Sport and disability

The number of disabled people who take part in sport has risen significantly, but barriers remain

30 June 2017 Research

We already know that disabled people are much less likely to take part in sport or activity than many other groups. That's why we're redoubling our efforts to fully understand – and provide for – everyone who has an impairment.

Mapping Disability

Our report, Mapping Disability: The Facts, offers an in-depth look at the vast range of impairments experienced by people in England. It also includes comprehensive data on disability by categories such as region, gender and age.

There is a detailed narrative report to accompany this resource that you can also find along with our latest insight in the carousel below:

Download the findings below:

Active Lives

Our Active Lives Survey gives us an insight into how those who are aged 16 years and over and have a long-term limiting illness, disability or infirmity engage with sport and physical activity.

When looking at levels of activity, there are differences between those with or without a disability.

51% of those with three or more impairments are inactive compared with 21% of those without a disability.

Only 36% of those with three or more impairments are active compared with 65% of those without a disability.

The Chief Medical Officer recommends that adults should be physically active.

The full definition of the measure of inactivity – and other important information from the survey – is included in the Active Lives Survey Year One report here.