Read @Richard_Scope's article in the Metro about disabled childrens' access to sport
You can read our very own @Richard_Scope in this week's Metro talking about the barriers disabled children face in accessing sport and the problems posed by non-participation.
Speaking about his own experience of growing up with Cerebral Palsy and how valuable being included in games lessons was, Richard reflects that to have been left out would have made him feel:
The benefits of sport to disabled children - and those of all ages - are without question and extend beyond the physical to boosting emotional wellbeing, meeting others and increasing confidence.
However, research conducted by Scope found that since the start of the pandemic:
Richard goes on to unpack the reasons behind disabled young people's exclusion from sport, identifying a lack of understanding by teachers, inaccessible gyms, expensive equipment and "a culture of caution now – with so much red tape around everything" as just some of the factors restricting equal access to sport for those with impairments.
Want to have a read for yourself? Then check out "Disabled kids don't deserve to be left out of school sports lessons' on the Metro website.
Over to you:
- Were you left out of P.E. lessons at school? Or, did your school adapt lessons and ensure you were included?
- How did this make you feel?
- Do you still find barriers to joining in sport you'd like to take up?
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