specific impairments -These fact sheets give an overview and top tips when working with people with specific impairments.
‘Unified Sports Handbook’ – Special Olympics GB – This handbook includes information for coaches to start and maintain a successful Unified Sports program.
Be an inclusive tennis venue – New guidance about inclusive tennis including the accessibility of facilities.
Engaging older disabled people in physical activity – this guide was produced with and for Age UK to support older disabled people in fitness.
Active for Autism: Top tips for engaging people with autism in sport and physical activity – a top tips fact sheet to support sport and physical activity professionals to engage and encourage more people with Autism to take part in sport and physical activity.
Training for workforce
Active Kids for All Inclusive Training – This web page provides information on this training initiative, which seeks to improve confidence in delivering sports, based activities to disabled people.
‘Delivering an Excellent Service for Disabled Customers’ – eLearning course – This explores inclusive customer service, perceptions of disability, effective communication, legislation and much more.
Sainsbury’s Active Kids for All Inclusive PE – This site provides information about free training and resources to help teachers and school staff learn how to provide high-quality PE for all young people.
Autism training for sport and physical activity professionals – The National Autistic Society offers training and consultancy support for sports practitioners in a variety of formats.
Sources of advice for disabled users
54 ways to remain happy and healthy: http://garagegymplanner.com/happy-and-healthy/.
Vouchercloud Adaptive Skiing Resort Guide provides people with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of snow sports at resorts and facilities throughout North America.
A quick guide to amputee sport from Potter Rees Dolan : http://www.prd.uk.com/blog/quick-guide-amputee-sports
EFDS has an extensive, regularly updated list of local activities, competitions and events to get involved with – visit their website to see what’s going on in your area.
Sports participation opportunities – provides an online search for many activities in all sorts of sports, at lots of locations.
Being Active: Guide to support inactive disabled people to enjoy a more active lifestyle –provides information to disabled people, so they have control over where, what and how they can start being active.
The Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI), provides accessible physical activity. To find your nearest IFI Mark gym, search on this page.
BBC Get Inspired provides an activity finder for anyone to search through a range of opportunities around the country. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/get-inspired
‘Let’s Get Active’ Guide – This guide will give information on the benefits of being active and where you can go if you want to take part in sport and physical activity.
Impairment specific: PHC Fit for Life and Sport guides – a number of impairment-specific guides to help people understand how to lead a healthy, active lifestyle.
The Premier League Fans Fund is a three-year commitment from the Premier League to fund projects and organisations which improve the relationship between fans and their clubs, the way football supporters engage with each other and fans’ experience of the game. The Fans Fund Small Grants Scheme offers grants of up to £20,000 for projects that look to address the aims of the scheme. The three aims of the scheme are to:
- Improve the relationship between fans and their clubs
- Improve the way football supporters engage with each other
- Improve fans’ experience of the game.
Further information can be found on the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) website here, or you can email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Disability Sports Coach (DSC) Community Clubs are fun, accessible clubs that provide Paralympic and multi-sports for disabled people aged 11 and over. The clubs are run in 11 London Boroughs by coaches specialising in disability sports. They hope to encourage all disabled people, regardless of their fitness level, or sporting prowess, with the chance to take part in regular sporting activity.
National Disability Sports Organisations
There are eight National Disability Sports Organisations that provide advice, support and opportunities for people with specific impairments to take part in sport and physical activity. Further information can be found on the English Federation of Disability Sport here.
This resource page was updated on 18/10/2016, having been launched in October 2015.