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Disability Sport

This document attempts to collate the various information related to Disability and Special Needs Sport within the Basingstoke & Deane area. It is under review and will be enhanced over the coming months.

National Disability Contacts

Sport England - Disability

This site has very useful information regarding Sport England’s work nationally and locally in relation to disability sport. In addition, information regarding working with children and young people, Facilities and Planning, Equality and Diversity, Disabilities plus Governance.

Sport England Media Centre

Up to date information including info on £8 Million available for Disability Sports Projects as from April 2014. The site has the option to subsribe and receive regular updates.

English Federation of Disabled Sport

There are around 11 million disabled people in the UK. Only two in ten disabled people in England are currently active. The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) was established in September 1998 as the national body and charity dedicated to disabled people in sport throughout England. They work closely with a number of key partners to improve and increase the opportunities offered, ensuring disabled people have a memorable experience of sport and physical activity. Partners include the National Disability Sport Organisations and National Governing Bodies of sport.

The website has links to useful resources and the opportunity to sign up to a regular E-Newsletter

National Disability Sports Organisations

List of names and contacts for Sports Organisations focused on Disability participation.

Hampshire Disability Contacts

Sport Hampshire & IOW - Disability Sport

Disability Sport is an essential part of the work of Sport Hampshire & IOW. We aim to ensure that people with physical, sensory and learning difficulties are able to gain access to sport and physical activity across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Our Disability Sports Guide provides information on almost 100 sports and activities in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight that are suitable for disabled people. If you are unsure what sport you would like to do, then have a look at our Find a Sport section to read a bit more about the various sports on offer. Many mainstream sports are now inclusive so even if it doesn’t appear to cater for disabled athletes, it is always worth contacting the National Governing Body for advice. If you would like a copy of the guide, or require it in an alternative format, for example larger text or braille, then please contact Peter Hull, Disability Sports Development Officer.

We publicise many events that are either inclusive or specifically for disabled athletes. For upcoming events, see Get Active Hampshire & IOW which contains detailed listings of all events happening locally.

The Hampshire County Council's Short Breaks programme is designed to improve the lives of disabled children, young people and their families. This is heavily supported by local Bridging Workers. For more information about these events and activities, register with Parent Voice.

There are also details available regarding funding opportunities

Hampshire County Council list of Disabled Sporting groups

There are many national and local sports organisations, clubs and groups that cater for people of all ages, with all kinds of disabilities. There are also organisations which cater for people with specific disabilities (e.g. amputees). This is a listing of Hampshire Organisations.

Disability Sports Directory for Hampshire & IOW

Listing Community Services including Sports Information within the county

Hampshire Gateway - Listing of sporting clubs catering for special needs

Details of activities and sports clubs for those with Special needs or Disabilities.

Basingstoke Disability Contacts

Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council - Disabled Sport Interaction

The Health & Well-Being team within Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council work with the County Sports Partnership and Parent Voice organisation in relation to Disabled Sporting opportunities.

Basingstoke & District Disability Forum

The Disability Forum was launched in November 2008 following consultation with local disabled people, carers and disability organisations. There was overwhelming support for a Disability Forum that would represent disabled people and carers and act as a bridge between local disabled people and statutory organisations. Please contact the Co-ordinator if you have any concerns, need information or would like to join the Forum. Currently membership of the Forum is free.

Basingstoke & Deane Disability Signpost Service

Basingstoke and District Disability Forum is pleased to announce that they are offering a new Disability Signpost Service that will help guide disabled people and their carers, friends and family to the right source of information and advice. Information on a wide range of topics including transport, benefits, housing and volunteering will be available.

Listings of local Disability & Special Needs Sporting Opportunities

Basingstoke & Deane Clubs Signpost list

Information for disabled people within the Basingstoke & Deane area.

Parasport - Find a Sport

Step by step guide to best describe your impairment which will provide a list of sports that you can play and links to learn more. You can then select ‘Find a Club’ to see where you can try these sports.

