Here at More Than Mobility we know that disabled people are less likely to take part in sport with only one in six playing sport regularly compared to one in three non-disabled people. The English Federation of Disability Sport are keen to change this in order to enable disabled people to view taking part in sport as a viable lifestyle choice.
Disability Sport ranges from entry level to international competition with many layers between. Many disabled sports people get involved as a hobby or interest. Some compete professionally or at the highest levels. There is a sport and a place for everyone. Find out about disability sports events in your area by clicking here.
Why get into sport?
Being active is a great way to improve your health, clear your mind and put you into a better mood. There are sports clubs around the UK that cater for all kinds of disabilities. Many clubs and sports centres offer free taster sessions so you can try different sports to find out which is your favourite! There are over 400 inclusive gyms around the country with specially designed equipment so you’ll be working up a sweat in no time.
If you’re a budding Paralympian, there are plenty of opportunities to get spotted. Join a sports club with professional coaches to reach your full potential.
Do I need Experience?
Any kind of physical movement is beneficial to your health, so don’t think you have to be a great athlete to get involved. If you’re not quite ready to join a club, working out at home is a good starting point. If you’re keen to get active but the prospect of entering the world of sport seems daunting, don’t worry as there are plenty of great resources out there to help you get started.
National Disability Sport Organisations (NDSOs)
- British Blind Sport (BBS) – BBS is the leading voice for people with visual impairments in the world of sport.
- British Wheelchair Athletics Association (BWAA) – BWAA work with athletes interested in Seated Throws (Shot Put, Discus, Javelin, Club), and pentathlon.
- British Wheelchair Racing Association (BWRA) – WRA promotes the involvement of disabled people in wheelchair racing.
- Cerebral Palsy Sport (CP Sport) – CP Sport promotes and seeks to increase opportunities for disabled people, in particular people with Cerebral Palsy, to participate in athletics.
- Mencap Sport (England) - Working with Governing Bodies of Sport and other sports providers to increase and improve opportunities at all levels, through training and partnership work
- LimbPower- LimbPower is the National Disability Sports Organisation helping amputees and the limb impaired reach their sporting potential.
More Than Mobility would like to support anyone wanting to regain their independence and fitness and we recommend the popular pedal exerciser with digital display for when you want to work up a sweat at home!
More Than Mobility Team