Disability Sport NI provides a Sports Facility Access service concerned with improving the quality of access for people with disabilities to new and existing sports facilities in Northern Ireland.
In broad terms basic physical access to sports facilities in Northern Ireland has improved significantly in recent years as a direct response to the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), including extensions introduced by the Disability Discrimination (NI) Order 2006.
However, where improvements have been made they tend to meet the minimum requirements of the DDA and Building Regulations rather than meeting the actual sporting requirements of people with disabilities, particularly in relation to the requirements of team sports, wheelchair sports and access to fitness equipment.
We can help District Councils and other sports facility operators to meet their duties under the DDA through our services.
Our access services include:
- Producing Design & Management guidance and advising where further information or expertise may be found.
- Conducting an access audit service at scheme design stage and also for existing sports facilities.
- Delivering inclusive design workshops and training sessions for architects, building control officers and facility managers.
- Implementing the Inclusive Sports Facility (ISF) Accreditation Scheme.