Building on recent achievements, we will work with the national charity to continue to challenge perceptions and change the reality of disability, inclusion and sport.

Disability Sports Coach believes disabled people should have the same opportunities as non-disabled people to access and continue enjoying activities. The stark reality is that disabled people are twice as likely to be inactive as non-disabled people.

However, research shows that most disabled people would like to be more active and that demand is not being met. Activity Alliance’s Lifestyle Report showed seven in ten disabled people want to increase their activity level.

Activity Alliance brings members, partners and disabled people together to make active lives possible. They enable organisations to support disabled people to be and stay active for life.

Founded in 1998, Activity Alliance benefits from the wealth of its Members’ expertise. In 2015, they added the Associate Membership scheme to move the charity’s vision forward and encourage more organisations to get involved. Through the Associate Membership, Activity Alliance will work with a range of leading national, regional or local organisations with the relevant experience and knowledge.

Louis Wickett-Padgham, our Business Development Manager, said:

“To be part of Activity Alliance’s Associate Membership would ensure Disability Sports Coach are part of vital networks and that our work reaches a wider audience. It will also help Disability Sports Coach to align ourselves with leading organisation’s and national strategies, ensuring more disabled people are active, more often."

Barry Horne, Chief Executive for Activity Alliance, said:

“Our vision ‘disabled people are active for life’ is a powerful proposition, but for that vision to be realised, it will take a variety of influential organisations to share this goal. Our ongoing recruitment of Associate Members will benefit all of our strategies and build a bigger platform for change. That’s why we’re proud to welcome Disability Sports Coach as a new Associate Member and look forward to working with them over the coming years.”

As Associate Members, organisations agree to understand and utilise the Activity Alliance ten principles. The principles were borne out of the Talk to Me report and developed with disabled people. If used effectively, they can help providers to make their activities more appealing to disabled people.

For more information, please visit www.activityalliance.org.uk.

How do we ensure disabled people are active for life?

Whether providing our own activities, supporting other organisations or up-skilling the wider workforce, here is how we are trying to get disabled people active for life:

  • Coaching - we offer expert, inclusive activities tailored to meet your needs
  • Community Clubs - our award-winning, weekly sports activities for all disabled people aged 5 years and over
  • Training Workshops - we offer a range of courses to support you to be more knowledgeable in delivering sport for disabled people

For more information, please contact Louis Wickett-Padgham on louis@disabilitysportscoach.co.uk or call 07967 006237.