Disability swimming female

We know that disabled people are less likely to take part in sport with only one in six playing sport regularly compared to one in three non-disabled people. Our work will seek to challenge and change this to enable disabled people to view taking part in sport as a viable lifestyle choice.

Places People Play

Through our investment in disability sport, we’re helping ensure sport is ready to deal with disabled people wanting to take part.  As well as our major investment into sports’ governing bodies, including four disability-specific NGBs, we’ve made sure every element of our £150 million Places People Play legacy programme works for disabled sportsmen and women.

Of the £150 million of Lottery funding from Places People Play, we ring-fenced £10.2 million to improve the sport on offer for disabled people. Inclusive Sport  will build on our recent investments to improve the expertise offered by the disability sport sector to other organisations that want to get disabled people playing sport. 


Participation by disabled people is a key strategic outcome for our work with NGB’s. We have been working closely with all 46 sports’ governing bodies to offer support and advice around disability provision to benefit both the organisation, the workforce and their overall Whole Sport Plan delivery for 2013-17.

Of the 42 NGB’s who have committed to deliver to disabled people, 15 of them will provide disability-specific programmes and interventions and 23 of them have committed to delivering inclusively. We have also invested in four disability-specific Paralympic NGB’s.


We’ve recently announced almost £2million investment into the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) to help accelerate their strategy to increase sports participation over 2013-15.

We have also directly funded six disability sports organisations for the first time to advise, support and guide other sports governing bodies as they create opportunities for participation by disabled people.  British Blind Sport, Cerebral Palsy Sport, Dwarf Sport Association UK, British Wheelchair Sport (Wheelpower), UK Deaf Sport and Mencap Sport/Special Olympics GB all received a share of £1.3 million of National Lottery funding to make this happen.

As part of our commitment towards ensuring that disabled people are able to view being active as a viable lifestyle choice we will also be developing our relationships with the disability sector directly.

For further information on Sport England’s work around disability inclusion please contact the Disability Team directly.

Investment map

The investment map shows how disability funding has been allocated across the country. 

To use the map you will need to go to Tools>Analysis>Object data tool.