Towards Mainstreaming: A Principle-Practice Gap in the UK Sport Landscape

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Layman's description

This study shows some of the barriers to implement sport opportunities for people with disabilities in local sport clubs. This provides insights in why government intent does not translate into an increased sport participation for people with disabilities.

Key findings

There remains a huge gap between inclusive policy intent and practice in the field. This study identified five areas that negatively impact policy implementation.
1) The general environment: it was found that ableism is structurally embedded int he sport landscape proving an important barrier to inclusive sport.
2) Affordability: many sport clubs and strategic organisations in the sport landscape experienced a lack of financial support for the implementation of inclusive practice. Moreover, many sport clubs experienced inclusive sport as an additional financial burden.
3) Desirability: here is a lack of interest to create inclusive sport amongst nondisabled sport organisations. They prefer to stay with their bread and butter, nondisabled sport provision.
4) Feasability: this study found that coaches and managers had a lack of competencies to deal with inclusion policy. This often results in negative experiences for people with disabilities and can result in internalised ableism.
5) Communicability: there is a lack of communication around inclusive opportunities and sport clubs remain adamant to market themselves as nondisbaled clubs.
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