Inclusive coaching

Last updated: 06 Sep 2017 Topics: Deaf and disabled children Involving children and young people

All children and young people have a right to access sporting opportunities in safe and supportive environments irrespective of their ability or circumstances.

This guidance supports staff, coaches and volunteers in sports clubs and organisations to consider ways in which deaf and disabled children may be appropriately included in mainstream activities.

Accommodating participants

How to accommodate deaf and disabled participants into mainstream activities:

  • install an induction loop for people who are hearing impaired
  • provide disability awareness training for staff
  • provide larger, well-defined signage for people with impaired vision
  • put in a ramp at the entrance to a building if there are steps
  • think about how else you could deliver your sport so that more children and young people can come along and join in

Facilitating inclusion

What reasonable adjustments can be made to facilitate the inclusion of deaf and disabled children and young people:

  • provide a welcoming environment
  • talk to disabled people
  • develop and implement a policy
  • provide access to facilities
  • adapt equipment
  • provide training opportunities for coaches, staff and volunteers

Further information

For more on this subject, see our topic page on safeguarding deaf and disabled children.

More deaf and disabled athlete factsheets 

Related information

The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and UK Coaching have produced the first Professional Standards for Coach and Coaching Assistant.

Download this factsheet