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Just Ride Southend

30 August 2018

Are you looking for a fun and affordable way to get fit and active and you live in Southend…..

Just Ride Southend runs regular drop‑in inclusive cycling sessions for people of all ages and abilities. Based at Southend Leisure & Tennis Centre at Garon Park, they provide a safe traffic-free experience with specially adapted cycles to cater for all disabilities or health conditions. Their aim is to provide a safe fun experience for everyone.

For more details of their activities check them out here

In other news British Blind Sport Have a Go Day South Wales

International Workshop on Cycling Training

30 August 2018

An International Workshop on Delivering Cycling Training and Activity Sessions for Disabled People will take place at University College London on Tuesday, 11th of September 2018.

The workshop will focus on the delivery of inclusive cycling activities/training based on the experiences in the UK, Netherlands and Japan. The workshop topics will include: instructor training, developing a guideline for delivering inclusive cycling training, inclusive transport planning and improving perceptions of disabled people, parents, carers and cycling instructors on the current provision of inclusive cycling activities. The workshop will cover cycling activity provision for a variety of impairments and ages.

This event will be a great opportunity to discuss the current situation of cycling delivery for disabled people and to network with academics and practitioners from Japan and the Netherlands involved in disability cycling, as well as other UK-based organisations.

The workshop is free to attend.

RSVP and a full list of guest speakers can be found here

In other news Deaf Tennis Festival and Deaf National Championships 2018

Dawid is proving Disabled People can get into fitness

30 August 2018

Dawid  Reszczynski is a remarkable person. Originally from Poland and born with cerebral palsy, he along with his family came to live in the UK eleven years ago.

As early as 14 Dawid fell in love with keeping fit and he started working out at his local gym, Henbury Leisure Centre. He found a natural home there, and while still a teenager was able to secure a work experience placement with the personal training team. Dawid have since gone on to greater things, becoming a qualified fitness instructor in 2016 and even finding work at his local gym. But his ambition didn’t stop there. After gaining some experience, he knew he wanted to branch out on his own. “Recently, I have been in the process of setting up my own business in gym instructing,” he says.

“The aim is to get more disabled people interested in fitness and to provide a specifically tailored and carefully thought out programme for the individuals. Through my own experiences I have built up a good range of knowledge in this area.”

Read more of Dawid’s inspiring story here

In other news New film collection highlights ways to apply ten principles in activities

Accessibility Mark Reaches Golden Milestone

29 August 2018

A national scheme to encourage more disabled people to take up horse riding has reached a golden milestone with 50 equestrian centres now holding the Accessibility Mark accreditation.

The Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme to work with riding centres with the aim of opening up more opportunities for disabled people to participate in riding.

Sparsholt College in Hampshire, signed up for the scheme following successfully meeting all the criteria set out by the RDA and completing the training to become the 50th Accessibility Mark centre.

Accessibility Mark started out as a unique pilot project in 2014 with a small number of centres contributing to equestrian sports Olympic and Paralympic legacy, to build on the phenomenal rise in awareness of disability sport that London 2012 created.

The idea behind commercial riding centres attaining the accreditation is to encourage them to open their doors to more disabled riders after extensive research found that there is a high unmet demand for riding opportunities for disabled people.

With many centres already providing riding lessons to disabled people the accreditation also offers the centre and its staff support, giving advice and guidance drawing on the extensive expertise of the RDA on everything from appropriate lesson planning to the use of specialist equipment.

Lead Accessibility Mark Support Officer, Lizzie Hill said: “When we launched the project four years ago we knew there were centres who felt they needed more support but we couldn’t predict how popular they would become.

“The centres we work with are really trying to open their doors to more disabled clients and we are definitely seeing a difference in numbers of people taking up the sport, and also a growth in confidence of those centres we work with.”

The golden milestone is particularly significant as the RDA head in to their 50th anniversary year in 2019, with events planned throughout the year, including the opening of the new National Training Centre.

Accessibility Mark status is awarded to a riding centre that has been approved by RDA following training and assessment. The close link with the RDA means that they offer continuous support to the establishment to ensure they provide you with a first class service and an experience that aims to be hugely beneficial.

There are currently 50 Accessibility Mark approved centres across the country.

To find your nearest RDA Group or Accessibility Mark centre visit

In other news: Sparsholt College Equestrian Becomes the 50th Centre to Gain Accessibility Mark Accreditation.

Most successful World Championships for British Wheelchair Basketball

28 August 2018

Issued by Activity Alliance

The men’s and women’s GB Wheelchair Basketball teams have dominated the 2018 World Championships held in Hamburg, Germany this month. Both squads return home with twenty four medals in their hand luggage.

