British Sport Organisations
The British Paralympic Association (BPA), brand name ParalympicsGB, is a registered charity which is responsible for selecting, preparing, entering, funding and managing Britain' s teams at the Paralympic Games and Paralympic Winter Games. The invitation to participate in the Paralympic Games is to ParalympicsGB as the National Paralympic Committee for Great Britain.
The Paralympic Games take place once every four years (with a Winter Games two years after each summer edition of the Games) in the same city and year as the Olympic Games. They are an elite multi-sport event for athletes with a disability and are a direct "parallel" to the Olympic Games - hence the name.
UK Sport is responsible for investing around £100 million of public funds each year – from both the National Lottery and the Exchequer – in high performance sport. This money is now supplemented by the income from a private sponsorship scheme 'Team 2012'.
Accountable to the Department of Media and Culture (DCMS), UK Sport has a very clear remit at the ‘top end’ of Britain’s sporting pathway, with no direct involvement in community or school sport.
Based in London, it employs around 90 staff and is overseen by the UK Sport Board comprising home country representatives and independent members, which meets every two months.
CP Sport England and Wales
Cerebral Palsy Sport promotes and seeks to increase sport and physical recreational opportunities for people with a disability and especially those who have cerebral palsy.
UK Deaf Sport
UK Deaf Sport is a registered charity which aims to encourage Deaf people to participate, to enjoy and to excel at sport. Deaf Sport also provides information on Deaf Sporting events throughout the UK.
WheelPower promotes equality of opportunity in sport for all people with physical disabilities by organising fun, introductory and competitive events for children and adults with disabilities aiming to increase the number of disabled people who actively participate in sports and physical activity on a regular basis. Providing sporting experiences where talented young disabled people are offered quality coaching in appropriate settings.
Supporting disability sports associations helping to create new clubs and give professional advice and support to improve existing clubs
Encourage and support the development of multi-sport and sport specific club opportunities within local communities.
Removing barriers to participation in sport in particular the provision of manual sports wheelchairs through the Wheel Appeal scheme
Encouraging mainstream sports and leisure organisations to include people with disabilities in their programmes.
British Wheelchair Racing Association
Wheelchair racing is one of the most popular sports in the world with numbers increasing all the time. The British Wheelchair Racing Association is committed to providing competition and coaching to help anyone who would like to participate in the sport, whether at a recreational or competitive level.
BWRA provides a full programme of road racing events held under the banner of the National Grand Prix Championships from 5km to full marathon. The BWRA also holds Annual Track Championships attracting around 80 athletes with international interest increasing each year.
GB Wheelchair Basketball
The Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball Association (GBWBA) is the governing body for wheelchair basketball in the United Kingdom. GBWBA is a registered charity and is the representative body of wheelchair basketball in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
As the national governing body for athletics, UK Athletics oversees the development and management of the nation’s favourite Olympic and Paralympic sport, from grassroots right through to podium. Since its inception in 1999, UK Athletics has developed to become the most successful and robust athletics governing body in the world. Over the years it has matured to generate a clear vision for the sport – to drive up performance and raise standards in every event, every region and every age group. This vision is fuelled by a dedicated team of full time staff and part time volunteers who all share the same passion and ambition for athletics, and are therefore instrumental in ensuring that athletics remains the most popular Olympic and Paralympic sport.
Dwarf Sports Association
The Dwarf Sports Assocaition provides accessible sporting opportunity to people of restricted growth in the United Kingdom, regardless of their race, colour, ethnic origin, gender, location, sporting ability & financial support.
UK Sport Association for People with a Learning Disability
UKSA is a strategic, umbrella and coordinating body working with agencies and athletes from all four Home Countries in the UK who develop grass roots sports opportunities. UKSA facilitates talented athletes along the performance pathway to international opportunities including European and World Championship events, plus the Global Games and ultimately the Paralympic Games. It is the only portal in the UK through which Great Britain athletes can compete at INAS-FID competition.
UKSA's role is unique as it is the only organisation for sport for people with learning disability that has a truly UK wide remit and its has the responsibility for classification of athletes with learning disability in the UK.
UKSA is recognised by UK Sport and is the only official Great Britain representative member of INAS-FID. UKSA is also a member of the British Paralympic Association (BPA).
British Blind Sport
British Blind Sport (BBS) is a national registered charity based in Leamington Spa. Since its beginnings as a registered charity in 1976, British Blind Sport has become the leading voice for visually impaired people (VI) in the world of sport and leisure, both at home and internationally. The work of the charity enables visually impaired people to have the same opportunities as sighted people to access and enjoy sport and recreational activities in the UK.