We here at Basketball England want to be able to give everyone the opportunity to discover and enjoy basketball. We’re working hard to make sure the opportunities for people with a disability are increasing and a big part of that is making sure you as coaches have a great understanding of how you can coach disabled players, set up disability specific clubs, integrate players into non disabled sessions and improve skill levels.

Learning disability and Hearing Impairment
Basketball England’s disability focus in on Learning Disability and Deafness. Around 1.5 million people in the UK have a learning disability and 254 thousand people are deaf. That’s a lot of people – and odds on they will want the opportunity to play sport to whatever level they wish. Basketball England wants everyone to play basketball, which includes being open and accessible to people with a disability. Don’t get confused between learning disability and learning difficulty. A learning disability is a reduced intellectual ability. A learning difficulty does not limit the intellectual ability

Special Olympics
This is a year-round sports training and competition programme for children and adults with learning disabilities. There is specific basketball guidance on coaching people with learning disabilities which are available to download from their website There are details of Special Olympics groups all around England which you can find more about on their website.

You can get specific qualifications to work with disabled athletes, There are specific workshops like ‘Inclusive coaching: Disability’ ‘Learning Disability Awareness’ and ‘Effective Communication’ which are designed to help reduce the barriers of participating in a sport when having a disability. They also give information on classifications, pathways and include practical experience with the participation of disabled people. Workshops like ‘Equity in your coaching’ provide information on using the right language, terminology and overcoming barriers.

We have loads of friends in the basketball world who are involved in disability basketball – so if you’re interested in more information, or want to know how you can get a disability coaching qualification please contact our Disability Participation Coordinator who will be able to point you in the right direction.

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