The GB Men’s Wheelchair Basketball team claim the 2018 World Championships Crown in a dramatic final game showdown against the USA.

In what was undoubtedly a battle of the wheelchair basketball titans as Paralympic Bronze medalist GB met Gold Medalist the USA in the final game of the 2018 World Championships. The USA side having served GB their only defeat in an otherwise unblemished tournament record during the pool stages.

Phil Pratt’s men left their hearts on the Hamburg court in the final as they delivered a commanding and unstoppable performance – the numbers speak for themselves with George Bates, Harry Brown, Gregg Warburton, Phil Pratt and Lee Manning all adding to the GB points tally. Bates achieving an incredible 87% FG average and Pratt making 12 assists.

Seeing the gold within their sights the GB men ratcheted up the pressure in the final quarter and cleared a strong seventeen point win. It was an emotional moment for Head Coach’s Haj Bhania’s team who headed to Hamburg with the singular mission of bringing home the gold.

Much has been said about the changing of the guard within his World Championship squad but ultimately what they brought to court was a true GB team through and through.

Following the win, Captain Phil Pratt, commented:

“Unbelievable feeling right now – to beat some of my idols growing up like Steve Serio and Matt Scott – these guys were my role models growing up and I used to watch hours and hours of their games.

“To beat them by 17 points in the final is unbelievable – I don’t think they’ve lost a game for nearly four years, so to be the team that break that streak, wow. We are such a young team – but we are good friends. This showed on the floor when times got tough – we dug in deep and knew it would come good at the end. As a team our future as a team is huge.”

The British Wheelchair Basketball’s GB Performance Programme can rightfully be proud of its squad today – the men’s senior, men’s junior and women’s junior teams all now hold current World Championship titles and our GB women holding the silver.

History has been made at the 2018 World Championships with the GB men having won their first ever World Championships and the women securing their first ever place at a final and silver medal at a major.

With yesterday marking exactly two years until the Tokyo Paralympics the future is looking very good for British Wheelchair Basketball.

Play awards

  • All Star Women: Helen Freeman
  • MVP Tournament (Men): Gregg Warburton

Tournament results

In other news: Congratulations to British Wheelchair Basketball! To find out how you can get active in your local area. Click here. 

International Skating Union (ISU) recognises Inclusive Skating

28 August 2018

Issued by Inclusive Skating

The International Skating Union has made a major decision that will change the face of ice skating for the disabled and disabled sport in general.

The ISU have accepted and recognised the Inclusive Skating event format. This is the first official recognition given to Inclusive Skating by the sport’s international governing body and paves the way for worldwide competitive disabled skating.

The Inclusive Skating event structure was first piloted in 2012 and featured on BBC news. Since then it has been refined and now allows skaters with any disability to compete safely and fairly. Inclusive Skating’s classification model converts all disabilities into an impairment percentage. This gives an impairment score which is added to the skater’s performance score. So, when the final result is calculated all skaters are put on a level playing field.

This means the model can evaluate all skaters fairly and equally. The Glasgow 2019 International event has been sanctioned and features on the official ISU calendar for the first time. Consequently, all ISU eligible skaters and officials are permitted and encouraged to take part in any current and future Inclusive Skating events.

“This marks a major milestone in the Inclusive Skating journey and we would like to thank the ISU for their cooperation and support. We hope that they enjoy being part of the Inclusive Skating community as much as we do!”, said Margarita Sweeney-Baird, Founder and Chair of Inclusive Skating.

In other news: From Boccia to Ice Skating – It’s important to find the right activity for you!

Deaf Tennis Festival and Deaf National Championships 2018

21 August 2018

Don’t miss out on being part of the 2018 Deaf Tennis Festival and Deaf National Championships at the National Tennis Centre! The Festival and Championships are organised by national charity, the Tennis Foundation.

All the details you need are below but if you have any questions please get in touch with Liz Terry at Tennis Foundation – Email Liz Terry.

We are looking forward to a fantastic weekend of deaf tennis!

Deaf Tennis Festival

On September 15 and 16 the Tennis Foundation is running a festival of deaf tennis. There will be a range of fun events and competitions to ensure there is an activity right for everyone!

We will have fun activities for beginners which will let them try tennis, learn new skills and take part with friends, siblings and parents – these activities are for everyone, not just those who are deaf.

There will be a fun competition in a Fast 4 format – this competition is only for deaf players but you can leave your hearing aids in. You don’t need to be a superstar – the focus is on enjoying tennis in a match environment!

