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UK Coaching Team

How to Coach Disabled People in Sport

Broaden your skills and make your sport or physical activity sessions accessible to everyone

Organisations: In line with current Government restrictions UK Coaching will be happy to accept bookings now for sessions to run from 21 June 2021. If you wish to run a session before then please contact us to discuss further.

Please be aware these dates may change to reflect the any unforeseeable change in government guidance. The welfare of our learners and tutors is of paramount importance to us during these difficult times. UK Coaching recognises the value coaches hold in learning in a face-to-face environment. As such, face-to-face delivery should be undertaken only with appropriate COVID-safe precautions in place and will be entirely at the risk of the partner delivering the session.

Coaches: If you have any questions relating to the adjustments being made to ensure COVID-safe delivery of our workshops via our partner organisations, please check directly with your workshop organiser.

While you are waiting for a face-to-face course you can learn how to develop your coaching skills further by exploring our resources bank of tips, guides and videos.

UK Coaching was formerly known as Sports Coach UK. We changed our name after expanding our support as an organisation. 

This workshop will give you the confidence and understanding to ensure your coaching is more inclusive.

It aims to answer the commonly asked questions about disabled sports participants and will show you how, with a few minor adjustments to the way you work, you can make your coaching more accessible and more effective.

This workshop is a 'Minimum Standard for Active Coaches' requirement for many governing bodies of sport. The 'Minimum Standards for Active Coaches' are seen as the basic standard every coach needs to meet to carry out their role safely and effectively.)

You will learn how to:

  • develop coaching strategies that encourage a welcome and inclusive introduction to sport and physical activity
  • select appropriate coaching activities for disabled people to suit their needs, including how to make minor adjustments to make your sessions more effective
  • communicate effectively with: deaf people, people who have difficulties with speech, visual impairments, a learning disability or a physical impairment
  • create a safe environment for everyone.

You will receive a copy of How to Coach Disabled People in Sport. The 44-page resource aims to answer the following questions:

  • What are the different impairment groups?
  • What is effective communication?
  • How can your coaching be adapted or modified to include disabled people?
  • How do you create an inclusive coaching environment?
  • What about competition?
  • What further support is out there?

The resource can then be used to guide you in your future coaching. For example, alongside the coaching programme of your governing body or local sports development programme as well as other UK Coaching workshops.

What People Think

It was great at helping you to think on your feet and be comfortable approaching disability. The tutor was brilliant, very experienced and enthusiastic and did a great job of dispelling the taboo around disabilities.

Farah Rehman, Sports Development Officer, Link4Life

Information for Organisations

Want to arrange this workshop for a group of 6 people or more?

If you have more than 6 people to train, we’ll come to you.

Tell us your preferred date and time and we will arrange for one of our tutors to deliver the session. We will help market the event too if you want us to.

Workshop fee £225 (for up to 25 learners) plus £4.99 per attendee (for the supporting resource).

E-mail us at [email protected] or call us on 0845-601 3054 to organise this workshop.

If you have an in-house trainer you can deliver this workshop under licence.


2-hour workshop.

Number of learners

A minumum of 6 and a maximum of 25 people.

Delivery methord


Target audience Anyone who works with disabled participants, whether a coach, sports leader, activator, development officer or volunteer. The workshop will help to widen their experience of working with people of all abilities.

Accompanying learning materials

A 44-page How to Coach Disabled People in Sport workbook for each learner to take away to deepen their knowledge and refer to in their future coaching. 


We will do most of the hard work. We will send you the accompanying learning materials; our trainer will run the session and we will email your learners their certificates after the event. 

But here are the things you will need to do to ensure your learners have an enjoyable experience.

Book a space

A meeting room with enough space for the group to split into smaller groups (at least 12 x 12 metres). All venues must be accessible for all participants, including those who may have additional needs (eg wheelchair users). Where possible, a room with WIFI connectivity would be preferable. Please supply the login and password details to the tutor, where applicable.

Communicate with your learners and take bookings

We will market the event on our site if you want us to. But you will also need to invite your people or advertise the event through your own communications. You will need to make sure it’s easy for people to book on the event and you will need to take bookings and issue booking confirmations.

Arrange equipment

Screen or laptop and data projector, flip chart, paper and pens are required. Internet access would be beneficial.


Do you have your own tutor team? Save over 60% on each workshop you deliver and take advantage of further benefits by becoming a UK Coaching Licensed Partner.

Can't find a course?

Our partners put on our workshops across the UK. They will put on a workshop near to you if enough people express interest.

If you live in England, get in touch with your Active Partnership to register your interest.

sportscotland, Sport Wales and Sport Northern Ireland run our workshops outside of England and advertise our workshops on their own websites.

Alternatively register with us and you will receive a monthly newsletter detailing the latest workshops running across the country.

Waiting for a course?

In the meantime check out our tips for including people with disabilities in your sessions

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