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A disabled person is half as likely to play sport as a non-disabled person, according to Sport England. This is an organisation dedicated to encourage more disabled people to play sport, highlighting the multitude of health benefits to maintaining an active lifestyle. If you want to try out a disability sport but don’t know where to start, here’s our top three to get you started.
Boccia is a precision ball sport designed specifically for athletes with a disability affecting locomotor function. Players roll, throw or kick balls, aiming to land as close as possible to the target ‘jack’ ball. If a player is unable to propel or release the ball, they can use a ramp or other assistive devices. Boccia tests muscle control and accuracy and it can produce improvements in the player’s physical capabilities.
If you want to find an accredited club that offers opportunities to participate in boccia, try using their club finder tool that locates the nearest club to your location.
If you are interested in football but don’t know how to get involved, there are a number of clubs throughout the country that provide coaching for disability football. Parasport’s website offer a handy directory to find sports clubs near you that offer the sport of your choice.
The Paralympic programme includes 7-a-side for athletes with cerebral palsy and 5-a-side for athletes with visual impairment, however there are many other classifications available, such as Amputee Football.
The success of the Team GB cycling team at the Paralympics inspired riders of all abilities to get involved with disability cycling. British Cycling have several disability hubs around the UK with coaching sessions aimed to develop technique, confidence and fitness.
In addition, Wheels for Wellbeing (WfW) is a charity that supports disabled people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the benefits that cycling can bring. They run regular inclusive cycling sessions in South London.
If you struggle to travel to these locations and do not have a suitable vehicle for wheelchair access, consider accessible and adapted vehicles, such as those from Allied Mobility, to give you the extra freedom to travel to sports clubs and leisure centres that offer disability sports.
Staying active with a disability is very important as there are numerous health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure, maintaining a healthy weight and improving your mental well-being. If you want to try out a sport but you’re not sure where to start, try out our top three disability sports to get started on your path to a healthier lifestyle.