Welcome to July’s newsletter from the Activity Alliance (Activity Alliance is the operating name for the English Federation of Disability Sport).
This edition features our response to the National Disability Strategy and the FA Disability Cup.
Activity Alliance responds to the National Disability Strategy
A new National Disability Strategy published on 28 July outlines how the government will support disabled people. Departments and agencies in government set out how they will help bring about practical and lasting change to disabled people’s lives. Sport is recognised within the strategy under a focus policy area. Read our full response to the National Disability Strategy
Vice Chair, Phil Friend: Let’s be better, not just ‘back to normal’
Activity Alliance Vice Chair, Phil Friend, discusses what we learnt and are still learning from this pandemic for disabled people in sport and activity. Read Phil’s blog
“I hope we can change perceptions and social barriers through football”
The FA Disability Cup returned to St George’s Park in July with BT Sport providing coverage – the first time the Cup has been broadcast live. Philip Heap, the FA’s National Development Manager tells us what the return of this cup means for football and its disabled players. He discusses the FA’s plans to encourage more disabled people into playing the game we love. Read Phil Heap’s article
Rainbow’s blog: “Football gives me freedom”
One of the players in the FA’s Disability Cup final was Rainbow. He took part in the blind football final for his team – Merseyside Blind and VI Football Club against RNC Hereford. We hear from him on what it was like competing in the Cup and why football is so important to him. Read Rainbow’s blog
Head Coach Paula Dunn: the Championships are a fantastic opportunity
At the beginning of July, Activity Alliance’s events team managed the National Junior Athletics Championships in Coventry. The Paralympic Games in Tokyo take place later this summer. We caught up with Head Coach for the British Athletics Paralympic Programme, Paula Dunn, to talk more about the significance of this event in such an important year. Read Paula’s article
Make active lives possible with us
We are the national charity and leading voice for disabled people in sport and activity. We work with others to challenge perceptions and change the reality of disability, inclusion and sport. We rely on generous funders and fundraisers to develop and continue our work. Support Us
Moving more where you are
We are committed to ensuring disabled people can be and stay active. Access exercise advice, workouts, and activity guides to support disabled people. This helps everyone to move more, whether at home, outside or in your local area.