NO KID LEFT BEHIND
Schoolteachers and kids’ sports coaches will be trained on how to make their teams more inclusive as part of a new government-funded program to boost the number of young people with disabilities joining mainstream sport classes.
The Federal Government will today
announce it is investing $2 million in a new pilot “Sports 4 All” run by Paralympian Dylan Alcott’s foundation Get Skilled Access.
Under the pilot, a new set of criteria for “disability inclusive sports clubs” and “disability inclusive school sport programs” will be developed.
Sports 4 All will work with national sporting bodies to help inclusion and accessibility become the standard.
Alcott said he wanted to ensure people with disabilities had access to grassroots sports.
“I’ve always said that sport both changed and saved my life – and I want every young Australian with disability to have the same opportunity,” he said.
“People with disability shouldn’t be locked out of participating in grassroots sport. This program is about giving teachers and sporting clubs the tools so that inclusion and support is a given, not an exception.”
Get Skilled Access chief executive Dani Fraillon said the program would help “close the gap” for the barriers to people with a disability participating in sport.
“This is about sparking a conversation and reflecting on how we give all Australians the chance to participate in sport around the country,” Ms Fraillon said.