Venue: The National Tennis Centre, 100 Priory Lane, Roehampton (London) SW15 5JQ

Dates: Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September 2018

Time: 9am start both days, Saturday we will finish activities around 5pm with the BBQ at 6pm. Sunday finish time approx. 3pm. If you are taking part in activities only you can be flexible, just book a time with us via email

Cost: Fun Competition – £10 per player / Activities only – £5 per player

All players will be given a complimentary BBQ Meal on Saturday night with player’s guests being invited to join us for £10 per person

To book: Email Liz Terry

Accommodation: There is limited accommodation onsite at the National Tennis Centre at £48 per person per night (you will share a room with someone else).  This can be booked on a first come, first served basis via Liz Terry – Email Liz Terry.

Deaf National Championships

The Deaf National Championships will also be taking place alongside the festival. This event will see Great Britain’s best deaf players battling it out for the title of National Champion – a great spectacle!

On the Saturday evening there will also be a BBQ for everyone – a great way to make new friends.

Venue: The National Tennis Centre, 100 Priory Lane, Roehampton (London) SW15 5JQ

Dates: Friday 14 – Sunday 16 September 2018

Time: Friday qualifying or Round 1 matches to start from 4pm. Saturday and Sunday play to begin at 9.30am

Cost: Deaf Nationals Main Draw Competition – £25 per player

All players will be given a complimentary BBQ Meal on Saturday night with player’s guests being invited to join us for £10 per person

To enter: Visit Online entry for Deaf National Tennis Championships 2018

Accommodation: There is limited accommodation onsite at the National Tennis Centre at £48 per person per night (you will share a room with someone else.) This can be booked on a first come, first served basis via Liz Terry – Email Liz Terry.

In other news: Leadership programme calling for Disabled People involved in football

New film collection highlights ways to apply Ten Principles in activities

Issued by Activity Alliance                                                                         21 August 2018

Yesterday Activity Alliance, supported by Sport England, released five Ten Principles in action films. Following on from the first film released in June that introduced the Principles, viewers meet Shay, TP, Tony, Anthony and Hannah. The latest collection guides providers on how they too could apply the principles in their own activities.

The five disabled people talk about how activity fits into their life and what it means to them to be active. Each film pinpoints two principles out of the ten to demonstrate how these work in action.

Activity Alliance worked for the first time with Manchester based production company Viva La Zoom to create the stories that highlight the ten principles in action. We will introduce each film from Monday to Friday this week. First up was thirteen-year-old Shay on Monday, followed by TP, Tony, Anthony and Hannah.

Barry Horne, Chief Executive for Activity Alliance said:
“Whilst many providers already offer opportunities for disabled people to take part, the high number of disabled people who are inactive remains a major cause for concern. Disabled people told us that, too often, they are unaware of opportunities available to them or said that what is offered is not appealing or accessible enough.

“These films provide a range of ideas on how we can all make opportunities attractive and inclusive. What’s clear from our experience of applying the principles is that they can be adapted to all audiences but include some considerations which are particularly important to successfully engaging disabled people.”

In October 2014, Activity Alliance (under its former name the English Federation of Disability Sport) released the Talk to Me report. This report outlines ten principles developed with disabled people that sports providers should follow to help make their activities more appealing.

The report and its principles have been key pieces for Activity Alliance. Not only are they now widely used across the sector and at the heart of new programmes like Get Out Get Active, the principles were positively referenced in the Government’s 2015 strategy, Sporting Future.

The Ten Principles in action films are available on Activity Alliance’s YouTube Channel. To watch Shay, TP, Tony, Anthony, Hannah and Tony’s stories visit the playlist here.

For more information about the Ten Principles and Talk to Me report, visit our research page, or contact

Find more information on Activity Alliance on our website

In other news:Activity Alliance releases Ten Principles film.

British Blind Sport Have a Go Day South Wales

17 August 2018

British Blind Sport are delighted to announce a Have a Go Day in South Wales.

Come along and take part in an entirely free day of sport and activities including Judo, Guide Running, Football, Tennis and many more. Open to anyone with a visual impairment aged 5 and up. Friends and family are also welcome. Register for the Have a Go Day in South Wales.

Working in with Sport Cardiff and Cardiff Institute for the Blind, this event will take place at Cardiff House of Sport, Cardiff on Saturday 29th September. A number of successful events have already been held this year including Cambridge, London, Liverpool and Surrey. Here’s what other participants had to say:

“We had an amazing day altogether in the family. It was great to have both my VI children and their siblings involved as it made the day much more fun. Thank you for organising!’ Parent of participants, Have a Go Day Surrey

When and Where

Venue: Cardiff House of Sport, Clos Parc Morgannwg, Cardiff CF11 8AW

Date: Saturday 29th September 12:30 to 5pm

 Get Involved!

