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English Federation of Disability Sport - January Update

EFDSWelcome to the first newsletter in 2018. This edition features Birmingham taking the LEAD, new blog posts and Adam Hills playing rugby league. 


Birmingham taking the LEAD on accessible delivery

Birmingham recently celebrated their success as host City for the Commonwealth Games 2022. The City takes great pride in its ability to hold high-level sporting events but inactivity is a real problem for its residents. This is even more so for disabled people and people with long-term health conditions. In a positive move, three of the key sporting and physical activity organisations have decided to look at how they operate. They have all undertaken our LEAD (Leading Equitable and Accessible Delivery) toolkit.

Read more about LEAD in Birmingham here.

EFDS and Aston Villa representatives

Becoming more active: "I know it will get easier with every session"

We are pleased to welcome Shona as a regular blogger to our website this year. Shona is a 20 year old disability, lifestyle and beauty blogger from Hertfordshire. She came to us to share her honest accounts of taking up an activity. We will hear from Shona every month to understand her journey from being inactive to more active.

Read Shona's first blog here.

Profile photo of Shona

Essex organisations back All Together disability sport campaign

Organisations across the county are pledging their support to a campaign aimed at increasing disabled people's participation in sport. Active Essex, the county sports partnership for Greater Essex, launched the All Together programme last year, with the aim of encouraging more disabled people to take part in sport and physical activity.

Read more about the campaign here.

Essex All Together ambassadors

First Physical Disability Rugby League Game to take part in Warrington

On 4 February Warrington will host the very first competitive fixture for Physical Disability Rugby League at Victoria Parks Asics Stadium. The Wolves will host the Rhinos as both club Foundations are behind the development of the game.

Adam Hills, Australian comedian and presenter of The Last Leg, has been behind this from the start and will play for the Wolves. His Co-presenter Alex Brooker will be supporting the Rhinos.

Read more about the upcoming game here.

Adam Hills plays rugby league

EFDS looks back on 2017 blogs

EFDS's website featured a blog post every Friday throughout 2017. We shared the experiences of disabled people, and those who support disabled people, on their journey to being more active. In this article, we take a look back at some of our 2017 blogs. Plus, we look forward to a new year of new stories, with disabled people involved in sport and exercise at all levels.

Read more about the 2017 blogs here.

Fiona taking part in an inclusive dance session


Women running in the marathon

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