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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.

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.

You can view the webinar recording here. Webinar presentation slides (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.  

You can view the webinar recording here. Webinar presentation slides (PDF) as follows:

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. Webinar notes, presentations and resources as follows: 

SDSN Webinar – Connecting and Collaborating during Covid-19 – meeting notes. 
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.