Sport can be a great way to keep physically and mentally fit and healthy. It can also be a great way to make new friends and have fun.
This information guide highlights a selection of local and national sports organisations and clubs for people with a disability or living with a long term health condition.
Finding a sport you like
For anyone inspired to try a new sport, there are some great places to start looking at which sport might suit you and what’s available locally.
Scottish Disability Sport
If you’re looking for a new sport, a great place to start is the Scottish Disability Sport website. They are the Scottish governing and co-ordinating body of sports for people of all ages/abilities with a physical, sensory or learning disability. You’ll find their website is packed with regional and national sporting events and activities. You can also contact your regional disability sports branch of Scottish Disability Sport to find out what sports are available in your area. If there is a particular sport that you want to get involved in, you can get in touch with the sports specific contact. Contact details: Tel: 0131 317 1130, contact via their online contact form or email email@example.com .
Deloitte Parasport have a great website which can help you to identify which sport is right for you. They also have a useful Sport Finder tool to find a local club or leisure centre, where you can take part. Deloitte Parasport was created by the British Paralympic Association (BPA) who recognised that more could be done to provide information to disabled people who wanted to take up sport, either at a recreational or competitive level. There are currently over 3000 sports clubs across the UK registered on their website. Contact details: Tel: 020 7842 5789 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sports organisations and clubs
The list below covers a small selection of sports organisations and clubs taken from our Scottish Disability Directory. There are many other sports opportunities available. You can search our directory for a more comprehensive list or call our helpline on 0300 323 9961.
If you are part of a local sports club or society which is not on this list, we’d love to know about it so we can spread the word! Please call us on 0300 323 9961.
Scottish Archery. Number of local clubs including those for people with a disability are listed on their website.
Basketballscotland. National governing body for basketball in Scotland. The website has more information on wheelchair basketball.
or contact Tina Gordon, Wheelchair Basketball Development Officer
Telephone: 0131 317 726
Curling & Golf
Disabled Curlers & Golfers Scotland. Organisation of disabled curlers who play all over Scotland. Local clubs are listed on their website.
Cycling UK. Provide information inclusive cycling such as the Edinburgh ABC (All-ability Bike Centre).
Edinburgh All-ability Bike Centre
Amputee Football Scotland Football for amputees and those with congenital limb differences. Currently available in Glasgow and Dundee but looking to expand across Scotland.
You can sign up for training sessions on the website, or contact by:
Telephone: 07885 262341
Frame Football Football for children who use a Rollator or similar orthopaedic walking frame. Sessions currently available in Glasgow & East Ayrshire. Contact Frame Football by using the online webform.
Powerchair Football There are a number of Powerchair football clubs in Scotland mainly in the West and Glasgow area.
Forth & Tay Disabled Ramblers. Rambling association for disabled people and friends in Forth & Tay. Most rambles take place in Fife, although rambles have taken place in Perth and Kinross, Dundee, Angus, Edinburgh, East Lothian, West Lothian and Midlothian.
Caledonia Crusher Wheelchair Rugby – Glasgow. Open to people who just want to train for the social and health benefits of playing a team sport as well as those who want to aim for the elite level of Team GB.
Sailability Scotland. Works with sailing clubs, centres and sailing schools throughout Scotland to improve and develop opportunities for the integration and support of people with disabilities into the sport of sailing and its associated pursuits. The website has a list of local sailing clubs.
Sport for people who are blind or partially sighted
Disability Snowsport UK. Provide opportunities for disabled people to enjoy winter sports. You can find a list of local clubs on their website.
Telephone: 01479 861272
Scottish Visually Impaired Skiers – Edinburgh. Provide ski guides and coaching for members with a visual impairment.
Telephone: 07836 227167
West of Scotland Wheelchair Club. Open to anyone with a physical disability who would enjoy playing Wheelchair Sport. They have a number of players who have represented Great Britain at both senior and junior levels, in Wheelchair Basketball including at the Paralympics.
For individual’s looking for funding for specialist equipment or to be able to train competitively, Disability Grants have a useful webpage on Grants for Sport. There are separate sections for Individuals and Clubs and Groups.
If you need further information on disability sport, sports funding or help to find a sports club near you, please call our helpline on 0300 323 9961.
Exercising from Home
If you can’t get out of the house to exercise, you may still be able to exercise from home.
The Parasport Website has a fantastic list of inclusive home workout videos such as dance, yoga and seated Pilates.
The UK Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has provided resources to help you keep your body healthy during the Covid 19 Pandemic.
As with any exercise, please take the workout videos at your own pace, and don’t do anything that hurts or doesn’t feel right. If you are unsure what exercises you can do with your health condition or impairment, then speak to a health professional before you take part.
Information last updated on 5 February 2021. Please note that information may be subject to change. All information is provided in good faith but Disability Information Scotland does not endorse any product or service referred to within this resource.
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