Disability Athletics

Disability Athletics

The Playground to Podium project came to an end in March 2013. The programme has been a stimulus for the development of disability athletics across the country with support for clubs and coaches to be more inclusive, a significant increase in the number of disabled athletes taking part and notably 2 athletes making the GB team for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Using the legacy of Playground to Podium and the 2012 Paralympic Games England Athletics have made a continued commitment to support and develop athletics opportunities for disabled people.

Within the England Athletics framework of club and coach development we aim to develop best practice in disability athletics through the integration of inclusive practice into all our core programmes.

Our Inclusion Policy was produced as part of England Athletics' commitment to ensure that all athletes are able to participate equitably within athletics. England Athletics will continue to develop a focus on inclusion, not exclusion, and ensure that it provides appropriate advice to affiliated members to ensure that disabled athletes can participate as fully as possible within athletics events. England Athletics will seek to ensure that it complies with the Equality Act 2010 and encourage its affiliated members to do so.

Click here for our Inclusion Policy


Through our integrated approach all our staff have a role in developing disability athletics. Contacts for your local area can be found here

National Disability Manager (Community Participation)
Liz Purbrick lpurbrick@englandathletics.org, 07850 514936

England Athletics have a totally integrated and inclusive approach to disability athletics which requires the whole organisation to consider disability requirements as a matter of course.  Liz will work to ensure that all of our community participation programmes and policies covering areas such as running, AthleFIT and club/community related activities are fully inclusive.  To support this process each Area Team will identify a lead officer (CCSO/Activator) for disability. These people will act as a champion and advocate for disability within their area teams, and will attend national meetings to support the management, planning and delivery of this work and approach.

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