Activity Alliance is to host a live online event focused on collectively delivering an inclusive response to Covid-19.
As the sport for development sector – and wider sport and leisure industry – continue to go through challenging times, it is becoming clear that the impact of Covid-19 on disabled people has led to widening inequalities.
Before the pandemic, there was good progress in closing the gap between disabled and non-disabled people’s activity levels. The end of 2019 saw the highest number recorded for disabled people’s activity levels in Sport England’s Active Lives Adult survey. However, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic presents a huge challenge for disabled people and the sporting world.
Activity Alliance is the leading national charity working towards fairness for disabled people in sport and activity, and this event will address the growing concern that disabled people may become the forgotten audience when the nation’s activity level increases.
Barry Horne, from Activity Alliance, will be joined by fellow Chief Executives, Tim Hollingsworth (Sport England) and Huw Edwards (ukactive). Marc Woods, Chair of CIMSPA and former Paralympic swimmer, will host the event.
“Even before this crisis period, disabled people faced real challenges in accessing opportunities to be active,” said Barry. “It is frustrating that we have seen these inequalities widen during the pandemic. We all have a collective responsibility to provide high quality, inclusive opportunities for everyone.
“This event will explore with disabled people, what we can do collaboratively to provide the right innovative and accessible solutions. I encourage leaders and decision makers involved in sport and activity at all levels to join us.
“Now is the time to commit to be more inclusive and deliver better experiences for disabled people.”
Date: Tuesday 17 November
Time: 10:00 – 11.30am
Cost: free of charge