Register for the Have a Go Day in South Wales

For further details please contact Alex Pitts, Participation Officer on telephone:  07929 356428 or email

In other news: British Blind Sport are also organizing a Have a Go Day in Bristol!

Sparsholt College Equestrian Becomes the 50th Centre to Gain Accessibility Mark Accreditation

17 August 2018

Sparsholt College in Hampshire is delighted to have secured Accessibility Mark accreditation to expand its services to disabled people.

The college joined forces with Andover RDA group in 2017 and have recently expanded on this by becoming an Accessibility Mark Centre.

The Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme to work with riding centres with the aim of opening up more opportunities for disabled people to participate in riding.

The college offers a wide range of equine programs especially designed to enable both adults and children to develop their skills, improve their awareness, communication and confidence.  This combined with the numerous therapeutic benefits of riding to help individuals become stronger and more supple within a community of like-minded people is a fantastic way to widen participation in the sport.

Through the Accessibility Mark Centre initiative, the college has been able to successfully train its coaches’, all of whom already hold BHS coaching qualifications, to be a part of this life-transforming venture.

Gabbie McHenry, the Equine Centre Manager explained, ‘Many of the college’s full-time equine students enjoyed being a part of the RDA group sessions last year, gaining valuable experience in volunteering as ride leaders, side walkers and training to become coaches themselves. This opportunity allowed Sparsholt students an insight into working alongside others who have difficulties and disabilities which they found not only rewarding but inspiring too.’

The college will continue to work closely with the RDA to gain further training and advice.  However, by becoming an Accessibility Mark Centre, the hope is that this will enable more students to join as volunteers and become involved in a variety of ways.  The centre will also be able to host additional lessons and expand the offer beyond the current weekly group lesson.

Accessibility Mark status is awarded to a riding centre that has been approved by the RDA following training and assessment. The close link with the RDA means that they offer continuous support to the establishment to ensure they provide you with a first class service and an experience that aims to be hugely beneficial.

For further information contact Sparsholt College Equine Centre on 01962 776895 or visit

There are currently 50 Accessibility Mark approved centres across the country.

To find your nearest RDA Group or Accessibility Mark centre visit

In other news: Want more information on physical activity and sports? then look at this web page.

A personal take on the Tell us about Your Care partnership

17 August 2018

You may be aware that Disability Rights UK and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have a partnership to get you to tell us about care you receive from different providers. Our Communications Officer for Get Yourself Active, Leo Capella, provides his own perspective on providing feedback.

So you’re probably thinking:

Do the staff at Disability Rights UK do the things that we “urge” you to do like telling the CQC about the care we’ve received?

Well actually we do.

I’ve filled in the CQC form online at least once. I felt that it was nice to do as it gave me control and given that I didn’t have any concerns on that day it was nice to highlight some best practice including the friendly, clear, staff.

The online form itself is a short process around 5-10 minutes to fill in. And an easy one to go through with the option to leave irrelevant parts out. There is also a telephone option which you can use by dialing 0330 995 0400 and choosing option 1.

And knowing that I could fill in the survey and highlight any problems at the end of the day helped me remain composed as well as having some degree of control. And knowing that it’s around for any further issues is actually good to know for future trips.

After all it’s nice to know that I can be positive about the care that I’ve receive, as well as highlight things that worry me in future visits. And I’m not the only staff member volunteer or trustee that’s filled in the CQC form in.

And this service is not just for reporting your experiences of care in hospital. It’s for a whole list, including ones that aren’t just about medically based conditions but also service providers.

For example, I could actually review my experiences at a dentists, which is something that I’ll do the next time I go for a check-up of my teeth!

Also CQC really appreciate any feedback they can get their hands on. I say this as a few hours after my report I got a nice call from a CQC investigator who said it helps them with reviewing hospitals and thanked me letting them know about the care I received.

The CQC website can be accessed here, and in the meantime you can also provide direct feedback to the CQC on your experience of using any of the services they regulate. NB please remember to select Disability Rights UK in the ‘how heard’ section!

A leaflet that provides further information on our partnership can be downloaded here.

In other news: What are personal budgets? What are personal health budgets? Go to our glossary and find out!

Leadership programme calling for Disabled People involved in football

16 August 2018

Leadership programme calling for Disabled people involved in football.The Integrated Dreams Association is pleased to announce the Football for ALL leadership Programme. The programme aims to be the first course to promote employability and entrepreneurship of Disabled people in the world of football. Are you, or someone you know, involved in football and would like the opportunity?

