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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More disability sports choices for 1066 country

Sports for All

Sports for All project leader Martin Eglington with participants at a Bexhill session

A project promoting sporting opportunities for all in 1066 country has grown with a new multi-sport session.

The Promotion of Disability Sportspeople 1066 (PODS1066) pop-up games have started at Bexhill Freedom Leisure Centre – a new venture for Sports for All in Sussex.

The project is delivered by Hastings Borough Council and Rother District Council in partnership with The Grace Eyre Foundation and sessions are suitable for both able-bodied and disabled people.

Hastings council’s lead member for communities and culture Dawn Poole said: “We currently have a multi-sport based session running on Wednesdays here in Hastings, 12.30pm to 2pm at Horntye Sports Park, hosting nine sports.

“Now, its new twin session in Rother will take place on Mondays 12pm to 1pm at Bexhill Freedom Leisure Centre and will include activities suitable for wheelchair users.

“Although there is still a lot of work to do, the provision of local disability sport is in a better place thanks to the Sports for All project with support from PODS1066.

“We hope that interest from our local community sports clubs will continue and we can build further on this success.”

Rother council’s lead member for young people, sport and leisure Jonathan Johnson said: “I am delighted the hard work of Rother officers, and successful partnership working has secured external funding to help boost the opportunities for people to be more active in the district regardless of their ability. We are determined to encourage more people to lead a healthier lifestyle and take part in more physical activity and the Sports for All in Sussex project is a chance for them to do so while having fun.”

For more information on sessions and associated clubs for anyone interested in getting involved, contact project leader Martin Eglington on 01424 451441 or visit www.sportsforallsussex.co.uk.