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English Federation of Disability Sport (EDFS) - Media round up August

English Federation of Disability SportPlease find below media alerts for 31 July – 6 August 2017. These are collected from recent days to provide EFDS staff, Board and Members and others with a range of useful articles or blogs on disabled people, sport and physical activity. 


EFDS, 3 August 2017

A survey by Leonard Cheshire Disability has revealed that despite the success of the recent World Para Athletics Championships, access to sport at local level is still a problem for disabled people. The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) welcomes the latest findings and encourages providers to access the range of research, resources and training available.

Let the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games begin

EFDS, 2 August 2017

The Special Olympics GB National Summer Games will open in Sheffield next week with a star-studded ceremony. The Games will see athletes with intellectual disabilities compete in a wide range of sporting events – from athletics, aquatics and boccia to team sports such as football and netball.

Don’t miss out – book your place on an ICT workshop today

EFDS, 1 August 2017

More disabled people are leading active lives thanks to the 8,500 people who have been trained through Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training. With just two months of the current programme funding remaining, contact us today to book your place on a Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training workshop or organise your own free, bespoke workshop!

How do you feel about providing sport for disabled people?

EFDS, 1 August 2017

Today, the English Federation of Disability Sport launches its latest research project. This research will focus on people who deliver sport and activity, and their feelings about including disabled people.

LimbPower launches #ActiveAugust campaign

EFDS, 1 August 2017

Throughout August, LimbPower and Axis, powered by Ottobock, are working together to encourage and engage with people with a limb difference, to help them kick start a more healthy and active lifestyle. The #ActiveAugust campaign aims to aid rehabilitation and improve quality of life.

Great Britain team celebrates successful Deaflympics 2017

EFDS, 31 July 2017

The Great Britain team is celebrating their success at the 23rd Summer Deaflympics 2017. A delegation of 92 athletes, coaches, officials and support staff travelled to Samsun, Turkey for the Games that took place from 18-30 July. Their final medal tally of nine (three gold, one silver and five bronze) smashed the pre-Games target of five.

British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships: Lucy Shuker and Stephane Houdet mixed doubles title

BBC Online, 6 August 2017

Lucy Shuker defended her mixed doubles title on the final day of the British Open in Nottingham.

Why Britain's over 50s are fitter than ever

Mail Online, 6 August 2017

When Eddie Brocklesby’s husband died, she was only 52. She took up running. It was more effective than counselling, she says, and more than 20 years later, the former social worker from London is still at it.

UK Sport’s medal approach ‘needs a rethink’, says Tanni Grey Thompson

Sports Management, 6 August 2017

UK Sport’s ‘no compromise’ approach to funding elite sport “needs a rethink”, according to Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.

Last night’s Athletics Championships were a reminder of the disappointing legacy of the 2012 Olympics

The Independent, 6 August 2017

Usain Bolt’s final race is a reminder that Britain never fulfilled the economic or social potential we were promised would come as part of our Olympic legacy.

Training with a physical disability

The Sunday Herald, 6 August 2017

Whether able bodied or disabled, everyone can benefit from some form of fitness training. But fitness doesn’t just mean being able to run a marathon or squat double your body weight. These achievements are great, however, fitness goals are all meaningful and relative to the individual.

Government accuses some Premier League clubs of 'failing' disabled supporters

The Telegraph, 6 August 2017

The Government has accused some Premier League clubs of “failing” the disabled over its lack of accessible facilities and warned that they are now facing their last chance to meet a collective pledge to provide minimum standards.

Briton wins gold at IBSA European Judo Championships

BBC Online, 5 August 2017

Britain's Christopher Skelley won gold at the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) European Judo Championships in Walsall.

Natalie Greenhough wins bronze at IBSA European Judo Championships

BBC Online, 4 August 2017

Britain's Natalie Greenhough has won bronze at the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) European Judo Championships in Walsall.

Russia win three gold medals on opening day of IBSA European Judo Championships

Inside the Games, 4 August 2017

Russia won three gold medals as action begun today at the International Blind Sport Federation (IBSA) European Judo Championships in the English town of Walsall.

'Disability Fund has given Liam an equal chance'

Premier League, 4 August 2017

The recent Disability Sport Festival at Stoke Mandeville Stadium not only celebrated the first year of the PL/BT Disability Fund but highlighted how clubs are using the programme to increase opportunity for people with disabilities.

Hot yoga classes reduce emotional eating and negative thoughts

New Scientist, 3 August 2017

Yoga seems to reduce symptoms of depression, including focusing on negative feelings and emotional eating, suggesting the practice may be a useful complement to talking therapies and antidepressant drugs.

Physical activity and health benefits gained from watching golf

Sports Management, 3 August 2017

Golf spectators walk more than 11,500 steps while watching the sport, according to a survey, helping fans gain health benefits from the physical activity involved.

Sport England's head of brand and digital strategy on This Girl Can challenges and being innovative to target audiences

The Drum, 3 August 2017

This Girl Can is a multi-award winning campaign from Sport England that helped change the way millions of people think about exercise and physical activity. Head of brand and digital strategy, Kate Dale is responsible for delivering the campaign and has seen 2.8 million more women get active as a direct result.

Tennis is a smash for blind and visually-impaired people

BBC Online, 2 August 2017

"Everything about the game is fantastic - it's given me my sport back". That is how Brian Lenehan describes playing tennis for blind and visually impaired people, which is being offered for the first time in Northern Ireland at Windsor Tennis Club in south Belfast.

RLIF praise growth of wheelchair game following World Cup

Inside the Games, 2 August 2017

The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) have hailed the growth of the wheelchair game after last month's World Cup in France.

Goalball UK make call for sighted players to continue growth of sport

Inside the Games, 2 August 2017

Goalball UK are leading a campaign to get more sighted people involved in the sport at club level to help continue its growth across the country.

British Canoeing: Independent investigation launched into abuse 'failings'

BBC Online, 1 August 2017

An independent investigation has been launched into "failings" at British Canoeing following claims of abuse.

Para-Swimming: Jessica-Jane Applegate beats illness to earn Worlds place

BBC Online, 1 August 2017

Jessica-Jane Applegate is ready to face the challenge of competing at altitude after winning a place in Britain's World Para-Swimming squad.

#ActiveAugust – Encouraging amputees and individuals with limb difference to get active and improve their health

Enable Magazine, 1 August 2017

LimbPower and Axis, powered by Ottobock, are working together throughout the month of August to encourage and engage with people with a limb difference, to help them kick start a more healthy and active lifestyle.

IPC President hopes Los Angeles 2028 will help Paralympic Movement grow in United States

Inside the Games, 1 August 2017

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Sir Philip Craven hopes the 2028 Paralympic Games in Los Angeles will provide a platform for his Movement to experience a period of growth in the United States.

IPC Presidential candidate Zhang turns attention to increasing participation in Para-sports

Inside the Games, 1 August 2017

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Presidential candidate Zhang Haidi has vowed to help transform Para-sports on a worldwide level if elected.

Wheelchair fencing stand promotes sport at FIE World Championships

Inside the Games, 1 August 2017

Wheelchair fencing was presented to spectators at the International Fencing Federation (FIE) World Championships in Leipzig.

Sport Wales campaign for more women to get into sport

BBC Online, 31 July 2017

Childcare, careers and a lack of confidence are among barriers faced by women in accessing sport, the governing body Sport Wales has said.

Pride of Sport celebrates sporting heroes

PR News Wire, 31 July 2017

The Mirror's Pride of Sport Awards, in partnership with TSB, celebrates the phenomenal people who have contributed to sport at all levels, across all walks of life.

BuzzFeed launches Disability Rights series

Enable Magazine, 31 July 2017

BuzzFeed, one of the world’s biggest online news and entertainment platforms, is this week running a special disability rights focus, covering everything from social injustice to backpacking for wheelchair users.

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Longton schoolboy Dylan Kelsall called up to England's wheelchair football team

The Sentinel, 6 August 2017

Teenager Dylan Kelsall now has international honours on his blossoming sporting CV having represented the nation in wheelchair football.

