Why sport for disabled people matters

Disabled people are nearly twice as likely to be inactive

One in five people in England have a long-standing limiting disability or illness. Disabled people say they are nearly twice as likely to be physically inactive (43%), compared with non-disabled people (21%).

This inequality increases sharply as the number of impairments a person has increases, with 51% of people with three or more impairments inactive. If these population disparities are not addressed, the inequalities that already exist for disabled people will increase.

Our Strategy

Sport for disabled people is embedded in our strategy. As part of a shift in our investment approach, we're looking to work with a wider range of partners who are focused on the people we're trying to reach.

We’re targeting groups that are under-represented when it comes to physical activity. This includes women, older people, disabled people and people from lower socio-economic backgrounds. 

We're working to build an active nation that is inclusive of everyone. By supporting disabled people through each of our seven investment programmes, we're working flexibly to help people find the sport or activity that's right for them.

You can read more about our strategy here.