Include Project - Northern Ireland

People with a disability in Northern Ireland exercise significantly less than those without a disability: 19% of people with disabilities participate regularly in physical activity, compared with 37% of non-disabled adults.

Sported’s aim for its Include project is to see more young people with disabilities participating in sports and as a result, have increased self-confidence, and feel less restricted in their aspirations.

The Include Project in Belfast is delivered in partnership with Disability Sports Northern Ireland (DSNI) and funded by St James’ Place Charitable Foundation.

We’re working with four group leaders of grassroots sports groups in Northern Ireland to build their capacity upskilling their group leaders and volunteers in relation to disability inclusion activities, and providing leadership development opportunities for young people passionate about disability inclusion in their sports groups.

The groups involved are: 

Rugby Legend and Sported ambassador, Rory Best, launches Include project

Rory Best launched the Include Project by meeting with Sported members the Portadown Panthers, a tag rugby group for young people with learning disabilities.

Young Influencers

Ten young people from participating Include Project groups are completing our Young Influencer programme – designed to equip them to become leaders in this area. The programme builds their teamwork, communication and leadership skills alongside increasing understanding around disability inclusion, equipping them with skills to create the future of sports they want. 

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