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UK Coaching Team

How to Coach Disabled People in Sport

Broaden your skills and make your sport or physical activity sessions accessible to everyone

Physical activity is for everyone regardless of ability level. Statistics show that disabled people need more support to take part in physical activity and the numbers of disabled people taking part is significantly lower across all age groups than the overall population.  

This workshop covers the importance of interacting with your participants and adapting your session to be more inclusive.

You will explore:

  • relationships: the importance of a person-first approach and how to develop better relationships with participants to better support their needs
  • disability: what is disability and how you can develop your confidence to coach disabled people
  • inclusive coaching: the importance of thinking inclusively for everyone and how to adapt your coaching in your context.

You will learn how to:

  • develop coaching strategies that encourage a welcome and inclusive introduction to sport and physical activity
  • select appropriate coaching activities for disabled people to suit their needs, including how to make minor adjustments to make your sessions more effective
  • communicate effectively with: deaf people, people who have difficulties with speech, visual impairments, a learning disability or a physical impairment
  • create a safe environment for everyone.

You will receive a digital copy of How to Coach Disabled People in Sport. The 44-page resource aims to answer the following questions:

  • What are the different impairment groups?
  • What is effective communication?
  • How can your coaching be adapted or modified to include disabled people?
  • How do you create an inclusive coaching environment?
  • What about competition?
  • What further support is out there?

The resource can then be used to guide you in your future coaching. For example, alongside the coaching programme of your governing body or local sports development programme as well as other UK Coaching workshops.

Information for Organisations

Want to arrange this workshop for a group of 6 people or more?

If you have more than 6 people to train, we’ll come to you.

Tell us your preferred date and time and we will arrange for one of our tutors to deliver the session. We will help market the event too if you want us to.


Session fee with digital resource only

Workshop fee £385 (for up to 20 learners), which includes delivery fee, digital resource and certification for every learner.


Session fee with hard copy resource bundle

£450 for up to 20 learners, which includes delivery fee, digital resource, hard copy resource and certification for every learner. Please note: resources are posted to one central location, to a UK address only. Please contact our customer services team for postage costs outside of the UK.


E-mail us at [email protected] or call us on 0845-601 3054 to organise this workshop.

If you have an in-house trainer you can deliver this workshop under licence.


3-hour workshop.

Number of learners

A minumum of 6 and a maximum of 20 people.

Delivery methord


Target audience Anyone who works with disabled participants, whether a coach, sports leader, activator, development officer or volunteer. The workshop will help to widen their experience of working with people of all abilities.

Accompanying learning materials

All learners will receive access to our accompanying digital resource, How to Coach Disabled People in Sport. If you wish to buy hard copy resources for your coach, we have created a 'bundle' price which incorporates the workshop price, a set of 20 hard-copy resources, and delivery to one UK address (for deliveries to multiple addresses, or an address outside of the UK, please contact our customer services team)

We will do most of the work for you! We will:

  • send you the accompanying learning materials (if applicable)
  • confirm a UK Coaching trainer to run the session
  • send you and your delgates confirmation of the session, including all logistical information
  • email your learners their certificates after the event. 

But here are the things you will need to do to ensure your learners have an enjoyable experience.

Book a space

A meeting room with enough space for the group to split into smaller groups (at least 12 x 12 metres). All venues must be accessible for all participants, including those who may have additional needs (eg wheelchair users). Where possible, a room with WIFI connectivity would be preferable. Please supply the login and password details to the tutor, where applicable.

To ensure that the venue for hosting the training course / workshop is suitable in all respects, please ensure a risk assessment is carried out. 

Send us your list of delegates (at least 5 working days prior to the session)

Using this we can set up your learners with access to their resource and email the session confirmation to you and them.

Communicate with your learners and take bookings

We will market the event on our site if you want us to. But you will also need to invite your people or advertise the event through your own communications. You will need to make sure it’s easy for people to book on the event and you will need to take any appropriate payment.

Arrange any relevant equipment

Screen or laptop and data projector, flip chart, paper and pens are required. Internet access would be beneficial.

Support your learners

During the event you should be present to meet and support the tutor and provide any additional signposting advice to your learners.

Do you have your own tutor team? Save on each workshop you deliver and take advantage of further benefits by becoming a UK Coaching Licensed Partner.

What People Think

It was great at helping you to think on your feet and be comfortable approaching disability. The tutor was brilliant, very experienced and enthusiastic and did a great job of dispelling the taboo around disabilities.

Farah Rehman, Sports Development Officer, Link4Life

Can't find a course?

Our partners run our face-to-face workshops across the UK. They may run a workshop near to you if enough people express interest.

If you live in England, get in touch with your Active Partnership to register your interest. If you live outside of England, please contact your corresponding Home Nation Sports Council: sportscotland, Sport Wales and Sport Northern Ireland.

Alternatively register with us and you will receive a monthly newsletter detailing the latest workshops running across the country.

Waiting for a course?

In the meantime check out our tips for including people with disabilities in your sessions

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