Disability Sports – Overcoming a fear of judgement

Disability Sports – Overcoming a fear of judgement

Of the 9.4 million disabled people in England, only 17% play sport just once a week and are half as likely to play sport regularly as a non-disabled person.

But why? A main cause of this is psychological barriers; a ‘fear of judgement’ of not being ‘good enough’, not fitting in or not being able to keep up with non-disabled participants. In addition to this, a majority of sports clubs aren’t ready for disability sports and do not have the facilities, knowledge or equipment to accommodate a disabled person wanting to join.

Despite this, 7 out of 10 disabled people say they want to be more active.

There are many great ways to improve the options on offer to disabled people and increase the opportunities for them to get active.

Sport England are currently investing over £170 million to make sport a practical and attractive lifestyle choice for disabled people and to get more disabled people playing sport. Here are some of their current initiatives:

Inclusive Sports

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64% of disabled people would prefer to take part in sport with both disabled and non-disabled people. Therefore, the Inclusive Sport programme has been designed to create a wide range of inclusive projects across the UK.

Sport England have invested over £18million into over 80 inclusive sport programmes. To get involved or find out more, click here.

‘Get Equipped’ programme 

The ‘Get Equipped’ programme has invested over £1 million of funding into 146 different projects to enable clubs to purchase disability sport equipment and ultimately help make sport a practical choice for many more disabled people.

To find clubs who are encouraging disabled people to join or to apply for funding, click here.

Sainsbury’s Active Kids for All Inclusive PE training

This programme equips qualified teachers with tools and practical ideas to fully include all pupils in curriculum Physical Education, and ensure that all are appropriately challenged and able to show sustained progress.

Through the training teachers will improve their confidence, knowledge and skills in:

  • Enabling the inclusion of all pupils
  • Challenging and progressing all pupils
  • Being able to apply this in your own school environment

To find out more and get involved, click here.

Disability Sports Coach (DSC)

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Disability Sports Coach provides award-winning sport and physical activity opportunities for disabled people in London. Most notably, DSC deliver 11 Sport England funded Community Clubs, as well as activities for organisations and inclusive sport training workshops. Since 2005, DSC have delivered sport and physical activity to over 60,000 disabled people, trained over 5000 people through inclusive workshops and supported over 300 organisations to make their sessions inclusive.

Their services have also been recognised by non-disabled bodies such as London Sport, National Lottery & The Jack Petchey Foundation.

To find out more and get involved, click here.

We are enthusiastic about getting everyone active and enjoying sport and believe that playing sport regularly not only improves health and fitness but develops skills such as team work and communication. Therefore, we recognize the importance of getting everyone active and believe that having the right equipment is vital for making sport accessible. To view our inclusive sport range, click here.

If you would like to share your stories or programmes that you have used to get disabled people active, please leave your comments below.

Authored by: Daniel Moss

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