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 Support Managers we are working to ensure that 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 Coaching Guidance Documents (Ambulant and wheelchair)

These guidance documents provide detailed support for coaches working with disabled athletes and those interested in developing their knowledge. 2 resources are available covering guidance for ambulant athletes (sprints, jumps, throws and endurance) and wheelchair athletes (seated throws and wheelchair racing). The documents cover topics such as classification, eligible events, event specific rules and adaptations linked to Athletics 365.  The guidance documents can be found on uCoach, please click here.

Wheelchair Racing Online module

The Athletics Coach Wheelchair Racing qualification builds on the Athletics Coach qualification and provides a basic introduction to Wheelchair Racing for those coaches working with athletes at the multi-event stage of the UKA athlete development pathway (typically 12-15 years old). Click here to find out more and see course dates (just click on the search button there to look for all courses).

UK Disability Inclusion Training: Athletics / Running online module

This is a general awareness module to support clubs and coaches to include disabled people in athletics and running.  The module takes just a couple of hours and is for anyone who is involved in an athletics or running club/group who wants to know more about including disabled people in our sport.  The module 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.

Parallel Success Coach and Athlete Talent Introduction Days

Parallel Success is the name of the British Athletics Para Athletics programme which aims to identify, develop, prepare and support potential Paralympians towards World Class level.  British Athletics host a range of activities across the country to help inspire and get new athletes into Para Athletics.  In addition, they work closely with England Athletics to help grow Para Athletics at grassroots level. Click below to find more specific information.

Parallel Success Days take place from October-March; find out more on the British Athletics website, or download the poster.

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 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 Club Support Manager.
  • Click here for information on the Sports Coach UK Effective Communication: Coaching Deaf People in Sport course. 
  • Click here to vew our resource on Athletics and Mental Health.

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.


British Sign Language (BSL) videos for Athletics

32 BSL athletics video clips are available on uCoach  to support leaders and coaches to communicate with deaf participants along with some generic videos for sport. Let's Sign logo (BSL)The videos have been created in partnership with the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) and show some signs for basic athletics words and phrases such as ‘run’, ‘jump’ and ‘throw’. 


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