‘Access for All: Opening Doors’ English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) November 2015
CAE’s Director, Jean Hewitt, was the main contributor and author of a 2015 EFDS guide to improve access for disabled people in sports clubs. The guide aims to break down one of the main barriers for people with a range of impairments – venue accessibility.
The guide is aimed at anybody involved in running or working in a sports club. After speaking to numerous National Governing Bodies of sport about club development, EFDS identified the need for a user-friendly guide to facility accessibility. It is not a detailed technical guide, but intended as a starting point. The main areas of physical access are identified and readers are signposted to further information and support.
As well as it making good business sense to be welcoming to a huge section of our population, there is also a legal duty to ensure sports clubs are accessible for disabled people to use. The Equality Act 2010 requires sports clubs and other providers to make reasonable adjustments to services so everyone has access, with no exemption for private clubs any more.