An overview of the Access Sport Disability Inclusion Programme

Access Sport's award-winning Disability Inclusion Programme has been running since 2011. The programme has so far engaged over 10,000 disabled young people, up-skilled over 800 new disability inclusive coaches and volunteers, up-skilled over 400 young people aged 14-25 and supported over 180 community organisations. To view our programme video please click play on the banner image above.

Why our Disability Inclusion Programme exists

Access Sport’s Disability Inclusion Programme transforms the lives of disabled young people and their families, from disadvantaged backgrounds, using the power of sport and physical activity to combat the discrimination and exclusion that affects disable young people on a daily basis. 

Disabled people are twice as likely to be inactive compared to their non-disabled peers, and therefore miss the transformational health, wellbeing and developmental benefits of regular physical and social activities. The Disability Inclusion Programme addresses the exclusion and lack of quality inclusive sport and physical activity provision by upskilling and motivating volunteers to embed inclusivity into the DNA of local community clubs.

Our Disability Inclusion Programme works to improve the health and wellbeing of disabled young people, and support their personal development through improving their employability skills and offering working experience and volunteering opportunities. 

What is Ignite?

'Ignite' symbolises inclusive local sport and physical activity opportunities for disabled people. The Ignite brand is for local sport and physical activity organisations, clubs and groups.

The Ignite brand stands for:

- Disability inclusion embedded into the ethos of local community clubs, and organisations

- Organisations offer quality inclusive sport/physical activity opportunities for disabled people

The Ignite brand demonstrates that an organisation provides an environment that is inclusive, taking actions to ensure that that disabled young people and their families can be included on an equal basis to non-disabled people. The brand will support participants, parents and carers in identifying local inclusive opportunities.

Ignite Case Studies

Please click on the case studies below to read in full.


Ignite Disability Inclusion Training (YMCA Endorsed)

Access Sport's expert Disability Inclusion team deliver practical workshops for community organisations to develop their inclusive offer. 

This training course, endorsed by the YMCA, combines educational and practical components to improve coach confidence in leading disability inclusive sessions.

By coalescing multiple facets of disability inclusive coaching – such as communication, adaptability, session planning and disability knowledge – into one whole course, participants gain the knowledge and confidence to be able to lead their own sessions by the end of the course.

If you are interested in taking part or hosting a course at your organisation please contact [email protected]

Key Partners of the Disability Inclusion Programme

The Ignite Programme is supported by Sport England, Spirit of 2012, Loughborough University (Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport), St James Place Foundation, BT Sport Supporters Club, Peter Harrison Foundation and Bristol City Council.

How to get involved with our Disability Inclusion Programme

If you are interested in getting involved there are plenty of different ways you can support your local Ignite club. To find out more, contact us at [email protected]

Access Sport is a member of Disability Rights UK

Links to disability rights related articles:

Papworth Trust Report - Facts & Figures 2018

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

UN Recommendations for the UK