IAPS passionately believes in the importance of sport as part of an all-round education for its pupils. All children should have access to enjoy and benefit from participating in sport, regardless of their background, ethnicity, gender or ability.
Where reasonably possible we will try to adapt our events to meet individuals needs in order they can participate in our events.
A good example of this comes from the swimming final in 2019. We put a starting light in the lane for a swimmer who has a hearing impairment, to signal the start of the race. An easy adaption for us to implement but a huge impact for the competitor.
If you have a child at your school who you would like to get involved in one of our events, but an adaptation would be required, please contact us to discuss.
Email [email protected] or call us on 01926 887833.
IAPS embraces diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. We understand and respect that there can be differences between assigned sex and gender identity. We are entirely against discrimination, victimisation or harassment based on a person’s gender identity.
IAPS sport events follow National Governing Body rules and regulations, including their transgender guidance. Schools are required to follow the respective guidelines for each sport, including the pre and post puberty requirements, and enter children into events appropriately.
All National Governing bodies have transgender policies on their website. We have summarised the guidance from each NGB in one useful document here.
Support for schools
There are some useful links below for schools on how to effectively support transgender and gender questioning pupils and prevent transphobia.
Guidance from the CPSU Safe Use of Changing Facilities includes a section (at the very end) related to Transgender and transitioning children and a link to working with LGBT+ children.
Key Considerations for Schools, from Harrison Clark & Rickerby's Solicitors
The following organisations provide excellent advice, support and resources on inclusivity in sport. Also, some offer an outstanding array of disability and inclusive sports activities.
National Disability Sports Organisations
There are eight NDSOs. They are a good starting point for any school looking to find more out about disability and inclusive sports. They provide advice, support and opportunities for people of all ages with specific impairments.
The eight NDSOs are:
- British Blind Sport
- Cerebral Palsy Sport
- Dwarf Sports Association UK
- LimbPower, Mencap
- Special Olympics Great Britain
- UK Deaf Sport
This document explains more about each NDSO and how you can get in touch with them.
Activity Alliance is a charity who help people with a disability make active lives possible, by enabling organisations to support individual disabled people to be active and stay active for life.
They also work with regional, coaching and education networks, including the County Sports Partnerships, clubs and schools.
Youth Sport Trust
The Youth Sport Trust (YST) are a children’s charity working to ensure every child enjoys the life-changing benefits that come from play and sport. Their work reaches around 20,000 schools across the UK and they operate on a local, national and global level. They lead in schools, partner in the community and support in the home.
Youth Sport Trust has a dedicated Inclusion team, striving to ensure young people have the opportunity to participate in PE and Sport, regardless of their background, ethnicity, gender, ability or any other personal characteristic.
A list of useful links can be found here.