Playground to Podium

Playground to Podium is a national initiative to get more young disabled people playing sport. The initiative also aims to give young people a route to maximise their potential in sport.

Events are taking place across the country for 11-18 year olds in athletics, boccia, football, table tennis and wheelchair basketball and 7-14 year olds within swimming. At each event members of staff from the National Governing Bodies of sport will signpost those that attend to appropriate pathways which support young disabled people in sport.

These events are for young disabled people in mainstream and special schools who are eligible for sport pathways, there are four broad groups of athletes;
Physically impaired athletes
Blind or visually impaired athletes
Deaf or hard of hearing impaired athletes
Athletes with a intellectual impairment/learning disability (with an IQ less than 75).
To date Playground to Podium has had a huge impact increasing the number of young disabled people taking part regularly in sport and for some selected and supported to represent their county, region and country.

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