South Wootton ace Ross flies Special Olympics flag for West Norfolk clubs

Lynn News, 4 August 2017

Athletics put Cameron Ross back on track when teenage problems were threatening to knock him off course and next week he will be carrying a flag for West Norfolk as he competes at a major national event for the first time.

Sheffield ready to host biggest disability sports event with Special Olympics National Games

The Star, 4 August 2017

Sheffield has been urged to come out and support more than 2,000 athletes taking part in the Special Olympics National Games next week.

Officers relay Special Olympics torch

South Yorkshire Police, 4 August 2017

Officers joined athletes for a torch relay through Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham today, as the countdown to the Special Olympics GB National Games 2017 continued.

Joshua set to represent Team GB at Games

The Local, 4 August 2017

The parents of a talented 10-year-old sportsman from Bourne are celebrating after raising £3,000 so he can represent his country at a sporting event in Canada.

Meet the magnificent seven swimmers representing Yorkshire in the Special Olympics

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 4 August 2017

Swimmers from Borough of Kirklees Disability Squad have been selected to represent Yorkshire and Humberside at the Special Olympics GB National Games next week.

Norwich youngsters heading for School Games national finals at Loughborough

Eastern Daily Press, 3 August 2017

The School Games are an integrated multi-sport event for the UK’s most talented school-age athletes and will take place at Loughborough University from August 31 to September 3.

Scotland wheelchair basketball call-up for Law’s Logan Kidd

Carluke Gazette, 3 August 2017

A disabling medical condition might have robbed Carluke High School pupil Logan Kidd of the ability to carry on with his favourite sport of basketball, but he just wouldn’t accept that his playing days were over.

Belfast tennis club serves up perfect set for visually impaired

Belfast Telegraph, 2 August 2017

Wimbledon may be over but blind tennis is back for another season at Windsor Lawn Tennis Club in south Belfast. The initiative, which is the brainchild of Disability Sport NI, was intended to be a six-week programme last summer, but due to its success has lasted for nearly a year.

New project makes sports pupils more disability aware

Llantwit Major Today, 2 August 2017

Primary schoolchildren across the Vale have learnt how to involve everyone in day to day activities, in a project organised by Disability Sport Wales.

Dad who lost his leg in a bike crash is now disabled golf champion

South Wales Argus, 2 August 2017

Almost two years after losing his leg in a horrific motorcycle accident, Cwmbran father-of-one Mike Jones now holds four European Disabled Open golf titles.

Michael is a ‘man on a mission’ for para trap honours

Fife Today, 2 August 2017

Leven’s Michael Drever has become one of 15 para trap shooters selected for the first Para-trap World Cup in Italy.

Over-50s invited to compete in National Vintage Games at the University of Bath

Bath Chronicle, 1 August 2017

The inaugural National Vintage Games - the UK’s first multi-sport event for the over-50s - will be held at the University of Bath next month.

Suffolk athletes given send off to remember ahead of 2017 Special Olympics in Sheffield

East Anglian Daily Times, 1 August 2017

A group of athletes from Suffolk will be vying for medals and putting their skills to the test for the first time at this year’s Special Olympics.

Ricky gears up for chance at medal glory at national games

Great Yarmouth Mercury, 1 August 2017

Special Olympics Norfolk athlete Ricky Brown is already a winner in the eyes of family, friends and team-mates as he heads for the biggest competition of his life next week.

Amber overcomes crash injuries to earn spot at world powerlifting championships

Eastern Daily Press, 1 August 2017

After being involved in a horrific crash which left her in a coma, Amber Hannant could never have dreamed she would be travelling to America to compete in the World Powerlifting Championships.

Burnley junior school pupils put their crown green bowling skills to the test at town finals day

Lancashire Telegraph, 1 August 2017

The Burnley Primary Schools Crown Green Bowling competition took place at Scotts Park Bowling Club where children took part in morning and afternoon session.

'Celebrating Ability' gives disabled sports fans chance to try everything from rugby to judo

York Press, 1 August 2017

People in York had chance to try a whole range of disability sports today, with a special event at Energise sports centre in Acomb.

A dog completely changed a sportswoman's life when she lost almost all her sight

Wales Online, 1 August 2017

It took the loving help of a friend to get a sportswoman back on her feet after she lost her sight. But unlike Lesley Sayers’ other friends, this companion has four legs and a wet nose.

Harrogate Spa Tennis Centre unveils wheelchair friendly tennis courts

Harrogate Informer, 1 August 2017

Harrogate Spa Tennis Centre has added two sports chairs for wheelchair users to its facilities.

Fife lifeguard Stefan Hoggan helps to breakdown ‘taboo’ of disabled workers

The Courier, 31 July 2017

Michael Alexander speaks to Fife lifeguard Stefan Hoggan who is starring in a Scottish Government advert to breakdown the ‘taboo’ of disabled workers.

Disabled anglers take to Burton Mill Pond for the first time

Midhurst and Petworth Observer, 31 July 2017

Disabled anglers are able to fish at Burton Mill Pond for the first time thanks to a scheme by the Arun & Rother Connections project.

Runaway success of Keighley mayor's Special Olympics fundraising

Keighley News, 31 July 2017

A former Keighley mayor is giving local athletes a £2,315 send-off to the Special Olympics National Games.

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Labour says it will take 200 years to make train stations disability-friendly

Huffington Post UK, 4 August 2017

It would take more than 200 years for all train stations to be made accessible for disabled people, according to new analysis by Labour.

Three in five UK employees experienced disability bias

HR Magazine, 4 August 2017

65% with a mental disability and 45% with a physical disability believe their organisation isn't inclusive.

UK judges rule DWP wrong to deny appeals over refused benefits

The Guardian, 4 August 2017

The Department for Work and Pensions has been unlawfully stopping people going to tribunal to appeal against decisions to refuse them benefits, three senior judges have ruled.

Windows 10 now supports eye tracking for greater accessibility

Tech Radar, 2 August 2017

Microsoft has incorporated eye tracking functionality into Windows 10, in order to make the operating system usable just by looking around the desktop as opposed to using a mouse.

How to make your website accessible without killing your brand

The Content Marketing Association, 2 August 2017

Brand guidelines are undoubtedly important and useful docs. However, guidelines are rarely bespoke to a single platform and need to work across billboards, print solutions, DM, social activity, and of course websites.

Employ people with disabilities: it makes sound business sense

HR Zone, 1 August 2017

Considering there are over 13 million disabled people and people with long-term health conditions in the UK, it makes good business sense for small and medium-sized businesses to not only tap into this consumer market – which has a spending power of over £80 billion – but also to recruit from this group, as the benefits of working in a diverse environment enriches not only the worker, but also the workplace.


Blog: “After I’ve trained or competed, I feel better within myself”

EFDS, 4 August 2017

The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) website features a blog post every Friday through the year. This week, Kiera Byland looks forward to the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games, which begin in Sheffield on Monday 7 August.

Frances Ryan: The UK’s hidden shame – disabled people trapped at home with no wheelchair

The Guardian, 3 August 2017

Evidence of the dire state of NHS wheelchair provision across the country shows that the system is failing the very people who need it most.

Adam Hills: “We’ve become the cool kids”

Buzzfeed, 2 August 2017

The 11th series of The Last Leg, which ends this month, was brought forward by several weeks due to Theresa May’s ill-fated decision to call a snap general election. BuzzFeed News had arranged to interview the show’s lead presenter, Adam Hills, as part of a week-long series of articles around disability rights.

This Girl Can Climb: Emily

The BMC, 2 August 2017

We chatted to Emily at the This Girl Can Climb photo shoot and found out about her climbing experiences, how she started and her first experience of it and, what and who inspires her.

Jessica Quinter: The reproductive rights of disabled women must not continue to be ignored

Huffington Post UK, 1 August 2017

For many women in the UK today, obtaining contraception is an event of little fanfare or difficulty - it involves a discussion with a doctor and a prescription, little more.

If you have any news articles to include in any forthcoming lists, please email news@efds.co.uk with a link to the story.

Tags: Disability, Disability Sport, national sports news

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