National Disability Sport Organisations (NDSOs)
British Blind Sport (BBS)
BBS is the leading voice for people with visual impairments in the world of sport. The work of the charity enables children and adults to access and enjoy athletics.
Phone: 01962 424247
Fax: 01926 427775
WheelPower is the national disability sports organisation for wheelchair sport and provides sporting opportunities for men, women and children with physical impairments to take part in a number of sports, including athletics. Based at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the birthplace of the Paralympic Games, WheelPower organises a number of sports events at junior and adult level to introduce disabled people to sport. These include the annual National Junior Games, Inter Spinal Unit Games and National Championships.
WheelPower supports both the British Wheelchair Athletics Association (BWAA) and British Wheelchair Racing Association (BWRA) through the provision of facilities for training and events at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. WheelPower also provides information on accessing wheelchair sport and signposts both associations and UK Athletics for people interested in taking up athletics and wheelchair racing. WheelPower’s Wheel Appeal aims to provide new sports wheelchairs to remove one of the major barriers to participation in wheelchair sport.
Click here for the WheelPower Athlete Pathway diagram (PDF)
Contact: WheelPower: Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Guttmann Road, Stoke Mandeville, Bucks. HP21 9PP
Tel: 01296 395995
British Wheelchair Athletics Association (BWAA)
- Seated Throws: Shot Put, Discus, Javelin, Club
We meet at Stoke Mandeville on the second weekend of every month and any person who is interested in taking up throwing or finding out more about coaching or organising a throws group is more than welcome to attend. We have qualified, experienced coaches in attendance at every training weekend.
Contact: Barbara Hoole
Phone: 07505 107106
British Wheelchair Racing Association (BWRA)
BWRA promotes the involvement of disabled people in wheelchair racing.
- It acts as an information contact for: athletes, race directors, coaches, teachers, local authorities and the media
- It organises National Championships in wheelchair racing for its members
- It organises season-long road and track Grand Prix competitions
- It maintains and develops coaching resources for wheelchair racers
- It helps in the creation of development of clubs for wheelchair racers
- It organises regular training weekends and camps
- It liaises with bodies for integration into mainstream athletics events
- It prepares and selects athletes for International Teams and works alongside the UK Athletics World Class Programme in developing athletes to compete at Paralympic level
Cerebral Palsy Sport (CP Sport)
CP Sport promotes and seeks to increase opportunities for disabled people, in particular people with Cerebral Palsy, to participate in athletics. It provides sporting opportunities to individuals of all ages and at all levels from recreation through to Paralympic competition.
Contact: Phil Peat
Phone: 0115 925 7027
Dwarf Sports Association (DSAuk)
DSAuk make regular sporting opportunity accessible and enjoyable to anyone and everyone of restricted growth in the United Kingdom. DSAuk promotes competitive sport for dwarf athletes and provides opportunities for dwarf athletes to train for and compete in the World Dwarf Games and the Paralympic Games.
Contact: Tim Shephard
Email: Contact can be made through the website contact page
Phone: 07889 922736, 01246 414238
Mencap Sport (England)
Mencap Sport was established in 1995 when Mencap took over the work of the English Sports Association for People with Learning Disability. Mencap Sport works in three main areas:
- Working with Governing Bodies of Sport and other sports providers to increase and improve opportunities at all levels, through training and partnership work
- Organising a National Competition Programme and supporting gifted and talented athletes to train towards and compete in INAS-FID Competition (International Sports Federation for People with Intellectual Disability)
- Campaigning on issues of inclusions, including the UK School Games and Paralympic Games
UK Sports Association For People With Learning Disability (UKSA)
UKSA is the national charity which co-ordinates, promotes and develops sport for people with learning disability at UK and International level. The UKSA’s activities include the following:
- Membership of the International Sports Federation for People with Intellectual Disability (INAS-FID)
- International Conferences
- Supporting Home Country Associations
Special Olympics GB
Special Olympics Great Britain was established in 1978 as part of Special Olympics Inc. Special Olympics GB is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. Through 135 clubs in England, Scotland and Wales, they provide training and competition programmes in 26 sports. They presently offer opportunities to more than 8,000 children and adults with learning disabilities in Great Britain and their aim is to reach out to a further 12,000 new athletes and 4,000 volunteers by the end of 2013.
Email: Contact can be made through the website contact page
Phone: 0207 2478891
Fax: 0207 2472393
UK Deaf Sport
UK Deaf Sport is a registered charity which aims to encourage Deaf people to participate, to enjoy and to excel at sport. We provide information on Deaf sporting opportunities throughout the UK.
Contact: Lee Dolby
Phone: 07850 796241 01905 746301 Ext 322
Other Useful Contacts
LimbPower is a registered charity which aims to encourage amputees to take part in sport at all levels.
National Deaf Children's Society
The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people. They run various activities and events where deaf children and young people can learn new skills, gain confidence and meet other deaf children, often for the first time. They give deaf children the opportunity to take part in activities that they can sometimes be excluded from – like football or joining a club – by offering deaf-friendly training.
English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS)
The EFDS is the national body responsible for developing sport for people with disabilities in England. They work closely with the National Disability Sport Organisations (NDSOs) recognized by Sport England to develop sporting & competition opportunities for people who are disabled.
Disability Sports Events (DSE)
DSE are the events division of the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS). They create participation opportunities for disabled people with all impairments and they provide events & competition opportunities in various sports including athletics.
DSE hold junior athletics competitions under a profile classification system. * It is important to be aware that the DSE Profile system does not form part of the pathway for paralympic success. Talented athletes wanting to progress further in the sport & access a full range of appropriate competition opportunities will need to get a classification through the relevant NDSO (see above) and possibly a National classification through UKA.