Access to physical activities
4 August 2017
Unfortunately, despite the success of the World Para Athletics Championships, we found access to physical activities at a local level is still an issue for the majority of disabled people.
‘I am unable to access any sports. As far as I can find online there are no wheelchair sports opportunities in my area.’
Difficult to access
60% of disabled people we asked told us they ‘rarely’ or ‘never’ take part in sport or physical activity and 66% found their local gym difficult to access.
‘I was banned from my local athletics club when I declared on the membership form that I was disabled.
‘Apparently being disabled makes me a risk to young athletes as I may scare them. I’m currently taking them to court.’
More can be done
‘I have seen a positive change, particularly since 2012, in attitudes to participation in adapted sport.
‘A lot of this can been put down to training of coaches and facility staff members, but feel more can be done.’