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.
Contact: WheelPower: Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Guttmann Road, Stoke Mandeville, Bucks. HP21 9PP
Tel: 01296 395995
British Wheelchair Athletics Association (BWAA)
BWAA work with athletes interested in Seated Throws (Shot Put, Discus, Javelin, Club), and pentathlon. BWAA 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. BWAA have qualified, experienced coaches in attendance at every training weekend. They also organise a track and Field Grand Prix Series throughout the season - dates on their website. Click here to download a flyer.
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
• 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.
Training days: www.cpsport.org/sports/athletics/training-days
Athletics series: www.cpsport.org/sports/athletics/athletics-events
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
LimbPower is the National Disability Sports Organisation helping amputees and the limb impaired reach their sporting potential. Their objective is to increase the number of disabled people playing sport and to address the impairment specific differences of amputees and the limb impaired. LimbPower provides information on accessing sport and signposts UK Athletics for people interested in taking up athletics and wheelchair racing.
Contact: LimbPower, Whitecroft, Tandridge Lane, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6LL
Phone: 07502 276858
UK Sports Association For People With Learning Disability (UKSA)
UKSA is the national charity that facilitates and supports talented athletes with learning disability in the UK to train, compete and excel in national and international sport. Our vision is a society that enables people with learning disability to excel and achieve their full potential in the sport of their choice. UKSA manages the implementation of the eligibility and classification system across the UK for athletes with learning disability. UKSA is the only portal through which talented athletes with learning disability can compete at Inas European and World Championships including the Global Games. Through this work UKSA also enables talented athletes to make the transition to NGB programmes through to the Paralympic Games. UKSA’s focus is high performance/elite sport and the organisation is:
• Recognised by UK Sport
• A member of the British Paralympic Association
• The only official GB member of Inas for Para-athletes with Intellectual Disability (Inas)
UKSA’s members are Scottish Disability Sport (SDS), Disability Sport NI (DSNI), WSAPLD/Disability Sport Wales, Mencap Sport in England and a collaboration with the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS).
Facebook: UK Sports Association for People with Learning Disability
Phone: 020 7490 3057
Address: 2E Leroy House, 436 Essex Road. London N1 3QP
Special Olympics Great Britain
Special Olympics GB provides sports training and competition opportunities to children and adults with intellectual disabilities (IQ below 75). There are currently 150 Special Olympics clubs in Great Britain, run by over 4,000 volunteers, and involving 8,000 athletes of all abilities who benefit from taking part in a wide range of sports, including Athletics. For more information visit the charity website.
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. They provide information on Deaf sporting opportunities throughout the UK.
Phone: 07850 796241 01905 746301 Ext 322
Other Useful Contacts
Activity Alliance (previously EFDS)
Activity Alliance (previous known as EFDS) exists to make active lives possible and ensure that millions of disabled people can lead active lifestyles. Dedicated to disabled people in sport and physical activity, they support a wide range of organisations to include disabled people more effectively. The national charity looks to a better future where everyone can enjoy the opportunities available. Activity Alliance brings their members, partners and disabled people together to make active lives possible. Collectively, they continue to challenge perceptions and change the reality of disability, inclusion and sport.
Email: Contact us form
Phone: 01509 227750
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.
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.
Mind is a leading mental health charity that provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Their Get Set to Go’ programme aims to improve the lives of 75,000 people with mental health problems through access to sport in their communities, with support from Sport England and the National Lottery. They work to remove the barriers that people living with mental health problems can face when wanting to take up a sport. They aim to increase and sustain their independent participation in mainstream sports as part of a healthy lifestyle.
National Autistic Society
The National Autistic Society is the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. They provide information, support and services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism. With nearly 20,000 members, and around 100 UK branches, they provide a wide range of services to support people with autism and those around them.
Phone: 020 7833 2299
Fax: 020 7833 9666
Website: www.autism.org.uk Active for Autism: www.autism.org.uk/active