Competition and Events
We are working to influence the development of inclusive practice within competition and events both within England Athletics and other providers nationally, regionally and locally. It is our intention to work alongside partners and event providers to ensure that our clubs and coaches are aware of, and involved, in appropriate event opportunities for disabled athletes.
Guidance to Inclusive Practice for Race and Event Providers
This document is intended to provide guidance to Race and Event Organisers to ensure they are working under the guidance of the England Athletics Inclusion Policy and within the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. It is also intended that the document enhance their knowledge and confidence in promoting the inclusion of disabled athletes in their events.
It should be noted that the Equality Act is not just about access to facilities but is intended to promote a change in attitudes and to improve opportunities for disabled people to participate. The reasons disabled people take part in athletics are the same and just as wide ranging as for all people. With this in mind it should be recognised that disabled athletes will want to participate in events for the same reasons as all athletes, for enjoyment, to improve fitness and to experience the challenge and achievement of competition.
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Inclusive Guidance for Running Event Providers - video
Guidance to Inclusive Practice for Track and Field Competition Organisers
This document is aimed at encouraging and supporting local competition organisers to consider the needs of disabled athletes and include them within their track and field competitions. England Athletics included disabled athletes in their senior championships at Bedford for the first time in 2011 and we would like to support and encourage other competition organisers to do the same through the provision of this guidance document and the additional support and advice available through the Parallel Success Programme.
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The Power of Ten now provide a comprehensive disability athletics rankings database to help clubs, coaches and athletes compare performances: click here to view the search page.
National Disability Sport Organisations
Disability Sports Events (DSE) currently provide competition under the DSE Profile System. Dates of events can be found on this website: www.efds.co.uk/events
* 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 and access a full range of appropriate competition opportunities will need to get a National classification through UKA.
National Disability Sport Organisations provide specific competition opportunities many of which are open to all impairment groups. For information on competitions and events held by these organisations please click on the appropriate link below which will take you to their Events page:
- CP Sport
- British Blind Sport
- Dwarf Sports Association
- MENCAP Sport
- Special Olympics
- UK Deaf Sport
QuadKids, Super8 and Sportshall offer simple competition formats which can be developed to provide inclusive competition opportunities.
- QuadKids: www.quadkids.org
- Super8: www.super8.org.uk/info/inclusive.aspx
- Sportshall: www.sportshall.org