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Engagement and partnerships

We have a team of Strategic Partnership Advisors to support local and national work. They support key partners, including Active Partnerships and National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) as well as wider stakeholders. Our work enables these partners to be more effective in supporting disabled people to be active.

The team has four main areas of work:

Improving routes to market: We support the disability and sports sectors to increase their connections with disabled people, charities, local disability sports groups and third sector disability support agencies etc. By creating resources that identify key contact points, we provide the expertise to reach more disabled people.

Creating and supporting networks by facilitating joint approaches: We organise and chair national briefing sessions as well as regional disability sport and physical activity forums. We also attend and support a range of networks organised by key stakeholders.

Providing strategic support: We work with the sport and non-sport (disability) sectors and offer resources, workshops and awareness of opportunities.

Organisational Improvement: We created the Leading Inclusion Workshop to help partners to become more effective when working with disabled people or organisations in sport and physical activity.

Our Partnership team is:

  • Ray Ashley – Director of Partnerships and Programmes
  •  Catherine Slater – Head of Partnerships
  • Jess Cook – Strategic Partnership Advisor (East)
  • Paul Downes - Strategic Partnership Advisor (Yorkshire and Humber)
  • Nicola File – Strategic Partnership Advisor (South East)
  • Lorraine Harris – Strategic Partnership Advisor (South West)
  • Dawn Hughes – Strategic Partnership Advisor (East Midlands)
  • Andrew Whitaker – Strategic Partnership Advisor (North region including North East and North West)
  • Vacant - Strategic Partnership Advisor (West Midlands)

All our Advisors' contact details are in our team pages.