AoC Sport recognised as Activity Alliance Associate Member

AoC Sport is proud to announce its status as an Associate Member of Activity Alliance. Building on our commitment, we will work with the national disability sport charity to challenge perceptions and change the reality of disability, inclusion and sport.

AoC Sport believes disabled college students should have the same opportunities as non-disabled students to access and continue enjoying activities, as set out in our strategy Active for College, Work and Life. The findings highlight a gap between the provision of physical activity and sport for disabled and non-disabled students.

As a result, AoC Sport will provide greater support to colleges to ensure disabled students have the same opportunities to be active as their non-disabled peers through participating, volunteering and upskilling the workforce.

The stark reality is that disabled people are twice as likely to be inactive as non-disabled people.

However, research shows that most disabled people would like to be more active and that demand is not being met. Activity Alliance’s Lifestyle Report showed seven in ten disabled people want to increase their activity level.

AoC Sport is the membership organisation for colleges, leading the development of sport and physical activity in 16+ education. We believe that sport and physical activity are essential components of college life, giving students significant advantages in education, employment and health. Our vision is for every college student to participate regularly in sport or physical activity. Our purpose is to promote, support and deliver college sport and physical activity.

Associate Membership

Activity Alliance brings members, partners and disabled people together to make active lives possible. They enable organisations to support disabled people to be and stay active for life.

Founded in 1998, Activity Alliance benefits from the wealth of its Members’ expertise. In 2015, they added the Associate Membership scheme to move the charity’s vision forward and encourage more organisations to get involved. Through the Associate Membership, Activity Alliance will work with a range of leading national, regional or local organisations with the relevant experience and knowledge.

Marcus Kingwell, Managing Director of AoC Sport, said: “We have been working with Activity Alliance for several years so it’s great to cement the relationship through affiliate membership.

“This will help us provide greater support to colleges and ensure disabled students have the same opportunities to be active as their non-disabled peers.

“This might include participating in events such as the Natspec Games, joining our leadership and volunteering programme, the AoC Sport Leadership Academy or taking part in other opportunities.”

Barry Horne, Chief Executive for Activity Alliance, said:

“Our vision ‘disabled people are active for life’ is a powerful proposition, but for that vision to be realised, it will take a variety of influential organisations to share this goal. Our ongoing recruitment of Associate Members will benefit all of our strategies and build a bigger platform for change. That’s why we’re proud to welcome AoC Sport as a new Associate Member and look forward to working with them over the coming years.”

As Associate Members, organisations agree to understand and utilise the Activity Alliance ten principles. The principles were borne out of the Talk to Me report and developed with disabled people. If used effectively, they can help providers to make their activities more appealing to disabled people.

To find out more about the work AoC Sport is doing in this area please contact Disability Development Officer Shannon Howarth.

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