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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 join the network and receive updates, as well as wider information around inclusive provision in sport and physical activity through the Disability & Inclusion newsletter then please sign up here. 

SDSN Champions

The network is made up of a range of partners all championing this area of work, with 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 at gfinlay-gray@activesussex.org

SDSN Events 

Due to Covid-19, the originally planned SDSN Conference for 2020 was cancelled and replaced by monthly webinars until further notice.

Next event

Details coming soon! 

Previous webinars

14 October 2021 – Open forum plus reflecting on the Get Out Get Active learning workshop
The open forum provided an opportunity to reflect on the Activity Alliance’s Get Out Get Active (GOGA) programme impact and learning workshop, followed partners updating on their own work plans. 

SDSN online forum 14.10.2021 – discussions notes & partner updates

12 August 2021 – Open forum including thoughts around a future SDSN conference & partner updates
Network members who attended the forum on the 12 August, where given an opportunity to reflect on feedback from the SDSN Champions and feed in their thoughts on any future face to face SDSN event. Attendees also provided an update on their own work. 

SDSN online forum 12.08.2021 – discussions notes & partner updates

08 June 2021 – Open forum reflecting on the new Activity Alliance Strategy and focused discussion around Equality & partner updates
Network members were brought together to consider the new Activity Alliance Strategy 2021-2024, discuss tackling inequality in Sport and physical activity and particularly focusing on racial equality in light of the anniversary of George Floyd’s death, and to provide an update on their own work. 

SDSN online forum 08 06 2021 – Presentation

SDSN online forum 08.06.2021 – discussion notes & partners updates

30 March 2021 – Open forum reflecting on Annual Disability and Activity Survey 20/21 and the new Sport England Strategy & partner updates
This was an open forum event allowing network members to share and update on their own areas of work. The beginning of the forum provided an opportunity to hear about the Activity Alliance’s Annual Disability and Activity Survey 20/21 results and key findings, and then reflect on the new Sport England Strategy, specifically around one of the Five Big Issues – Active Environments.

You can watch the recording of the forum here

SDSN online forum 30.03.2021 (Summary notes.) PDF

28 January 2021 – Open forum to discuss future forums & including partner updates
This was an open forum for network members to come together and keep connected. Attendees also reviewed the feedback from the previous webinars to discuss and help shape what the SDSN should focus on for the year ahead. 

SDSN Feedback Survey – Results and summary following the 28 Jan SDSN meeting.  

17 December 2020 – Time to connect, reflect and eat mince pies!
Opportunity for SDSN members to connect and reflect on 2020.

03 December 2020 – Adapting to the here and now…and tomorrow!
During this webinar we hear how provision has been adapted in the current climate, as well as the benefits and challenges of offering a blended (face to face and online) model of delivery, now and beyond lockdown. Following this discussion Faye Dixey from the Royal Mencap Society provided information and answered questions around the Round the World Challenge (RTWC). 

Webinar recording – Adapting to the here and now…and tomorrow!

Key discussion point, resource links & contacts – Adapting to the here and now…and tomorrow!

Mencap Round the World Challenge webinar recording

Round the World Challenge Hub meeting presentation which provides more information and how to get involved. 

17 November 2020 – An inclusive response to Covid-19 in sport & activity: A Sussex movement
This webinar was a call to action for partners and SDSN members to reflect on the national event ‘A collective movement: An inclusive response to COVID-19 in sport and activity’ and discuss what this meant to them/how it relates locally and how we can implement an inclusive response across the county. 

You can listen to the recording of the webinar here.

The following document provides context to the event and summaries responses from across the discussion groups, along with suggested next steps. Feedback summaries from each group are also included as an appendix.

An inclusive response – A Sussex movement (Summary report)

02 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.

You can view the webinar recording here. 

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.  

You can view the webinar recording here.

Active Sussex: Agenda, further support/resource links and key contacts
CYP Insight: Activity Alliance ‘My Active Future’ Report – Activity Alliance
Good practice 1: Special school provision – Chailey Heritage School
Good practice 2: SEND provision within a mainstream school – Cradle Hill Primary School

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.  

You can view the webinar recording here.  

SDSN Webinar – Connecting and Collaborating during Covid-19 – meeting notes 30042020 (PDF)

Activity Alliance STEP resource presentation. For more information visit: STEP – adapting activities. 

Previous Events

October 2019 at the AMEX Community Stadium. SDSN October 2019 Presentations. 

3 April 2019 at the Sussex County Cricket Ground, Hove. Sussex Disability Sports Network Event presentation (pdf). Press release: Sussex Disability Sports Network. Video highlights.

25 September 2018 at Sussex County Cricket Ground, Hove. September 2018 Sussex Disability Sports Network Event presentation (pdf). Press release: Sussex Disability Sports Network Event 2018

29 November 2017 at the AMEX Community Stadium– November 2017 Sussex Disability Sports Network Event presentation (pdf).

March 2017 at University of Brighton – This event focused on a ‘speed dating’ partner engagement so there is no presentation.

July 2016  Sussex Disability Sports Network Event Presentations.


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.