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UK Deaf Sport launches national sport and physical activity survey

UK Deaf Sport launch their first national sport and physical activity survey, which aims to help improve the quality and increase the number of opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing people to play, coach and volunteer in sport and physical activity.

According to Sport England, Active People Survey 2013-2014, sports participation is lowest amongst people who are deaf or hard of hearing – only 9.9% take part in sport once a week, compared with 39.4% of non-disabled adults.

The new survey aims to understand the views, experiences and attitudes of deaf and hard of hearing people towards sport and physical activity, in order to help shape the future of deaf sport in the UK.

The results of the survey are expected to be hugely important and will be used by over 20 National Governing Bodies of Sport and a wide range of leisure service providers across the country, to provide more inclusive opportunities for deaf people. The data will also support future funding applications for organisations wanting to improve their sport and physical activity offering for deaf and hard of hearing people.

The National Survey is deaf friendly and includes a British Sign Language introduction. UK Deaf Sport are encouraging all deaf and hard of hearing people in the UK to complete the online survey.

To take part in the survey and share your experiences of sport and physical activity click here.

For more information about UK Deaf Sport, visit their website here.