As the nation gets set to embrace a summer of sport, a campaign to encourage and support disabled people, along with their friends and family, to become more active launches today (Thursday 14 July).
Launched by National Disability Sports Organisations, working together with the English Federation of Disability Sport with backing from Sport England, the Together We Will campaign aims to highlight the benefits of becoming more active while providing advice on how to get involved.
It looks to address the low number of disabled people who regularly take part in sport or exercise as highlighted in the most recent Sport England Active People Survey which showed that disabled people are half as likely to be active as non-disabled people.
Julie Robbins, head of inclusion at the Youth Sport Trust, welcomed the campaign saying: “The Youth Sport Trust has helped lead the way in supporting disabled young people to be involved in sport and physical activity as we know that sport has an incredible power to help people be happy, healthy, succeed in life and contribute to society.”
She added: “Through our work on projects such as Inclusive Futures and Play Unified we know how essential it is for sporting and volunteering opportunities to be open to everyone to encourage everyone to become healthier and stronger while having fun and often meeting new people.”
The Together We Will campaign shares first-hand experiences from people with additional support needs or health conditions about why being active is important to them. It also brings together useful information and support around how and where you can get active.
The campaign runs from July to September. For more information visit: www.efds.co.uk/together
Inclusive Futures sees the Youth Sport Trust working in partnership with Spirit of 2012 to encourage more disabled young people into volunteering. Play Unified , funded by Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and jointly administered by DCMS and Sport England, aims to end the injustice, intolerance and inactivity of young people with intellectual disabilities, by building a unified generation through sport.