Physical activity and sporting opportunities

for students with a disability


Together the Loughborough Students Athletic Union (LSAU) and Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport (PHC) are keen to promote physically active lifestyles for students with a disability. This can be achieved through a host of activities, including sport.


The benefits of disability sport are vast. Disability sports are an opportunity to have fun, socialise, improve your mental and physical health, and much more.


We want to highlight the range of sporting opportunities that exist across the country for persons with a disability.


At the same time, we also want to showcase the sporting achievements of elite athletes with a disability, some of whom are training at Loughborough University 24/7 in the pursuit of success in elite disability sport, including at the upcoming London 2012 Paralympic Games.


Learn more about the London 2012 Paralympic Games, how YOU can keep fit and how to get involved in a range of disability sports below: 


****************** LATEST NEWS ******************


Congratulations to Loughborough University student Sam Ruddock on his recent selection for Team GB's London 2012 Paralympic Games athletics squad. 

Find out more about Sam and other Loughborough students and alumni who will be competing at the London 2012 Paralympic Games HERE   


London 2012 Paralympic Games (29th August to 9th September 2012)

Official website:


London 2012 Paralympic Games and Channel 4 (external website)


In the lead up to London 2012, Channel 4 are showing a range of programmes about Paralympic sport, including shows like ‘Best of British’ and ‘That Paralympic Show’ - Check them out and find out more about Paralympic sport at: (external website)


Channel 4 will be showing live coverage of the London 2012 Paralympic Games between 29th August and 9th September 2012.


For the latest elite disability sports news check out:

Channel 4 Paralympic website- (external website)

BBC Sport website - (external website)



Keep fit


The Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) is a programme supporting the fitness industry to become more inclusive and cater for any specialised requirements that individuals with a disability may desire. To find out more about the IFI initiative visit: (external website)

To find your nearest Inclusive Fitness Initiative gym visit: (external website)



Get involved in disability sport

·         Interested in taking part in disability sport during your time here at Loughborough University? Then contact us at

·         Find a sports club near you at the Parasport website: (external website)


For more information on some of the disability sports out there, please follow the links below:


Useful Disability Sport links (External Sites):

List of Relevant websites - Organised By Sport

List of Relevant websites - Organised By Country

List of Relevant websites - Organised By Impairment 

List of Relevant websites - Organised By County 






Organised By Sport (External websites)


All Sports


Archery (Archery GB)


Athletics (England Athletics) (UK Athletics) (British Wheelchair Athletic Association)


Boccia (Boccia England) (CP Sport)


Cycling (British Cycling)


Equestrian (British Dressage)


Football – Individuals with visual impairments/cerebral palsy/hearing impairments/etc. (BUCS) (Disability football club directory) (Football Association) (Leicestershire and Rutland FA inclusive football partnership)

More info on the latest Disability Football Opportunities in Leicestershire and Rutland here


Football - Powerchair Football (Powerchair Football) (Leicestershire Foxes Powerchair Football Club)


Goalball (Goalball UK)


Judo (British Judo)


Rowing/ Adaptive Rowing (British Rowing)


Sailing  [NB select ‘Sailability Centre’ from drop down menu before searching] (Royal Yachting Association)


Skiing (Disability Snowsport UK)


Sledge Hockey (British Sledge Hockey Association)


Swimming (British Swimming)


Table Tennis (English Table Tennis Association) (English Table Tennis Association) (English Table Tennis Association)


Tennis (The Tennis Foundation) (International Tennis Federation)


Volleyball (Sitting) (Volleyball England)


Wheelchair Basketball (British Wheelchair Basketball)


Wheelchair Fencing (British Disabled Fencing Association)


Wheelchair Rugby (Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby)



Organised By Country (External websites)

Disability Sport in England (English Federation of Disability Sport)


Disability Sport in Wales (Disability Sport Wales)


Disability Sport in Scotland (Scottish Disability Sport)


Disability Sport in Northern Ireland (Disability Sport Northern Ireland)



Organised By Impairment (External websites)

British Blind Sport -

Cerebral Palsy Sport England & Wales -

Cerebral Palsy International Sports & Recreation Association (CP-ISRA) -

International Blind Sport Federation -

International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) -

Wheelpower British Wheelchair Sport -



Organised By County (External websites)



Berkshire -

Hertfordshire -

Kent -

Lancashire -

Leicestershire -



Nottinghamshire -

Staffordshire and Stoke-On-Trent -



Disability Football Opportunities in Leicestershire and Rutland

"As an integral part of the Leicestershire and Rutland County Football Association (LRCFA), we at the Inclusive Football Charity are working to develop and support opportunities for individuals with impairment to take part in football, as a player, referee, coach or volunteer.


We are developing opportunities for males and females with a physical, sensory, learning or behavioural disability/impairment to ‘Get Into Football’.


Our aim is to provide football for players of all abilities, but there is also an opportunity for those gifted and talented players to represent their County, Region and also England in specific Football Association Disability Squads, such as Partially Sighted, Blind, Cerebral Palsy, Deaf, Amputee, Learning Disability and Power-chair Football.


The LRCFA currently has 48 disability teams affiliated, which includes local teams within Football Association Charter Standard Clubs, Representative teams, Gifted and Talented Teams, Leicestershire Foxes Power-chair Football Club, Loughborough Lions Visually Impaired team and the East Midlands Regional Blind Football Centre of Excellence. The majority of these teams have been supported by the Inclusive Football Charity and are run by committed volunteers, who provide valuable, fun football sessions in safe and friendly environments.


The Inclusive Football Charity at LRCFA also:

  • - Co-ordinates numerous school and college events, providing a valuable opportunity for youngsters to take part in competition at varying levels, encouraging regular participation in football outside of the education environment.
  • - Provide an opportunity for individuals with a disability to gain a qualification in football, through the coach education programme, which will support the development of social and communication skills alongside gaining a qualification. This may lead to volunteering or work place opportunities."


If you or someone you know would like more information about getting involved in disability football as a player, a coach, a referee or a volunteer, please feel free to contact:


Mary Rudkin Football Development Officer (Disability)
Telephone: 0116 284 4952
Mobile: 07752 746 229


For more information check out: