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Accessibility statement

This accessibility statement applies to the www.sportengland.org website. It doesn't cover the following subdomains:

  • https://activelives.sportengland.org/
  • https://activepeople.sportengland.org/
  • https://evaluationframework.sportengland.org/
  • https://myapplications.sportengland.org/applicationportal/login/applicationlogin.aspx
  • https://segments.sportengland.org/index.aspx

This website is run by us and we want as many people as possible to be able to use it. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 400% without the text spilling off the screen and without content being truncated or overlapping
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver).

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website aren't fully accessible:

  • Some of the data tables are not marked-up correctly, so screen reader users may have difficulty understanding them. This affects the 'Salary and spending transparency' and 'National governing bodies' pages, and possibly others.
  • The 'Careers' page contains numerous ‘Read more’ links that reveal more content. After operating a link, screen reader users need to navigate backwards to read the revealed text.
  • Some mark-up attributes are duplicated, but this has no effect on the use experience.
  • Some pages, such as 'Local delivery' and 'National governing bodies' contain a tabbed interface (a horizontal row of links that reveal different content in tabpanels below them). Screen reader behaviour varies – for instance NVDA works OK, but JAWS 2019 cannot switch between the different tabpanels. JAWS 2020 and 2021 give a poor user experience, but it's possible to switch between the different tabpanels, with some difficulty.
  • When the 'Local delivery' page is zoomed above 150%, the tabbed interface is too wide for the browser window, so a horizonal scrollbar is displayed. The need to scroll the page in two directions can make it difficult to use for some people with vision or dexterity impairments. This may also affect other pages containing tabbed interfaces.
  • The error and confirmation messages are displayed visually for the 'Newsletter sign-up' and 'Contact us' forms. However, they cannot be programmatically identified, so screen reader users don't know they're there. The forms can still be submitted successfully, but some people may find it a little more difficult than necessary.

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like large print, or Braille:

We’ll consider your request and get back to you within 10 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page, or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact us using the contact details on www.sportengland.org/contact-us, or email us at funding@sportengland.org.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, you can contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service.

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

You can contact us by telephone on 0345 8508 508.

Or you can visit us in person and our offices have audio induction loops, or if you contact us before your visit, we can arrange a British Sign Language interpreter. Our office address is:

1st Floor
21 Bloomsbury Street
London
WC1B 3HF

However, our offices are currently closed under coronavirus regulations.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

We're committed to making our website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • WCAG 2.1 SC 1.3.1: some of the column headers aren't marked up correctly in the data tables on the 'Salary and spending transparency' and 'National governing bodies' pages.
  • WCAG 2.1 SC 2.4.3: the 'Careers' page contains numerous ‘Read more’ links that reveal more content. After operating a link, screen reader users need to navigate backwards to read the revealed text.
  • WCAG 2.1 SC 4.1.1: some markup attributes are duplicated
  • WCAG 2.1 SC 4.1.2: some pages, such as 'Local delivery' and 'National governing bodies', contain a tabbed interface (a horizontal row of links that reveal different content in tabpanels below them). The role of the tabs is not conveyed programmatically in the correct manner, so the interface doesn't work with some assistive technologies.
  • WCAG 2.1 SC 1.3.5: the purpose of some input fields can't be programmatically determined because they don't have the necessary 'autocomplete' attribute.
  • WCAG 2.1 SC 1.4.10: when the 'Local delivery' page is displayed in a 1280-pixel wide window and zoomed above 150%, the tabbed interface is too wide, so a horizonal scrollbar is displayed.
  • WCAG 2.1 SC 4.1.3: the error and confirmation messages are displayed visually for the 'Newsletter sign-up' and 'Contact us' forms. However, they can't be programmatically determined through their attributes.

Disproportionate burden

At present there are no plans to use the disproportionate burden exemption clause. However, some elements such as video and PDFs are under review and our decision isn't final.

What we're doing to improve accessibility

We're working towards WCAG 2.1 AA certification and are currently dealing with the final issues. We plan to resolve all issues by the end of March 2021. We also plan to continue testing during 2021 in a programme of further improvements.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 18 December 2020. It was last reviewed on 18 December 2020.

This website was last tested on 16 December 2020. The test was carried out by Test Partners Ltd.

We followed GOV.UK guidance on deciding how to check this website, as follows:

  1. We used an automated website mapping tool to identify all the pages and documents on the website.
  2. We identified the subdomains that are out of scope and removed all the pages from the page list.
  3. We removed all the documents from the list. It hasn't yet been decided if they'll be fixed immediately, fixed on demand or if either the 'legacy office documents' or 'disproportionate burden' exemptions will be used.
  4. We grouped the remaining pages according to type, such as all the 'News' pages, 'Blog' pages, 'Case studies' etc.
  5. We manually assessed a number of pages from each group to determine the level of consistency within the group and the type of content on those pages.
  6. We manually assessed all the 'unique' pages such as the homepage and 'Contact us' to determine the type of content on those pages.
  7. We identified a minimum representative subset of pages that contain examples of the most common layouts, components and features, including:
    • The header and footer
    • Important 'unique pages'
    • Pages with text content and data tables
    • Pages with informational images, images of text and video content
    • Interactive elements such as forms, tabbed interfaces, carousels, hide/reveal functionality and content filtering
    • AJAX content loading.
  8. We conducted a manual WCAG audit on the representative subset of pages.
  9. We conducted two rounds of fixing and retesting, such that most WCAG non-conformances have been fixed.
  10. A further round of fixing and retesting is in progress.
  11. When all the non-conformances arising from the manual testing have been fixed, we'll conduct an automated accessibility test of all the pages.
  12. We'll conduct further rounds of fixing and retesting until all the WCAG non-conformances have been fixed.

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