Football for all logo

For the development of the project, the organisers are working  in partnership with three academic reference entities in Europe (Nova University of Lisbon, Trinity College Dublin and the IUN World International Fooball Institute, from Munique), as well as the Portuguese Football Association (FPF) and the SL Benfica Foundation.

The course plan includes two weeks of on-site classes to be held in Lisbon, from 26 November to 7 December 2018 and six months of project implementation or professional internship, taking place in the local region of the participant.

You can register and access more information on the official website of the programme or through the contact line of the programme here . Contact telephone: + 351 96 740 57 44

In other news Greater Manchester Moving are looking for a Programme Manager for their Local Delivery Pilot

British Blind Sport Have a Go Day Bristol

16 August 2018

British Blind Sport are organizing a Go Day programme in Bristol!  Working in partnership with Wesport and Vision West of England.

Open to anyone with a visual impairment aged 5 and up, including their friends and siblings, come along and take part in an entirely free day of activities including Cricket, Football, Guide Running and many more!

Last year a number of successful similar events took place across the UK. Here’s what other participants had to say:

“I found it amazing! The things I thought I couldn’t do, I actually could. Especially cycling for the first time in 11 years. I felt the wind on my face as we moved around the track. Really enjoyed the day and look forward to the next.” Participant, Have a Go Day Leicester

When and Where

Venue: Bristol Grammar School Sports Hall, University Road, Bristol BS8 1SR

Date: Saturday 15th September, 11am-4pm

Get Involved!

Register for the Have a Go Day in Bristol.  For further details please contact Alex Pitts, Participation Officer on telephone:  07929 356428 or email

In other news Indoor Games and Soft Sports in Sheffied!


Tuesday 14 August 2018

The Football Association [The FA] has today announced its new three-year equality, diversity and inclusion plan called In Pursuit of Progress.

The new plan is part of The FA’s commitment, announced in January 2018, to ensure the diversity of those leading and governing football better reflects what we see on the pitch in the modern game today.

In Pursuit of Progress is a new strategy that will deliver initiatives primarily focused around gender and ethnicity across The FA’s general workforce and leadership roles, including coaching staff across the England teams.

The FA’s three-year plan focuses on the following areas:

  •  The FA and Our Culture
  •  The England Teams’ Support Structure
  •  The Game’s Grassroots Workforce
  •  Inclusion Programme Across the Game

In 2014, The FA introduced English Football’s Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Action Plan and has continued to make good progress to improve equality, diversity and inclusion across English football. This includes the formation of The FA Inclusion Advisory Board [IAB], strict anti-discrimination regulations with robust reporting mechanisms and tough sanctions across the game, clear inclusion structures for every County FA with many progressing through the levels of the Equality Standard for Sport, and The FA meets Sport England’s Code for Sports Governance. As a result, The FA’s current workforce consists of 32% female staff, 13% staff from BAME backgrounds and has an average age of 37.

Today, The FA has set out a new, focused, challenging, yet achievable set of targets that have deliberately chosen to help drive faster and more meaningful change within the organisation. These changes will make The FA a more diverse organisation that will better reflect modern day football and society, whilst also helping to bring down barriers and inspire the next generation.

These new targets, which aim to be completed by 2021, initially focus on improving opportunities around gender and ethnicity, however The FA will continue to work with and support all under-represented groups, to ensure football is For All.

Greg Clarke, FA Chairman, said: “As the governing body of English football we want to lead the way in equality, diversity and inclusion. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it will also benefit the organisation greatly. A diverse workforce is an effective workforce and we want The FA to reflect modern society in this country. It will not happen overnight, but this is a significant step in the right direction to make football more equal, more diverse and more inclusive For All.”

Paul Elliott, Chair of The FA Inclusion Advisory Board [IAB], said: “This new plan signifies The FA’s determination to accelerate the pace of change of the organisation and taking a real leadership role. Since 2016 The FA has more than doubled the number of senior women – including now having three women on the FA Board. BAME representation at The FA has also improved greatly over recent years, but we know there is room for improvement. This new commitment from The FA proves that they are redoubling their efforts to bring our great sport together.”

To download The FA’s In Pursuit of Progress plan, please visit:

In other news: Activity Alliance releases updated inclusive communications resource


Activity Alliance releases updated inclusive communications resource

Issued by Activity Alliance
Tuesday 14 August 2018

Activity Alliance is adding to its bank of resources with a series of new factsheets that support providers to be more accessible and inclusive in their communications. Written in partnership with Big Voice Communications and Sport England, each factsheet is bursting with bitesize tips and better practice guidance. If applied effectively, the resource can help providers to reach a wider audience, including more disabled people.

