One of Support through Sport UK's main aims is to encourage, and help, UK sports clubs to become more inclusive (by letting them know what they need to do to accommodate disabled, young, older members etc.). Thus, this part of the Support through Sport UK website provides clubs with some resources and information to help them on their way. Support through Sport UK would be very keen to hear from anyone who can provide any other useful, relevant material ...
Sports Coach UK is inspired by a belief that good sports coaches not only enhance sporting experiences, but increase and sustain active lifestyles too. Sports Coach UK recognises that, with disabled people accounting for around 20% of the population, it is likely that at some point sports leaders will coach a disabled person. Thus, sports leaders need an understanding of how to differentiate their coaching to ensure that people of all abilities are reaching their true potential and achieving their personal goals. As a consequence, Sports Coach UK has developed guidance to support the development of sports leaders' knowledge around coaching disabled people. Sport Coach UK encourages you to overcome your fear of not being able to provide appropriate support and open your coaching up to an incredibly rewarding experience that will push your coaching abilities just that bit further!
The Royal National College for the Blind is actively involved in promoting access to sport around the UK via a range of courses for professionals, including coaching workshops. The College is keen to link up groups so that best practice can be shared and access to sport encouraged.
The English Federation of Disability Sport has developed a tool to help clubs to include more disabled people in their activities. The toolkit will give you ideas, methods and resources to ensure everyone has a positive club experience.
The English Federation of Disability Sport also has the following club development resources:
Young, Disabled People
Hampshire County Council has produced an 'inclusion resource pack' that is designed to assist people who work in out-of-school settings that provide activities for young people (e.g. sports clubs). The objective of the 'inclusion resource pack' is to provide some easy-to-follow tips, suggestions and resources to support clubs in being even more inclusive for disabled young people. Please find a booklet, self-assesment form and some disability information cards below:
The NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU)'s mission is to 'build the capacity of sports to safeguard children and young people in and through sport and to enable sports organisations to lead the way in keeping children safe from harm.' The CPSU has produced a number of helpful resources that provide constructive guidance on how to keep deaf and disabled children safe in sport ...
The English Federation of Disability Sport, in association with Age UK, has produced a guide that presents information, recommendations and examples of good practice to support practitioners in providing opportunities for older disabled people to participate in, and benefit from, physical activity within their local communities. In addition, check out Age UK's Fit as a Fiddle website (Fit as a Fiddle being the Age UK programme to help, support and encourage exercise and healthy eating in later life) ...
Sport England has recently awarded Age UK a grant to work with governing bodies of sport and Sports Leaders UK to develop training to enable volunteers and sports leaders to work with older people with a disability. Age UK will be keeping Support through Sport UK informed of developments as the project evolves.
Sport Coach UK recognises that coaching women and girls is different to coaching their male counterparts. Sports coach UK works with the Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation on an ongoing basis to ensure they provide coaches with the most up to date and relevant guidance and research about women in sport.
Sport Coach UK provides a one-stop-shop for anyone who either coaches children, wants to coach children, or wants to know more about this area of learning to widen their own personal development or support others. The link below will furnish you with a variety of resources to help you introduce children to sport and support them to fulfil their needs, dreams and achieve their potential.
The NSPCC CPSU has a vast library of resources that will help you to keep all your younger sports club members - both disabled and able-bodied - safe.
Support through Sport UK is extremely grateful for the support from Sports Coach UK, the Royal National College for the Blind, Hampshire County Council, Age UK, the English Federation of Disability Sport and the NSPCC CPSU.
The Support through Sport UK website features a number of interviews with individuals, clubs or organisations that have successfully embraced inclusivity ...
Gemma Kehoe - has set up a disabled football team
Neil Harris - uses sport to promote mental well-being
Martin Verweij - organises children's running races
Patrick McGeough - works with the Wheelchair Dance Sport Association (UK)
James Gilley - uses sport to help the homeless
Jemma Brown - works with Blind Cricket England and Wales
Hannah Krepski - encourages babies and very young children to take up exercise
Paul Doling - works with the Dwarf Sport Association UK
Liz Woodall - helps to make shooting accessible to disabled people
Lucy Hodges - encourages blind and visually-impaired people to have a go at sailing
Sharon Bassett - encourages very young children to take up sport
Sensei Mike Dunn - has set up karate sessions for blind and visually-impaired students
Chris Barker - offers diving sessions for those with disabilities
Chris Wren - works with the Rushmoor Mallards, one of the country's most successful disability sports clubs
Stephen Ball - has helped to make Castleford RUFC one of the country's most inclusive sports clubs
Robert Hall - has set up Guildford Rowing Club's Adaptive Rowing Squad