The number of disabled people playing sport regularly has risen slightly over the years. In December 2013, Sport England’s Active People Survey 7 – an annual, in-depth measure of the nation’s sporting habits – revealed that a record number of disabled people in England now play sport each week. The number of disabled people aged 16 and over playing sport once a week increased by 62,000 over the last year, bringing the total number to its highest recorded figure of 1.67 million. But, disabled people are still half as likely to be taking part in sport as non-disabled people (18.5 per cent compared to 39.2 per cent). This means there is still a long way to go in order to address this imbalance and inclusive communications play an important role in this.

Author The English Federation of Disability Sport