Since the first Inclusive Communications Guide launched in 2014, Activity Alliance is proud to be considered a leader in sport and active recreation on this important topic. As well as producing the Guide and its complementary film, Activity Alliance regularly advises partners and delivers workshops to raise awareness of the key principles. The impact has been notable with many local and national partners, leading to changes in their communication processes and promotions.

One in five people in England have an impairment or long-term health condition – around 11.5 million people. However, currently, disabled people are twice as likely to be inactive as non-disabled people. There is a long way to go to address this imbalance, and accessible and inclusive communications play an important role in this.

As with any other large population group, there can be no one-size-fits-all approach to how or what is communicated with disabled people. Despite the advances in technology, a number of different factors or barriers can still prevent audiences from accessing communications.

Updated with the latest insight, these new ten factsheets aim to address the main communication barriers that many people experience when accessing opportunities. They provide clear guidance and practical tips on effective planning, design and delivery of accessible and inclusive marketing communications. The factsheets cover a range of subjects, channels, tools and platforms, including:
1. Social media
2. Promoting your events
3. Digital communications
4. Language and terminology
5. Accessible communications on a budget
6. Marketing campaigns
7. Accessible design
8. Photography
9. Writing news stories
10. Inclusive communications checklist

Sarah Brown-Fraser, Marketing and Communications Manager at Activity Alliance, said:

“Whilst there are lots of people working hard to make their activity accessible to everyone, we know it can be a challenge for many to get the message across effectively through inclusive marketing and communications. Many people, including disabled people, continually miss out in sporting communications- sometimes for reasons that would only require small changes to campaigns.

“Understanding people’s needs and preferences in communications can dramatically improve everyone’s engagement with their audiences. It can also open the door to new audiences, not reached before. These new factsheets are a fantastic addition to our inclusive communications offer and we hope more providers can maximise their opportunities with this new guidance.”

Adam Blaze, Strategic Lead for Disability at Sport England, said:

“Sport England welcomes Activity Alliance’s updated inclusive communications guidance, which builds on their extensive bank of existing resources. Our research shows that disabled people are twice as likely to be inactive as non-disabled people, and that’s why resources like this are so important in removing barriers to participation.

“Enabling providers to improve their communication with disabled people will lead to better access to and experience of sport and physical activity, helping to close the activity gap that exists between disabled and non-disabled people.”

To access the new series of inclusive communications factsheets in accessible PDF format, please visit the inclusive communications page on our website.

Find more information on Activity Alliance on

In other news:British Blind Sport takes its First Steps into Yorkshire to help Visually Impaired Children Get Active.

British Blind Sport takes its First Steps into Yorkshire to help Visually Impaired Children Get Active

14 August 2018

The leading national charity for visually impaired sport in the UK, British Blind Sport, is delighted to announce an exciting project in Yorkshire called First Steps, thanks to funding from Children in Need.

With many visually impaired children struggling with physical activity due to the lack of accessible and inclusive PE in mainstream schools and a personal fear of failure or low confidence, this often leaves them feeling isolated when it comes to taking part in sport. With over 25,000 visually impaired children living in England, there are a large number who are risk of obesity and inactivity.

British Blind Sport’s “First Steps” project aims to solve this problem by distributing its First Steps packs to blind and visually impaired children, aged three to eleven years old. The pack includes a bright inflatable sound ball, an activity booklet, that has been developed with specialists in visually impaired sport, which enables children and their families to play a wide variety of games to develop skills. In addition, each child receives a reward chart with stickers to encourage them to achieve their goals.

British Blind Sport Chief Executive Alaina MacGregor said, “BBS is tremendously proud and passionate about our First Steps programme which will often give visually impaired children their first opportunity to try sport or physical activity specifically adapted for them. The team at BBS know first-hand what a difference participating in physical activities and playing sport can make to a blind or VI child’s life. As a rolling programme across the country, successful pilots of ‘First Steps’ have already benefited over 100 children in Scotland and the Midlands. The response from participants has been consistently positive. It can build confidence, encourage communication, improve health and develop relationships. Put simply, First Steps will empower young visually impaired children and their families to have a healthier, more active and fun lifestyle.”

British Blind Sport are now inviting families across Yorkshire to take part in the project. If you know a child with a visual impairment who could benefit from a First Steps activity pack, register today by visiting To discuss the First Steps project in Yorkshire in more details, please contact Tegan Darby at

In other news:Coming soon:Indoor Games and Soft Sports in Sheffield!

