English Federation of Disability Sport February Newsletter

Welcome to the February newsletter from the English Federation of Disability Sport. This edition features new LimbPower research as well as the Sainsbury’s ICT and IPE programmes.


Research reveals demand for more opportunities for amputees

New research released on 8 February reveals clear demand for more physical activities that are accessible for amputees and people with limb impairments. The findings published in a new report from LimbPower aim to give providers more information and support on this specific target audience. LimbPower hopes it will help others to plan and deliver more appealing and suitable activities for people with limb impairments.

Read the full LimbPower report here

EFDS teams up with the National Citizen Service

The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) teamed up with the National Citizen Service (NCS) to deliver the Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training. With workshops delivered nationally, over 300 young people on NCS’s summer programme were able to benefit from the free training.

Read the full story about the partnership with NCS here.

Blog: “It’s easier to get up early in the mornings when I’m active”

EFDS website features a blog post every Friday through the year. In 2017, we’ll be sharing the experiences of disabled people, and those who support disabled people, on their journey to being more active. Here, Tesfai Berhane, who is 62 and from Streatham in London, talks about his new love for yoga.

Read Tesfai’s blog here.

Future teachers reaping benefits from Sainsbury’s IPE Training

So far Sainsbury’s Active Kids for All Inclusive PE Training has provided free training to over 9,000 teachers and school staff across the UK. Among those reaping the benefits are trainee teachers and St Mary’s University is a fantastic example of ensuring future generations of teachers are empowered with inclusion training.

Read more about Inclusive PE training and our work with St Mary’s University

National Disability Sports Organisations head to Naidex 2017

From Tuesday 28 to Thursday 30 March, Naidex 2017 – UK’s leading event for independent living takes place at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham. The National Disability Sports Organisations (NDSOs) come together to support the event and talk to visitors about accessible sport and activity opportunities.

Read more about NDSOs’ attendance at the Naidex Show

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Boccia Team

Special Olympics Cornwall Boccia TeamOn Sunday 4th December 2016 our Special Olympics team travelled up to Barnstaple to join North Devon and Plymouth to take part in a competition. It was a fantastic success we came away with a two bronze medals, one silver and fourth and fifth place. Also our athletes got a chance to meet the founder of Special Olympics UK Chris Maloney.


Special Olympics Cornwall wants to say a massive thank you and congratulations to Nikki Welch our Badminton player, who raised  £95 worth of donations from Angie’s Cafe, Millenium House, Pensilva.  Well Done



SOGB Training Survey

A message from Emma Roe from  SOGB (Special Olympics GB) below:

I joined Special Olympics GB  in July 2016 and as National Training Manager I will oversee and manage all the training needs of the organisation.

I am looking to speak to as many volunteers as possible about their training needs and experiences, please click on the link below to complete a short training survey for all volunteers: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/R6PT9SDVOLUNTEERTRAININGSURVEY

I am happy to be contacted directly to discuss anything related to training and ideas and suggestions are always welcome: Emma.Roe@sogb.org.uk.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards,

Emma Roe

Training Manager

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EFDS August Newsletter 2016


Welcome to the EFDS August Newsletter for 2016

This edition includes EFDS’ new Media Research Report and Guide, plus the latest news in the Together We Will campaign.

New research finds demand for more disability sport news

With a week to go before the Rio Paralympics, new research from the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) has shown the public’s desire to see more disability sport in the media. With many media channels set to cover elite disability sport at the Rio Paralympics, the report flags the importance of coverage beyond the Games and on a par with non-disabled people in sport. To support journalists and those who provide news content on disabled people in sport, EFDS is also releasing a better practice Guide to accompany the research.

Read the full story and download the Media report and Guide here.

Together We Will…get stronger

This summer, Together We Will is encouraging disabled people to become healthier, stronger and have fun being active with friends and family. As part of the campaign, the National Disability Sports Organisations (NDSOs) and EFDS have published five tip tops to support disabled people on their way to be more active and become stronger – whether that’s physically or mentally, or both.

Follow the conversation on social media with #TogetherWeWill.

Read the Together We Will top tips here.

Blog: “Rugby is just great fun and I’ve made friends”

Our website features blogs throughout the year. In 2016 we are looking at an A-Z of accessible sporting and fitness opportunities available to disabled people. R is for rugby, and Zac Presland from Telford discusses trying something different and making new friends.

Read Zac’s blog here.

Thousands grab the chance of Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training

Over 5,000 people have now benefitted from Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training, with just over a year of the programme remaining. The specialist training is designed to improve the skills and confidence of those who support disabled people to be more active, and is a creative and informal development opportunity.

