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Government Consultation: Review of GCSE, AS and A level physical education activity list

6 November 2018

The government is seeking views on the review of the PE activity list in schools.

In 2015 the Government committed to reviewing the GCSE, AS and A Level PE activity list in autumn 2018, following the first award of the reformed qualifications in summer 2018.

Accordingly, the Department for Education is now inviting proposals to add activities to the published list.

Responses to the review should be submitted here:

This review is open to the public and the Department will consider all responses.

The deadline for submissions is 20 December 2018.

In other news: We have produced downloadable resources which we think will be useful for disabled people, health and social care professionals and sports providers.

Four million Britons get active as result of milestone National Fitness Day

26 October 2018

Issued by UKactive

National Fitness Day 2018 directly influenced over 4.1m million to be active on Wednesday 26th September as Britons across the country embraced the fun of fitness.

More than 1.25m children and young people got moving on the day, as schools across the UK led children in 10 minutes of activity at 10am, as part of the ‘10@10’ programme. This represented a major increase of more than 56% on last year.

Figures also show individuals in Scotland were the most active in the UK, clocking up a whopping 57 minutes of physical activity on average on National Fitness Day. Meanwhile, awareness of the campaign grew hugely across all of the home nations, as National Fitness Day fulfilled its aim to deliver positive impacts across the length and breadth of the nation.

The increased regional participation and recognition of National Fitness Day was spearheaded by the #Fitness2Me hero campaign, which saw 12 heroes selected to represent the 9 regions of England, alongside the nations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and inspire their local communities into activity.

Co-ordinated by not-for-profit health body ukactive, National Fitness Day is the most visible annual celebration of physical activity of the year. It is a chance to raise awareness of the role that physical activity plays in our lives, helping to highlight the fun of fitness and the rewards of exercise.

National Fitness Day 2018 got off to a flying start style with DDMIX Founder and Strictly Come Dancing Judge Dame Darcey Bussell, leading hundreds of members of the public in a mass dance-fitness class at the City of London’s Guildhall Courtyard in the heart of the capital, with cameras from BBC, ITV and Channel 5 in attendance – helping propel the media reach of the campaign up to over 66m.

The event also once again proved hugely popular across social media, with 8,000 mentions on the day, including posts from Arsenal FC, comic-book writer Stan Lee and Loose Women’s Andrea McLean taking reach to 64m.

This year’s National Fitness Day methodology was the first to fully quantify the number of people who were directly motivated into activity by National Fitness Day, arriving at a figure of 4.1m.

Employing the same methodology as high-profile national campaigns such as This Girl Can, ukactive commissioned polling from research specialist ComRes to calculate participation levels, allied with real-time figures from the activity data aggregator, DataHub, website sign-ups and additional reporting.

Over 58,000 people got active within the workplace – motivated by workplace partner AXA PPP healthcare’s ‘Flying Start’ campaign for employees to get active before work or at the office, with workplaces across the country signed up for official activity sessions on-the-day.

Other key figures from the day included:

  • 31m got active in leisure centres
  • Individuals in England, Scotland and Wales all reported they were most active outdoors (34%, 37%, 33%) while those in Northern Ireland reported being most active at home (44%).
  • Those aged 25-34 were most likely to report being active in their workplace on NFD (24%), indicating a possible future trend in working cultures.

ukactive Strategic Projects Director Will Smithard: “It’s fantastic to see that National Fitness Day managed to inspire physical activity in every region of the UK, truly getting the whole nation moving for the day.

“Members of the public got active at home, in the gym, out and about, and thanks to our partner AXA PPP healthcare, in the workplace.

“We want to broaden the reach of National Fitness Day even further next year and are eager to work with as many parties as possible to ensure everyone in the UK is able to experience the fun of fitness.”

Chris Horlick, Director at AXA PPP healthcare, said: “It was great to see employers around the country getting National Fitness Day off to a Flying Start by encouraging employees to have a more active commute or get involved in free activities.

“Employers have a key role to play when it comes to supporting an active workforce and the health benefits of being physically active can pay dividends for employees and employers alike.

“Events such as National Fitness Day help to highlight that fitness can be fun, and can help prompt healthier habits.”

In other news: On National Fitness Day we showed different ways that some of our staff at Disability Rights UK keep ourselves physically active. And with the pictures to prove it too!

New activity sessions in London as part of Sporting Sense

25 October 2018

Sense have some great activities set-up as part of the Sporting Sense project in London, which they invite you to get involved in.

Sport England – Merchants’ Academy climbing. 11 June 2014

For anyone 14+ with a sensory impairment or complex needs who wants to get involved. This group is led by an instructor, participants take it in turns to have a go on the various climbing walls. Limited space available!

When: Thursday 11th October to Thursday 15th November
Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm
Where: The Reach, Unit 6 Mellish Estate, Harrington Way, Woolwich, London, SE18 5NR
Cost: Free Climbing sessions.

Ice Skating
For anyone 14+ with a sensory impairment or complex needs who wants to get involved. This is an opportunity for people to attend an open ice skating session at the leisure centre for people with a disability. This session is not led by an instructor, but there is a skate marshal present.

When: Mondays Started on Monday 17th September.
Time: 10:00 -11:00
Where: Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre, 390 Streatham High Rd, London SW16 6HX
Cost: £5.70 per session. Paid upon arrival to leisure centre.

Please register your attendance for any of the activities above, or for more information contact Mayana:
Telephone:0207 014 9318

As with all of our sessions they welcome friends, family and support workers to come along and join in, you don’t have to be sat on the side, you can have fun and learn as well.

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

Mental Capacity Act and Court of Protection Seminar will be held on Tuesday 13 November

23 October 2018

My Afk (previously Action for Kids), together with Irwin Mitchell Solicitors and The Advocacy and Support Partnership are delighted to announce that two new speakers will be joining their expert solicitor Alex Rook, at the Transition to Adulthood – Mental Capacity Act seminar for parents, carers and professionals on Tuesday 13th November.

Her Honour Judge Hilder, Senior Judge of the Court of Protection will be speaking about the Court Of Protection and how it works. In addition, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, Michael King, will talk about the ombudsman – what he does and how it can help parents of disabled children.

Book now so that you don’t miss out – the seminar runs from 10 am to 2.30 pm in central London and costs only £15 for parents and carers and £45 for organisations and professionals. Places are going fast.

To download a flier for the seminar click here.

Book your place using this link.

In other news:Applications For The Virgin London Marathon 2019 for Disability Rights UK (DRUK) are now open!

P and R Equestrian Centre – Providing Opportunities for Everyone

23 October 2018

P and R Equestrian Centre situated in Friskney, in the heart of Lincolnshire is the latest riding school to the gain the Accessibility Mark accreditation through Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA).