‘Parentability’: Reimagining social care services with disabled parents and professionals

14 August 2018

Our sister project at Disability Rights UK, DRILL is backing a one day conference for research into adults and childrens’ social care on 21st September.

For the first time disabled parents, social work academics and professionals have collaborated to design a radical re-imagining of how adults’ and children’s social care might deliver holistic services which value the needs, assets and rights of the whole family.

This conference is aimed at health and social care professionals,
academics and policy makers. Speakers include: Professor Emily Munro and Dr Maryam Zonouzi.

Attendance is free but places are limited. To book a place please email:

Date: Friday 21st September
Time: 11.00 – 15.45
Venue: Putteridge Bury, Luton

Click here to download a flyer for the conference.

In other news: Take part in our research and receive a £15 Amazon Voucher.

1000 Tweaks: An initiative between Get Yourself Active and Leicester City Council.

Tuesday 7 August 2018

Get Yourself Active and Leicester City Council are working together to see how we can make Leicester a healthier place to live as part of a new initiative called “1000 Tweaks”.

The ‘1000 tweaks’ initiative is a large-scale campaign that will encourage individuals, families, organisations, places, and businesses to make a few small changes to their day to day routines to help children and young people to eat good food and enjoy physical activity. The idea is that across the city all the small changes made by individuals, families, schools, charities and many more will add up to over ‘1000 tweaks’!

Get Yourself Actives’ delivery partner, LCiL, are pledging to make their West End Neighbourhood Centre a healthier place to be by making a few small Tweaks!

Daniel Ball, Get Yourself Active Sports Broker for LCiL said:

“This is a great initiative put forward by Leicester City Council, and is just one of the ways the Get Yourself Active project is working in the city to make it a happy, healthier place to live.”
“We’re pledging to make our centre a healthier place to be by making sure free water is on tables during our weekly Social Media Café, and use the cafes as a way to showcase physical activities opportunities.”

For more information about 1000 Tweaks click here.

In other news:This is the latest example of the work that our delivery partners do to help disabled people become more physically active. Click here to find out more about them.

Survey of Disabled Cyclists

Tuesday 7 August 2018

Wheels for Wellbeing is delighted to announce the launch of its latest survey on the needs and experiences of disabled cyclists. Last year more than 200 disabled cyclists took part in our survey, which attracted plenty of media attention, and we are hoping that this year’s will be even bigger.

As with our 2017 survey, we will be looking to gather a range of information about disabled cyclists – including demographic profile, key issues and challenges, and common experiences. This year we have also added questions on the experiences of disabled cyclists when using cycles as mobility aids and engaging with the benefits system, which we hope will shed light on little known areas of cycling and disability policy. We also have the advantage this year of being able to compare the results with our 2017 survey – the first of its kind – which will allow us to identify trends and to see how the experiences of disabled cyclists has changed over the last twelve months.

Our plan is to analyse the results of the survey in October, with the publication of a report to follow soon after. The data will be used to inform our ongoing campaigning and influencing work, and will help to raise the voice of disabled cyclists all over the UK.

Please take our online survey here (closes 28 September).

In other news:Get Yourself Active and the University of Birmingham want to find out what you think about how information about physical activity and sport is presented to disabled people

Vacancy: Greater Manchester Moving are looking for a Programme Manager for their Local Delivery Pilot

Tuesday 7 August 2018

The Programme Manager will establish and manage the systems for programme delivery and monitoring, to ensure the delivery of plans for the audiences, localities and place based programmes. The post holder will ensure programme standards are built in at every level, including application of insight, evidence, high quality community engagement and co-production.

The post holder is accountable for:


  • Promote and advance identified standards in the design, development and establishment of new models and approaches to reducing inactivity and increasing participation in physical activity and sport, coproduced with the target audiences and the localities
  • Draw up programme plans and establish systems to track and monitor programme delivery that support localities and provide a coordinated overview
  • Work closely with the leads in the localities to ensure systems support their needs as well as contributing to a GM collective picture
  • Identify where system change can make a difference, where success can be scaled up and be alert to new learning and opportunities, working with different partners and groups
  • Draw up plans across work streams,including enabling functions, to ensure coordination but also encourage and promote local place based innovation and delivery that works with the fine grain of places and communities
  • Promote the ambitions of the GMHSC Partnership in supporting operational excellence in Greater Manchester and the wider sector
  • Transfer expertise and knowledge as appropriate, regarding innovation issues throughout the wider team and also externally to partners and lead providers – including developing and delivering formal briefing/training to promote the work
  • Forge positive and close working relationships with colleagues to achieve the objectives of GM and SE partners
  • Work in a matrix management style and foster close working relationships with other managers within Greater Manchester, including local authorities and CCGs

