Inclusive sport

Inclusive opportunities for all young people is a core principle within the School Games. Read on to find out more about the breadth of the inclusion provision and the tools currently available to help make your School Games more inclusive.

Inclusive Health Check

The Inclusive Health Check is a self-review tool available to School Games registered schools, School Games Organisers (SGOs), and Local Organising Committees (LOCs) on an annual basis. It allows its users to improve best practice, access key resources, and develop an action plan. Please log in to your dashboard to complete your health check.

9,000
Inclusive Health Checks were completed during 2016/17

Playing Unified - Specific Inclusive Sport Formats

The Youth Sport Trust currently work with a wide range of National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) to provide detailed sport formats for use across intra and inter-school competitions. Whilst all these sport formats are designed to be fully inclusive, including methods of adapting competitions to make them easier or more challenging, there are also some sports which provide additional formats specific to inclusion. These sports are...

  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Canoeing
  • Cricket
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Sitting Volleyball
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis

You can find out more by visiting the individual sport pages of each of these sports. For a full list of sports, please click here. You must be a registered user with the School Games website to download these sport formats, which are available via your dashboard.

Project Ability

To further ensure that competitions within the School Games are as inclusive as possible, a bespoke project called 'Project Ability' is in place to help drive and increase opportunities for people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). Through a range of interventions and activities, Project Ability supports schools to improve and extend their provision for all young people to take part in competitive sport.

As part of this programme, sixty 'Lead Inclusion Schools' have been selected to lead the delivery of elements of Project Ability across their counties and will help to drive the aims of the School Games by delivering bespoke training, advice and guidance, working with others to support and provide inclusive competition; strengthening entry and exit pathways to School Games, and sustaining young people's participation beyond their involvement in competition through the development of school club activities. A map of Lead Inclusion Schools is available to all registered users of the School Games website via their dashboard.

National Disability Sport Organisations

We are delighted to be working with eight National Disability Sports Organisations (NDSOs) to help more people get active. 

There are eight NDSOs as recognised by the English Federation of Disability Sport. They are: British Blind Sport, Cerebral Palsy Sport, Dwarf Sports Association UK, LimbPower, Mencap, Special Olympics Great Britain, UK Deaf Sport and WheelPower. 

They provide expert advice, support and opportunities for people of all ages with specific impairments to take part in sport and exercise. From local have-a-go sessions to regional competitions and much more, the NDSOs can help to be more active and find a sport or activity you enjoy. 

You can find out more information about these organisation via the overview documents listed on the right-hand side of this page. You can also find contact details for each of these organisations at: www.efds.co.uk/ndsos.

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