A critical investigation into disability sport: A case study of Cardiff
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The current state of disability sport in Cardiff was investigated with particular reference to the policies and schemes that currentþ exist. The study used semi-structured interviews within the qualitative paradigm as the basis of investigating disability sport; five interviews were conducted with a variety of key providers. Participants were questioned on ba:riers to participation and how perception of disability affects sport, schemes, support and the future of disability sport. The key frndings of the study revealed that there are several areas that could be improved in order to enhance disability sport in Cardiff. The areas for improvement consisted of an evaluation of the current training and education process as it is deemed advantageous to have mandatory training on the issue, to those specifically working within the leisure industry as well as parents. The researcher feels that th'ere is a need for polices to be reviewed as the DDA does not take into account the social model which affects organisations who work towards the act and that if disability was to be viewed as a separate issue then more could be achieved. The next issue is that it is felt that it would be benehcial for Cardiff to be set its own targets by the Federation of Sports Associations Disabilities (Wales) and that more thought needs to be given in terms of monitoring policies at a local level. The final issue revealed, was that their needs to be a larger emphasis on organisations working together in order to create a society free of baniers. In conclusion the study revealed many positive aspects but it is felt that a lot of work is still needed in order for disabled people to have equal opportunities.
BSc (Hons) Sport, PE and Recreation
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