Basingstoke Bluefins Sharks Disability Swimming

The Sharks swimming squad was formed in 2007 to help develop not only those with disabilities but also those who are unable to attend a mainstream club, reach their full swimming potential. A relatively small but friendly squad within Bluefins aimed at children and young adults aged between 8 and 19 years. Sharks train for an hour on either a Friday 19:30 - 20:30 or Sunday 18:00 - 19:00 depending on ability.

Lord Taverners - Giving Young people a sporting chance

Lord Taverners support sporting and recreational activities for young people with disabilities and special needs:

  • Supplying specially adapted minibuses and sports wheelchairs, giving young people vital transportation and access to sport and recreation
  • Creating new pathways for their participation, development and competition in sport
  • Providing play, sports and sensory equipment

Basingstoke & Deane Disability or Special Need schools

Saxon Wood School

Saxon Wood School is a Special Basingstoke School for children with Physical Disabilities and Complex Medical Needs, catering for up to 35 children.  Staff at Saxon Wood work hard to provide a caring yet stimulating and challenging environment for children.

Dove House School

Dove House Academy serve the community of Basingstoke & Deane and meet the special educational needs of children with learning difficulties.

Maple Ridge Primary School

Maple Ridge School is a primary special school for children with Moderate Learning Difficulties. All the children have a statement of special educational needs and about 75% of the children are on the Autistic Spectrum.

Funding Opportunities for Disability & Special Needs Sporting Organisations

Disability Grants Available for Sport

List of grants available for Disability sport initiatives with the option to subscribe to updates.

British Paralympic Association - Fundraising Assistance

Information on assistance with funding plus various fundraising support material.

Sport England - Funds for Inclusive participation

Information regarding the various funds available, how to apply and a list of funding frequently asked questions

Sport England - Get Equipped funding

We know that many organisations and clubs delivering sport struggle to provide sporting opportunities for disabled people because of a lack of access to specialist equipment.

If equipment does exist it is often old; poor quality; and inhibits the experience of the person using it. Where the right equipment is available, there is often a high demand resulting in waiting lists and lost opportunity to get people involved in sport.

To address this, the Get Equipped fund will invest £1 million of National Lottery funding in the provision of specialist equipment to deliver sport to disabled people. Building on the success of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, this funding will help make sport a practical choice for many more disabled people inspired by the Games. Currently closed for applications.

Lloyds Bank Community Fund

Lloyds Bank community fund provides grants to support local good causes so why not Champion a cause in your community that needs our support by 30 April 2014.

Peter Harrison Foundation

Nationwide Programme with applications accepted from charities throughout the United Kingdom. It supports sporting activities or projects which provide opportunities for people who are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged to fulfil their potential and to develop other personal and life skills. Grants will often be “one off” grants for capital projects. We will, however, also consider revenue funding for a new project or if funding is key to the continuing success or survival of an established project.

The Trustees welcome applications for the following types of project:

  • Projects which provide a focus for skills development and confidence building through the medium of sport
  • Projects that have a strong training and/or educational theme within the sporting activity
  • Projects that provide sporting equipment or facilities for disabled or disadvantaged people
  • Projects with a high degree of community involvement

Living Sport Funding Opportunities

Listing of some of the opportunities available for sports clubs to continue to develop and sustain their growth. The funding opportunities listed in this section can help clubs grow their coaching staff, increase the number of members at the club and support with the purchase of new equipment.


Opportunities to promote local projects looking for funding.

Sport Borders - Scottish List of Sport Funders

List of Funders associated with sporting requirements many of which are relevant to English Clubs.

Pledge Sports - Online fundraising site

Opportunities to submit a project looking for funding.

Special Needs and Disability Information

Special Needs UK

Search for a Special Needs school or support organisation relevant to the need.

Kid Companions - Children with special needs

Useful information regarding the issues associated with special needs children.