National Assembly for Wales

Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee

CELG(4) PS 14

Inquiry into participation levels in sport in Wales

Response from : Disability Sport Wales



Company No: 05199508:
Charitable Number: No: 1144663
Registered Office: Sport Wales National Centre, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, CF11 9SW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Background to the Federation of Disability Sport Wales                                               3

Legal Status

Vision

Mission

Area 1 - The extent to which the Welsh Government and Sport Wales

are achieving the goals set out in the Programme for Government, the

Creating an Active Wales action plan and the Vision for Sport in Wales                       5

 

Programme for Government / Creating an Active Wales / Vision for Sport

Community Outcomes

Elite Performance Outcomes                

Major Sporting Events                                                                                                  

Area 2 – The availability of datasets and statistics to measure participation

levels in sport, particularly those disaggregated by equality strand and

Socio-economic group                                                                                     10

 

Area 3 – The opportunities and barriers to sports participation that exist for

different groups of people, including by equality strand and socio economic

groups                                                                                                                         11

 

Opportunities for Participation

Barriers to Participation

Area 4 – What are the links between programmes to develop sport in Wales and

other Welsh Government initiatives to increase physical activity                                  13

 

insport

 

Research

 

The Patient Pathway

 

Area 5 – The impact of the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy, the Ryder Cup

and other high profile Welsh sporting events and achievements on participation

levels in Wales                                                                                                             15

 

Elite Performance

Grassroots Participation

Raising the Profile of disability sport

Creating new (commercial) partnerships

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BACKGROUND TO THE FEDERATION OF DISABILITY SPORT WALES

1.     The Federation of Disability Sport Wales (Disability Sport Wales) was established in 1985 for the sole purpose of benefitting disabled people through the pursuit of sports and physical activity.

 

2.      It is recognised by Sport Wales and Welsh Government as the national lead body for the strategic development of disability sport in Wales.

 

3.     The legal status of Disability Sport Wales is that of a company limited by guarantee with charitable status. Disability Sport Wales is a not-for-profit organisation.

 

4.     Disability Sport Wales is fully committed to supporting the principles of equality of opportunity.

4.1        Disability Sport Wales is responsible for ensuring that no job applicant, employee, participant, performer, volunteer or member receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, disability, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religious belief, parental or marital status, pregnancy, sexual preference, language or political belief, class or social background.

4.2        Disability Sport Wales ensures that there will be open access to all individuals who wish to participate in all aspects of sporting and leisure activities and that they are treated fairly.

4.3        Equality of opportunity in Disability Sport Wales is regarded not as a privilege for some but as a right for all. Disability Sport Wales has achieved the Foundation level of the Equality Standard and is actively working toward the Preliminary Award level.

 

5      The VISION of Disability Sport Wales:

 

‘Transforming the Lives of Disabled People through the Power of Sport’

5.1 Our vision is driven by our commitment to a Wales where, irrespective of ability, every person has the right to a full and lifelong involvement in sport.  It is the belief of Disability Sport Wales that sport has the power to change the lives of disabled people for the better, whether taking part in community sport, achieving in a competitive arena or contributing to sport through coaching, volunteering or leadership. Disability Sport Wales believes that our Vision (and Mission’s) contribute directly to Welsh Government’s plan ‘Creating an Active Wales’ and to the sport sectors strategy: ‘A Vision for Sport’ (led by Sport Wales)

 

6.  The MISSIONS of Disability Sport Wales are:

 

(1)   Every Disabled Person Hooked on Sport for Life

   6.1 Disability Sport Wales endorses the position of the United Nations (Article 30 -   

   Participation in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport):

i)           With a view to enabling persons with disabilities to participate on an equal basis with others in recreational, leisure and sporting activities, (nations) shall take appropriate measures :

ii)          To encourage and promote the participation, to the fullest extent possible, of persons with disabilities in mainstream sporting activities at all levels;

iii)         To ensure that persons with disabilities have an opportunity to organise, develop and participate in disability-specific sporting and recreational activities and, to this end, encourage the provision, on an equal basis with others, of appropriate instruction, training (coaching) and resources;

iv)        To ensure that persons with disabilities have access to sporting, recreational ....... venues;

v)         To ensure that children with disabilities have equal access with other children to participation in play, recreation and leisure and sporting activities, including those activities in the school system

(2) A Nation of Disabled Champions

6.2     Disability Sport Wales shares the sector goal of Wales creating, and in Paralympic terms, sustaining a Nation of Champions. Disability Sport Wales will work toward achieving and when possible to exceed the agreed targets of the Sport Wales ‘Elite Sports Strategy’ relating to the Paralympic and Commonwealth Games.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AREA 1

THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE WELSH GOVERNMENT AND SPORT WALES ARE ACHIEVING THE GOALS SET OUT IN THE PROGRAMME FOR GOVERNMENT, THE CREATING AN ACTIVE WALES ACTION PLAN AND THE VISION FOR SPORT IN WALES WITH REGARD TO PARTICIPATION LEVELS

 

7.     Disability Sport Wales believes that through our Vision and Mission (s) it directly contributes to the ’outcomes of the current Programme for Government, the ‘Creating an Active Wales’ action plan and the ‘Vision for Sport in Wales’ strategy.