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

P and R is a family run yard managed by Pearl Massey that specialise in all aspects of riding, horse care and hacking. The centre provides horse riding set in a quiet corner of the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside and riders are encouraged to develop at a pace that suits them and increase their capabilities using simple techniques.

Pearl became interested in the Accessibility Mark Scheme when she heard that the RDA was encouraging more riding schools to accommodate disabled people who wish to take up horse riding.

Said Pearl: “We pride ourselves on offering quality riding, hacking and leisure driving sessions in a safe, friendly and relaxed environment. Whatever your level of riding our aim is to improve your riding skills while having fun.

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 P and R Equestrian on 07545 813962 or email

There are currently 52 Accessibility Mark approved centres across the country.
To find your nearest RDA Group or Accessibility Mark centre visit

In other news:Meet Jo Hayward – Accessibility Mark Co-Ordinator

Nina Bergonzi: How Nordic Walking keeps her physically active.

Friday 19 October 2018

This week’s personal experience blog post comes from Nina Bergonzi who has Dystonia and uses Nordic Walking to help keep herself physically active.

I am a 28-year-old woman with a chronic neurological condition which makes getting healthier more complicated.  I have Dystonia; which causes involuntary muscle spasms.  Mine is a complicated case and every muscle in my body is affected.  I have had Deep Brain Stimulation surgery, I have Botox injections regularly in my hands, feet and legs, and take medication daily.  There are days I cannot walk and can only mobilise in a wheelchair.

I am in constant pain, whether I am mobile or not, and needed a way to get fit that didn’t cause my pain levels to spike too much.

I have used walking sticks and crutches in the past so, when I heard about a new Nordic Walking group I thought it was a great way to try and improve my fitness. I contacted a local instructor who advised me to come along and try it out. Together with my mum and friend, we attended a training session.

Nordic Walking uses specially designed poles to enhance your natural walking experience. It combines the simplicity and accessibility of walking with simultaneous core and upper body conditioning, similar to Nordic skiing.

This results in a full body workout, which means that you:

  • burn up to 46% more calories compared to walking without poles
  • release tensions in your neck and shoulders
  • improve your posture and gait
  • strengthen your back and abdominal muscles
  • reduces the impact on your joints
  •  increases your maximum oxygen uptake and caloric expenditure
  •  combats obesity
  •  increases blood circulation and metabolism
  •  enhances mood
  •  good cardiovascular training
  •  suitable for all: irrespective of age, gender or physical ability
  •  it also tones 90% of your body!

For more information please go to:

I was concerned how I could cope. My instructor was great and put me at ease straight away. Chris lets you work at your own pace and makes each session a little bit different. This stops it being boring and keeps it fun. We can regularly be found laughing and chatting as we walk along. The other members of the group are lovely; and the social side has definitely helped me. Being disabled can be lonely and chatting to different people has helped improve my confidence and mood.

I have noticed I am becoming more toned and each session has left me less breathless.

Even though I struggle to hold the poles, my toes are in constant spasm and each step I take is agony, I am enjoying the time spent with others and improving my fitness. Even by just enjoying the scenery or breeze on my face, each session leaves me feeling brighter. It has helped my well-being and I feel mentally and physically stronger already.

Our first training session was over two months ago, I have now purchased my own poles and am looking forward to using them to get fitter. Even if that is just in my own home or garden when I am not well enough to go out!

The hardest thing about wanting to get fitter – which will improve my quality of life – is being judged by those who do not know me.

During these last two months, there were three weeks I did not leave the house. I barely walked and was having severe, full-body muscle spasms for a few hours every day. I was drowsy from medication and aching from the storm (what we refer to severe spasms as).

I did notice however that my body seemed to recover a bit quicker; unfortunately for me over the past few years these storms have become a regular occurrence, and I was keen to get back out and join the walking group again.

That being said, in the back of my mind is always the worry about my disability benefits. What if my one outing a week to get fit affects my benefits? Unfortunately, the way the UK currently is, I know this is a worry for a lot of disabled people.

I am unable to work due to my Dystonia, and if I lost my benefits I do not know what I would do. Having a rare condition that not many know about – including medical professionals – means there are others with Dystonia who do not get any benefits at all.

I am only out for an hour, and our routes go through public gardens/parks or around the perimeter of sports fields, and includes warm up and warm down exercises. Other groups do more challenging routes. My disability limits me, but I feel this small amount of exercise has been beneficial.
Being in Pembrokeshire, West Wales, there are fewer opportunities and facilities for disabled people, but if you look, I’m sure like me, you can find one that really does help.

To see some extra pictures that show how Dystonia affects Nina go here.

In other news: In her post Nina writes about her fears of losing her benefits. New research shows almost half of disabled people fear losing benefits if they take part in exercise.

LRS releases new video and resources: Make Your Move

19 October 2018

 Leicester-shire & Rutland Sport (LRS) have produced an inspiring video as well as resources for their campaign called Make Your Move.

The greatest benefits to our physical and mental health comes when we go from doing no physical activity at all to doing just a little bit. We can all move more in our day to day life to see these benefits.

Do you know how much physical activity we all need to do to keep healthy? The amount of activity you need to do each week depends on your age…

For more advice, tips and links click on the links provided and Make your Move!

Does your organisation promote and advocate guidance on how much physical activity we should all be doing? Click here to access the Campaign Toolkit and join the movement.

In other news: Your local County Sport Partnership may be able to give you info about activities available to you. Learn about them and other organisations by looking at our Information in Your Local Area web page.

West Riding FA have secured funding to help target disabled and non disabled 5-11 year olds

West Riding County Football Association (WRCFA) have managed to secure some funding from The FA to help target 5-11 year olds. The funding they have received needs to be invested into a number of key areas which disability football is one of them.

A few other key priority areas are:

  • Supporting the growth of the girls game, wildcats programme or transitioning girls into affiliated teams/clubs
  • Targeting specific areas in the county that currently don’t have provision for 5-11 year olds either in schools or community
  • Developing futsal opportunity for 5-11 year olds
  • Any other projects you may have and need locally that is targeting 5-11 year olds

If you would like some funding, please provide Colan Leung, Disability Development Officer at West Riding County FA with a brief summary of what you will be planning to spend the money on, how much this equates to and the planned outcomes you hope to deliver. You can do this by e-mailing him at:

Please do this by Friday 19th October 2018 so that they can then allocate the funding as soon as possible.

In other news:Meet Jo Hayward – Accessibility Mark Co-Ordinator

Meet Jo Hayward – Accessibility Mark Co-Ordinator

12 October 2018

Here we meet Jo Hayward, Co-Ordinator for the Accessibility Mark scheme that helps riding schools gain a recognised accreditation to provide lessons for disabled riders.

