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

Posted: Thu, 06 Sep 2018 09:00

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

A National disability charity, Activity Alliance, has today releases a new three-year strategy which aims to change the reality of disability, inclusion and sport. The comprehensive, far-reaching scheme aims to create a future where disabled people are just as likely as non-disabled people to be active.

Recent research has shown that disabled people are the least active group in society and make up twenty per cent of the population. Participation rates in sports and physical activity have remained low, despite research from Activity Alliance indicating that 70 per cent of disabled people would like to be more active.

The exciting new strategy is based on clear outcomes of previous project and outlines the desire to see the number of disabled people on a sustainable upward trajectory. It is hope the three strategic outcomes will have an impact at different levels.

These are:

  • Individual: Enhanced health and well-being for all disabled people (physical, mental, social, emotional and economic well-being).
  • Societal: A more equal society in which disabled people can achieve more through increased opportunities and choice.
  • Organisational: A system where organisations have fully embedded approaches to inclusion into their mainstream work so they can effectively support individual disabled people.

Activity Alliance's Chief Executive, Barry 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.

"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."

To find out more about Activity Alliance, visit - http://www.activityalliance.org.uk/

Tags: Activity Alliance, Charity, Disability, Sport