Physical activity and sports info

This page gives you links to information from key organisations in the sport sector.

Activity Alliance

Activity Alliance (formerly called EFDS) is a charity is working to make active lives possible with a vision that disabled people are active for life. Disability Rights UK works closely with Activity Alliance  through different programmes, initiatives and resources to engage many organisations, including those in the sport sector. Together we are supporting more disabled people to get active.

Key resources produced in partnership by Disability Rights UK with Activity Alliance include:

  • typhoo-nationals-2015-jimmy-simpson_-credit-efds-and-simon-coatesBeing Active Guide: A guide to support more disabled people to enjoy an active lifestyle. Being Active talks directly to disabled people and gives inactive disabled people access to relevant information, so they have control over where, what and how they can start being active.
  • Me Being Active video series: The ‘Me, Being Active’ video series was released in December 2015. Meet Cassie, Cath, Chandni, Hannah and Wolf. They are five disabled people with a range of impairments, who all lead active lives. In their own words, each individual shares their personal story. As well as discussing how they first became active, they explain the way it makes them feel.
  • On the road to supporting more disabled people to be active: This roadmap provides more information for those who support, work and live with disabled people. When supporting disabled people to be active, we understand there is a lot for you to learn and find out. Also, knowing where to start can be tricky because there are many organisations, opportunities and resources out there. Our roadmap helps you to access some of the right people, places and resources.

You can also take a look at other Activity Alliance resources:

Talk to Me: A report which worked with providers and participants to generate ten key principles, which if followed, should help providers improve their offer to disabled people and make it more appealing. The report goes through each principle in detail, providing evidence of what disabled people are looking for and recommendations of how to meet expectations. See below for some examples of the principles…


Sainsbury’s Inclusive PE Training Videos: Series of short videos which aim to bring the key principles of inclusive delivery to life.

Supporting me to be active: The role of supporters in influencing disabled people to be active by Activity Alliance

Sport England

sport-england-logo-blue-rgbSport England are funding DR UK and partners to explore opportunities to get active from disabled peoples perspectives. Sport England is responsible for grassroots sport in England and works with national and local partners including national governing bodies of sport, local authorities, charities and other sporting organisations. Sport England are committed to helping people create a sporting habit for life.

Towards an Active Nation – Sport England’s vision is that everyone,sport-england-strategy regardless of their age, background or level of ability, feels able to engage in sport and physical activity. Some will be young, fit and talented, but most will not. Sport England wants everyone to feel welcome, to find something in sport and activity that meets their needs and for the sector to value them as customers.

Active Lives Survey – will measure the number of people aged 14 and over taking part in sport.

Mapping disability: the facts – has been created to give an overview of disability within the population. Its purpose is to inform and direct strategy and delivery, improving choice and opportunity for disabled people to regularly take part in sport. Sport England discovered that people who work in the sport and activity sector wanted support when trying to reach and engage disabled people through communications.

So, together with the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) Sport England produced a second report…

Engaging disabled people: the guide – This looks at the vital ingredients that make up successful and accessible communications – such as the channels themselves, marketing materials and how to give people a great first experience in sport.

DCMS Strategy for Sport

s300_gov-uk_sporting_futureSporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation – So this new strategy for sport and physical activity moves beyond merely looking at how many people take part. It will consider what people get out of participating and what more can be done to make a physically active life truly transformative. In the future, funding decisions will be made on the basis of the social good that sport and physical activity can deliver, not simply on the number of participants. At its heart are five outcomes: physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing, individual development, social and community development and economic development.