Please note: under 16s will need their parent or guardian’s consent to take part.
Sport and physical activity in education
Sport and physical activities vary in schools and colleges. If staff do not know how to adapt sessions or support your child, you could contact a national disability sport organisation (NDSO) for advice. Most provide disability awareness training to teachers, coaches and clubs.
Some schools and colleges have links with organisations that arrange sport clubs, competitions and outdoor activities. Contact them to see what accessible and inclusive activities they offer. For example:
Primary schools in England can get a government grant called the PE and sport premium. This is to improve physical activity at schools. This could include: training staff hiring qualified sports coaches introducing new activities You could ask the school if they get the grant and how they use it.
The EHCP needs to include a personal budget for sport and exercise. You can only use this money for things that have been agreed on the plan. If their EHCP does not have financial support for sport, you can ask for a review.
Football, rugby and cricket clubs often have community projects to support children in the area. Check what activities your local council offers too. Some councils have a disability sports development officer you can speak with.
There may be grants to help you pay for your child’s sport and physical activity depending on their needs and where you live. Some grants are for individuals, while others are only available to clubs or venues. Try looking for sports grants through:
Clubs may have equipment they can use. To fund equipment or kit for a particular activity, you could see if a local club or venue is willing to help you pay for it. Some clubs like the Rotary Club offer grants and funding to individuals too.
Gyms, clubs and venues have measures in place to keep people safe from coronavirus. They might have limited space for new members because groups or classes are smaller. Or they might be running sessions virtually instead of in person. If you're not comfortable going indoors, there may be outdoor activities you can try.