Q. Tell me about your role as the Accessibility Mark Co-Ordinator.

A. My role is mainly administration of the project. As well as promoting the accreditation to new centres and dealing with general enquiries and queries, we are always looking for ways to improve the support and training that the centres are offered. Part of my role is to develop these ideas and put them into practice with help from the Accessibility Support Officers (ASO’s).

Q. Where are you based?

A. I am based at the Riding for the Disabled Association’s (RDA) national office which is in Warwick.

Q. What is the best part of your job?

A. I am passionate about horses and riding as it has always been a big part of my life. I love knowing that I am doing something that increases the opportunities for others to get involved in the sport.

Q. Have you been involved in Accessibility Mark since the beginning of the project?

A. Lizzie Hill developed the project from the beginning and I came on-board following the two year pilot period to cover Lizzie’s maternity leave. We now work on the project together, with Lizzie acting as one of Accessibility Mark’s most experienced ASO’s.

Q. Is Accessibility Mark a team effort between you and the ASO’s?

A. Definitely! The ASO’s go out and visit the centres, assessing suitability and providing the training so are more the face of Accessibility Mark. They are also constantly available to the centres to provide advice. I am more behind the scenes collating the paperwork and trying to support the ASO’s in their role.

Q. How do you think Accessibility Mark has evolved since it started as a pilot project in 2014?

A. The aims of the project are still the same but I think the training and support that are given to the centres is much better. We ask for feedback from our centres and work on the areas where they feel they would like more support and help.

Q. 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the RDA – do you think Accessibility Mark is a good reflection on how the RDA has challenged stereotypes of disability sport?

A. Yes I do, Accessibility Mark has made equestrian sport more accessible and the centres themselves are challenging the perception of disability sport by being opening and welcoming to people with disabilities.

Q. Do you have any experience yourself of coaching?

A. Yes, I am a Pony Club Level 3 coach and am about to start on the journey to become an RDA coach, which I am very excited about. This will also help me better understand the challenges faced by all Accessibility Mark centres.

Q. What do you like to do in your spare time?

A. I have my own horse and like competing for my local riding club. I have recently bought a new three-year-old horse who I am looking forward to producing, as I enjoy working with novice horses, seeing them progress and develop.

Accessibility Mark is primarily aimed at British Horse Society, Association of British Riding Clubs and Pony Club approved centres. To find out more about becoming an Accessibility Mark centre contact Jo Hayward on 01926 476300 or email

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.

There are currently 52 Accessibility Mark-approved centres across the country.

To find your nearest RDA Group or Accessibility Mark centre visit

In other news: Research conducted by Get Yourself Active and the University of Birmingham reaches nearly one hundred and fifty participants.

Research conducted by Get Yourself Active and the University of Birmingham reaches nearly one hundred and fifty participants.

12 October 2018

Nearly one hundred and fifty disabled people have taken part in a study into how we produce knowledge and information about physical activity aimed at disabled people in partnership with the University of Birmingham.


All of them including our volunteer for Get Yourself Active Iyiola have received a fifteen pound Amazon Gift Voucher and have been entered into a draw for a £100 one.

Nearly one hundred and fifty people is a major milestone for a research project and we’d like to thank everyone who has taken part so far. We’d also like to thank everyone who has shared our calls for participants which has helped us get to this point.

However we still need more disabled people to complete a roughly fifteen minute online questionnaire and a follow up one. So if you:

  •  Consider yourself disabled and affected by one or more of the following impairments: amputation, spinal cord injury, restricted growth, Cerebral Palsy, visual impairment, hearing impairment
  •  Have been unable to take part regularly in physical activity or sport for a while
  •  Are over the age of 18

And would like to take part contact Eva Jaarsma, Research Fellow at University of Birmingham by e-mailing her at: . When you contact her give her your name and the best way for the researcher to contact you. We will then arrange a time for you to take part in the research from your own home. Once your bit is done you will receive your £15 Amazon voucher.

If you can’t take part for any reason then please do share this call with anyone who might be interested.

Thanks for reading and we’re looking forward to seeing more disabled people take part in what is an interesting project!

In other news: For more information about our research partnership with the University of Birmingham please go here.

Applications For The Virgin London Marathon 2019 for Disability Rights UK (DRUK) are now open!

11 October 2018

 DR UK is now recruiting runners for London Marathon 2019 and we need you!

Are you eager to make a difference? Ready to make a change for the people with disabilities across the UK? We are devoted to campaigning to strengthen and protect disabled people’s rights and you can help us to raise money to support the work we do. The money that you raise goes straight back into the work the charity does in supporting some of the most disadvantaged people in society. We receive no government funding for our core work so the money raised really does make a difference!

Join #teamDRUK and apply to run the Virgin London Marathon! By joining us you will receive:

  •  Running Vest or T-Shirt
  •  Fundraising advice, ideas and support
  •  Weekly emails for encouraging advice and training tips
  •  Your Story published on our website

Any Questions? Contact Chelsey via email:

In other news: Re-creating London Marathon 2018 by Iyiola Olafimihan

Disability Talent ID Workshop on Friday 16th November 2018

9 October 2018

West Riding County FA have recently been accepted as a Disability Talent Hub for the 2018/19 season so they would like to invite you to their first ever Disability Talent ID Workshop; Coaches who attend this workshop will get 2 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) from FA Learning.

CPD events are for anyone involved in football who is looking to improve their skills and knowledge of the game.

The FA will deliver a workshop at West Riding County FA to give you an introduction into Disability Talent ID within the disability pathway and how those involved with mainstream football can play a massive part in this.

This workshop is free to attend and is aimed at coaches/teachers with or without qualifications who work with players under 16 years old.

This workshop will help attendees identify players in the local area and give them information on how best to support/signpost players to appropriate environments. The disability talent pathway is developing year on year to support talented young players and the workshop will give attendees the awareness to have a positive impact.

Here’s a goal from a very talented Cerebral Palsy footballer Matt Crossen:

Date: Friday 16th November 2018
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Venue: West Riding County Football Association, Fleet Lane, Woodlesford, Leeds, LS26 8NX

Teas and coffees will be provided.

If you or someone you know are interested in attending, please e-mail Colan Leung, Disability Football Development Officer at West Riding FA with your/their name, FAN, email address and any support you require for the workshop.

In other news: Watch our films and see how people are making choices and taking control over being active. 

Disability Rights UK reacts to: ‘The Activity Trap: Disabled people’s fear of being active’

8 October 2018

Earlier this morning (8 October) Activity Alliance published new research that shows almost half of disabled people fear losing their benefits if they are seen to be physically active

Responding on behalf of Disability Rights UK, Kamran Mallick our Chief Executive said:

“The Activity Trap opens the debate into how disability discrimination impacts physical activity. It is the first time that the sports and activity sector has delved knowingly into the wider systemic barriers that affect disabled people’s ability to be active.

