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Sport England’s This Girl Can initiative should be used as a template` to encourage people with disabilities to take part in more physical activity, according to Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.
Arguably GB’s most influential Paralympic athlete and now ukactive chair, Tanni stressed the need for a "fundamental shake-up” to bring physical activity for disabled people into the mainstream.
Tanni highlighted the success of the This Girl Can campaign, which is claimed to have inspired 2.8m women to participate in physical activity.
"The fact is that many people with impairments don’t want to take part in designated disability activities, they want to take part in regular sessions, but there are hidden barriers blocking their path,” said Grey-Thompson.
"We need to spread awareness so that disabled participation in sports and activity sessions becomes the norm rather than the exception.”
Staff working in the sport and physical activity sector also needed a level of upskilling in order to more effectively interact with
The latest Sport England Active People Survey figures indicate that disabled people are likely to be only half as active as non-disabled people.