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Activity Alliance launches new Inclusive Activity Programme supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England

Posted: Mon, 11 Jun 2018 18:00

Activity Alliance launches new Inclusive Activity Programme supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England

The Activity Alliance has announced the launch of the brand new Inclusive Activity Programme (IAP). The announcement comes after a successful application to Sport England which will see £450,000 of National Lottery funding dedicated to the programme. Over three years, the programme will engage key groups in specialised training with the aim to increase the number of active disabled people across England.

Activity Alliance, UK Coaching and Sport England have come together to build on the success of the programme's predecessor, the Sainsbury's Inclusive Community Training. IAP will equip people with the skills to engage disabled people and people with long-term health conditions more effectively in activities. It will provide a unique opportunity to improve significantly the confidence and competence of the coaching family, local community activators and health care professionals to deliver inclusive activity.

Statistics show that disabled people are twice as likely to be inactive as non-disabled people. However, there is significant unmet demand with research showing that seven in ten disabled people want to be more active.

Over three years, the IAP will deliver over 600 practical tailored face-to-face workshops and provide access to ongoing learning and development opportunities for 8,500 individuals. This support package will enable participants to develop their coaching skills and confidence continually. Ultimately, trainees will be empowered to tailor their own delivery to a variety of different audiences.

The programme targets three different sectors. These enable partners to reach an extensive number of disabled people and people with long-term health conditions. The three sectors are:

  1. Coaches / traditional physical activity deliverer family (including; qualified sports coaches, activators, sport leaders, outdoor recreation deliverers, personal trainers / fitness instructors)
  2. Local community activators (working for example in disabled people's organisations, community interest charities, housing sector and scout/guide groups )
  3. Health and care professionals (including; occupational therapists, physiotherapists, care workers and support workers)

The training will cost a maximum of £20 for participants to attend (subsidies may apply) and will enable them to:

  • Learn about practical tools to support inclusive delivery
  • Explore creative ideas to support disabled people to take part in sport and activity
  • Access a range of resources to support delivery of activity sessions beyond the workshop. Also, to ask questions, share ideas, network with others and receive additional online support and mentoring
  • Learn about local opportunities, organisations and further training both for themselves and the disabled people they support

To ensure maximum impact of the programme, Activity Alliance and UK Coaching aim to work closely with the County Sports Partnership network and other identified national partners. These include National Governing Bodies of sport, MIND, the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists.

The Activity Alliance are keen to hear from anyone who would like to be part of this programme as an individual or an organisation. Please contact programmes@activityalliance.org.uk or call 01509 227753 to get involved.

Find more information on the Activity Alliance on their website.

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