How Sense has been making sport more inclusive for disabled people

A group of men and women in a sports centre. Cyclists cycle around them.

Yesterday, we hosted a Sports Summit at the iconic Lee Valley Velodrome. This event provided an opportunity for people from the sport and health, and social care sector, to come together to hear about the what we’ve learned from our two year Sport England funded project, Sporting Sense. It was fantastic to see such a mix of organisations who all share a passion for making sport more inclusive and accessible to disabled people.

Seven in 10 disabled people want to be more active

A man cycling on an adapted bike in a hall. A woman stands next to him with her arm on his hand.

With 7 out of 10 disabled people saying they want to be more active, and three quarters of the disabled population living with more than one impairment, our Sporting Sense project has aimed to increase the number of accessible opportunities for people with complex disabilities to take part in sport. We’ve worked with a range of partners to break down perception barriers about what is achievable, and have adapted sports to make them more engaging and to suit individual needs.

Accessible and inclusive cycling sessions

Cycling has proven to be one of the most successful sports we’ve delivered due to the range of adaptive equipment available. The cycling sessions enable participants to ride independently or with assistance on a range of adaptive bikes. We’ve seen first-hand the impact this has had with many individuals including improved motor skills, increased confidence and building new friendships.

Watch the video, embedded below, about our inclusive and accessible cycling sessions from Sense Sport and Sport England, run by Wheels For All.

How do you make cycling inclusive for everyone?

These amazing adapted bikes have allowed Alex to grow in confidence.

Alex regularly does our inclusive cycling, and has formed a special connecion with a volunteer at these inclusive Sense Sport sessions.

Posted by Sense – connecting sight, sound and life on Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Author: Alissa Ayling

Alissa is the National Sport Manager at Sense

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