December 06, 2023

Engaging Disabled People in Sport & Physical Activity: Course Review

Archery GB has organised another Engaging Disabled People in Sport & Physical Activity course for 2024 but what do those who have already done the course have to say about it?

The course aims to help participants reach more people in sport and physical activity through inclusive and accessible practice.

The 2-hour workshop, run by the Activity Alliance for Archery GB, also covers better communication practices to help everyone in archery feel welcome and supported.

Christine Burdett-Clark attending the course in November where it was led by tutor Jess Cook.

Christine said she wasn’t sure what more she could learn as a wheelchair user already but was pleasantly surprised and came away more knowledgeable about making her club more inclusive and accessible.

She said: "It went so quickly as the content and tutor giving the course made it so stimulating. We learnt about proper communication skills not only spoken but written and what effect this can have on reaching out to the local community.

"Hearing from the other people on the course and their own experiences made situations and challenges easier to understand and put into a real-world situation. I found the course extremely informative and now feel like I have a better understanding of what to do to make things more accessible for people with a wide range of disabilities."

She added: "The course has really enhanced my knowledge and understanding, and I would recommend everyone signing up, Jess delivered it amazingly, keeping everyone involved. 

"Even as a disabled person myself, I have finished the course and feel more aware and even more knowledgeable about how to make our club accessible and help engage and encourage our disabled members at our club."

Course content

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Use data and insight to inform decision making
  • Understand the barriers to being physically active for disabled people (including information from during the pandemic)
  • Apply the Activity Alliance 10 Principles of good engagement and utilise co-production for delivery
  • Understand how inclusive communications engages more than just disabled people
  • Use appropriate language when discussing or referring to disability
  • Identify the basic principles of inclusive communication, through online and offline activities
  • Access tips on embedding key principles into your own communications strategies and activities

Everyone will go away with the enthusiasm and key learning points to develop their own strategies.

The next course is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 8 February 2024 from 7pm - 9pm.

Click the button below to find out more and to book your place:

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This Archery GB project is an initiative funded by the Worshipful Company of Fletchers and Fletchers’ Trust

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