SportsAble Welcomes Activity Alliance Report
SportsAble, the multi-sports disability Club in Maidenhead, has welcomed the publication of The Activity Alliance’s Annual Disability and Activity survey 2019-2020 released today (28 January 2020) and praised it for highlighting the continued need to find solutions for reducing inactivity among disabled people.
The report states that four in five (81%) disabled adults want to do more activity than they currently do, but only two in five feel they have significant opportunities to do so. Plus, only two in five (disabled people) feel they are allowed to be as active as they would like to be. Worryingly, this level of inequality is resulting in a more negative experience, including social isolation for many disabled people.
The Activity Alliance’s Executive summary and full research report are available to download here.
In December 2019, SportsAble started the UK’s only free weekly taster sports session at its purpose-built clubhouse facilities in Maidenhead, to help reduce the disparity between the activity levels of disabled and no-disabled people. Each week, at the “Have A Go Monday” sessions, attendees have an opportunity to try a different sport in a relaxed and informal environment, run by experienced disability sport coaches.
Kerl Haslam, SportsAble, CEO says, “The Activity Alliance has done an incredible job highlighting the continued need to understand and remove barriers to participation. In our 45 years’ experience delivering multi-sports to disabled people, we have seen first-hand the life-changing difference participating in sport has on people with long-term and life-changing conditions.
‘SportsAble is a unique Club created for disabled people by disabled people. It provides a unique club environment where disabled people can play sport against each other, make new friends and enjoy social activities, which are all fundamental if we are to tackle the wider issue of social isolation.”
In 2018, SportsAble published an impact report showing:
41% of member would be inactive if SportsAble didn’t exist
69% of members say SportsAble raises their spirits
68% of members say it helps them live an active lifestyle
51% say it improves their mental health
46% say it allows them to look forward to the future
58% state that SportsAble has helped them establish new friendship groups
Kerl concludes: “If we are to make a positive impact on the number of disabled people getting active, we must recognise the importance of providing exclusive sporting opportunities within inclusive environments. Many of our members arrive at SportsAble inactive and unconfident about sport, but in our unique nurturing environment they soon enjoy the physical, social and emotional benefits.
“Our weekly “Have a Go Mondays” provide the perfect environment for people of all abilities to try sport, have fun and make friends. In our experience it only requires one or two sessions for people to realise that getting active makes a positive impact on their overall health and wellbeing.”
SportsAble’s new Chairman, Asghar Majeed says, “As a former Mayor and Councillor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, I have supported the incredible work that SportAble does for more than 20 years. It is highly regarded in the Borough for doing so much for meeting the needs of its disabled membership.
“More needs to be done to raise awareness about how SportsAble succeeds in getting disabled people active and we welcome a more collaborative approach amongst key stakeholders in the sector in the future.”
To read the Activity Alliance’s press release about its research, click here.