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Disability & Inclusion

Active Sussex raises the profile of disability sport by working with National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs), disability organisations, local & national partners. 

Interested in information about activities, events and campaigns for children and adults wanting to get active then sign up here to receive our disability & inclusion e-news. The West Sussex and East Sussex information websites also provide a list of opportunities.

Sussex Disability Sports Network

The aim of the network is to support the development & provision of disability sport and inclusive physical activity across Sussex.

If you would like to receive updates about the network, as well as wider information around inclusive provision in sport and physical activity then please sign up here. 

Champion roles 

The network is made up of a range of partners all championing this area of work, with a a number of SDSN Champions helping to lead the direction and delivery of network events. If you are interested in becoming a Champion, please contact: Gemma Finlay-Gray gfinlay-gray@activesussex.org

Latest webinars 

Due to Covid-19, the originally planned SDSN Conference had to be cancelled, and is being replaced by monthly webinars.

2 July 2020 ‘Inclusive Clubs – The how, the why and the what next!’ Showcasing a range of examples from across the county, providing insight into the different ways clubs have developed and are working to deliver a fully inclusive offer.

A recording of the webinar can be found here. Slides presented during the webinar can also be downloaded (PDF) as follows;

21 May 2020 – Children & Young People (CYP) Insight and Education Best Practice’. Insight and recommendations followed by best practice examples focusing on children and young people in different educational settings. 

A recording of the webinar can be found here. Slides presented during the webinar can also be downloaded (PDF) as follows;

30 April 2020 – ‘Connecting and Collaborating during Covid-19′. Bringing together 21 partners in an online networking opportunity to share any challenges they are facing in the current climate, sharing best practice examples and thinking about recovery planning and continued collaboration opportunities. 

A recording of the webinar can be found here.

The agenda and notes can be downloaded here: SDSN Webinar – Connecting and Collaborating during Covid-19 – meeting notes. The STEP resource presentation delivered by Nicola File (Activity Alliance) is also available to download here. For more information please visit: STEP – adapting activities. 

Previous events 

Alternative formats available on request.

October 2019 –  A copy of the presentations can be downloaded here: SDSN October 2019 Presentations. The FREE half-day event held at the AMEX Community Stadium was opportunity for members of the network to come together and share knowledge, skills and expertise with the purpose of improving physical activity and sports provision for those living with disabilities across Sussex.

April 2019 – The Sussex Disability Sports Network event took place on Wednesday 3  at the Sussex County Cricket Ground, Hove (please see highlights video below).  Sussex Disability Sports Network Event presentation (pdf) .  Agenda: Sussex Disability Sports Network 2019 programme is available here. 


September 2018 – The Sussex Disability Sports Network Event 2018 took place on Tuesday 25 September at the Sussex County Cricket Ground, Hove. September 2018 Sussex Disability Sports Network Event presentation (pdf) – alternative formats available on request

November 2017November 2017 Sussex Disability Sports Network Event presentation (pdf) – alternative formats available on request. 

March 2017 – Sussex Disability Sports Network Event – focused on partner engagement ‘speed dating’ style event. For information about the event please contact us.

July 2016July 2016 Sussex Disability Sports Network Event Presentations (pdf) – alternative formats available on request. 


National Partners

Activity Alliance 

Strategic lead for disability sport in England, providing useful resources & insight to help get more disabled people active.   

Download their 10 Engagement factsheets and access more engagement resources with five video presentations by visiting their ‘effectively engaging disabled people’ YouTube playlist. 

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Activity Alliance has published new guidance ‘Reopening Activity: An inclusive response’, in consultation with partners across sport, leisure and disability equality. The national charity wants providers to consider the guidance as part of their ongoing commitment to disabled people’s inclusion.

National Disability Sports Organisations (NDSOs) 

British Blind Sport, Cerebral Palsy Sport, Dwarf Sports AssociationEnglish Learning Disability Sport Alliance  (which is a partnership between Mencap Sport & Special Olympics GB), UK Deaf SportWheelpower and LimbPower

Training opportunities

Activity Alliance Disability Equality Training and a ‘Delivering an Excellent Service for Disabled Customers’ e-learning course.

The Inclusive Activity Programme developed by the Activity Alliance will equip you with the skills to engage disabled people and people with long-term health conditions more effectively in activities. If you would like more information about the course please contact Gemma – gfinlay-gray@activesussex.org

The Sussex Disability Sports Network has compiled a list of known local training and national training. If you deliver similar training please let us know. 


Activity Alliance Inclusion Club Hub toolkit helps clubs to include more disabled people in their activities. Use it to develop a club action plan or your general planning.

Please find a list of useful resources to the right of the page. Alternative formats can be provided on request. 

For more information please contact:

Gemma Finlay-Gray

Gemma Finlay-Gray

Strategic Relationship Manager

07760 164001

Gemma is responsible for managing key strategic stakeholder relations to tackle physical inactivity across Sussex, with a focus on increasing levels of physical activity for people with a disability, those from lower socio-economic groups, and women and girls. She oversees the Sussex Disability Sports Network, is the Lead Adult Safeguarding Officer, Deputy CYP Safeguarding Officer, Equalities lead and acts as the Active Partnership’s Human Resources lead.