England Athletics have developed a number of very useful disability resources to aid clubs and coaches in their work with disabled athletes. Topics covered range from classifications to marketing, so if you or your club either work with or would like to work with disabled athletes, check out the guides they have on offer. The full list is:
- Running and Sprinting with Guides
This resources provides information for those who act as guides for blind athletes. It includes tips on how to best aid the athlete, as well as information on the laws concerning guides.
- Information and Advice on Running Blades
This resource provides facts and advice on running blade, including who is eligable for blades and how to access them.
- Classification Factsheet
This factsheet provides some generic guidance for classification in athletics. Sport Classification Rules change from time to time and this guidance is current for the date of publication.
- Guidelines for marketing your club to wheelchair users
This resource covers the key themes including terminology, session timing, venue selection, coaching considerations, marketing material and where to promote your opportunity to ensure you appeal to wheelchair users.
- Race Organiser Guidance
This document is intended to provide guidance to Race Organisers to ensure they are working under the guidance of the England Athletics Inclusion Policy and within the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. It is also intended that the document enhance their knowledge and confidence in promoting the inclusion of disabled athletes in their events.
- Competition Provider Guidance
This document is intended to provide guidance to Competition Providers to ensure they are working under the guidance of the England Athletics Inclusion Policy and within the requirements of the Equality Act, and also to enhance their knowledge and confidence in promoting the inclusion of disabled athletes in their events.
- Accessible Information Guidance
This guidance provides advice on the possible formats that might be required by different impairment groups and how to make information available in those formats.
- Deaf Friendly Athletics Resource
This is a comprehensive guide for those working with deaf athletes. This guide identifies the barriers to participation, information on understanding deafness and the best ways to communicate.
- Providing Communication Support Guidance
This guidance provides some information about the types of communication support that might be required and where to find them. Remember the only way to find out what type and level of support is required is to ask!
All of these guides can be found on the England Athletics website here: