NO KID LEFT BE­HIND

The West Australian - - FRONT PAGE - ANNABEL HEN­NESSY

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.

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