Disability Sports Development Officer
Manx Sport and Recreation is committed to the equality of opportunity for people with disabilities to take part in and enjoy sport and physical activity at a level of their choice.
To develop and enhance the inclusion of disabled people in community based sport and physical activity opportunities.
- To support key partners to increase sustainable and accessible sport and physical activity for disabled people.
To develop sporting pathways for disabled people
- Ensure that the pathways and opportunities that exist for disabled people in sport are identified.
- Ensure that National Governing Bodies programmes and products are inclusive.
- Ensure that competitive opportunities for disabled sports people are available.
- Ensure that talented disabled sports people are identified and their development supported.
To improve skills, knowledge and understanding of the community to effectively deliver sport for the disabled.
- To source, provide and/or design high quality training to satisfy current and evolving training needs identified within the structure of the Isle of Man Sports Development programme.
To empower disabled people to take a full and active role within sport.
- To increase the number of disabled people with the skills, knowledge and opportunities to take a full and active role within any aspect of the sport/physical activity industry.
To improve the quality and quantity of PE and school sport for young disabled people in special and mainstream education.
- To work closely with those delivering PE and school sport.
- Ensure that young disabled people have access to extra curricular sporting opportunities.
- Ensure that disabled people have improved access to formal qualifications in sport and leisure.
- Ensure that disabled people have improved access to work placements in the sport and leisure industry.
To increase awareness and understanding of sport for disabled people.
- Raise the profile of sport, physical education and healthy activities for disabled people in the Isle of Man.
- To pro actively lobby key partners to ensure that disabled peoples sport and physical needs are met.
Key Areas of Work
- To collect data of persons with disabilities on the island and assess the current participation levels in sport and recreation.
- To establish and co-ordinate a long-term development plan for the delivery of sports for disabled people.
- Identify the barriers to disabled people becoming sports participants and coaches and develop innovative solutions.
- Support the voluntary sector to develop sustainable sporting pathways for disabled people to a level of their choosing and ability.
- To formulate and deliver, either directly or through partners (such as coaches, sports bodies/clubs) a wide range of sports development services and sports opportunities for disabled persons.
- To liaise with facility managers at the National Sports Centre in order to ensure effective adaptation/utilisation of the facilities for disabled groups and individuals.
- To ensure that all sports schemes, programmes and facility operations under the control of the SDU are undertaken in compliance with established policy, statutory provisions and industry good practice; with a particular emphasis on ensuring health and safety. In relationship to partnership schemes under the control of external agencies; ensuring that the Department is only associated with services meeting those standards.
- To liaise with the Isle of Man Sports Council and the Governing Bodies of Sport to assist in the formation of programmes for disabled persons.
- To liaise with both primary and secondary schools to enable children and young persons with disabilities to participate in sport.
- Work closely with Governing Bodies to assist in addressing the issues of recruitment and training of coaches.
Disability Sports Development Officer
Tel.: (01624) 688575
Fax: (01624) 688566
Post: Sports Development Unit, National Sports Centre, Groves Road, Douglas, IM2 1RB
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