New Strategic Plan Launched

Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) is delighted to launch a new strategic plan which will direct the work of the Association through to 2021 and beyond. The plan, entitled “Inspiring Through Inclusion 2017-2021“, has been developed following a comprehensive consultation process with key partners and strategic bodies across Scotland.

This Association’s vision is to lead inclusive sport in Scotland for participants and athletes with a physical, sensory or learning disability.

Scottish Disability Sport passionately believes in leading and developing inclusive opportunities and improving performance. This will ensure that any child, young person or adult with a disability can participate in sport and physical activity – no matter ability, geography or age. SDS will consolidate, develop and work in partnership to transform lives through the power of sport, focusing on five key areas:

ENGAGE AND PARTICIPATE – Identify, engage and sustain participant involvement through quality sporting opportunities

PROGRESS AND PERFORM – Supporting athletes to achieve their potential in performance sport

COACHING, EDUCATION AND LEARNING – Supporting quality assured training, development and learning opportunities

GOVERNANCE – Building a robust and accountable organisation with sound planning, policy and procedures

COMMUNICATION – Targeted, effective communication to all partners and individuals

Inclusion remains at the heart of the new strategic plan and is to be driven through a refreshed “Sports Inclusion Mode (SIM)” that will permeate throughout the work of the Association. SDS will work through the SIM with coaches, volunteers, clubs, activity sessions, schools, tertiary education, and all key stakeholders working in physical education, physical activity and sport to ensure inclusion is considered at all levels of the sporting pathway.

At all times, SDS will ensure an equitable approach to all aspects of the strategic plan and will also ensure that safe and secure environments are provided for all children, athletes, players, coaches, volunteers, officials and spectators.

“Inspiring Through Inclusion 2017-2021” is hot off the press and is in the process of being distributed widely to all key partners and stakeholders across Scotland.