A recent Activity Alliance survey found that almost half (45%) of disabled people chose websites as an important information source. Inclusive communication is critical.

Equality Act and Disability

Clubs don’t need to get too worried about legislation but the one thing you do need to consider when running any activity is the EQUALITY ACT 2010. The Equality Act requires sports clubs and providers to make reasonable adjustments to services so that everyone has access. See Our 1 page summary or Equality Act 2010, What I need to know  for a bit more information.  Another useful resource to help club is Opening Doors: “Access for All” which aims to break down one of the main barriers for people with a range of impairments with venue accessibility.

Inclusive Communication

The number of people with a disability playing sport has risen over the years which means it is important to ensure that all communication is made accessible. The communications you send on behalf of you or your club/organisation are a vital component of what it means to be involved in your sport or physical activity. Activity Alliance has produced  the guides and short film below to help support those wishing to reach more people in sport and physical activity through inclusive and accessible communications.

Reaching more disabled people through accessible and inclusive communications (4 Page guide)

Inclusive Communication Guide (23 pages)

Activity Alliance 10 Principles

Activity Alliance released the Talk to Me report. This report outlines ten principles  developed with disabled people that sports providers should follow to help make their activities more appealing.

Find more information on Activity Alliance on www.activityalliance.org.uk.

Inclusion Club Hub

Activity Alliance have an online toolkit will support sports clubs to improve provision and opportunities, so that more disabled people can be active at a local level. The club toolkit can be accessed at www.inclusion-club-hub.co.uk (opens in new window) and is free to use.

For any queries or further information then please email Rebecca Evans.

UK Coaching Disability Guidance

UK Coaching Top Tips are some simple reminders in relation to disability awareness that will help you think more inclusively when developing delivery plans for your organisation. The list is by no means exhaustive; you may wish to add further points that are relevant to your work or that of your organisation.

experience of working with people of all abilities.

To read more guidance for coaches on UK Coaching website.

 Impairment Specific Guides include:

England Athletics Disability Resources

England Athletics have developed a number of very useful disability athletics specific and inclusive resources to aid clubs and coaches in their work with disabled athletes. Topics covered range from classifications to marketing, events to funding tips so if you or your club either work with or would like to work with disabled athletes of all level, across all disciplines and impairments, check out the guides, information and workshops  they have on offer on England Athletics website.

EmployAbility Leisure Guides

EmployAbility Leisure is the disability leisure workforce arm of Aspire the national spinal injuries charity. The Employability Leisure guides are an evidence-based resource to create more accessible and inclusive training and workplaces for disabled people in the fitness and leisure sector. The guides are available for free, and can be instantly downloadedincluding more information from the InstructAbility website.