Aspire logoAspire is a national charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by spinal cord injuries. Every eight hours in the UK someone is paralysed by a spinal cord injury and Aspire exists because there is currently no cure. Aspire National Training Centre, Stanmore, was the first fully accessible Training Centre in Europe for disabled and non-disabled people with around one third of members registered disabled comparing with a national average of 2-3% in other sports centres. Aspire pro-actively encourage disabled people to join and take part in all activities by subsidising their membership and activity costs. Aspire has gained Quest (UK Quality Scheme for Sport and Leisure) registration as 'Excellent' and the InstructAbility initiative has also been awarded the Inspire Mark by the London 2012 Inspire Programme.

View the Aspire website here for information about Aspire Housing, Assistive Technology, Independent Living Advisors and Aspire Grants (opens in a new window)

British Blind Sport

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British Blind Sport is a charitable organisation and was created in 1975 for blind and partially sighted adults and children to participate in sport. It has a sporting calendar of championships throughout the year and holds development days but also working in partnership with other disability clubs and organisations. Its aims are to improve the lifestyle of its members and to encourage good health through sport and recreation.

 Visit the British Blind Sport Website here (opens in a new window)



Cerebral Palsy Sport

CP Sport LogoCerebral Palsy Sport is the sports organisation for people with cerebral palsy. It's primary aim is to attract more people to become involved in sporting activities for the pursuit of excellence or for fun and enjoyment. Sporting activities offer fantastic health benefits to people with disabilities but it is the social advantages that are perhaps the most important to our members. In addition to sports provision, CP Sport has a training and educational arm offering specialist advice.

Visit the Cerebral Palsy Sport website here (opens in a new window)


The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust

The Dan Maskell Tennis TrustThe Dan Maskell Tennis Trust is a tennis charity that raises funds for people with disabilities.  Formed in 1997, the Trust became an independent charity in 2010. Named after the late Dan Maskell “the voice of Wimbledon”, the Trust grant aids individuals, disability groups and programmes, clubs, schools and associations to help with the purchase of wheelchairs, tennis equipment and grants to help with coaching and court hire, especially for new disability tennis activity. The main areas of support are wheelchair tennis, deaf tennis, tennis for people with learning disabilities and the visually impaired. You can apply to The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust for a grant here (opens in a new window).

Visit the Dan Maskell Tennis Trust website (opens in a new window)


Down's Syndrome Association

Down's Syndrome Assiciation LogoThe Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) is the UK’s only charity dedicated to providing information and support for people with Down's syndrome (DS), their families and carers, and those who work with them. We strive to improve knowledge of the condition and champion the rights of people with DS. The DSActive programme, created by the DSA in 2006, was pioneered to provide people with Down’s syndrome across England and Wales a fair opportunity to get involved in sports, namely football and tennis.

Visit the Down's Syndrome Association website here (opens in a new window)



Dwarf Sport Association UK

Dwarf Sport Association UK LogoThe Dwarf Sports Association UK is a nationwide registered charity, formed in 1993, to offer a wide range of sporting, leisure and recreational activities and to promote a healthy lifestyle for people with a restricted growth condition. Throughout the UK, a network of regional groups hold events on a regular basis which are suitable for all ages from birth to adult. In addition to the regional events, the Annual National Dwarf Games give people with restricted growth the opportunity to compete in a number of sports on an equal footing at all ages.

 Visit the Dwarf Sports Association UK website here (opens in a new window)


English Federation of Disability Sport

EFDS LogoEnglish Federation of Disability Sport is the national body for disabled people in sport and physical activity throughout England. The charity aims to increase opportunities at all levels of participation. We work with those in the relevant sectors to provide inclusive opportunities as well as encouraging more disabled people to take part. Where there are gaps in provision, we help by delivering programmes to meet the needs of disabled people.

Visit the English Federation of Disability Sport website here (opens in a new window)

Hemi Chat

Hemi Chat LogoHemi Chat's is a parent led UK charity built on support relating to babies, children and young adults living with Hemiplegia. Hemi Chat's passion and primary ambition is to unite families affected by Hemiplegia, enabling them to share support, information and life experiences thus allowing all children with Hemiplegia to know they are not alone in their life journey. We will make pathways within the health service and medical professions to ensure each new diagnosis of Hemiplegia is dealt with in a highly informative manner and are advised on the support service Hemi Chat can offer.

Visit the Hemi Chat website here (opens in a new window)


inspire2coach logoinspire2coach is one of the UKs largest providers of coach education and training, through its Academy for Coaches. As an LTA/Skillsactive Coach Education Centre and partner in the LTA Warwickshire Disability Hub, inspire2coach offers coaching qualifications at Level 1,2,3 and 4, and a comprehensive programme of CPD and short courses, including a programme of courses for coaches interested in working with players with disabilities.

Visit the inspire2coach website here (opens in a new window)

International Tennis Federation

ITF LogoThe ITF is the world governing body of tennis and beach tennis, responsible for the rules of both sports and maintaining the integrity of tennis. The ITF also manages the Olympic Tennis Event on behalf of the IOC and the Paralympic Tennis Event on behalf of the IPC. Through its Tennis Development Department that oversees the development of tennis worldwide, the ITF manages the ITF Junior Circuit and team competitions for elite juniors as well as international tennis events and programmes for wheelchair and senior players. 