“Being active and reaping the benefits from activity does not happen in isolation. We cannot continue to assume that becoming active is a simple process of moving from inactive to active. There are many stages and considerations in between that we may not even associate with taking part in sport and active recreation.

“To many disabled people, finding appropriate transport, getting personal support or even having the confidence to leave the house can affect our motivations to be more active. We need to understand the challenges and barriers that disabled people face on a daily basis, including how we are represented in the media. It is not simply because we do not want to take part or cannot be bothered.”

In other news: The Activity Trap: Benefits or being fit?

The Activity Trap: Benefits or being fit?

8 October 2018

New research shows almost half of disabled people fear losing benefits if they take part in exercise

Almost half of disabled people (47%) fear losing their benefits if they are seen to be physically active, according to new research published by Activity Alliance.

The research is particularly important as disabled people count for one in five of Britain’s population, almost 14 million people. However, they are currently the least active group in society, and twice as likely as non-disabled people to be inactive.

The study, entitled ‘The Activity Trap: Disabled people’s fear of being active’, shows that four in five disabled people would like to be more active (83%). Respondents’ reasons include that it enables them to manage impairments, pain, and to maintain and improve physical and mental health.

Almost two thirds (65%) of disabled people who participated in the study said they rely on benefits to be active. Without this financial support, they would not be able to afford travel, paid-for exercise and the specialist equipment needed to be active.

However, almost half of those who responded (48%) fear being seen as “too independent” for a disabled person. This could see them lose access to the benefits they need such as the Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

Some participants in the study told Activity Alliance that they live in fear of having their benefits taken away and worry about being reassessed, even if their reassessment date is years away.

Alan Ringland, is chairman of the Birmingham Ability Counts League, the largest league of disabled footballers in England.

Alan, a qualified coach and referee said the league had 455 players three years ago and now only has only 250, with many people dropping out because they have lost benefits after PIP assessment.

The 62-year-old, whose sons both represented England in disability football teams, said: “I’ve seen players who have lost their PIP and aren’t able to attend anymore. When you see them again you see that they’ve not been as active as they were, often they have put on weight and over time their health may deteriorate.

“Playing football on a Sunday was one day where they really enjoyed themselves and if they don’t take part anymore they can lose confidence, friendships, and the camaraderie that goes with that. In many cases, sport is the only regular social activity in their lives, and taking that away can have a massive impact.”

These experiences resonate deeply with former British wheelchair athlete Carly Tait, who has cerebral palsy and took part in the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

Carly, from Wythenshawe in Manchester, was told she would lose her adapted car four months before she was due to fly to Rio for the Paralympics. This came after being assessed for PIP in February of that year.

The 32-year-old, who had access to a car for 12 years under the Motability charity scheme needs the car for work and when in training used to attend two training sessions a day with local club Stockport Harriers.

Now eight months pregnant with her first child, Carly already lives in fear of having to undertake her next PIP assessment in eight years’ time.
Carly said: “When I was assessed for PIP in 2016 and found out that I was going to lose my car, the bottom fell out of my world. I was distraught and couldn’t focus on my training – I couldn’t even get around the track without breaking down in tears.

“It was an extremely distressing time in my life, and despite the fact that my next assessment is eight years away, it’s already causing me stress just thinking about what might happen.

“Being active means I can manage my disability better; I have more energy, am more confident and all-round I’m a lot happier in myself. Without the financial support that I received, I would never have been able to get myself to training twice a week.

“There are enough financial barriers to sport as it is, especially with the high costs of adapted equipment for some disabled people, without the additional fear of losing benefits.

“We need to give all disabled people the same rights to be active that everyone else enjoys – and end the activity trap now.”

Mik Scarlet, 53, has been a wheelchair user since his childhood, after complications from his cancer treatment resulted in paralysis.

A TV broadcaster and journalist from Camden, who hosts a video blog on the benefits of sitting yoga,

Mik said: “I had an awful experience with the award of my PIPs, which took a year of fighting to resolve and has taken a huge emotional toll. While my yoga blog has generally been well received, quite a few disabled people have contacted me saying they’d be concerned about trying it – in case they were considered fit enough to either work or receive a lower level of financial support.

“The Activity Trap report highlights the desperate situation for far too many disabled people in this country.”

Andy Dalby-Welsh, Deputy Chief Executive of Activity Alliance said:

“Disabled people deserve the same right to be active as everybody else, no matter whether they want to make use of their local gym or become an elite athlete. But the stark reality is that disabled people are still twice as likely as non-disabled people to be inactive. This needs to change.

“That is why this rigorous, evidenced report has such an important role to play in changing the reality of disability, inclusion and sport. We need to understand the challenges and barriers that disabled people face on a daily basis.

“The numbers within the report, although shocking, give us a starting point for change. We want to work with and across government to make active lives for disabled people possible. We would urge policy makers within national and local Government to take on board the calls for action within this report and the spirit with which it was written. Let’s enable more disabled people to lead happier and healthier lives.”

Disabled people can find out more about the benefits of being active, who to contact and ideas on where and how to get started on Activity Alliance website, visit

To download a copy of the report:

In other news: Being active improves my daughter’s quality of life.

IWDeaf 2018 blog: “I love being outdoors on the golf course”

2 October 2018

Last week, (23-30 September) was International Week for Deaf People – an annual celebration by the global deaf community. Each year, communities around the world come together to commemorate the first World Deaf Congress and raise awareness of hearing loss, sign language and language diversity. To mark International Week for Deaf People, deaf golfer Martin Anderson, told UK Deaf Sport about his experiences of being active and why he likes being out on the golf course.

Hi, my name is Martin I’m 33 years old and I live in Derby. I am a golfer and I am also deaf. I have bilateral hearing loss.

I would class myself as a regular golf player. I play 3-5 times a week during the summer and then have a 2-3 month break through the winter when the weather isn’t great. I am a member of Horsley Lodge Golf Club and have played for the England Deaf Golf team for 15 years.

I started playing golf, football and cricket as a youngster from the age of 10 but found it difficult to communicate with hearing players, particularly when I was on the football pitch. At the age of around 15, I opted for golf with the occasional cricket as it is more of an individual sport and I have been playing ever since.

Golf is great for both my physical and mental health. I love being outdoors on the golf course and the fact that I can play at my own pace. For every round of golf I play, I usually walk around four miles. It challenges me mentally too, playing conditions are rarely ever the same so every shot is different and requires a fresh perspective each time.

Golf makes me feel good, even when I’m having a bad round because I know I will be back out on the course the next day looking to improve.

