The Time is Now for Sport to Capitalise on Paralympic Games Success

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A new Disability Action Plan training guide has been released by The Inclusion Club to help sport and recreation clubs plan for the inclusion of people with disability in regular sport and recreation programs.

there is no evidence of increased participation in organised sport - this needs to be fixed

The London Paralympic Games scaled new heights for people with disability. They raised awareness. They inspired people to see new possibilities in sport and recreation for people with disability. But sports clubs and associations shouldn’t expect a sudden influx of people with disability wanting to do sport.

“The challenges of inclusion for sport and recreation clubs are real and ongoing. People with disability understand this and want sports clubs and associations to do better and to plan for their needs” says Peter Downs, Founding Director of a new online resource for sport - The Inclusion Club.

“While the Paralympic Games were brilliant and there is evidence that it raised significant awareness of the needs of people with disability – there is no evidence of increased participation in organised sport. This needs to be fixed.”

The Inclusion Club (http://theinclusionclub.com) has produced a video guide and template for sport and recreation clubs. The Disability Action Plan video guide and template can be used to help sport and recreation clubs plan for the inclusion of people with disability in the future.

“Planning for inclusion of people with disability isn’t rocket science. It’s important that clubs and associations see planning for inclusion as core business. Ultimately, the Disability Action Plan should be integrated into the generic planning documents of the organisation,” says Peter Downs.

Where to find the Disability Action Plan guide and template:
People interested in the guide and template can visit http://theinclusionclub.com/2013/DAP1/

About The Inclusion Club
The Inclusion Club is a new non-profit health promotion charity based in Australia but operating world wide. The Inclusion Club shares good practice models on sport for people with disability and develops custom resources and training to help the inclusion of people with disability in sport and active recreation.

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