                                                                         Visit the International Tennis Federation website here (opens in a new window)

Leeds Metropolitan University

Leeds Beckett University has a high reputation for supporting tennis in the University sector, creating opportunities to combine education with tennis, whilst continuing to play or develop as a coach, within a fully mentored, integrated and supportive environment. The University is an accredited LTA/ Skillsactive Coach Education Centre and is a partner in the Leeds Disability Tennis Network.

Visit the Leeds Beckett website here (opens in a new window)

London Youth Games

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The London Youth Games are a unique season of events at the heart of youth sport in the Capital, involving all 33 London Boroughs and 26 National Governing Bodies.

The Games are free and open to all young people, aged between 7 and 18, living in or going to school in the capital. In 2012 over 100,000 participants began the journey to represent their local borough in one of 80 competitions across 30 sports.

Visit the London Youth Games website here (opens in a new window)



Mencap Sport

Mencap LogoMencap is the voice of learning disability.  Everything we do is about helping and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.  We work to improve services, challenge prejudice and directly support thousands of people to live their lives as they chose.

 Visit the Mencap website here (opens in a new window) 



The National Deaf Children's Society

NDCS LogoThe National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) works to create a world without barriers for deaf children. The NDCS runs the Me2 Deaf-Friendly Project; the project looks to break down the barriers deaf young people face when accessing sports, arts and leisure opportunities by supporting deaf and mainstream organisations.We can support tennis clubs, coaches, officials and volunteers to be deaf-friendly and ensure all their activities can be inclusive of all deaf children and young people.

 Visit the National Deaf Children's Society website here (opens in a new window)


Parasport LogoGet involved in disability sport...Find out which sports you could be playing with our handy Sport Self-assessment Wizard, and then locate clubs and leisure centres in your local area, with the facilities to let you enjoy the sport of your choice, with our Club Finder. Parasport is a joint initiative between the British Paralympic Association and the professional services firm Deloitte.

 Visit the Parasport website here (opens in a new window)

Sport in Mind

sport in mind logoSport in Mind is an independent mental health charity founded in Berkshire in 2011 to make sport and physical activity accessible to anyone experiencing a mental health condition. We advocate regular inclusive sport and physical activity as a means of enriching lives, promoting mental well-being and helping aid recovery. We provide bespoke experience in developing partnerships between the health and sport sectors, and upskilling practitioners in delivering, sustaining and retaining quality sport and activity sessions for the mental health sector.

Visit the Sport in Mind website here (opens in a new window)

Transplant Sport

Transplant SportAs a registered Charity our aims are to raise awareness of the need for organ donation in the UK and worldwide and to show thanks to and remember donors and their families.Through organising sports and social events for transplant recipients we can show the benefits of organ donation and prove that you can lead a normal and active life again after transplantation. Membership is open to all, including the families, donors and donor families.Founded as a result of the first ‘Transplant Olympics’ held in Portsmouth in 1978, we have a varied membership throughout the UK – aged from 4 to 80 – all having received the life-saving gift of a major organ. 

View the Transplant Sport website here (opens in a new window)

UK Deaf Sport

UK Deaf Sport LogoUK Deaf Sport is the recognised leading Governing Body of Deaf sport in the UK. A registered charity which aims to encourage deaf people to participate, to enjoy and to excel at sport. They provide Expertise on issues relating to Deaf sports participation and competition, support with Engaging the deaf community to encourage more participation and inclusion in sport and Endorsement of quality opportunities for Deaf people to get involved in sport and physical activity throughout the UK. We are linked and affiliated to ICSD (the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf) and Deaflympics.

                                                                          Visit the UK Deaf Sport website here (opens in a new window)

UK Sport

UK Sport LogoUK Sport is the nation’s high-performance sports agency. Its mission is to work in partnership to lead sport in the UK to world class success. Primarily this means working with our partner sporting organisations to deliver medals at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. UK Sport’s strategic direction helped British sports and athletes deliver 65 Olympic and 120 Paralympic medals at London 2012. UK Sport also has responsibility for activities best delivered at a UK level, such as: bidding for and staging major sporting events in this country; increasing sporting activity and influence overseas; and promoting sporting conduct, ethics and diversity in society.

                                                                          Visit the UK Sport website here (opens in a new window)


WheelPower LogoWheelPower, the national charity for wheelchair sport, provides opportunities, facilities and equipment to enable disabled people to participate in sport and lead healthy active lives. Through its annual programme of events, links to its member sports associations and other organisations, WheelPower supports individuals to find sports which they are passionate about.

                                                                          Visit the WheelPower website here (opens in a new window)

Youth Sport Trust

Youth Sport Trust LogoThe Youth Sport Trust is an independent charity devoted to changing young people's lives through sport. Established in 1994, we are passionate about helping all young people to achieve their full potential in life by delivering high quality physical education and sport opportunities. We work to give every child a sporting start in life through high quality PE and sport in primary schools; ensure all young people have a sporting chance by developing opportunities for those with special educational needs and disabilities; and support all young people to achieve their sporting best in school and their personal best in life.

Visit the Youth Sport Trust website here (opens in a new window)

Disability Tennis Festival

The Minister for Sport, Hugh Robertson, visits the National Tennis Centre to take part in a Disability Tennis Festival celebrating one year since the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Glasgow Mental Health Community Tennis Project

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