The physical activity sector has an essential role in narrowing the disparities and inequalities faced by disabled people today. ukactive’s vision is to develop a sector that is freely accessed and utilised by all, enabling everyone to be active and participate in whatever capacity they wish.
Everyone Can is an ongoing agenda from ukactive and supported by Sport England to set a collaborative tone for inclusivity and accessibility across the sector. As the sector’s trade body, we are uniquely placed to deliver on this, drawing on our partnerships to raise awareness across the sector; to grow our relationship with the disability sector for true collaboration; and to convene operators and suppliers to share learnings and evidence.
As part of these ambitions, we have undertaken a series of sector-wide consultations to examine the physical activity landscape for disabled people, with a focus on our sector’s services.
Over the coming year we will deliver insights and specific to gyms, fitness and leisure centres and ensure they are supported to continue to improve access to their services. These will include the needs and motivations of disabled people and the recommended solutions for the sector to implement. Our findings to date show that the sector must enhance levels of customer service and engage better with disabled people, such as providing more (and accessible) information to consumers and communicating that facilities are open to all. The importance of gathering and reporting usage levels and behaviours among disabled people is another strong theme.
Our sector wants to continue improving the standards for disabled people in every community, and a collaborative approach will be fundamental for success.
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