I have enjoyed quite a few successes in golf over the years, including top 3 medal winners in the team event at the World Deaf Golf Championships and being overall Team winners at the European Deaf Golf Championships twice. We have been the only Nation to date to have successfully defended the title. I have been England Deaf Golf Open Champion five times and I was the first Englishman to win the Scottish Deaf Golf Open in Troon earlier this year. I was Club Champion at my previous club and once held a course record with -5.

2018 has been a good season for me so far, I was part of the England team that secured a top three team finish at the World Deaf Golf Championships in Ireland. I also won the Par 3 Challenge in the Links Golf Cup in Ayrshire, Scotland earlier this month. I now have a winter programme with a Coach from Wolverhampton (Craig Thomas), who is helping me to get ready to tackle 2019 with the aim of success at the World Deaf Golf Championships in 2020 and potentially the 2021 Deaflympics Games. Craig has various experience in how to coach players with accessibility requirements such as amputees as well as blind golfers.

Golf is a great sport, it’s a fun, relaxing way to enjoy fitness. The National Body for Deaf Golf, England Deaf Golf, is always encouraging new players to come along to their events. They provide information for local clubs and societies in British Sign Language and English, so they can help encourage more people to take up the sport.

England Deaf Golf is recognised by UK Deaf Sport and England Golf. They organise national events for Deaf and hard of hearing players of all abilities. Find out more on the England Deaf Golf website.

For more information about International Week for Deaf People, please visit World Federation of the Deaf website.

Disclaimer: At the time of publishing all links included in this article were active and working, however over time they may have depreciated and no longer link to the original source page.

In other news: If you would like to share your story about getting physically active with us do find out about what we’re looking for and get in touch. 

Get Yourself Active participates in an international workshop on inclusive cycling

2 October 2018

On Tuesday 11 September Leo Capella represented Get Yourself Active at the International Workshop on Delivering Cycling Training and Activity Sessions for Disabled People at University College London (UCL). This workshop was backed by the International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences (IATSS), Wheels for Wellbeing, and UCL.

A welcoming slide at the beginning of the Delivering Cycling Training and Activity Sessions for Disabled People on 11 September.

It’s always nice to get an international perspective on what you’re doing. This session was a chance for me to get a global outlook in a packed room with practitioners and academics from different organisations and universities as well as learn more about inclusive cycling.
After the welcome speeches the workshop was broken down into two main parts. The first part was a morning of intensive seminars where different lecturers and providers of inclusive cycling from different countries including the UK, Netherlands and Japan gave interesting presentations.

The same old problems that hinder disabled people from getting active repeatedly reared their heads in the workshop, such as disabled people being seen as an afterthought by planners and outdated attitudes. In research done by Rachael Arendt at the University of Westminster, only a quarter of transport strategies in London saw disabled people as potential cyclists. This is something that at best is counterproductive as with cycling, normal activities like going to the shops can become part of physical activity.

Yet there were solutions demonstrated throughout the workshop, including the presentation of a draft guide for bicycle use by disabled children. This guide will be published by the IATSS in the future. There was also an interesting presentation about the possible benefits of tandem cycling which was done by The Aozora Foundation and the Group to Enjoy Tandem Bicycles in Osaka which runs tandem cycling activities in Osaka for disabled people.

There were some nice little details too. For example, although cycling is used by Japanese people for most trips under five kilometres, cyclists are seen as enemies of visually impaired people because they collide with them. In one collision a person broke a visually impaired person’s white cane! Yet despite the run-in the visually impaired person still wanted to ride a tandem bicycle.

In the afternoon, full to bursting with information, we were divided into different groups. We discussed three different questions around disability and inclusive cycling including how to make cycling and cycling training schemes more inclusive. The workshop then finished with a summary and call for next steps including research submissions.

All in all I gained a lot of knowledge about inclusive cycling and was able to contribute to a process that will end up with more disabled people of whatever age and whatever nationality being able to cycle inclusively. After all, the desire from disabled people across different countries is there, it’s just a matter of creating the opportunities and environment for people to cycle.

In other news: Cycling back to being me

Activity Alliance announces new Chair

2 October 2018

Issued by Activity Alliance

Activity Alliance is delighted to announce Sam Orde will take over as the charity’s Chair formally from 11 October. The new appointment comes as Charles Reed retires as our Chair following seven years at the helm.

Chair for Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) for eight years, Sam brings with her a wealth of skills and experience. Former event rider Sam is an experienced coach for the RDA. She has worked tirelessly to transform opportunities for riders and drivers at a national and regional level. This includes developing the first full-time Centre of Excellence for disabled people’s riding in Northumberland, and RDA UK’s National Training Centre Project which is currently under construction.

On her appointment, Sam said:

“I am delighted to be joining Activity Alliance as Chair and excited to take forward the charity’s new strategy for growth. I am passionate about disabled people enjoying an active lifestyle and benefitting from more opportunities. I am looking forward to working with the team and partners to make active lives possible.”

Ed Bracher, Chief Executive RDA UK, said:

“Sam has been a brilliant Chair of RDA, helping us expand our activities and our reach and combining sound leadership with an energetic enthusiasm for disability sport.  I am delighted that she will be able to continue to put this passion to good use as Chair of Activity Alliance and look forward to continuing to work with her as one of their partners.”

Since its founding in 1998 as the English Federation of Disability Sport, Activity Alliance has become the go-to organisation for engaging disabled people’s in sport and active recreation. Sam will lead the organisation into a new era of innovation and growth.

For the last 20 years English Federation of Disability Sport, now Activity Alliance, has been an integral part of the sport and activity landscape. The organisation has increased its annual operating budget from £1million to £3million in the past five years, established a vibrant new corporate identity and exceeded Code for Sports Governance requirements.

Phil Friend, Activity Alliance Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Nominations Committee, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Sam into our family, to lead our Board. After a tough recruitment process, the Nominations Committee were unanimous in their desire to recommend Sam to board for appointment as our next Chair. Sam’s significant experience will greatly enhance Activity Alliance and help us with our ambitions to grow.”

On the outgoing Chair, Charles Reed, Friend said:

“Charles has helped the charity be at the forefront of supporting disabled people to be active for life and we will miss him. We are forever indebted for his passion and commitment to the cause and us. We know that Charles will remain part of our future as much as our past. It has been a real privilege to have known and worked with him.”

Find out more about Activity Alliance here.

In other news: Look at links to information from key organisations in the sport sector.

New quick guide from NICE and SCIE – What to expect during assessment and care planning

27 September 2018

Adults using care services should be supported to live their lives in the way they choose, so assessment and care planning should be focused on meeting their individual needs.

