A new research report released this month, 'Encouraging disabled people to volunteer in sport', explores the barriers to volunteering and the drivers that could improve its appeal. The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) alongside the eight National Disability Sports Organisations* and Sport England commissioned the project to understand more on volunteering in sport, as well as to improve the quality and number of opportunities for disabled people.
Paralympic and World champions Sophie Hahn and Kadeena Cox are among 18 para athletes announced for Team England's athletics squad for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Both starred at this summer's World Para Athletics Championships in London; Hahn winning double gold in the T38 100m and 200m, while Cox sealed the T38 400m title along with winning two further medals. They will be competing at their first Commonwealth Games in the T38 100m.
17 people attended the workshop, that took place at Gateshead and was organised through Gateshead Harriers and the Inspiration Programme.
National Disability Sports Organisation British Blind Sport have produced a range of bespoke tethers to enable visually impaired people to run with a sighted guide runner in a safe and enjoyable way. British Blind Sport hope the sale of this product will help more visually impaired people to enjoy running and physical activity as part of their Find a Guide project in partnership with England Athletics.
Hambleton's Up and Running scheme consisted of an eight week running and social programme to people receiving secondary mental health care. The scheme was created and delivered by mental health professional Glen Hilton, and Hambleton District Council Development Officer David Earl - who offered support, advice and guidance on the positive mental health benefits of running in addition to providing a health programme and nutritional advice.
Inspired by the athletics this summer? Our Inspiration Clubs are providing opportunities for disabled people to try athletics at their Inspiration Para Athletics Days. Catering for all impairments, these days provide a great introduction in to Para-Athletics for anyone wanting to try the sport for the first time or a fun day of athletics for those already participating. Why not have a go?
The Age Group championships at the Bedford International Stadium was the location for the presentation of the England Athletics Regional Volunteer Awards for the East Region. This year, nominators were also invited to the event which has has been a valuable step in promoting the awards and a way of saying thank you to the nominator as well as the winner.
This weekend sees our last major track and field championship of the summer with the England Athletics Under 17 and Under 15 championships (which includes our Disability Athletics Age Group championships) taking place in Bedford. There have been over 1300 entries from over 1000 athletes so it should be a busy and competitive two days.
A team of British athletes took part in the 23rd Deaflympics Summer Games earlier this year in Samsun, Turkey. As deaf Sports are not part of the Paralympic Pathway they have their own IOC sanctioned Games with over 3,000 competitors from nearly 100 Nations taking part this year!
Throughout the Summer our Inspiration Clubs will be providing opportunities for disabled people to try athletics at their Inspiration Para Athletics Days. Inspired by the summer of sport and catering for all impairments, these days will provide a great introduction in to Para-Athletics for anyone wanting to try the sport for the first time or a fun day of athletics for those already participating.