Leisure

You’ve already shown an interest in flying aeroplanes. Here’s a selection of other fun and challenging activities you may wish to consider. Please feel free to share your experiences with these organisations on the forum, and remember to tell them that you’re a member of the FSDP family.

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National Ass. for Bikers with a Disability

National Association for Bikers with a Disability (NABD) is a registered charity that has grown to become the world’s leading support group for motorcyclists who suffer disabilities due to accident, illness, genetic conditions or any other cause.

The NABD offer advice for people with disabilities on matters relating to vehicle modifications, control adaptations, licensing, training, insurance, specialist prosthetics, the registering of custom-built vehicles, exemptions from vehicle excise duty and VAT, vehicle legislation and legal representation.

WheelPower

We have been providing opportunities in sport for people with physical impairments for over 70 years. Based in Stoke Mandeville, the home of the Paralympic movement, WheelPower is at the heart of wheelchair sport.

From first-timers to Paralympic medallists, we support and promote participation at all levels. We have seen how playing sport can enrich lives, offering tremendous physical and psychological benefits, whatever your age or ability. ​

SportsAble

One of our key objectives is to promote awareness of disability through sport and recreation and particularly integration of disabled and able bodied people.

A vital element of life at SportsAble is about having fun – fun through our fundraising events, such as our Annual Wheelchair Push, and fun through a whole calendar of sport and social activities such as Quiz Nights, Open Mic Nights, Have a Go Fun Sports Nights and more.

Sportability

The world of Sportability sees people getting out of their wheelchairs, off their crutches and sticks and into canoes, gliders, microlights or sailing boats.

Whether quadbikiing or BloKart sailing, shooting shotguns, air rifles and pistols, or bows and crossbows, it’s about turning their back on ‘disability’ and JUST DOING IT!

Calvert Trust

The Calvert Trust came in to existence as a charity on 12th March 1976; this is the date that Lake District Calvert Trust was first registered as a charity. The Calvert Trust is the inspiration of John Fryer-Spedding, whose vision was to enable people with disabilities to benefit from outdoor activities in the countryside.

Sport England

We want everyone in England regardless of their age, background or level of ability to feel able to take part in sport and physical activity. But too often the people with the most to gain from being active are the least able to take part.

That’s why we’re on a mission to address this injustice and transform sport and physical activity so that people and places everywhere can benefit. We do this by providing expertise, insight and funding that improves the nation’s long term physical and mental health.

Activity Alliance

The national charity looks to a better future where everyone can enjoy the opportunities available. Established in September 1998, we have a vision that disabled people are active for life.

Launched in September 2018, our three-year Strategy, Achieving Inclusion Together, looks to a future where disabled people are just as likely as non-disabled people to be active. Visit the strategy page to view our 2018-2021 Strategy.

Disability Sport NI

Disability Sport NI provides sport and active recreation opportunities for disabled people and supports talented disabled sports people. We work hard to encourage a more inclusive society through supporting clubs and governing bodies to be more inclusive of disabled people and supporting sports facilities to be accessible for all. Our team also provide training for coaches, leaders and teachers whilst promoting positive attitudes towards disabled people through educational projects.

Scottish Disability Sport

SDS is the Scottish governing and co-coordinating body of all sports for people of all ages and abilities with a physical, sensory or learning disability. SDS has the vision of leading inclusive sport in Scotland for participants and athletes with physical, sensory or learning disabilities. SDS has a strategic plan, Inspiring Through Inclusion 2017-2021, which directs the work of the Association. SDS lists its major partners as sportscotland, Scotland’s Governing Bodies of Sport and Local Authorities plus voluntary organisations concerned with disability.

Sport In Mind

Sport in Mind’s innovative programmes are delivered in partnership with the NHS and are co-designed by people with personal experience of mental health problems and healthcare professionals. We deliver sessions to support the recovery of people living with mental health problems in the community and also inpatient care as we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to take part in sport and physical activity irrespective of how unwell they are.

Energize

We are a local charity and one of 42 organisations within the Active Partnerships network who work collaboratively with local and national partners to create the conditions for an active nation using the power of sport and physical activity to transform lives.

At Energize, we’re on a mission to influence change at all levels so that living an active lifestyle is normal behaviour for individuals, organisations and the whole of society. We strive to tackle inactivity and address inequalities in participation. 

Living Sport

Living Sport is a charity, set up in 2006, to improve the health, happiness and wellbeing of the people of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough by inspiring them to get active.

We facilitate many programmes in our Active Partnership role, with funding from Sport England (National Lottery) and we provide support to the people and organisations on the ground that deliver, influence, and inspire others to be active. With our events programme, sponsorship opportunities and other workplace activity initiatives, we have an ambition to develop a sustainable funding model that will allow us to do even more

Cerebral Palsy Sport

Cerebral Palsy Sport is the country’s leading national disability sports organisation improving the health and emotional wellbeing of people with cerebral palsy through physical activity, and engaging the community in a number of programmes and interventions.

