English Federation of Disability Sport changes name to Activity Alliance
Posted: Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:30
The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) has announced their new name. A first of many milestones in the charity's 20th anniversary year, from Thursday 26 April 2018 EFDS will be operating as Activity Alliance.
The Activity Alliance brings organisations and disabled people together to make active lives possible. Collectively, they continue to challenge perceptions and change the reality of disability, inclusion and sport.
A brand identity has been developed to support the organisation's new name and wider remit, which is being introduced a few months ahead of the charity's 20th anniversary in September.
The change follows a thorough strategic review that included research about the charity's purpose and its impact. As part of the review, the charity carried out stakeholder consultations with staff, member organisations, disabled people and partners.
The feedback consensus was that the original name, 'English Federation of Disability Sport' limited the organisation's potential. The review concluded that a new direction and wider remit were needed around well-being, activity and health, creating the opportunity for the charity to deliver greater impact for disabled people.
The national charity looks to a better future where everyone can enjoy the opportunities available. Established in September 1998, Activity Alliance has a vision that disabled people are active for life. Key areas of expertise include:
- Striving for a more equal society in which disabled people can achieve more through increased opportunities and choice.
- Enabling organisations to support individual disabled people to be active and stay active for life.
- Working as England's leading expert voice advocating disabled people's participation in active recreation.
- A team of Advisors across English regions, who increase connections between a diverse range of partners so more disabled people can access sport and physical activity.
- Developing and rolling-out programmes to improve access to sport and physical activity for disabled people, such as Sainsbury's Active Kids for All PE training, Inclusive Community Training and Get Out Get Active.
- Providing participation opportunities through an events programme.
- Actively raising the profile of all disabled sportswomen and sportsmen, as well as increasing the opportunities available for disabled people to take part at all levels.
- Fundraising to provide more opportunities through Activity Alliance and attracting additional funds to sport for disabled people.
- Activity Alliance receives funding from Sport England as its expert partner for disabled people in sport.
- Find more information on Activity Alliance on their refreshed website www.activityalliance.org.uk and www.activityalliance.org.uk/brand (live during 26 April 2018).