Turning the tide for inclusive sports coaching

Last updated: 06 Feb 2017 Topics: Disability sport Safer recruitment Type: News article
Athletics

It’s well documented that those with learning difficulties are less likely to be involved in sport or an active lifestyle.

This is sometimes due to the accessibility of sports and a lack of accessible routes to roles within sport.

The Turning Tides Project is working with Active Devon to develop and pilot inclusive sports qualifications, modelled on Sportscoach UK’s ‘Safeguarding and protecting children’ course.

During these pilot training sessions, the Turning Tides Project has documented the journey of some of the people with and without learning disabilities taking part, through a series of video interviews.

It intends to use their experiences to evaluate this new approach to delivering accessible coaching qualifications by identifying the barriers that might stop them from taking part. It hopes to be able to make recommendations about the future provision of sports coaches.

The project team expects to complete this evaluation in March 2017. Until then, you can keep up to date with developments on the Turning Tides Project website.

Further information

For more about this topic, see our Safeguarding deaf and disabled children pages. 

We also provide an overview of basic safeguarding training, which includes the Sportscoach UK course mentioned above.