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Path to Paris

This innovation project builds upon the success of the Inclusive Sport Programme and aims to involve 20 Special Schools in delivering the Path to Paris Programme leading up to the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris. 


Evidence of Need

A positive experience in PE and school sport is vital in ensuring every child’s lifelong participation in physical activity. That experience can alter how we feel about being active for the rest of our lives. However, data suggests that not all young disabled people (often referred to in education settings as Special Educational Needs or Disabilities - SEND) are fully included in PE and sport.

Disabled children’s activity levels decrease significantly as they get older. Activity levels for disabled and non-disabled children are similar when they first start school (KS1 - 83% during term-time compared to 84%). But by age 11, disabled children are less likely to be 'active' or 'fairly active' (KS2 - 77% vs 85%), and the gap only widens by the time they are 16 (KS4 - 52% vs 72%). Despite this, disabled children are motivated to take part in sport and physical activity to feel a sense of belonging and be more independent.

This project aims to:

  • Involve 2,000 young disabled people (aged 5-18 years) from 20 schools
  • Increase the number, range, and quality of opportunities for ALL young people to participate and progress in PE, school sport and the School Games
  • Increase the skills and confidence of the school sport workforce to provide high quality provision
  • Raise aspirations of young people with additional support needs and those that support them to realise their potential in and through physical education and sport
  • Provide opportunities to participate in new inclusive activities, inspiring and encouraging lifelong participation.

How to access

Each participating school will deliver Paralympic themed activities for a minimum of 100 young people in their settings and create at least one ‘Path to Paris’ team to go on the virtual journey to Paris. Schools will also participate in a virtual event alongside Paralympic athletes to celebrate ‘Path to Paris’ and the Paralympic Games. To support the development of a lasting legacy, schools will be asked to signpost resources with local School Games Organisers to integrate activities into local School Games offerings.

Schools can access additional digital resources to support their delivery here: