What is Disability Sport?
In 2011, in addition to EFDS receiving national partner funding from Sport England, the charity along with several of its member organisations (NDSOs- National Disability Sports Organisations) were pleased to receive further National Lottery funding. The NDSOs are British Blind Sport, Cerebral Palsy Sport, Dwarf Sports Association, Mencap Sport, Special Olympics GB, UK Deaf Sport and Wheelpower. In 2014 at EFDS's AGM, LimbPower were also given NDSO status.
Events featured in the Paralympic Games includes: archery, athletics, boccia, cycling, equestrian, football, goalball, judo, powerlifting, sailing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, volleyball, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.
Being physically active is a lifestyle choice proven to provide social and personal benefits. Physical activity boosts the immune system, provides natural pain relief, improves strength and balance, and can also help to build confidence and reduce stress.
The Parasport website should be your first port of call for disability sports opportunities in the UK. Contacting a National Disability Sport Organisation is also a good starting point to get involved in sport and for those wanting to develop their talent.
The founder of the Paralympic Games was Dr Ludwig Guttmann who in 1948, set up competitions for disabled people to coincide with the London Olympic Games.