The number one aim of Project Ability is to have more young disabled pupils taking part in competitive sport. Through the School Games and a network of 50 lead Project Ability schools in England, each selected for their established expertise in engaging young disabled people, schools can improve the quality, and extend the provision, of physical activity for disabled pupils.
Project Ability is delivered as part of the School Games, and includes:
- bespoke training, developed by the Youth Sport Trust, to provide local advice and guidance to School Games Organisers and host schools;
- the establishment and implementation of even more local competitive opportunities for young disabled people; and
- the development of school club activities.
In order to run inclusive sporting activity schools are encouraged to work alongside National Governing Bodies of Sport to establish inclusive formats with tips and advice on how to adapt activities as well as specific impairment formats. Guidance on inclusive formats is available from the School Games website. Schools can use these inclusive formats in their School Games intra- and inter-school competition (Levels 1 and 2), while including disability events within the Level 3 county events. The best pupils can aspire to compete at the Sainsbury's School Games finals.
Schools whose pupils need more substantial or significant help can utilise the TOP Sportsability resource, available free from the Youth Sport Trust. Through the use of video and downloadable documents the resource has three easy to follow sections to guide practitioners on how to adapt formats for a range of abilities and settings:
- a manual for CPD and sports leadership;
- a disability sports section with sports and adapted games; and
- a sports adaptations section offering more traditional sports and their adapted format.
Sainsbury's Active Kids for all
The Sainsbury's Inclusive PE training programme will be the only national, free course specifically designed to improve teachers' competence and confidence in providing a fully inclusive PE experience for young people with a wide range of needs. As such, it will enable all young people to have a more enjoyable, challenging and rewarding PE experience, which is at the heart of young people becoming healthier and more active for life. It will be at the cutting edge of CPD provision, combining face to face training, online materials, and most importantly, the opportunity to share good practice with other professionals through its online forums. The programme is designed to be delivered in a number of different ways and will reach a wide audience, including primary teachers, secondary PE specialists and new entrants to the profession.