UKSA is a strategic, co-ordinating body working 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 (INAS-FID).
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-FID. 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 encourage the development of sustainable, integrated quality sports provision for people with learning disability from grass roots through to elite International opportunities and to develop the potential of people with learning disability by encouraging and facilitating their participation in sporting activities at United Kingdom and International level; advancing their education, training and social development through sport to assist their integration into society.
In order to do this, we carry out a number of key functions.
- Co-ordinates and carries out the Great Britain functions of its 4 Home Country Associations 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-FID 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.