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Winter Paralypics Coverage

Channel 4 has exclusive broadcast rights within the UK to show the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics.

In a global first for a broadcaster at a world-class sporting event the free-view channel will have an entire all-star disabled presenting team for the games.

Making up the presenting team are:

  • Presenter Ade Adepitan
  • Former rugby player Ed Jackson
  • Paralympic champion triathlete Lauren Steadmen
  • Retired Paralympic swimmer Ellie Robinson
  • British racing car driver Billy Monger as on-screen reporters and
  • Former sit-kier Sean Rose as pundit
  • Tokyo 2020 presenter Arthur Williams

2022 Winter Paralympics live stream and highlights

Online viewers can stream the 2022 Winter Paralympics though Channel 4’s Youtube platform.

Highlights shows will be carried on Channel 4’s sister channel More 4 (channel 18 on freeview).

Activity Alliance Newsletter

Welcome to February’s newsletter. This edition features new activity cards, UK CMOs’ disabled children’s activity guidelines and a new research project.

New activity cards deliver inclusive, challenging, and fun PE sessions

Activity Alliance and partners release series of inclusive PE activity cards for teachers and school staff. The cards are jam-packed with fun games and activities, and support teachers to ensure their PE sessions are inclusive and accessible for all school pupils.

Access the new activity cards

UK CMOs publish first activity guidelines for disabled children

Disabled children and young people will be supported to be more physically active following the publication of new guidelines from the UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs). The guidance, which recommends daily levels of physical activity, will support disabled children and young people to improve their physical and mental health throughout their lives.

Read our response to new guidelines

Announcing our new research project on ‘Inclusive reopening’

We are excited to announce our next research project. We have partnered with Britain Thinks to explore how disabled people can be included in physical activity as we look to recover from the pandemic.

Read about the new research and how you can get involved

Hugo Hammond talks inclusive sport

Hugo Hammond is a social influencer, and former PE teacher who was born with clubfoot. Hugo is a supporter of Activity Alliance and talks to us here about the importance of sport and activity for disabled people – and why open conversations are the way forward.

Read about and watch Hugo’s experiences

Latest news from the National Disability Sports Organisations

Catch-up on the latest news round-up from the National Disability Sports Organisations for January 2022.

Read NDSO news for the month

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Wheelchair Basketball on the BBC

The inaugural season of the British Wheelchair Basketball Women’s Premier League begins on Saturday 22 January 2022 – and you can watch it live on the BBC.

The league is the first of its kind worldwide, and the UK’s first women’s professional Para-sport league.

Worcester Wolves take on Loughborough Lightning in the opening match.

Among the Loughborough squad are Tokyo Paralympians Laurie Williams, Jude Hamer, Robyn Love, Lucy Robinson and Siobhan Fitzpatrick.

“This is a significant moment, not just for wheelchair basketball but for British Paralympic sport,” said UK Sport chief executive Sally Munday.

“I’m delighted the BBC is supporting one of our most exciting and dynamic Paralympic sports.”

Cardiff Met Archers and East London Phoenix are the other teams competing for the title.

Each team will play each other three times with the finals held on 14 May.

How to watch

All times are GMT/BST and are subject to change at late notice.

Saturday, 22 January

13:00: Worcester Wolves v Loughborough Lightning – BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website and app

Saturday, 26 February

13:00: Cardiff Met Archers v Loughborough Lightning – BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website and app

Saturday, 5 March

16:30: East London Phoenix v Loughborough Lightning – BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website and app

Saturday, 2 April

18:00: Loughborough Lightning v Cardiff Met Archers – BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website and app

Sunday, 3 April

12:00: Worcester Wolves v East London Phoenix – BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website and app

Saturday, 30 April

13:00: East London Phoenix v Cardiff Met Archers – BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website and app

18:00: Loughborough Lightning v Worcester Wolves – BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website and app

Saturday, 14 May

15:00: Play offs/finals – BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website and app

Catch-up

You can view BBC Sport output on BBC iPlayer.