Read more on the training and its benefits here.

ParalympicsGB ready to compete at Rio 2016

The Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games takes place on the 7 September. ParalympicsGB have declared they are ready to compete at their most competitive Games ever.

Read about the team and potential medal prospects here.

Download a PDF copy of the EFDS Newsletter for August 2016 here

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Free Swim and Gym during Rio Paralympics


Cornwall Sports Partnership in partnership with Tempus Leisure, The Amateur Swimming Association and Disability Cornwall are pleased to offer free swimming and access to the gym at all Tempus Leisure sites during the 2016 Rio Paralympics!

Swimming photo

Working together all four organisations want to inspire those people with a disability toget active and get in the pool or in the gym. Seeing Team GB win medals in Rio and access to FREE activity will inspire those with a disability to go along to their local facility (Please visit www.tempusleisure.org.uk to find your closest facility) and give it a go.

Steve Hillman, Sports Inclusion Officer at the Cornwall Sports Partnership commented ‘This is a great opportunity for those people with a disability whatever age and ability to give swimming or the gym a go. They are going to be watching the very best in the Rio Paralympics including Cornwall’s very own Jonathan Fox (competing in the swimming backstroke event) and what better opportunity than to be able to go down to their closest facility and try and replicate what they see!’

Photo of Jonothan Fox at the London 2012 Olympics

GB & Cornwall’s very own Jonathan Fox wins his first ever Gold Medal at London 2012

Tim Webb, Head of Leisure Facilities for Tempus Leisure said “Tempus Leisure is excited to be involved in this initiative. It gives us a great opportunity to demonstrate how passionate we about offering activities that are truly inclusive. I’m sure that everyone has been inspired by GB’s medal success in Rio and will want to continue to be active in our centres with our great value Breeze membership offers.”

Get a free seven day pass during the Rio Paralympics

The Rio Paralympics run from the 7th to the 18th September 2016 and anyone with a disability (and their carer) can access a FREE seven day pass during this period by either getting in touch with the Cornwall Sports Partnership (CSP) or Disability Cornwall. The FREE pass entitles them to FREE public swimming sessions and use of the gym after they have registered and activated the pass.

gym photo

For further details please contact Cornwall Sports Partnership on 01872 323344 or email info@cornwallsportspartnership.co.uk

Download a copy of the Press Release here.

Rio Paralympics Offer - Partners

Cornwall FA hosting ladies tournament

Cornwall FA are hosting a ladies football tournament to celebrate Female Football Week, and there’s loads going on even if you don’t fancy entering with a team. Try Soccer-cise, learn to play football or find out more about becoming a coach or referee. And you don’t even need to have played football before, as there’s an introduction to the game and skills first.

Check out the poster for more details.

IAG Female Football Day – Poster

Want to sign-up to take part in the tournament, download a copy of the entry form below.

Football Day – Entry Form

Cornwall Football Association

New Special Olympics Cornwall Booklet!

Get the new booklet from Special Olympics Cornwall

Special Olympics Cornwall have released an exciting new booklet that provides details about many of the upcoming sports activities around Cornwall.

Download a copy of the new booklet by clicking on the PDF icon below.

Special Olympics Cornwall Booklet

Special Olympics Cornwall Booklet


For more information about the Special Olympics Cornwall group or to get involved, please contact Steve Hillman by emailing shillman@cornwall.gov.uk or phone/text on 07837 311539

British Red Cross launch digital campaign

British Red Cross launches digital campaign to boost first aid skills knowledge

The British Red Cross is targeting the UK’s estimated 10.5 million runners with a new digital campaign that it hopes will spread the knowledge of vital first aid skills.

The charity’s #UpYourGame campaign hopes to encourage runners, clubs and coaches to learn the essential skills needed to act in an emergency.

British Red Cross research revealed today shows that 84% of runners think sports people have a responsibility to look after each other, yet over half (58%) would not have the confidence to help their running partners in a first aid emergency.

Word of the campaign is being spread by social media and is supported by a dedicated website section, a series of educational videos and the charity’s purpose-built smartphone app, something that it’s hoped will be effective given the proliferation of smartphone-based running and fitness apps.

Joe Mulligan, head of first aid education at The British Red Cross said: “Nothing should stand in the way of someone pursuing their much-loved sporting activity. But injuries and accidents do happen from time to time.

“The benefits of first aid are well recognised and our new #UpYourGame campaign hopes to encourage an active British public to incorporate first aid learning into their sporting routine.”