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Useful links and trusted organisations

Our Inclusion Hub is only a taster of the amount of support available to those who would like to access or deliver inclusive sport but aren’t sure where to start.

We’ve put together a list of helpful links to trusted organisations.

We welcome additions! Contact us if you know or are part of an organisation which you would like to see included on the list.

General support
  • Association for Physical Education (AfPE)
    AfPE provides support, policies, resources and memberships for all organisations involved in delivering school sport and physical activity. Some of their work is dedicated to inclusion in school sport.
  • Sport England
    A public body that supports and runs programmes focused on encouraging a more active nation. Sport England believes everyone should feel able to do sport and activity, regardless of age, background or gender.
  • UK Coaching
    A charity that trains and develops sports coaches who go on to deliver inspiring, inclusive coaching experiences to millions across the UK.
  • Youth Sport Trust
    A children’s charity working to ensure every child enjoys the life-changing benefits that come from play and sport.
  • Gov.uk
    The UK Government website provides reliable guidance, reports and insights on provisions and expectations for special educational needs, disability and high needs in the UK.
National disability organisations
  • Contact a Family
    A charity for families who have children with disabilities. Contact a Family offers free support, advice and information regardless of the child’s medical condition or situation.
  • Disability Rights UK
    A charity that represents the rights and expectations of people with disabilities across the UK.
  • Epilepsy Action
    A charity that supports people with epilepsy, teaching them and those who care for them how to manage seizures. It offers free, confidential, expert advice through phone and email helplines. Epilepsy Action also delivers training courses for carers.
  • Level Water
    Level Water delivers specialist disability swimming lessons for children. Each child is taught until they can successfully join group swimming lessons in mainstream environments.
  • National Autistic Society
    The leading UK charity for people with autism and their carers. National Autistic Society provides helplines and face-to-face support for all ages and ends of the spectrum. Their work spans schools, businesses and community activities. They also offer professional diagnostic services.
  • National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS)
    A UK charity dedicated to providing support and improving accessibility for children and young people who are deaf, and their carers.
  • NASEN (National Association of Special Educational Needs)
    A membership organisation that provides training and resources to professional who support those with special educational or additional support needs.
  • Panathlon Challenge
    A children’s charity that provide sports competitions and fun sports training days for young disadvantaged and disabled people across the UK.
  • Sense
    A charity that supports those with complex disabilities and those who are deafblind.
  • The Royal Mencap Society
    A charity that runs services, projects and campaigns that support people with learning disabilities and their families/carers.
Inclusive sport organsations and programmes
  • Activity Alliance
    Previously the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS), Activity Alliance’s work is focussed on making sport and physical activity inclusive for people with disabilities, and helping active lives become possible for everyone.
  • British Blind Sport
    British Blind Sport provides opportunities for blind and partially sighted people to access, participate and compete in sport.
  • British Cycling
    Building on the success of their #OneInAMillion campaign, British Cycling, in partnership with Sport England, have created a bespoke new #ThisGirlCan campaign. It features cycling-specific assets to raise awareness of women’s cycling, with the aim of reaching new audiences.
  • British Paralympic Association (BPA)
    This is the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) for Great Britain. They are responsible for selecting, training and managing the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team at the Paralympic Games. This team is known as ParalympicsGB.
  • Cerebral Palsy (CP) Sport
    Cerebal Palsy (CP) Sport helps people with cerebral palsy reach their potential in sport, and provides support to their families and carers.
  • Dwarf Sports Association UK
    A UK-based charity that focuses on making all sports accessible and enjoyable for people with restricted growth.
  • Great Britain (GB) Deaf Swimming Club
    Great Britain (GB) Deaf Swimming Club meets for at least two training weekends a year, specifically designed for club swimmers who are deaf. GB Deaf Swimming also works with local swimming clubs to support their members who are deaf.
  • Limbpower
    A national disability sports organisation that engages amputees and individuals with limb impairments in physical activity and sport to improve their quality of life and support lifelong rehabilitation.
  • Special Olympics GB
    Special Olympics GB is the biggest provider of year-round accredited sports programmes and support for athletes with intellectual disabilities and special educational needs.
  • UK Deaf Sport
    UK Deaf Sport is about empowering people who are deaf to participate in sport and physical activity on a regular basis and providing opportunities for them to compete professionally.
  • Wheelpower
    Wheelpower leads on wheelchair sport. It provides support and opportunities in sport and activity for people with physical impairments.
  • Topsportsability
    An online resource hub from Youth Sport Trust that can be used by schools to help engage young people with a SEND in school sport. The hub includes free teaching guides and activity packs.