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Last updated: November 2022

Most organisations listed in this section are national ones but they should be able to tell you if they know of anything local to you.

November 2023: A member of our Families’ WhatsApp Group recommended looking at the website. This is a fresh campaign to connect disabled people with more opportunities to get active than ever before. You can register to see what’s on.

If there is something you would like to join locally but you can see there might be an access issue, talk to your parents, teachers or the organisers to get this sorted. SMA UK is always willing to talk through options and write support letters as well.

Watch "Unleashing the Potential of Sport" from our Living with SMA podcast, featuring three adults who have SMA – Cath, Luis and Jack – sharing their personal stories and insights, and discussing the many ways in which sport can help us achieve our goals, overcome obstacles, and live our best lives:

Recorded: February 2023

Local Authorities (LAs) have a legal duty to provide services for disabled children and teenagers under what is called ‘The Local Offer’. Each LA’s website lists the services available in their region.

Boccia England for this Paralympic precision ball sport related to bowls.

Paddle-Ability Providers offer courses and services for disabled paddlers. You can contact any clubs near you to tell them you’re interested in getting out on the water and find out if the club can offer any suitable opportunities.

Cinema Trips can be much cheaper with a CEA Card (Cinema Exhibitors’ Association Card). This works nationally entitling anyone age 8 years and over to one free ticket for a person accompanying them. To apply, you need to be receiving Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP). The card currently costs £6.00 a year.

Phab is a charity working in England and Wales to create opportunities for disabled people to enjoy the same activities and challenges as, and alongside those without a disability. They offer clubs for disabled children ages 8 and up.

Whizz-Kidz offer a range of Activity Programmes each year with a core theme such as sport and wellbeing, the environment, digital skills, creativity and adventure. Activities are for wheelchair users aged 8-25 years.

If you’re finding it’s not so easy to play, you may need some adaptations, for example a ‘light touch’ mouse.

See also: Assistive Technology on this page.

Several charitable organisations can provide information and advice about specialist computers and gaming equipment:

Wheels for All – a nationally recognised programme for disabled children and adults and those with differing needs. There are 50 centres equipped with specially adapted cycles and trained leaders. Families are welcome to be involved.

Para Dance UK – a charity and the national governing body for Para Dance Sport in the UK. Their aim is to develop and promote dance as a sport and an inclusive leisure activity across the country.

D of E – for anyone aged 14 to 24. Run by more than 1,200 organisations across the UK and offering a range of activities and challenges over 3 progressive award levels. Your school may be involved.

Venues and music festivals where bands play live vary in how accessible they are. If there is a concert or festival you are interested in, as well as checking out their website, it is usually worth ringing and asking specific questions about the access you will need.

Many festivals have accessible viewing platforms and offer a free ticket for a PA; some of the bigger ones even have a Mobiloo – a Changing Places Facility (a large accessible bathroom with a hoist, adult-size changing bed and shower) on wheels. If it is a camping festival, the facilities can vary hugely but if you decide camping is not doable, you can stay at nearby hotels or only purchase a day ticket. Whatever you do, make sure you prepare for the mud and the rain! It is probably fair to say you will need to do a good bit of research and planning to get the most out of the experience but don’t let this stop you.

Disability Horizons: May 2022 How to prepare for a Music Festival as a Wheelchair User

Guardian: May 2019 What is it like being disabled at a festival?

Attitude is Everything – improving deaf and disabled people’s access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry.

British Disabled Angling Association – information on accessible fishing.

Aerobility – a charity offering disabled people the opportunity to fly a plane – as long as you’re certified medically as fit to fly.

Freedom in the Air – organises regular flying days for young people.

Disability Football – information about footballing opportunities for disabled people.

Grassroots Disability Football – information about footballing opportunities for disabled people.

Level Playing Field – offers support, information and advice on a range of topics around disabled spectators access and this is offered to spectators, Clubs, Disabled Supporter Association’s, NGO’s and other interested parties.

Wheelchair Football Association (WFA) – the governing body for Powerchair Football in England provides information on Powerchair Football and how to get involved.

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) – horses and ponies provide therapy and fun all over the UK

Access Adventures – adaptive programmes, giving access to sport and outdoor adventures. They host camps, offering the opportunity to try waterskiing, wakeboarding, alpine skiing, downhill biking, road biking, kayaking, canoeing, kiting, archery and shooting. They’re popular and have a selection process.

Avon Tyrrell – inclusive weekends (with your family) as well as other opportunities at their fully accessible centre in the New Forest National Park.

Bendrigg Trust – a range of day activities, inclusive family weekends for families and other opportunities at their activity centre in Cumbria.

Calvert Trust – inclusive courses where you’d go with your family at centres in Exmoor, Kielder and the Lake District.

The Disabled Photographers’ Society is run by and for disabled photographers. They have a broad knowledge of various ways to make photography accessible.

Jubilee Sailing Trust – take both able-bodied and disabled people to sea

Sailability – the Royal Yatching Association’s national programme, enabling disabled people to try sailing and take part regularly. Sailing is open to anyone, no matter what age or disability. The network of approved Sailability sites have boats and facilities to cater for everyone.

Disability Snowsport UK – charity providing information on how you can get involved in skiing and snowboarding.

Ski2Freedom – help people to find the most suitable adaptive or assisted ski lesson, guide or sit-ski equipment, ideal ski resort and most appropriate place to stay.

Active8 is a youth disability charity in Cornwall which aims to empower and motivate young people, aged 14-30 years old, who have a physical disability. They run a whole range of day trips and residential weekends throughout the year, from arts and crafts to sports and activities, spa weekends to zoo visits!

To find out about getting involved in disability sport, contact one of the following organisations:

Disability Sport Northern Ireland – runs a range of events, participation programmes, training courses and services.

Disability Sport Wales – have details of disability sport coaches throughout Wales and a community database where you can search for your nearest club by sport and disability.

Activity Alliance – provide inclusion training for sports coaches, information on finding the right sport, clubs and examples of good practice.

Scottish Disability Sport – promote the development of sport in Scotland for people of all ages and abilities with a physical, sensory or learning disability. It also has links to disability sailing in Scotland.

WheelPower – organise fun, introductory and competitive events for disabled children and adults. They list sports and where you can find your nearest centre to play them. They also run a number of events, including youth sport camps.

Disability Shooting Great Britain – opportunity for disabled people to practise target shooting at Stoke Mandeville. There are also a number of regional Hub Clubs, but available facilities and levels of coaching vary. See the website for more information about these, or about the possibility of target shooting at Stoke Mandeville.

Tennis Foundation – information on accessible tennis.

British Disabled Waterski and Wakeboard Association – offer trying out activities with family and friends for all ages.