Inclusive Competition

Including young disabled people

At all levels of the School Games there continue to be increased opportunities for young people with disabilities to compete on a local, regional and national level. Our aim is to provide more opportunities by:

  • Enabling participation in regular competitive activity at each level of the School Games
  • Developing meaningful competitive opportunities as part of the school sport pathway
  • Raising confidence levels
  • Changing perceptions and enhancing understanding of disabled people to provide inclusive opportunities to compete alongside non-disabled athletes.

It is important that the competitions you run in your school(s) include a range of team and individual sports and a variety of competition formats.

Competitions may be targeted at a cohort of young people, for example, those with profound and multiple disabilities.

These may include specific formats in disability sports such as table cricket and boccia. All National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) provide competition formats, found within the Sports section of this website, which are inclusive in design and provide advice/guidance on how to adapt activities and integrate young disabled people in teams alongside non-disabled youngsters, as well as impairment-specific formats.

Identifying athletes to progress

To access videos to help you to identify athletes who should be progressing into the School Games pathway in Boccia, Table Tennis, Athletics and Wheelchair Basketball, please click below to watch our selection of video guides.

National Disability Sports Organisation

You can download the National Disability Sports Organisation booklet by clicking here. This booklet aims to provide you with a brief overview of the NDSOs who can support and guide you in the work you are doing to provide sporting opportunities and pathways for young disabled people through the School Games. 

Quick Case Study: Vale Royal Partnership - running an inclusive School Games Day 

You can download the full case study by clicking here.

How Does It Work?

Let everyone know about the great work you are doing by creating your own school page. You can add events and game reports to keep your school community updated and active. It's really simple, so why not give it ago - we'll show you how.

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Inclusive Sport Formats

The School Games Inclusive sports formats have been created to enable Special Education Needs/disabled (SEND) and non-SEND pupils from mainstream schools to compete against each other.

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