Shaping inclusive sporting communities
The Sport4All pilot program exists to give people with a disability the opportunity to participate in sport at both a club and school level when, where and how they choose to. Sport4All has been developed, designed and delivered by people with disability and lived experience to build a movement that enables clubs and schools to be inclusive and provide accessible environments for people of all disability, all ages, all roles and any sport.
Our purpose is to give people with disability the opportunity to have choice and control on where and how they participate in club and school sports through playing, coaching, administration or any other role.
Playing sport is not a privilege but a right for every Australian including the 4.5 million people or 20% of the Australian population with either a physical or cognitive disability and, like most Australians, love sport and being involved in the community through sport. We have identified the significant gap in the understanding and capability of sporting clubs and schools to include people with disability effectively in sport not because they don’t want to, but they don’t always know how to.
Participation doesn’t always mean playing but includes coaching, administration as well as other roles. That’s why we have developed an inclusion self-assessment tool to help clubs and schools understand where inclusion areas need focus. Our online learning will build capabilities specific to clubs or schools and provide practical tools to guide and drive them to be more inclusive of people with disability.
The Sport4All pilot program is fully funded by the Australian Government in collaboration with Sports Australia and designed and delivered by Get Skilled Access and will be targeted to Victoria in 2021. A number of local government areas in both metro and regional Victoria will help test and measure the program’s impact in the real world.