 

‘At the heart of this is a focus on people and our

commitment to support the development of a

fairer society in which every person is able to make

the most of their ABILITIES and contribute to the

community in which they live.’ (Welsh Government)

 

8.     Disability Sport Wales contributes toward the following aims of the ‘Programme for Government’:

 

Equality – Aim: ‘Create a fair society free from discrimination, harassment and

victimisation with cohesive and inclusive communities.

 

8.1 Disability Sport Wales delivers bespoke and specialist services to disabled people, either through the creation of sustainable community sports participation/membership opportunities or through the provision of an elite sport pathway enabling individuals or teams to achieve their full potential.

 

8.2 Disability Sport Wales has developed a programme called ‘insport’ which drives the principles of inclusion to the core of Welsh sport.

 

Education – Aim: Help everyone reach their potential, reduce inequality, and improve

economic and social well-being.

 

8.3 Disability Sport Wales, in partnership with UK partners and financed through a sponsorship agreement with Sainsbury’s, delivers a UK Disability Inclusion Training programme called ‘Active Kids for All’. The programme aims to up-skill teachers and non teaching support staff to deliver adapted physical education in an inclusive manner.

 

8.4 Disability Sport Wales supports the national competition programme ‘Gemma Cymru’ by advising the delivery agency and national governing bodies on which sports should be included in the event. Sports involved in Gemmau Cyrmu in the past include boccia, swimming, football, athletics and for 2013, wheelchair basketball.

 

Tackling Poverty – Aim: Reducing poverty, especially persistent poverty amongst some of our poorest people and communities, and reducing the likelihood that people will become poor

 

8.5 Disability Sport Wales liaises with its local authority partners to monitor ‘access to sport’ type schemes which provide subsidies/discounted for disabled people/carers to participate in local sport activities.

 

8.6 Disability Sport Wales believes that poverty should not be a barrier to fulfilling an individual’s potential in sport. Disability Sport Wales, in partnership with Sport Wales and commercial partners, provides Talented Athlete awards to identified athletes with real potential of achieving selection to British squads or the ParalympicsGB team (summer/winter Games). Disability Sport Wales also provides awards via its charitable funds to deaflympic and intellectually disabled athletes who achieve selection to European / World Games.

 

8.7 Disability Sport Wales has provided funding from its charitable funds to support the Special Olympics Wales team who will compete in the Special Olympics GB Games in Bath, August 2013.

 

The Culture and Heritage of Wales – Aim: ‘Enrich the lives of individuals and communities through our culture and heritage.’

 

8.8 Specific objectives that Disability Sport Wales contribute toward are

 

8.8.1Through Sport Wales, widen participation in sport and programmes targeted at increasing physical activity.

8.8.2 Increase the number of sports coaches and elite athletes in Wales.

8.8.3 Work with national, UK and international sports federations to ensure that more major sporting events are hosted in Wales in the future.

 

8.9 For the past 10 years Disability Sport Wales has measured key performance indicator outputs against the above objects through its two critical offers – community sport / elite performance.

 

8.10 Community Programme Outputs

 

8.10.1 Disability Sport Wales has supported the placement of Development Officers in each of the local authorities to create and sustain grassroots opportunities to participate in sport. Supported primarily by the grassroots club sector and voluntary organisations, the outcomes achieved over the past 10 years have been significant:

Performance Indicators

Position 2004

Position 2006

Position 2007

Position

2008

Position 2010

Position

2011

Position

2012

Number of clubs

217

348

350

373

309

269

331

Trained coaches

166

278

700

941

1500

1621

1766

Number of volunteers

164

203

785

1403

2100

2309

2390

Number of local competitions

48

23

31

77

71

89

85

 

Number of participants in programme

 

14,271

 

78,680

 

320,000

 

356,523

 

959,500

 

1,007,737

 

1,012,923

Number of active club members

1038

3,675

3,825

7803

6,300

5,861

6684

 

 

 

                   i.    In 2012/13 the community programme achieved significant growth further increasing the number of clubs by 20% and club membership by 10%.

