UKSA is a national UK wide charity and works directly with athletes from across the UK. UKSA also works with agencies and athletes from grass roots sports opportunities through to the Global Games and Paralympic Games.
At an international level, UKSA has the lead role in ensuring that all athletes with learning disability wishing to compete at Great Britain and international level competition are appropriately classified with the International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability, Down Syndrome and Autism (Inas).
At a UK level, UKSA is the body that classifies athletes with learning disability competing in the UK.
UKSA is recognised by UK Sport and is the only official and recognised Great Britain representative member of Inas. UKSA is represented on the National Paralympic Committee in the UK – the British Paralympic Association (BPA) and is linked to the Central Council for Physical Recreation (CCPR) and other key sports organisations and Governing Bodies.
Our overall mission is to promote, facilitate and support talented athletes with learning disability in the UK to train, compete and excel in national and international sport. Additionally we promote advancing their education, training and social development through sport to assist their integration into society, including employment opportunities.
In order to do this, we carry out a number of key functions.
- Co-ordinates and carries out the Great Britain functions of 4 Home Countries including management, selection and development of GB Teams to competition and is the only portal through which athletes with learning disability can access international performance led competition – eg. Inas competitions.
- Manages and provides advice and guidance on eligibility and classification of athletes with learning disability in the UK.
- Engages with, provides support and advice to Home Country Associations, Governing Bodies, local, national and international organisations to influence change in policy and provision of sport for people with learning disability.
- Promotes the equal inclusion of athletes with learning disability in sport at all levels and provides a platform from which to launch change.