Disability in sports and exercise

The Paralympics shines a spotlight on disability sport and the lives of disabled people like no other event.

The Games are a celebration of inclusivity, yet inequality in sport and physical activity is still an everyday reality for too many disabled people.

We believe it’s time for this to change.

The disability activity gap

According to Activity Alliance:

  • only 40% of disabled people feel they are given the opportunities they need to be active
  • disabled adults are twice as likely as non-disabled adults to be physically inactive

This means lots of disabled people are missing out on the physical, mental health and social benefits of staying active.

Source: Activity Alliance Disability and Activity Survey (January 2020)

69% of disabled people think the Paralympics help tackle negative attitudes towards disabled people. 

(Scope research, 2021)

Why we created Make It Count  

Nobody should face barriers to getting active.

Using the moment of the Paralympic Games, we want to inspire more people to get active their way, during the event and beyond, and join this global celebration of disability equality.

We have co-designed Make It Count with disabled people and disability sports experts to create an inclusive challenge for everyone.

Taster Sessions

We’ve worked with inclusive sports organisations to create short taster sessions of different accessible activities. These are all activities you can complete at home and clock up some extra minutes towards your challenge. If you like what you tried, follow the links underneath each video find out more. Many thanks to all the providers for creating these videos!

Boccia England

Boccia England are dedicated to improving the physical and emotional well-being of disabled children and adults through boccia.

Para Dance UK

Para Dance UK want to make sure that no matter what the ability or genre, that dance is open to all.

Adaptive Yoga LIVE

Adaptive Yoga LIVE is an award-winning, non-profit, organisation providing free online 'adaptive yoga' classes.

LTA – Tennis for Britain

The LTA’s mission is to grow tennis by making it relevant, accessible, welcoming and enjoyable.

Adapt To Perform

Adapt to Perform is the world’s number one resource for adapted fitness.

Supporting equality

The money raised by our fantastic Make It Count fundraisers will support our work fighting to create a fairer society for disabled people.

We’re creating a movement of movers. It is not what you do, it is the time you spend doing it.

Special thanks to all the organisations that worked with us in creating Make It Count.

  • Activity Alliance
  • Boccia England
  • Disability Rights UK
  • Harlequins Wheelchair Rugby
  • London Sport
  • Sported

We couldn't have done it without you.

Together we’ll create a future where disabled people are never excluded again.