Impact of coaching on disabled people’s participation (January 2015)
Prepared by the English Federation of Disability Sport (now Activity Alliance) in partnership with sports coach UK. The findings are based on ‘The impact of coaching on participation’ July 2014 from sports coach UK. We worked with sports coach UK to review data so to explore experiences of disabled people and their difference to non-disabled participants
Sports coach UK released ‘The Impact of Coaching on Participants’ report in July 2014. The first year report of a four year study, designed to measure the impact taking part in coached sport has on participant’s views, perceptions and experiences of sport.
The study consisted of two surveys, one with young people aged 14 to 18, and one with adults aged 19 and over. Results were very encouraging, showing that taking part in coached sport had a positive impact on participants. A least 2 in 3 participants said that coaching increased their enjoyment and over half said that coaching has made them less likely to stop playing sport.
Within the survey, sports coach UK asked participants whether or not they were disabled. This allowed for data to be analysed by disability. In the main report there were a few minor references to disabled people and their views, however EFDS felt that more could be drawn from the data.
EFDS has therefore worked with sports coach UK to review the data to explore further to see if the experiences of disabled people were any different to non-disabled participants. This report presents the findings of that comparison, highlighting where similarities and differences exist.
 66% of adults and 81% of young people said that coaching has increased their enjoyment
 51% of adults and 65% of young people said that that coaching has made them less likely to stop playing sport.