Find out about who Parasport aims to support
There are many millions of people in the UK with disabilities. There are also lots of opportunities for disabled people to get involved in sport. It can, however, be difficult to pass the information on to the public that these opportunities exist.
Part of the reason that the BPA and Deloitte created Parasport was as a way to tell disabled people about sporting opportunities in their local area.
So who is Parasport for?
Parasport is for anyone with an interest in getting active or taking up sport. You might be interested in taking part in a regular activity or you may dream of representing you country. Whatever your aim, Parasport can provide you with the information you need to get involved.
Helping children to get involved
Before mainstreaming became commonplace, the BPA could provide information on disability sport directly to special schools and specialist hospitals. With more children now in mainstream schools, Parasport is a fantastic tool to help the BPA reach disabled children with information on how they can stay active.
In the UK in 2006 the Department for Educational Needs and Skills first released ‘Special Education Needs in England, January 2006’ (SFR 23/2006). This document (downloadable in the right-hand column) provided some valuable statistics on disabilities in school children in England. Here are some relevant highlights:
- There are just under 8.2 million pupils in school in January 2006 in England;
- 109,080 of these pupils have a learning difficulty or a physical disability.
The Parasport project aims to reach as many of the 109,080 children with information on how they can get or stay involved in sport.