Working together to make school sport accessible for all

Jane and Toby

It should go without saying that children and young people with a spinal cord injury have the right to be included in all aspects of school life, including physical education.

To make it easier for schools to include young people with spinal injuries, we have been working with a focus group to develop the Back Up resource Accessing physical education and the playground.

Within the focus group are an experienced group of inclusive sport specialists from Aspire, the English Federation of Disability Sport, Wheelpower, the Youth Sports Trust and Wheelchair Dance Sports Association. Together, we are collecting visual resources of inclusive PE and school sport, as well as example lesson plans, to support teachers in including a child with a spinal cord injury.

If you are a young person who has had a great experience of school sport or go to a school that has done a great job of including you in school life, then we want to hear from you. If you're a school with good inclusive practice then we'd love to hear from you too.

Get in touch with Beth on 020 8875 6721 or email

“Back Up’s passion and commitment to supporting young people with spinal cord injuries within PE and school sport is commendable.  This focus group provides a great opportunity to combine expertise and have a genuine life-long impact on the young people that they work with.”

(Kat Southwell, Active Kids for All Project Co-ordinator, English Federation of Disability Sport)