Project Ability

What is Project Ability?

To further ensure that competitions within the School Games are as inclusive as possible, a bespoke project (called Project Ability) has been designed to help drive and increase opportunities for young disabled people. Through a range of interventions and activities, Project Ability will support schools to improve and extend their provision for young disabled pupils to take part in competitive sport and include the following:

  • Innovation with NGBs to establish inclusive formats with tips and advice on how to adapt activities, as well as specific impairment formats
  • Training for all School Games Organisers (SGOs) in disability awareness and planning and delivery of inclusive competition
  • Equipping all schools to increase participation by those young disabled people who need more substantial or significant help through TOP Sportsability
  • The inclusion of disability events within Level 3 (county/area) events
  • Aspirational Paralympic-style events within the Level 4 School Games
  • The establishment of a network of 50 lead schools (one in each County Sports Partnership area) who have established experience in engaging young disabled people.

For more information about what exactly Project Ability is - click here to download a PDF.

Furthermore, to view a list of Project Ability schools in your area, please click here.

The role of Project Ability schools

Fifty schools have been selected to lead the delivery of elements of Project Ability and will help to drive the aims of the School Games by:

  • Delivering bespoke training and providing local advice and guidance to SGOs
  • Driving the establishment and implementation of more local competitive opportunities for young people
  • Sustaining young people’s participation beyond their involvement in competition through the development of school club activities.

Project Ability will encourage schools to develop meaningful high profile sport competitions for young disabled people. This will provide an excellent platform for schools to launch a full programme of targeted competitions to build on the legacy of the 2012 - and also 2016 - Paralympics.

Case Studies

Read a selection of case studies specific to the Project Ability programme. There are nine case studies available in total which have been produced by a range of schools from across the country.

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Inclusive Sport Formats

The School Games Inclusive sport 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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