This new quick guide from NICE and SCIE explains what people should expect from social care staff during assessment and care planning and also covers the types of support they should be offered if they need help with expressing their views and wishes.

You can access the guide here:

What to expect during assessment and care planning

In other news: For links to health, social care and disability related information go here. 

How do we keep ourselves physically active?

26 September 2018

Today is National Fitness Day. Instead of writing about why you should get fit we’re showing different ways that some of our staff at Disability Rights UK keep ourselves physically active. And we’ve got the pictures to prove it too! We start with Sarah Johnson who is the Programme Officer for Get Out Get Active.

Sarah Johnston, Programme Officer for Get Out Get Active playing football.

I have always been a fairly active person but after sustaining an injury playing football and then having two children it became far more challenging to find both the time and an activity that interested me. My love is playing football but I didn’t think that I was ever going to be able to play again given the injury to my knee, my time constraints and now having tipped the balance of having my 40th birthday. Fortunately for me there is now a growing movement of women all of a certain age and fitness level 😊 that don’t necessarily feel comfortable at fitness classes, Women’s Veterans or recreational football is fabulous: it’s all about the social element it gets you out of the house; everyone involved is supportive of one another we each have constraints whether that is health conditions or family commitments but everyone appreciates the time that you can put in, we have great fun and we even play a little bit of football. I’m Sarah and this is how I keep myself active.

Leo Capella- Communications Officer Get Yourself Active

Anber looking ready for her afternoon walk with Leo… or maybe not.

I do physical activity mainly through walking Anber my sweet, cute, yet at times “independently minded” Turkish street dog around a certain town somewhere in Essex or outside of it. This gets me out of the house at least once every day and gives me some fresh air. Yet for all the fun or at times tug of war of walkies is working on Get Yourself Active has taught me that any extra physical activity I can do is good activity. So this why I use an outdoor gym nearby where I reside when I’m in London. And not just the chest press I also use the hand cycle which helps build my arm strength. And jump from platform to platform which was difficult to begin with but is now a lot easier.

   Ben Kersey- Operations Officer Disability Rights UK

Ben Kersey, Operations Officer at Disability Rights UK playing softball.

To stay active I play softball in the London Charity Softball League. We play weekly throughout the summer in parks across London. Our team, the Cantelopes, managed to win our group this year but was eliminated in the first round of knockouts ☹

This year I have taken up running and will be slowly crawling around the Royal Parks Half Marathon course in October.

Kirsty Mulvey- Engagement and Research Officer, Get Yourself Active

Kirsty Mulvey, Engagement and Research Officer for Get Yourself Active taking part in the 2015 British Championships in Crawley.

A huge part of the Get Yourself Active project is to promote the benefits of physical activity and sport. As the Engagement and Research Officer for Get Yourself Active, I practice what I preach.

I am a member of a Taekwondo club where I have been training since 2013. During this time I have earned my first and second degree black belts and won lots of medals through competing in sparring, patterns, special technique and board breaking. Yet, these achievements are not the thing that keeps me going back every week.

Taekwondo, like many other activities and sports, has many physical benefits such as losing weight, building or maintaining muscle mass, improving balance and improving strength. Being active can also build your confidence and help you to become more independent. It can improve your mental health, as well as give you a chance to see your friends, meet new people, become part of a team and part of the community.

When we go to competitions then we all support each other and we are there as a team. It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, and long as you try your hardest, don’t give up and learn from it – no matter what. I love seeing the friends I’ve made work hard every week and be a little bit better than they were the week before.

It’s not all hard work though. We’re very social and go out for drinks or meals together after competitions and at Christmas time, or attend each other’s birthday celebrations. We come from all different backgrounds, are all different ages and continually learn from one another.

Taekwondo keeps me disciplined and motivated. There always something new to learn, that next move to perfect or next belt to achieve. It’s so much fun and I love the rush of energy I have at the end of each class. Taekwondo might not be to everyone’s taste, but the benefits I get from it can be achieved through so many other sports and I encourage you all to find an activity that’s right for you.

In other news: There are many different ways that you can get physically active. Look at our information in your local area page for more information. 

Share your experiences in the Activity Alliance leadership survey

20 September 2018

Published by Activity Alliance

For too long, disabled people’s representation in senior roles and on boards within the sporting sector has remained low. Activity Alliance wants to understand the professional aspirations of disabled people and what support we could offer to enable more disabled people to pursue senior roles. This includes senior management and board membership, within the sport and active recreation sectors. To do this, we are calling upon disabled people and people with long-term health conditions to share their experiences and views.

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. We will not ask for any information that could identify you. Your answers will be used for research purposes, including understanding what might help disabled people to pursue leadership positions, as well as to develop a training opportunity. We may also use answers, including direct responses, to promote any support we develop in this area. Participation is voluntary. We will follow the Market Research Society Code of Conduct in undertaking this survey.

Activity Alliance has brought together an expert working group to support the project’s development. They are:

  • John Amaechi OBE – Chief Executive, Amaechi Performance Systems and Activity Alliance Vice President
  • Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson – Crossbench Peer and Activity Alliance President
  • Jim Chaplin – Chief Executive, Sports Recruitment International (SRI)
  • Dr Phil Friend OBE – Consultant and Activity Alliance Vice Chair
  • Genny Cotroneo – BBC Get Inspired Producer and Activity Alliance Trustee
  • Liz Davidson – Head of Engagement, British Shooting
  • Andy Dalby-Welsh – Deputy Chief Executive, Activity Alliance
  • Sarah Brown-Fraser – Marketing and Communications Manager, Activity Alliance

Access the survey here.

More information

Participation is voluntary. We will follow the Data Protection Act 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation and the Market Research Society Code of Conduct in undertaking this survey. You can find further information about our privacy policy at

If you have any questions about the survey or would like support to complete the survey, please contact Elliott Johnson, Research and Insight Manager. Email or on 0161 200 5441.

If you have any queries about this potential programme, please contact Sarah Brown-Fraser, Marketing and Communications Manager, at or on 0161 228 2868.

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

Spaces left on Coaching Disabled Footballers Course on 30 September

20 September 2018

West Riding FA still have spaces left on their Coaching Disabled Footballers Course. This course will be held at Middleton Centre in Leeds on Sunday 30 September 2018, 10am-5pm

The course costs £40 and covers both theory and practical elements. By the end of the workshop each participant should be able to meet the following outcomes:

  • Apply and extend your existing coaching skills and experience to meet the needs of players with a range of impairments
  • Establish basic communication skills for coaching disabled footballers
  • Use appropriate terminology
  • Identify appropriate safety and medical considerations
  • Plan a wide range of coaching sessions for disabled footballers
  • Using the Inclusion Spectrum, plan your coaching sessions to include disabled players or provide alternative appropriate opportunities
  • Understand the player pathways available for disabled players including the appropriate structure for competition.

