A number of organisations have continued to make progress in inclusive practices for disabled participants. Sense, Udoit Dance, Wheelchair Basketball North Wales and Byw’n Iach have attained their next Standards of insport Third Sector.

Sense and Udoit Dance have both started their insport journey recently and have achieved Ribbon status. Wheelchair Basketball North Wales and Byw’n Iach have progressed to Bronze.


Photo from SENSE. A chair-using participant and non-disabled session facilitator smile at each other. They are wearing helmets and safety harness to support climbing and/or abseiling.

Photo: Sense

Disability Sport Wales’ insport programmes

One of Disability Sport Wales’s top strategic priorities is to establish effective partnership for an inclusive sector culture. In order to achieve this, DSW recognise that a partner-led approach is essential to succeed in Wales becoming an active nation where everyone can have a lifelong enjoyment of sport.

Disability Sport Wales cannot achieve significant change alone and they need to bring existing, as well as new partners on the journey with them. They challenge their partners and the wider sporting landscape to accept and embrace inclusion, and in so doing, provide even greater levels of activity for disabled people.

The insport project provides support to third sector organisations, clubs, national governing bodies, and local authorities. 

insport is a Disability Sport Wales project delivered with the support of Sport Wales, which aims to support the physical activity, sport, and leisure sectors delivering inclusively of disabled people. The insport NGB programme is part of the broader insport project, which aims to support the physical activity, sport, and leisure sectors delivering inclusively of disabled people.  

insport is a toolkit, developed and delivered by Disability Sport Wales, to support the development of inclusive thinking, planning, development and delivery by everyone within the partner organisation so that ultimately they will deliver across the spectrum to disabled and non-disabled people, at whatever level they wish to participate or compete.   

The intention is to initiate and then support cultural change with regards to the approaches the sectors have towards disabled people, and to support the identification of an understanding of what inclusion means to them as a collection of organisations.  The result will be that opportunity is widened, participation increases, disabled people become more active and engaged (either as players, or officials, coaches, or volunteers), and we collectively achieve the sector vision for a nation who is hooked on sport for life, and one which consists of many champions.

The programme consists of 4 incremental Standards (Ribbon, Bronze, Silver and Gold), against which a series of aims have been identified.  

Disability Sport Wales support through an assigned case officer to support each partner, including a range of disability inclusion training courses, guidance, and resources which can help staff, coaches and volunteers create a more inclusive environment for disabled people within sport.

The insport project was initially launched in 2012 to support partners in developing their provision so that it includes disabled people.

Over the past 10 years the project has continued to develop to work with a broader range of partners including 27 Welsh National Governing Bodies of sport, all 22 local authorities, eight third sector organisations, and over 500 community clubs. 

A number of clubs have successfully achieved an insport standard, in all corners of Wales and across a wide range of sports including gymnastics, rugby, football and wheelchair sports.

These club opportunities can be found through our club finder.

Learn more about the insport programmes and how they can support your organisation.

Learn more about Wheelchair Basketball North Wales, Sense, UDOIT Dance Foundation and Byw’n Iach here:

Wheelchair Basketball North Wales
UDOIT Dance Foundation
Bwy'n Iach

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