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Playground to Podium.

What is Playground to Podium?

Playground to Podium, a Sport England initiative delivered by CSPs in partnership with English Federation for Disability Sport (EFDS), 6 National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs), Paralympics GB and the Youth Sports Trust is a series of targeted interventions aimed at helping young disabled people progress from PE and community sport to high-level performance and competition.

What is the aim of Playground to Poduim?

To help young disabled people progress from PE and community sport, ensuring they get the chance to take part in high-quality sports provision and ultimately help to produce our next Paralympians and elite disabled athletes, by focusing on the identification, development and support of young disabled people.

Who is Playground to Poduim aimed at?

Young disabled people from mainstream and special schools (KS 2&3 Aquatics / KS 3&4 Dry-side) who are eligible for disability sport classification. There are four groups of athletes::
• Physically impaired athletes
• Blind or visually impaired athletes
• Deaf or hearing impaired athletes).
• Athletes with a general intellectual/learning disability (with an IQ less than 75)/>

Success to date

During 2013 CSPs provided;

  • opportunity for over 3,500 young disabled people to take part
  • signposted 73% of participants into appropriate local opportunities
  • 45% recruited by NGBs to join local club opportunities and almost 500 fast tracked into NGB performance squads.
In addition, Playground to Podium has made a wider impact, challenging perceptions of young disabled people and their potential within sport, creating new club opportunities, developing volunteers and coaches, development , and creating new competition

Individual Success Stories

Hannah Russell was one athlete identified through the programme and is now being supported to reach her full potential within NGB Squads and made her debut at the age of 15 at London 2012 Paralympic Games winning two bronze and a sliver medal in the pool.

Sophie Kamlish was identified at Wesport CAAD IN 2011. In little over a year of training Sophie represented GB in the Paralympic World Cup breaking her personal best in the 100m and 200m and achieving Paralympic A Standard in her long jump. Sophie competed in the London 2012 Paralympic Games where she made the finals in both the 100 and 200m achieving 5th and 6th place. At 15 Sophie is proving to be a promising athlete.

County Athlete Assessment Days

Supported by their school and community partners a number of CSPs recruited young disabled people to  run County Athlete Assessment Days (CAAD) as part of the wider Playground to Podium initiative.

For more information on the successful CAAD organised by South Yorkshire Sport Partnership click here

For more information on the successful CAAD organised by Cheshire and Warringtons Sports Partnership click here 


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