Facts About Disability Sport

Find out more about disability and sport including guidelines and facts about popular adapted sports.


There are 11.5 million disabled people in England, accounting for one in five (21 per cent) of the total population. (DWP Family Resources Survey 2019-20)

Disabled people are twice as likely to be physical inactive compared with non-disabled people. (Sport England, Active Lives Survey 2021)

Nearly 80% of disabled people would like to be more active. (Activity Alliance, Disability & Activity Survey 2020-21)

Twice as many disabled people felt that coronavirus greatly reduced their ability to do sport or physical activity compared to non-disabled people. (Activity Alliance, YouGov Survey May 2021)


Participants playing basketball

Government recommendations include doing 75 minutes per week of vigorous intensity activity or 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity (or a combination of both).

Even 10 minutes of moderate exercise a day will raise your heart rate, will burn calories and will help maintain your overall fitness level.

The UK’s Chief Medical Officers recommend disabled children and young people should undertake 120 to 180 minutes of aerobic physical activity weekly at a moderate-to-vigorous intensity. 


The first Paralympic Games took place in Rome in 1960, and featured 400 athletes from 23 countries.

Boccia and Goalball are the only two Paralympic sports that have no counterpart in the Olympic programme.

Polybat was developed by Nottingham Trent University and is supported by the English Table Tennis Association.

New Age Kurling is played in over 170 countries!

Participant playing goalball and wearing an eye mask

Our specialist coaches can deliver inclusive and accessible sport activities tailored to your needs. Follow the link below to find out more.


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