United Kingdom Sports Association for People with Learning Disability
The UK Sports Association for People with Learning Disabilities (UK) is the national charity that co-ordinates and promotes sport and recreation for people with learning disabilities across the UK.
The UKSA is the disability specific National Governing body in the UK for sport for people with learning disability and is recognised by UK Sport. UKSA is the umbrella body for the following organisations, all of which are members and are responsible for sports development at grass roots level:
Home Country Associations:
- Scotland remit - Scottish Disability Sport.
- England remit - Mencap.
- Northern Ireland remit - Disability Sports Northern Ireland.
- Wales remit - Welsh Sports Association for People with Learning Disability.
Aims: To co-ordinate, promote and develop sport and recreation for people with learning disability at UK and international level.
- Through official membership of the International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability (INAS-FID), influencing international policy and procedure.
- Supporting the work of Home Country Associations.
- Membership of the British Paralympic Association.
- Seeking the support of Governing Bodies to work with and admit people with learning disability to major events including the Paralympic Games.
- Pursuing full inclusion of athletes with learning disability into the Paralympic Games.
- Pursuing the expansion of the Paralympic Games, Global Games and other European and world competitions to include more sporting opportunities for athletes with learning disability.
- Managing entries, selection and logistics associated with Great Britain Teams into international competition.
- Setting policies and selecting athletes with learning disability to the Great Britain Team.
- Providing support and selecting coaches, physiotherapists, and other professional staff that will lead, encourage and develop the athletes' potential at Great Britain level.
- Working with Home Countries to establish clear links and pathways in competitive sport for people with learning disability from grass roots level through to regional, national, Great Britain and international level.
- Providing a 'one stop shop' of support to parents and carers of people with learning disability and the athletes themselves.
- Ensuring that the requirements of a complex National and International Registration and Eligibility System are upheld, administered and developed throughout the UK.
- Providing guidance and technical advice to local, national and international bodies.
- Providing general information, advice and guidance to anyone seeking support, information or direction on sport and people with learning disability in the UK.
- Ensuring that the rights and best interests of athletes with learning disability are protected by providing a platform to launch charge - keeping people with learning disability on the Agenda.
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