At all levels of the School Games there is an increased opportunity for young people with disabilities to compete on a local, regional and national level. The School Games aim is to provide more opportunities by:
- Enabling participation in regular competitive activity at each level of the Sainsbury’s 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.
To further ensure that competitions within the Sainsbury’s School Games are as inclusive as possible, a bespoke project within the School Games (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.