Cerebral Palsy Sport provides sports opportunities for people with cerebral palsy, individuals with neurological impairment with a motor control impairment of a cerebral nature causing a permanent and verifiable Activity Limitation.

Dwarf Sports Association

The DSAuk promotes grass roots participation starting young athletes from the age of two. We use sport as a tool to break down the barriers of difference within society and to encourage confidence and empower our members. It is so important that the our members feel valued and that they can do anything in life. We empower people to go on to enjoy all kinds of sport, in which they can compete equally and should they wish to go further we guide them on to the correct pathway to world class performance within the National Governing Bodies of Sport as with our most successful paralympians, Ellie Simmonds and Matt Whorwood have done.

Active Nation

At Active Nation we love to get beyond the four walls of a leisure centre, and deliver innovative activities out in the community to persuade people to be more active. Take a look at our Brand Map below and see how Active Nation’s community projects can benefit you.

Limb Power

In July 2014 LimbPower became a National Disability Sports Organisation, sitting alongside WheelPower, Cerebral Palsy Sport (CP Sport), Dwarf Sport, British Blind Sport (BBS), UK Deaf Sport, Mencap Sport and Special Olympics Great Britain (SOGB). Through this association and our work with the English Federation of Disability Sport and Sport England LimbPower help amputees and people with limb impairment reach their sporting potential. LimbPower also run arts based activities including confidence workshops and a photography club.

Deaf Sport

UK Deaf Sport (UKDS) is a national registered charity and is only recognised national governing body for Deaf sport in the United Kingdom, supporting and advocating Deaf and hard-of-hearing athletes to try and support the Government’s target.

As a result, UKDS has become the leading voice for Deaf and hard of hearing people in the world of sport and leisure, both at home and internationally.

Parasport

Parasport powered by Toyota is the new way to discover inclusive local opportunities to become more active.

Our ambition is to create the UK’s biggest fun and vibrant community for players, parents and coaches to share their experiences of para sport, and find useful hints, tips and information on what’s happening near you. This includes in depth listings and all the information you need to connect to local inclusive opportunities.

Deaf Pilots UK

This website has been created by a group of deaf friends that fly, and is about our flying adventures, achievements.  We also aim to provide some advice on flying for deaf people.

We hope that this will encourage more deaf people to gain their wings.

British Microlight Aircraft Association

Microlight aircraft offer fun and affordable flying. Most types can be adapted to enable pilots with limited movement or mobility to have full control and so enjoy their flying as much as any other pilot.

Airfield Accessibility

The Online place to find the information you need about airfields as a wheelchair user or person with reduced mobility.

Sportability

The world of Sportability sees people getting out of their wheelchairs, off their crutches and sticks and into canoes, gliders, microlights or sailing boats.

Whether quadbikiing or BloKart sailing, shooting shotguns, air rifles and pistols, or bows and crossbows, it’s about turning their back on ‘disability’ and JUST DOING IT!

Aerobility

Aerobility is a registered charity founded in 1993 offering disabled people, without exception, the opportunity to fly an aeroplane.

A User Led Organisation (“ULO”), Aerobility is run largely by disabled aviators, for disabled people. Through various fundraising initiatives and careful management strategies we allow disabled people to fly for a fraction of the commercial rate.

Flyability

Flyability is the disability initiative of the British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association. The BHPA is the UK governing body of the sport of hang gliding and paragliding. We are a small group of volunteers that work in our spare time to make free flight accessible to anyone who wants to fly.

Flyability strives to motivate disabled people to become involved in the sport of hang gliding and paragliding and to train as pilots. We do this by encouraging disabled people to train at the BHPA registered school of their choice – alongside non-disabled student pilots (where possible).

Sailability

Sailability is the RYA’s national programme to support and encourage people with disabilities to take up sailing. Through Sailability over 53,000 young people and adults with disabilities are introduced to sailing each year, with many going on to sail on a regular basis at RYA recognised clubs and centres across the country.

Disabled World

Disabled water sports, also known as Adaptive Water Sports, programs provide accessible water sports and recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Specially designed equipment makes water skiing, wake boarding, scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing, rowing, surfing, and kayaking possible for people with various levels of mobility and ability.

British Swimming

Para-Swimming was one of the eight original sports that featured at the first Paralympic Games in Rome in 1960 and has since grown to become one of the largest and most popular sports on the Para-sport calendar. With only 15 countries and 77 participants competing in Swimming at the Paralympic Games in 1960, the sport has seen massive growth and the most recent Paralympic Games in London comprised of 74 countries and 604 participants in the Swimming event.

Sportability

The world of Sportability sees people getting out of their wheelchairs, off their crutches and sticks and into canoes, gliders, microlights or sailing boats.

Whether quadbikiing or BloKart sailing, shooting shotguns, air rifles and pistols, or bows and crossbows, it’s about turning their back on ‘disability’ and JUST DOING IT!

