Colleges provide a vital environment for young disabled people to learn a variety of skills and gain invaluable work and life experience. Over 560,000 disabled students benefit from support provided by the Further Education sector in England, that’s one in six colleges students.
Disability Review and Strategy
There is growing evidence highlighting the positive impact sport and physical activity has on disabled students’ education, employment and health. AoC Sport recognises the importance of this impact and has conducted a comprehensive review into the Current landscape of sport and physical activity for disabled students (see PDF document below for the review findings).
The review supported the publication of a specific disability sport strategy highlighting how AoC Sport will develop this area of work over the next few years to ensure every disabled college student is active for college, work and life.
In 2020, AoC Sport launched the Inclusion Hub programme aimed at supporting colleges to get more disabled students active.
AoC Sport Inclusion Hubs are colleges that are committed to making sport and physical activity inclusive to all disabled students and in the first year there were 12 of these hubs.
The hubs play a vital role in achieving AoC Sport’s vision of ‘every student active’ and are recognised in the sport, physical activity and further education sectors as proactive in ensuring all disabled students have access to the same opportunities as their non-disabled peers.
Read more about the first year of the programme below:
AoC Sport is committed to up-skilling staff and students to be able to deliver inclusive activity.Working with UK Coaching, AoC Sport is able to deliver the Inclusive Activity Programme. For more information about the course please click here.
To book a course for your college, please contact Disability Development Officer Shannon Howarth.
AoC Sport delivers a bespoke volunteering programme to encourage disabled students to be active called the Inclusion Ambassador Programme. The Inclusion Ambassador programme integrates student volunteers into disability-specific sport and physical activity as well as inclusive activity.
The Inclusive Ambassador programme is intended not just for disabled students who are looking to pursue a career in coaching but also for non-disabled students who are looking for roles within the disability sector.
The ambassadors will be used as a sounding board within their colleges to check and challenge ideas to ensuring disabled students are included in all activity.
For more information on how to register students to become Inclusion Ambassadors please click here.
To find out more about the work we do in this area and for opportunities for your college, please contact Disability Development Officer Shannon Howarth.
Disability and Inclusion-related news stories.
The Current Landscape of Physical Activity and Sport for Disabled Students accessible version
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Active for College Work and Life a strategy for physical activity and sport for disabled college students full version
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Active for College Work and Life a strategy for physical activity and sport for disabled college students full accessible version
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Active for College Work and Life disability strategy summary accessible version
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