City aims to increase and improve health and fitness options for
disabled citizens


Nottingham City Council has secured a Sport England grant of £332,100 which aims to increase the physical activity levels of disabled people across the city. NCVS is pleased to be a key delivery partner on this project.


Disability sport is highly important to the city which has a stated ambition to ‘make Nottingham the fastest growing city for disability sports participation in the UK’. Developing disability sport is a significant priority in the city’s Sport and Physical Activity Strategy launched in the summer of 2015.


The two and a half year Disability Sport Insight and Participation Partnership will start in December 2016.


Currently 40% of Nottingham Citizens take part in 30 minutes of physical activity a week but this is much lower for those with a disability or limiting illness at only 17.2%. In the city, 55,382 (18%) residents are known to have a disability or limiting illness.


The focus for the new partnership is tackling inactivity by engaging disabled people and organisations, encouraging them to help shape Nottingham City’s offer to meet their needs and support them to engage in more physical activity.

This partnership takes a different approach with an initial six months of consultation and research.  Sport England’s national disability insight recognises that disabled people are more likely to engage through a trusted person/organisation so embracing partner organisations is seen as a logical starting point.


Nottingham City Council will be working with a range of partners who are trusted organisations for disabled people. The partnership will focus on listening and learning, allowing people to shape and define their own offer around participation – building a customer centred approach.


Key strategic and delivery partners will include Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service (NCVS) which will establish a Disability Sport and Physical Activity Network engaging with a cross sector of disability and health related organisations. The network will focus on understanding the previous experiences and barriers for disabled people accessing sport activity and will arrange site visits for individuals and groups to assess Nottingham City leisure centres. This information will then be used to help develop the physical activity offer available.


Other partners include: Nottingham City Homes, the City’s Adult Social Care Team, Age Friendly Nottingham, National Governing Bodies of Sport and accreditation partners DEAFinitely Inclusive and CREDAbility


For further information, please contact Donna Marshall - Communication and Marketing Officer on 0115 8764443 or email

If you are a Nottingham voluntary sector group, an organisation or an individual and would like to be involved in the project or interested to find out more, please contact NCVS’s Support Officer. Tel: 0115 9349550 or email

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