 

                  ii.    The programme has also increased the number of coaches and volunteers who serve the community programme.

 

8.10.2   Disability Sport Wales is also committed to delivering high quality education and training opportunities to the sports sector. In 2012 / 13, Disability Sport Wales delivered 50 inclusion training courses across Wales to leisure centre staff, sports development officers the club sector and National Governing Bodies.

 

8.11.     Elite Performance Outputs

8.11.1   Over the same period Disability Sport Wales have contributed to the sporting success of the Nation, with Wales punching well above its weight.

Figure 1; Academy athletes selected for ParalympicsGB

 

Figure 2: Number of Welsh Athletes selected for Paralympic Games

 

Figure 3: Medals at Paralympic Games

Figure 4: Medals from Disabled Athletes at Commonwealth Games from 2002

8.11.2 Much of the success of the elite performance outputs is attributable to the introduction of a Welsh Academy system (the first of its type in the UK) for the identification and development of disabled athletes. The Academy is pan-disability in its approach, providing opportunities for Paralympic, Deaflympic and Intellectually disabled athletes.

8.12     Major Sporting Events

8.12.1 In March 2013, it was announced that a consortium bid involving Disability Sport Wales, Swansea University, the City and County of Swansea and Welsh/British athletics won the rights to host the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) European Athletics Championship 2014 in Swansea.

8.12.2 This major event is likely to attract approximately 1500 athletes/support staff from to 40 countries and will maintain the high profile of elite Paralympic sport in Wales following the success of London 2012.

 

9.     The above evidence illustrates that, as far as disability and Paralympic sport is concerned, the Programme for Government, Creating an Active Wales plan and Vision for Sport strategies are being delivered through the programmes and activities of Disability Sport Wales.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AREA 2

 

THE AVAILABILITY OF DATASETS AND STATISTICS TO MEASURE PARTICIPATION LEVELS IN SPORT, PARTICULARLY THOSE DISAGGREGATED BY EQUALITY STRAND AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC GROUP 

 

 

10.     Disability Sport Wales has maintained a robust set of key performance indicators over a period of 10 years which, collectively, provide important statistical and performance management information which influences future strategy and priorities areas for action.

11.     Examples of trend data have been identified on pages 6/7/8/9 above.

12.     Disability Sport Wales has always sought to provide information reflecting its user groups. Currently Disability Sport Wales is able to disaggregate users by:

            12.1      Age

            12.2      Gender

12.3      Impairment Type (physical / learning disabled / deaf & hard of hearing / blind and visually impaired

12.4      Black Minority Ethnic

12.5      Welsh Speaking

 

13.     This information is made publicly available as and when required

 

14.     Disability Sport Wales has not historically collected statistical information by Socio-economic group but recognises that this is an area which should be addressed in future years. Future priorities such as the reduction of poverty have been identified in our 2013 – 17 strategic plan. Our impact in this area will need to be measured.

 

15.     Disability Sport Wales is undertaking an equalities survey (by under 18s and over 18s) to ensure that its provision of service meets the needs of its current user group as well as how it can better meet the needs of any non-user group or where take up of opportunities is currently lower by some groups within the community. 

 

16.     Moving forward, as well as the statistical data collected on at least an annual basis, Disability Sport Wales is introducing a new performance management approach through the use of the Results Based Accountability (RBA) system. RBA scorecards are being produced and will be made available to the general public, online, through Disability Sport Wales websites and through other public documents.

 

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AREA 3

THE OPPORTUNITIES AND BARRIERS TO SPORTS PARTICIPATION THAT EXIST FOR DIFFERENT GROUPS OF PEOPLE, INCLUDING BY EQUALITY STRAND AND SOCIO ECONOMIC GROUPS

Opportunities for Participation

17.     Disability Sport Wales believes that it currently provides a robust range of opportunities for disabled people to become involved in sport, at all levels of the sporting pathway.

18.     Disability Sport Wales, in-partnership with the 22 local authorities, funds (via Lottery support) the employment of local disability sport Development Officers.

19.     The primary roles of these officers are to increase sustainable participation by disabled people in grassroots sport and to drive the ‘insport’ programme to help create a more inclusive sporting landscape in Wales.

20.     The Disability Sport Wales Community programme has been in place for 10 years and has been heralded by commentators and some overseas nations as one of the best practise approaches to the development and delivery of grassroots disability sport anywhere in the World.

