Disability Sport is an essential part of the work of Sport Hampshire & IOW. We aim to ensure that people with physical, sensory and learning difficulties are able to gain access to sport and physical activity across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Our Disability Sports Guide provides information on almost 100 sports and activities in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight that are suitable for disabled people. If you are unsure what sport you would like to do, then have a look at our Find a Sport section to read a bit more about the various sports on offer. Many mainstream sports are now inclusive so even if it doesn’t appear to cater for disabled athletes, it is always worth contacting the National Governing Body for advice. If you would like a copy of the guide, or require it in an alternative format, for example larger text or braille, then please contact Sport Hampshire & IOW.
We publicise many events that are either inclusive or specifically for disabled athletes. For upcoming events, see Get Active Hampshire & IOW which contains detailed listings of all events happening locally.
The Hampshire County Council's Short Breaks programme is designed to improve the lives of disabled children, young people and their families. This is heavily supported by local Bridging Workers. For more information about these events and activities, register with Parent Voice.
There are a number of charities and organisations that are committed to helping and developing disability sports across the country. Take a look at some of the organisations listed below:
- Cauldwell Children - provides a wide range of support services, equipment and therapies for disabled children
- Get Kids Going! - is a national charity that aims to give disabled children and young people the opportunity to participate in sport
- Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme (HTAS) - grant to help Hampshire's most talented athletes reach world class podiums e.g. Paralympics, World Championships. Support starts at county level and goes through to athletes competing internationally.
- Motivation - provides high quality, low cost wheelchairs, including sports wheelchairs, to people all over the world
- The Community Sports Foundation - offers funding and support for all and welcomes applications from projects that help disabled children and young people
- The Lord's Taverners - exists to enhance the prospects of disadvantaged and disabled young people using cricket and other sports to engage with them
- The Richard Overall Trust - offers financial support to help young disabled people progress and enjoy their chosen sport
- Whizz-Kidz - offer mobility equipment and skills to help disabled children live active lives with opportunities to have fun.
London 2012 very effectively profiled what sporting talent the world, Great Britain and Hampshire has to offer. In similar terms the Paralympics then raised the profile of elite disability sport.
Hampshire and the Isle of Wight had 10 athletes representing ParalympicsGB. For them to achieve this their talent will have been identified. Sport Hampshire & IOW supports this process by working with a variety of partners including NGBs and the EFDS and utilising national talent identification programmes, like Sport England's Playground to Podium. Once talented athletes have been identified the appropriate sports governing body is informed and they are directed to an appropriate club and Parasport.
When identifying potential sporting talent the fundamental difference between mainstream and disability sport is a classification system, which is the appropriate grouping of athletes ensuring they compete on a level playing field. For further details visit the Parasport website. Parasport's Self Assessment Wizard allows you to enter your disability and find sports suitable for you to participate in.