 For more information on the Coaching Disabled Footballers course and book your space as soon as possible click here.

In other news: Chester FC Community Trust received a national award for its work supporting men who have experienced mental health problems.

New name, same game for communities

18 September 2018

Table Tennis England is putting a new spin on their project designed to help organisations introduce table tennis into the community. Previously called Loop in the Community, the initiative has been relaunched as Ping in the Community.

The name change is due to the project falling more naturally within the Ping! family alongside the Ping! festival and Ping Pong Parlours, which both bring free table tennis into the places people already spend time in their everyday lives.

The aims are unchanged. Ping in the Community will continue to help community groups and organisations get more active, healthy and closer together by supplying subsidised table packages containing everything required to get people, including disabled people, playing and enjoying the game.

Keely Armitt, Head of Participation at Table Tennis England, said:

“The ‘Community’ initiative aims to give all groups of society access to free or very affordable table tennis, and as such it aligns perfectly with the Ping! project which has successfully been delivering free table tennis in non-traditional places for the past nine years. Ping! has grown over time from a summer festival into a year-round project, with a vast reach, and the hope is that by embedding table tennis into community places, many more people will play the game regularly and enjoy the many health and well-being benefits this brings.

“Workplaces are still able to purchase subsidised table tennis packages through our Loop at Work initiative, and we also have a range of packages for the Clubhouse and Campus.”

The project has been well received by group leaders, who recognise it as a powerful way to help integrate and socialise their communities.

Community group leaders, said:

“It keeps residents occupied, helps with their memory as well as interaction. It’s a social activity that most enjoy.”

“Get’s people to join in, engage with everybody and is something anybody can do.”

“It’s brilliant. Everyone’s involved, everyone’s enjoying it and it’s a great way to keep fit!”

Playing table tennis can improve mental well-being, cognitive function and can build confidence and self-esteem. It’s an easily adaptable activity making it accessible for people with a range of impairments and long term health conditions. It doesn’t require a change of clothing and can be played in flexible short bouts.

To find out more about Ping in the Community, the benefits of social table tennis and to order your own community table tennis package, visit Ping England website.

In other news: Why get active? 

Get Yourself Active holds its first workshop for Social Workers in Essex

7 September 2018

On Wednesday 29 August Get Yourself Active held its first workshop for social workers in Essex on how to include physical activity for disabled people in social work. Social workers from across Essex attended a session in Ely House in Basildon. Also attending were Cecelia Kumar from Sport England and Leo Capella Communications Officer for Get Yourself Active.

Training sessions are being rolled out in key Get Yourself areas including Nottingham so that social workers can learn how to include physical activity into their work with disabled people. Basildon was a chance for me to get an insight into what happens in one of our workshops and share it with all of you.

Anna Pettican, trainer from our partner in Essex, Sport For Confidence described the workshop as “two hours to think about physical activity” and so it proved. Social workers talked about their own experiences of getting and keeping active which was important as it showed people their clients they had knowledge of the challenges .

We provided information such as through a nicely shaped pie or rather doughnut chart on how getting physically active can reduce the risk of cancers like colon cancer and heart disease. Or on explaining about Disability Rights UKs’ work. While I can’t and won’t go into what was said it was nice to see a receptive audience and learn about techniques such as the three conversations approach which is a new model for social workers to assess peoples needs and plan care. We also handed out our social work guidelines, which completed their journey from a packed box waiting to be distributed to being read and becoming part of someone’s toolkit.

A general and important point that came through the workshop is that it isn’t just intense physical activity through sport that can help it can be something as simple as doing chores or going out. And it’s not just the individual that’s involved in getting and keeping themselves physically active it’s the whole family among others that can be involved.
Then the session moved on to everyone talking about social work in Essex where I managed to pick up a few leads, including information about some interesting inclusive cycling in Southend. Above all though as with the other parts of the workshop it was nice to see everyone sharing their experiences and providing advice to each other.

And one more thing our beloved penguin mascot for Get Yourself Active got a chance to spread his small wings too. Although he observed proceedings he could not fill in our interesting Social Work guidelines baseline survey for social workers which was completed by all of them at the end of the workshop. Hopefully they will opt to stay in touch for the next phase of our work.

In other news:  Learn more about who is funding our work by going here.

High Cross Equestrian Centre Gains Accessibility Mark Accreditation

7 September 2018

A Leicestershire equestrian centre has secured an accreditation to a national scheme to encourage more disabled people to take up horse riding.

Thanks to its Accessibility Mark accreditation, High Cross Equestrian Centre, which can be found in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside, hopes to accommodate more disabled participants after successfully completing the training and criteria set out by the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA).

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

The Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS) approved centre offers lesson to riders of all ages and abilities, with the opportunity to discover new experiences making powerful connections between horse and rider, either on the ground or riding, bringing a sense of achievement through progressive and therapeutic riding sessions

Senior coach Hayley Tomkins said: “High Cross is proud of achieving the Accessibility Mark and as a team we are looking forward to offering our clients the opportunity to discover new skills, and look forward to promoting the benefits of horse riding and pony care in a safe environment.”

For further information contact High Cross Equestrian Centre on 01455 208 175 or visit

There are currently 51 Accessibility Mark-approved centres across the country.

To find your nearest RDA Group or Accessibility Mark centre visit

In other news: Accessibility Mark reaches Golden Milestone.

Job Opportunity at Active Gloucestershire: Senior Project Officer £24-28K

7 September 2018

A talented Senior Project Officer / Community Project Manager who believes in the value of getting people active, is needed to join us.

You can expect an exciting role, visiting areas of the county, facilitating new relationships while project managing our Special Olympics Gloucestershire, Short Breaks for Disabled People and Older Adults Peer Support programmes.

Experience within physical activity / sports is not required, in fact, we would actively encourage applications from candidates who have not always loved sport or physical activity themselves but can demonstrate the ability to motivate, engage and empower everyone to get active every day.

Reporting to the Physical Activity Specialist for Older Adults/Disabled People, the Senior Project Officer / Community Project Manager will take the lead on the effective delivery, monitoring and evaluation of a range of funded programmes. On a day-to-day basis expect to build effective relationships with a range of organisations, manage budgets, attend networking events, contribute to training events, prepare reports, develop a sustainability plan, share learning, arrange and coordinate meetings, activities and events, identify opportunities to grow and anything else necessary to ensure the successful delivery of specific community programmes that target those who are least active.

