Within the England Athletics framework for club and coach development and we are seeking to develop best practice in inclusive athletics through the integration of inclusive practice into our core programmes aimed at clubs and coaches.
Through our team of local Club and Coach Support Officer (CCSOs) we are working to ensure that Athletics Networks, clubs and coaches are receiving the relevant information, skills and knowledge to enable them to plan, provide and access fully integrated and appropriate opportunities for disabled people in athletics.
Inclusive Club Health Check
The Inclusive Club Health Check has been designed to support clubs to be more inclusive. A simple checklist filled out with your CCSO will help clubs to identify areas for improvement and the support available to them to do so. Click here to download the inclusive Club Health Check (DOC) or here for the PDF.
- For support and advice to make your club more inclusive please contact your local CCSO.
- For support and information to make your club deaf friendly sign up to the Me2 pledge, click here.
- For advice on using appropriate disability terminology click here.
Inclusive coaching guidance documents and other useful resources can be found on uCoach.
The UK Disability Inclusion Training-Athletics course is a general awareness course to support clubs and coaches to include disabled people in athletics. The 7hr course is for anyone who is involved in an athletics club who wants to know more about including disabled people in our sport. The practical session is particularly relevant to coaches and leaders and the course is ideally designed for people who have little or no experience of working with disabled people and who aren’t necessarily working with disabled people already.
For more information, or to find out how to book a course, click here.
Parallel Success Coach and Athlete Talent Introduction Days
Coach and Athlete Talent Introduction Days are for new or beginner athletes and for clubs and coaches interested in developing their knowledge of coaching disabled athletes.
They include workshops on throws, sprints and jumps and wheelchair racing which aim to increase the knowledge and understanding of clubs and coaches and provide relevant information regarding appropriate competition opportunities/pathways and classification.
Parallel Success Days take place from October-March; information will be added here when available.
Flying Coach visits
Flying Coach visits are available by request to provide specific support, knowledge and skills to clubs and coaches currently working with disabled athletes. Are you interested in coaching deaf or disabled athletes? Anyone can register their interest, whether an existing or current coach, interested in transferring knowledge or if you are new to coaching.
Wheelchair Racing: An introduction to basic push technique, chair set up and training programmes.
Seated throws: Advice and guidance on seated throws, including throwing frames, tie downs and fixings.
Coaching visually impaired athletes: Advice and guidance on supporting blind or visually impaired athletes, to include guide running and competition pathways. See Guide Running document on the right.
Coaching D/deaf or hard of hearing athletes: Advice and guidance on coaching deaf and hearing impaired athletes. To include information on effective communication, technology, Deaf UK Athletics and competition pathways.
Coaching athletes with a learning disability: Advice and guidance on coaching athletes with a learning disability. To include information on Mencap, Special Olympics and competition pathways.
Other impairment specific visits: Advice and guidance on coaching athletes with a specific impairment (Cerebral Palsy, amputees etc). To include information on National Disability Sports Organisations and competition pathways.
- To arrange a Flying Coach visit, to register your interest to coach or for further specific support and advice please contact your local CCSO.
- Click here for information on the Sports Coach UK Effective Communication: Coaching Deaf People in Sport course.
Impairment Specific Factsheets
Sports Coach UK and the NDSOs have developed a handy set of Impairment Specific Coaching Awareness Factsheets. Click here to download them from their website.