Disability Sport & Physical Activity
Within Hertfordshire there are dozens of fantastic opportunities for people with all kinds of disabilities to get involved in all kinds of sport, from football or tennis to swimming or archery… There’s something for everybody, but there’s still more to be done.
Disability Sport Framework
The number of Hertfordshire’s disabled residents is expected to increase by up to 4.64 per cent by 2021. This takes the overall figure in the area to over 75,000 people living with an impairment. In response to this research, the Herts Sports Partnership has produced the Hertfordshire Disability Sport Framework 2017-2021.
The framework outlines how the partnership will support individuals and organisations across five areas- workforce, facilities, quality assurance, participation and marketing and communications.
Effective marketing and communications is essential for all organisations. Inclusive and accessible planning and delivery can help everyone reach more people, including disabled people. The Activity Alliance support organisations to embed key principles into their own work. Have a look at their guidance sheets and video for support.
Herts Disability Sports Foundation
The Herts Disability Sports Foundation (HDSF) is a charity and was originally set up in Welwyn Hatfield to promote the development of disability sport across Hertfordshire. The sites, Gosling Sports Park and Stanborough Park, offers a wide range of participation opportunities for people with disabilities. The Foundation also supports inclusive training and coach development for participants, coaches and day service staff; providing a holistic approach to inclusive sports development.
In addition to this, we provide open sessions which are available to anybody with a disability, and their siblings or friends. These sessions include archery, Easy Rider adapted cycling, doughnutting, fishing and bell boating. The Foundation is also able to cater for organisations who would like to take part in corporate activities with a Paralympic twist.
Finally, we are able to run activities from a variety of facilities across Hertfordshire. Activities include archery, basketball, Boccia, dance, Easy Rider adapted cycling, fitness and mobility, team building activities and wheelchair basketball.
An organisation offering sporting opportunities for people with learning difficulties; their main focus being to offer sport at all levels and for all abilities. Hertfordshire has two branches of the Special Olympics; one covering East Herts the other covering St Albans.
Watford FC Community Sports & Education Trust
The Watford FC Community Sports & Education Trust are delivering the Premier League and BT Disability programme to help offer opportunities for disabled people through sport by embedding a culture of inclusivity across the trust. This will ensure that disabled people can access sport or physical activity of their choice, being inspired to be more active, and encouraged to develop their skills and confidence needed to realise their potential.
To find out further information on the sessions available please visit the Watford FC Community Sports & Education Trust website.
Additional information is also available on the Herts Youth Inclusive Football website.
Saracens Sport Foundation
The Saracens Sport Foundation is the charitable arm of the premiership rugby team, Saracens, based at Allianz Park in Hendon. Saracens Sport Foundation offer a range of sport and physical activity programmes for individuals with disabilities, both in Hertfordshire and North London. For further information and contact details, please visit the Saracens website, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are a number of clubs and organisations listed on the Hertfordshire Directory which offer leisure activities for people with disabilities of all ages.