Delivering inclusive opportunities for disabled children

Posted 20th November 2017

To mark Universal Children’s Day, Youth Sport Trust and National Disability Sports Organisations have released a new film to improve the delivery of inclusive sports opportunities through the School Games. The new video highlights how schools can work in partnership with expert partners to ensure their School Games offer is inclusive for all pupils.

It raises awareness of the National Disability Sports Organisations (NDSOs), who have expertise on providing high quality sport and physical activity opportunities for disabled people. Youth Sport Trust is keen to see more schools work with the NDSOs to ensure that all disabled and non-disabled pupils can take part in school sport together.

See the new film here: 

There are eight NDSOs - British Blind Sport, Cerebral Palsy Sport, Dwarf Sports Association UK, LimbPower, Mencap Sport, Special Olympics Great Britain, UK Deaf Sport and WheelPower. Each organisation can provide advice, guidance and resources to teachers and School Games Organisers (SGOs) on how best to deliver sport for young people with specific impairments, and help schools to:  

• Provide meaningful competition opportunities for young disabled people 

• Raise confidence levels of school staff to deliver inclusive opportunities

• Develop participation pathways in school sport and beyond

• Build relationships with local clubs to encourage sustained participation 

Inclusive opportunities that are inspiring, accessible and meaningful for all young people is a core principle of the School Games. The video along with the recent relaunch of the Inclusive Health Check allows teachers and SGOs to measure how they are performing on inclusive delivery. By working through Inclusive Health Check across all competitions, users are encouraged to ensure that young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) have access to take part in high quality competitive opportunities. 

Youth Sport Trust, School Games delivery network and the NDSOs share a common goal, to see more young disabled people and those with additional needs taking part in school sport on a regular basis.

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