The BBC Sport website is available via desktop, mobile, tablet and app, giving easy access to the live stream, text commentaries, news, reports and schedules. The BBC Sport app is available free on Apple and Android devices.

National and regional variations

National and regional variations have been included in this list where possible, but please check your local listings for more detailed information.

Motivation Multisport  Chairs

Multisport’s wheelchairs are low cost, easy to use, adjust and maintain. They come in a junior and 4 adult seat widths and are in stock now.

Useful Documents: –

Multisport Assembly & Adjustment Guide
One guide accompanies each wheelchair but should need more they can be downloaded from this link.

Multisport Assembly & Adjustment Video Guide
A 7 minute film visually takes you from opening the boxed wheelchair to readying for use and making adjustments.

Multisport User Manual
This document can be helpful when loaning the wheelchairs out to your associated Clubs as provides some helpful checklists for use.

To find out more about their wider range of everyday and sports wheelchairs view their Product Catalogue.

The sale of the products they design helps fund their activity in working alongside more people with disability globally, you can find out more about their impact from this link.

If you have questions regarding use, require a quote for additional wheelchairs or parts, have upcoming events they are always happy to help.

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Yorkshire Sport Foundation Newsletter

History of women’s football to be revealed and celebrated
Find out more

Sheffield and Rotherham, as two of the nine UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 host cities, are taking part in a National Lottery funded project to uncover the hidden history of women’s football in a summer of celebration of the game, its players and communities.In partnership with The FA and led by Rotherham Council and Milton Keynes Council, the National Lottery funded programme aims to challenge the common perception of women’s football being ‘new’ and change the nation’s understanding of ‘the English game’. In addition to the National Lottery funding of £500,000, The FA and host cities have contributed nearly £600,000 to the project.The nine UEFA Women’s EURO host cities (Brighton & Hove, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Rotherham, Sheffield, Southampton, Trafford and Wigan & Leigh) will take part in a summer of exhibitions, memory films, oral histories and community activities.  
  
This Girl Can webinar – Wednesday 26 January
Join the webinar

Sport England’s marketing and insights teams will be hosting a webinar this month to look ahead to another exciting year of the campaign.
The event, which is open to all partners and supporters of the campaign, will take place at 10am on Wednesday 26 January and last about an hour.The team will be sharing some of the latest research into how people are thinking and feeling about physical activity as well as how it’s being used to shape the next phase of This Girl Can. You don’t need to register for the webinar. Simply click the ‘Join the webinar’ link in this newsletter.  
  
Shaping young people’s futures in Sheffield
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As part of its multi-year partnership with health and wellbeing provider Westfield Health, Dame Kelly Holmes Trust has launched a series of programmes this January in Sheffield.
Over 2,000 Sheffield-based young people will benefit this year, the largest number of young people the Trust will ever have worked with in a single city.Sixteen students at ten Sheffield secondary schools, who are facing challenging circumstances in their personal or school life, will be chosen to benefit from On Track To Achieve mentoring sessions delivered by Trust athlete mentors.  
  
‘Sport is special – it’s in your face’
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Sport is often forgotten in discussions of FE. But with Ofsted looking hard at ‘personal development’, the award-winning PE team at New College Pontefract appear to have backed the right horse.At the end of last year, the PE department won the ‘FE team of the year’ at the Pearson teaching awards. When I ask one staff member why they won, I’m told with typical, grinning Yorkshire self-effacement that “our grant writer is really good” – but it’s clear the team are playing themselves down.Sport here is hugely valued, in a way that FE perhaps does not always deliver on.  
  
