Sports and people with disabilities

There are local organisations that work towards improving accessibility to sports for people with disabilities. Schools also have responsibilities for access to sport for pupils with disabilities.

Support for disability sports

Disability Sport NI 

Disability Sport NI is Northern Ireland's main disability sports organisation. It has over 100 member groups, made up of disability sports groups, schools and adult centres. Disability Sport NI is a limited company with charitable status.

Sport NI

Sport Northern Ireland is a public body for the development of sport in Northern Ireland.


Parasport aims to encourage more people with disabilities to take up sport by providing information about sports and sporting opportunities in local areas. 

Local sports facilities

Your local council's leisure department should have details about facilities, sports clubs and other initiatives in your area.

Many local councils work in partnership with national, regional and local sports organisations to provide opportunities for people of all ages to take part and develop their skills. Your local library should also be a good source of information.

Tokyo 2020 

The city of Tokyo in Japan will host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Government sports initiatives

Government wants to make sure that the number of people with disabilities in sport increases across the board - whether as a participant, trainer or administrator.

To find out about government funding, plans and initiatives in sport, visit the Department for Communities' website.

School sports and children with disabilities

School sport should be fun and attractive to all children whatever their level of skill. Physical Education (PE) and sport play an important role in school life - improving health and developing social skills.

The curriculum incorporates an 'access statement' to make sure equality of opportunity and access for all.

PE is a compulsory part of the curriculum at all Key Stages for all pupils of compulsory school age. Disability should not be a barrier to inclusion in PE or other school sport programmes.

Schools in both mainstream and special school settings should make all necessary arrangements to support young people with physical and learning disabilities to have good access to PE and sport. This includes teacher support and, where necessary, providing special equipment.

Schools and the Education Authority must also make 'reasonable adjustments' to their premises, policies and procedures to avoid disadvantaging pupils with disabilities.

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