Statement in response to research by Sport and Recreation Alliance.
on 12-01-2013 08:00
The BPA today responded to recent research by the Sport and Recreation Alliance.
Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Exectuive of the BPA, commented:
“The Sport and Recreation Alliance survey highlights the fact that many clubs in the UK don’t have suitable facilities for disabled people to participate, suitably trained staff and the appropriate equipment to deliver disabled participation. Changing this has to be high on the disability sport agenda following the incredible positive impact of London 2012 and more must be done - there are lots of ways for clubs to improve their provision including a valuable online club ‘toolkit’ developed by the English Federation of Disability Sport.
“The survey also suggests that there has been virtually no impact on participation in disability sport as a result of the Games. We strongly disagree with this – all the evidence we have seen, from a 25% increase in people playing Wheelchair Basketball and two new clubs in Wheelchair Rugby set up as a result of London 2012, both in areas of the UK where no clubs for that sport have existed before, to our own SportFest in December when a thousand people came through the doors in two days to try Paralympic sport, shows there is a definite increase. While there is still a long way to go, just four months on from the Games it is quite wrong to suggest that nothing has changed.”