News in brief  
UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 school resources now available
The programme gives teachers across the country access to a digital pack, consisting of free, digital, cross curricular resources all themed around the Women’s EURO. Find out more…

Rugby Football League launches extensive research project with LBU
The Rugby Football League (RFL) is preparing to launch a three-year research project across rugby league, in collaboration with Leeds Beckett University, to quantify head impact and acceleration exposures in the sport with the aim of increasing understanding and reducing future risk. Find out more…

Launching – Coach Learning Framework
The insight-based Coach Learning Framework helps coaches grow and develop their coaching knowledge and their confidence to deliver great sessions. Find out more…

Nominations open for Birmingham 2022 batonbearers
The Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this summer is looking for 2,022 Batonbearers, each with inspiring stories, to take on the special experience of carrying the Queen’s Baton through England in summer 2022. Find out more…

Living Streets’ Charles Maher Award – Walking Champion 2022
Nominees will be judged on their creativity and the level of impact they have had and the winner will be announced at the National Walking Summit on 22 March. Find out more…  
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Report: Calderdale vs Southport

Andy Atkinson reports from Calderdale Wheelchair Baskeball Club vs Southport, Sunday 5 December 2020.

Todays game between Calderdale and Southport was a neck and neck and after 3 quarters it was level. It would be down to Fourth quarter to find the winning team. Southport came out strong taking an early 8 point lead with Calderdale doing everything they could to match them.

Calderdale looked like they might just bring it back, but time ran out in the end. It was a great game! Final score: Calderdale 42-46 Southport.

Join a virtual event with Lora Fachie MBE, Paralympic cyclist

The National  Paralympic Heritage trust will be holding a virtual event with Lora Fachie MBE, Paralympic cyclist, for two fun and engaging Zoom sessions on Friday 3rd December.

Lora is visually impaired and grew up in a family where blindness was not a barrier to achieving. She has always enjoyed sport, participating in athletics and then in 2009 in cycling, competing on a tandem with a fully sighted athlete. Lora has competed at three Paralympics winning gold at the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Games.

For the evening session, Lora will be joined by her husband, Neil Fachie MBE, Paralympic cyclist. Neil, who has a visual impairment, has competed at four Paralympics winning gold at the London 2012 and Tokyo 2020 Games.

To sign up to this event, visit the National  Paralympic Heritage trust website.

Watch Our Hull Friendly For Free

Calderdale Wheelchair Basketball Team’s friendly against Hull on 21st November is a great chance to watch us in action in Halifax – it’s free to get in and we start at 2.30pm. 

This will be a good chance everyone to get some game time ahead of a busy season.We hope we see you there. Venue is the Inspire Centre, Calderdale College, Francis Street, Halifax
HX1 3UZ

Activity Alliance Newsletter

Welcome to October’s Activity Alliance newsletter. Activity Alliance is the operating name for the English Federation of Disability Sport. This edition features our Impact Report, AGM and Get Out Get Active resources.

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Activity Alliance revisits impactful year at virtual AGM

Activity Alliance’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on Wednesday 6 October 2021. During the meeting, the Activity Alliance team revisited some of the charity’s most impactful and innovative work from the year 2020-21. Read our Impact Report.

New learning resources launched at GOGA annual conference – During the annual GOGA conference, the team launched a set of new resources that capture and present key learnings from the programme over the last four years (2016-2020).Read more on the new resources.

Paralympian Ali Jawad on changing accessibility for health & wellbeing – Britain’s world champion para-powerlifter, Ali Jawad, tells us how his new fitness app, Accessercise, aims to a bridge gap in accessibility across the fitness sector. His aim – to support disabled people’s wellbeing as well as physical health. Read Ali’s interview.

Latest news from the National Disability Sports OrganisationsCatch up on September’s monthly news round-up from the National Disability Sports Organisations. Read the latest NDSO news.

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Move more where you are

We are committed to ensuring disabled people can be and stay active. Access exercise advice, workouts, and activity guides to support disabled people. This helps everyone to move more, whether at home, outside or in your local area. Get Active

Our response to latest Sport England Active Lives Survey

Activity Alliance responds to the latest Sport England Active Lives Survey and our concern that there are widening inequalities for disabled people. Read the results and our response.