UK Deaf Sport introduces accreditation scheme

UK Deaf Sport - DEAFinitely Inclusive

ASA Approved Centres can now become more inclusive for deaf people wanting to coach aquatics by earning a new accreditation introduced by UK Deaf Sport.

DEAFinitely inclusive is a new accreditation scheme and quality kite mark introduced by UK Deaf Sport to encourage sports clubs and leisure providers to increase the number of deaf people coaching, participating and volunteering in sport.

Launched on 16 November 2015, DEAFinitely inclusive will help improve the provision of deaf sport across the country for sports clubs and leisure facilities.

Organisations wanting to achieve the accreditation will work with UK Deaf Sport to complete a set criteria to overcome barriers faced by deaf participants.

Upon completion, an organisation will then be given a status as a DEAFinitely inclusive facility.

The kite mark will act as a symbol and quality assurance to encourage deaf people in sporting facilities and clubs.

Confidence in accessing sport and physical activity

Director of Development at UK Deaf Sport Lee Dolby said: “The DEAFinitely Inclusive kite mark will enable deaf and hard of hearing people to be confident in accessing sport and physical activity.

“By looking for the logo they will know that clubs and facilities have taken positive steps to ensure that they are deaf aware.

“Sport should be for everyone. But if you are not sure whether you will be welcomed or included, it can be a scary place to enter.

“Our new kite mark will enable deaf people to feel more confident that any activity displaying the logo will be fun, friendly and DEAFinitely Inclusive.”

  • For more information on the DEAFinitely Inclusive accreditation scheme and quality kite mark, please click here.

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