The Scuba Trust

Helping those with disabilities, their family and friends experience the joy and freedom of scuba diving. Scuba diving with a disability is more possible than you would think.

During this time we have supported many people with a wide range of disabilities, including; Paraplegics. Quadriplegics, Visually Impaired, Deaf, Autistic and Amputees to scuba dive.

There will be a reduced charge of £20 for FSDP members.

All Aboard Watersports

All-Aboard is a Watersports Charity. Our aim is to break down barriers and make it possible for everyone in our community to participate in a range of watersports such as sailing, kayaking, canoeing, rowing, paddleboarding, powerboating and other water related activities in the beautiful and historic Bristol City Docks. Our centre and activities are fully accessible and delivered by a highly trained team of instructors, staff and volunteers.

Oceans Of Hope

We are a charity based in the UK which organises sailing events for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

MS is a chronic condition where the body attacks the brain and nervous system, leading to physical, cognitive and emotional challenges, many of which are not always obvious and are difficult to explain. Oceans of Hope brings together people with MS into a sailing environment, working collectively to overcome these challenges.

British Rowing

British Rowing is the governing body for the sport of rowing (both indoor rowing and rowing on water). We are committed to ensuring that the sport continues to thrive from the grassroots right up to winning medals at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

We are responsible for participation and the development of rowing and indoor rowing in England and for the training and selection of individual rowers and crews representing Great Britain.

Access Adventures

Access Adventures is a registered charity delivering life-changing adaptive sports & activities. Our services are designed to challenge expectations and build self-confidence for people with disabilities.

Research has shown that taking part in sport and having regular exercise can help improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.

Access Adventures now host regular camps and sessions, offering the opportunity to try waterskiing, wakeboarding, alpine skiing, kiting, biking, paddlesports and yoga. ​

SportsAble

One of our key objectives is to promote awareness of disability through sport and recreation and particularly integration of disabled and able bodied people.

A vital element of life at SportsAble is about having fun – fun through our fundraising events, such as our Annual Wheelchair Push, and fun through a whole calendar of sport and social activities such as Quiz Nights, Open Mic Nights, Have a Go Fun Sports Nights and more.

Calvert Trust

The Calvert Trust came in to existence as a charity on 12th March 1976; this is the date that Lake District Calvert Trust was first registered as a charity. The Calvert Trust is the inspiration of John Fryer-Spedding, whose vision was to enable people with disabilities to benefit from outdoor activities in the countryside.

Sport England

We want everyone in England regardless of their age, background or level of ability to feel able to take part in sport and physical activity. But too often the people with the most to gain from being active are the least able to take part.

That’s why we’re on a mission to address this injustice and transform sport and physical activity so that people and places everywhere can benefit. We do this by providing expertise, insight and funding that improves the nation’s long term physical and mental health.

Disability Sport Wales

Disability Sport Wales are committed to Transforming Lives Through The Power of Sport and we are always looking for new clubs, new coaches and new volunteers who can help us achieve this aim. Are you ready to inspire the next generation of Welsh sporting heroes?

Last year Disability Sport Wales supported over 1 million chances for disabled people to take part in sport and physical activity.

Scottish Disability Sport

SDS is the Scottish governing and co-coordinating body of all sports for people of all ages and abilities with a physical, sensory or learning disability. SDS has the vision of leading inclusive sport in Scotland for participants and athletes with physical, sensory or learning disabilities. SDS has a strategic plan, Inspiring Through Inclusion 2017-2021, which directs the work of the Association. SDS lists its major partners as sportscotland, Scotland’s Governing Bodies of Sport and Local Authorities plus voluntary organisations concerned with disability.

Sport In Mind

Sport in Mind’s innovative programmes are delivered in partnership with the NHS and are co-designed by people with personal experience of mental health problems and healthcare professionals. We deliver sessions to support the recovery of people living with mental health problems in the community and also inpatient care as we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to take part in sport and physical activity irrespective of how unwell they are.

Cerebral Palsy Sport

Cerebral Palsy Sport is the country’s leading national disability sports organisation improving the health and emotional wellbeing of people with cerebral palsy through physical activity, and engaging the community in a number of programmes and interventions.

Cerebral Palsy Sport provides sports opportunities for people with cerebral palsy, individuals with neurological impairment with a motor control impairment of a cerebral nature causing a permanent and verifiable Activity Limitation.

Jubilee Sailing Trust

Aboard Tenacious people become deeply immersed in an inclusive sailing experience. At sea, where conditions can be unpredictable and sometimes wild, the experience is challenging and can be intense.

Diverse teams work together to sail the ship and perform tasks with real responsibilities. The adaptive design of Tenacious creates an accessible and enabling environment. Everyone is seen and treated as equal and contributes to the best of their ability.

On a JST sailing adventure, experience barriers break down, differences disappear and friendships form.