Financial and human resources

  • Ensure appropriate allocation and management of resources, including finance, for which the post holder is responsible
  • To act as client for commissioned work, drawing up specifications and recruiting providers according to commissioning principles and procurement regulations
  • To work flexibly to support team members in the core team but also partners and seconded staff as required
  • Information management, research and innovation
  • Collate qualitative and quantitative information as required and lead appropriate analysis and options appraisal to support robust decision-making
  • Analyse, interpret and present data to highlight issues and risks to support decision making.
  • Draw from experience and expertise in other academic fields and industries and from leading international practice and research, ensuring that Greater Manchester benefits from relevant innovations
  • To contribute to learning locally and across the Sport England national programme

To apply you should submit the following:

  • A current CV outlining your career history
  • Cover note demonstrating you experiences and skills against the person specification

Please send your completed applications to

Closing Date:

Applications must be received by 5pm on Tuesday 21 August 2018

Interviews will take place on: Thursday 06 September 2018

For Further information please download the full recruitment pack

Additional Details:

A link to the original advert can be found here.

Salary: £31,401 to £39,002

Telephone: 01612231002

In other news:Disability Rights UK is working with the Care Quality Commission as part of their ‘Tell Us About Your Care’ partnership.

Vacancy: Strategic Relationship Manager 2 (Maternity Cover) – Active Sussex

Tuesday 7 August 2018

Have you got sound knowledge of the aims and outcomes of key national and local strategies? Do you have experience in relationship management at a strategic level, especially with organisations who engage with underrepresented and hard to reach groups of the community?Are you interested in working for a charity at the heart of the sport and physical activity sector?


If so, Active Sussex’s Strategic Relationship Manager (maternity cover) role could be for you.

For this 13 months fixed term full-time role, you’ll have responsibility for the relationship management of designated stakeholders, in relation to increasing participation levels amongst inactive priority groups and communities in Sussex, and support these stakeholders in the use of insight tools and information. This key role will also provide executive support to the CSP Human Resources & Nominations Committee supported by the CEO, and will act at the CSP’s Deputy Safeguarding Officer, as well as ensuring the Trust is compliant with GDPR.

You will also have strategic responsibility for the annual Sussex Sports Awards and positively contribute to other Active Sussex events and working groups, including team planning activities in relation to organisational improvement and compliance.

The successful candidate will be a real team player whose can-do attitude inspires and motivates others. Educated to degree level or equivalent, you will have sound knowledge of the aims and outcomes of key national and local strategies, robust budget management, reporting and monitoring skills, and proven experience of managing people.

Active Sussex has a small but energetic team that is committed to our values of excellence, freedom to innovate and respect for diversity. Our Strategic Relationship Manager would reflect these values and would be confident in taking on the challenges and rewards associated with maintaining Sussex’s position as a member of a world-leading community sport system.

Please complete the online application form using the job description and person specification in the recruitment pack for reference.

If you require an alternative version of the application form please contact

Apply Online

Attachment: Strategic Relationship Manager 2 (Maternity Cover) Recruitment Pack

Additional job details

To view the original job advert click here.

Closing date: 12 noon Wednesday 22 August 2018

Job Reference: SCSPT 041

Job Title: Strategic Relationship Manager 2 – Maternity Cover (13 months fixed term subject to starting availability)

Organisation: Active Sussex

Type: Administration & Development

Salary: £35,335 to £38,611

Hours: Full-time

Contract: Temporary

Location: University of Brighton Sports Centre, Falmer Campus, Brighton
Postcode: BN1 9PH

External Website:

Contact Name: Gemma Finlay-Gray

Contact Telephone: 01273 644154

Contact Email:

Published Date: 31/07/2018

Closing Date: 22/08/2018

Interview Date: 04/09/2018

In other news: Metro Blind Sport are recruiting for a Sport Development Officer.

Coming Soon: Indoor Games and Soft Sports in Sheffield!

Thursday 2 August 2018

Everyone is welcome at D.A.W.S Community Gym in Sheffield. The gym will start holding indoor games and soft sports sessions every Monday starting on the 3rd of September.

If you want to take part in a variety of non competitive activities including Boccia, New Age Kurling and other soft sports, then sessions will be held each Monday between 6.15pm-7.15pm at:

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Centre,

Beaver Hill Road,


Sheffield. S13 9QA

There is a charge of £4.00 per session.

For further details contact: Stephen Birkby on 07527 118968 or Tracey Morris on 07414 225161.

In other news:Members wanted for Sheffield International Venues Disability Inclusion Steering Group