21.     Since 2002, the number of clubs delivering disability sport opportunities has grown from 31 to 331. The voluntary workforce supporting that infrastructure has increased from 330 to 4,156, with the number of community events growing annually from 48 to 85. Overall the number of annual participation opportunities taken up by disabled people has grown from 14,271 to 1,012,923.

22.     Welsh representation at Paralympic Games has increased from 17 Welsh athletes in 2000 (Sydney) to 24 by 2004 (Athens), 31 by 2008 (Beijing) and 38 by 2012 (London).

23.     Much of this success can be attributed to the introduction of the Disability Sport Wales Academy system which identifies, develops and nurtures emerging athletes. Between 2004 and 2008, 10 Welsh academy athletes were selected into the Paralympics GB team. Between 2008 – 2012 this figure had increased to 18 athletes (with a further 9 indirectly supported by Academy services).

24.     In terms of opportunities taken up by different groups of people by equality strand, the following figures are available:

          24.1          Male members of clubs                        

          24.2           Female members of clubs        

          24.3           Welsh speaking members         

          24.4           BME members                         

          24.5           Disabled Coaches                    

          24.6           Welsh speaking coaches          

          24.7           BME coaches                          

          24.8           Disabled Volunteers

          24.9           Learning Disabled

          24.10         Deaf and Hard of Hearing

          24.11         Physically Disabled

          24.12         Blind and visually impaired

 

                                      

25.     The main emphasis of Disability Sport Wales is to now build upon this foundation of grassroots sport, sustain existing structures, whilst expanding the scope of inclusive sports activities and workforce knowledge and capacity through the delivery of the ‘insport’ programme.

Barriers to Participation

26.     Whilst Disability Sport Wales believes it has made significant progress over the past 10 years in creating new and improved participation opportunities for disabled people, barriers still remain.

27.     Evidence drawn from an independent consultants report in 2010 and more recently from the 22 local authority Development Officers indicate the following barriers remain:

          27.1        cost to participate in sport – normally due to session sizes and lower numbers

          27.2        locations of facilities/sessions – requirement to travel further to access choice of

sport

27.3        lack of clubs – Need to increase capacity and knowledge of mainstream clubs to

deliver inclusively

          27.4        lack of appropriate support – requirement by some participants for higher support 

                          needs 

          27.5        perceptions around disability and sport – need to change mainstream attitudes

                        and engagement

          27.6        Lack of training to support mainstreaming – training now available through

Disability Sport Wales

          27.7        Dependency on local public / parental / carer transportation support – transport

critical

allocated to London 2012.

 

55.       The hosting of 11 paralympic nations for their holding camps in the lead into to London 2012, in-partnership with Welsh Government and Local Authorities also maintained intense media interest.

 

56.       The resulting outcome was increased coverage by all forms of media, sustained interest in our programmes throughout 2012 and beyond, and positive coverage of Welsh elite athletes and their individual performances.

 

57.       In March 2013 it was announced that a consortia including Swansea University, City and Council of Swansea, Welsh/British Athletics and Disability Sport Wales had won the rights to host the IPC European Athletics Championships 2014, in Swansea. This event will maintain the high profile of elite Paralympic sport and will further enhance the reputation of Wales as one of the foremost Nations for the delivery of disability sport.

 

58.       Creating new (commercial) partnerships – Disability Sport Wales has a track record of developing and sustaining innovative partnerships with the commercial sector and other partners. 2012 offered new opportunities to expand the range of partnerships based on the heightened profile of disability sport resulting from the Paralympic Games.

 

59.       During 2012, Disability Sport Wales entered into commercial agreement with the following Companies:

 

Sainsbury’s

Sinclair Volkswagen Cardiff

St James’s Place Foundation

South Wales Chamber of Commerce

Deloitte

JacBee

 Goldfox Media

 Hush

 General Dynamics

 

60.       These deals are commercially sensitive, however, it can be reported that the total committed investment into Disability Sport Wales during 2012/13 was in excess of £300,000.

 

61.       These partners join an existing portfolio of commercial supporters including:

 

Dolmans

USY Peachey’s

Total Teamwear ERREA

ACE Feet in Motion

Cardiff Bay Rotary Club

 

62.       The value of this type of partnerships is that it offers new streams of income and / or genuine budget relieving ‘value in-kind’ support at a time when public finances are under pressure. The success of the commercial programme reflects the ‘values’ based approach that Disability Sport Wales applies when working with partners.

 

63.       Disability Sport Wales has now decided to invest in the appointment of a ‘Client Relations Executive’ post. This innovative approach will seek to further generate free income and manage existing commercial accounts and partnerships.

 

 

Evidence Ends

 

Disability Sport Wales

May 2013