UK Definition of a disabled person
“A Physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long- term negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities” (Equality Act 2010)
Four out of Five disabled people in the UK are currently not active, most of which want to increase the amount of physical activity they take part in.
Sports participation amongst disabled people is significantly lower across all age groups than the mainstream population.
There is overwhelming evidence to demonstrate the positive impact that exercise has on both physical and mental health. This would suggest that is incredibly important to involve participants who are at greater risk from health conditions and complications.
Taking part in sport can help promote and support good mental health through increased self-esteem, a sense of community and inclusion, giving participants a focus and challenge and enabling friendship networks and support, as well as skill development and possible training and coaching opportunities.
As a sport we should also be looking to represent this valuable group people and ensure their are not only adequate but excellent opportunities for athletes who wish to engage in all levels of Cheerleading.