To qualify … You could be a Senior Project Officer / Community Project Manager or similar with a CV that demonstrates:

  • Experience, at grass roots level, engaging underrepresented groups in new activities;
  • Project management experience across a number of projects;
  •  An understanding of the barriers and enablers to physical activity;
  •  Experience of managing finances and budgets;
  •  Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal;
  •  The ability to manage multiple priorities, troubleshoot and meet deadlines;
  •  The ability to develop effective relationships and partnerships with a range of organisations;
  •  A personal commitment to the vision and values of Active Gloucestershire.

Due to the nature of the role you will need to have a full UK Driving Licence or the ability to get around the county.

This is a rare opportunity for a Senior Project Officer / Community Project Manager to make a real difference to people’s lives and our success.

Closing date: Friday 21st September

Interview date: w/c 1st October (exact date tbc)

To apply please see our website:

In other news: New strategy to change the reality of disability, inclusion and sport.

New strategy to change the reality of disability, inclusion and sport

Thursday 6 September 2018

Activity Alliance today (6 September) releases a new three-year strategy – Achieving Inclusion Together. Determined to change the reality of disability, inclusion and sport, the charity looks to a future where disabled people are just as likely as non-disabled people to be active. Leaders from Government, sport, leisure and third sector joined the call for action when the strategy was unveiled at Activity Alliance’s 20th Anniversary celebration last night.

Disabled people count for one in five of our population, but are currently the least active group in society and twice as likely as non-disabled people to be inactive. Participation rates have remained stubbornly resistant to growth for many years, despite Activity Alliance’s research showing that seven in ten disabled people want to be more active.

The new 2018-2021 strategy, Achieving Inclusion Together, drives Activity Alliance’s vision that disabled people are active for life. It builds upon the success as the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) and sets the goals under the new operating name, Activity Alliance.

Based on clear outcomes by March 2021, the strategy outlines the desire to see the number of active disabled people on a sustainable upward trajectory. The three strategic outcomes will have an impact at different levels:
1. Individual: Enhanced health and well-being for all disabled people (physical, mental, social, emotional and economic well-being).
2. Societal: A more equal society in which disabled people can achieve more through increased opportunities and choice.
3. Organisational: A system where organisations have fully embedded approaches to inclusion into their mainstream work so they can effectively support individual disabled people.

September 2018 marks 20 years since the national charity formed. To celebrate this important milestone, partners and stakeholders joined Activity Alliance at a special evening reception in London, on Wednesday 5 September.

During the evening, Activity Alliance’s Chief Executive, Barry Horne called for actions not words. He urged leaders to use the robust insight and support available to deliver promises and make active lives possible for disabled people.

About the strategy, Horne said:
“Our ambition is to create a step change in the number of disabled people participating in sport and active recreation. Although some may see it as a challenge to engage so many inactive people, partners need to embrace the opportunity to make a real difference. We are confident we have the right framework to support a major upturn in disabled people’s activity rates, but we cannot do it alone.
“The barriers that exist for disabled people are wider than those they face in sport. It will take national and local government, organisations who serve disabled people, as well as sport and leisure providers to look inwards at their own strategies. Over the next three years, we look forward to working with a broader mix of stakeholders to develop stronger collaborative approaches.

“I’m extremely proud of our work over the last 20 years, but there is clearly a mismatch between what disabled people want and what sport and leisure offers. We cannot settle for the same old approaches being repeated year after year. Collectively, we can change the reality of disability, inclusion and sport and ensure more disabled people have opportunities to be active.”

Sport England’s Chief Executive, Jennie Price, said:
“I would like to congratulate Activity Alliance on their 20th anniversary and for their new strategy Achieving Inclusion Together. We welcome – and share – their determination to change the reality for disabled people who want play sport and be active.
“We recognise that the number of disabled people involved in sport and physical activity is too low, and although we understand more about the barriers they face, much more needs to be done to tackle them. That’s why we have identified disabled people as a key audience within our strategy Towards an Active Nation and we look forward to working closely with Activity Alliance to reduce the inequalities they have rightly identified.”

Activity Alliance 2018 – 2021 strategy, Achieving Inclusion Together, is available to read on the website (
Find more information on Activity Alliance on

In other news: We have a range of resources relevant to the Get Yourself Active project. Do look at them for some happy and informative reading!

The latest WheelPower Feel Inspired Junior Sports Camp is coming soon.

4 September 2018

WheelPower are pleased to announce their latest  WheelPower Feel Inspired Junior Sports Camp is coming up on the 16th October 2018! This event is being held at Stoke Mandeville and will include sports such as table tennis, basketball, archery, fencing and tennis! The camp is open to people aged 12-18.

Entry to the event is FREE with family and friends also welcome to participate.

WheelPower’s Feel Inspired Junior Camps are a great way for young people aged 12-18 with a disability to discover sport in a safe, welcoming and friendly environment and all activity is adapted to suit your abilities. The Camps are a great way to make new friends, improve your health and have fun!


Registration is from 9.30am and the camp will finish at approximately 2:30pm.


There is plenty of accessible parking at the Stadium – make sure you give your vehicle registration number to reception and then parking is free all day!

The Stadium also has accessible toilets and changing facilities.


Entry to the event is FREE including lunch which will be provided.​

Accommodation, if required, will be available on the nights of the 15th and 16th at the Olympic Lodge, Stoke Mandeville Stadium at an additional cost.

The deadline for registration and camp payment is the 5th October 2018.

Camp Information:

Who is the Camp for?

The Feel Inspired Junior Sports Camp is open to young people with physical or mild sensory impairments between the ages of 12 and 18 years of age, please note however younger participants may be included at the organisers discretion.

If any of the young people’s siblings or friends (of camp age) want to attend as well to enable them to take part in the activities togther then they are more than welcome – just let us know. The activities on offer can cater for disabled and non-disabled people.

We are expecting between 30 to 80 young people to attend the Camp.

Sports and activities:

The sports and activities at the Camp may include archery, cue sports, indoor athletics, shooting, table tennis, tennis and wheelchair basketball.

These activities ​are all about having fun, learning new skills and receiving coaching – this may include a small element of competition but this is optional.

Everyone will be welcomed to take part and the sports and activities will be suitable for you at a level at which you will feel comfortable.

Each sport will last for approximately 35-minutes but young people can go at their own pace and have rests when needed.

All of our sports coaches are qualified, have DBS checks and have lots of experience of delivering activity to young people who have different impairments and needs.

All young people attending can discuss their needs and support with the Event Manager and sport coaches in a safe and private environment before starting an activity.

For some of the sports at the camp you will be required to use your own wheelchair. Please ensure, if applicable, that you bring a chair that you are willing to use in activities at the Camp. WheelPower’s sports wheelchairs will be available for certain sports.

To register for the camp click here.

In other news: Find out what the Get Yourself Active project is all about and watch how people are making choices and taking control over being active…

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!


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.