Mixed Ability Training & Consultancy Services

Whether you are a National Governing Body seeking advice on increasing disabled participation in sport, a grassroots club looking to establish an MA team, or an individual wanting to know more about equality or safeguarding, we can offer a bespoke training and consultancy package.

IMAS have been developing and sharing the Mixed Ability Model through their team of trainers since 2009.

Initially working primarily with adults who have Learning Disabilities and involving them in co-producing presentations, resources and delivery, IMAS quickly realised that there was growing interest for the Mixed Ability Model beyond these groups.

Sports NGBs, grassroots clubs, health support networks and a broad range of individuals recognised the potential of the Model to overcome many of the barriers to participation.

IMAS have developed a suite of training packages and an IMAS Affiliation Community to further support anyone interested in joining the Mixed Ability movement.


IMAS Training Workshops

Mixed Ability and Equality Awareness

This is a 2 hour interactive introduction to the principles of Mixed Ability and will appeal to clubs and teams interested in opening up their membership to the wider community or organisations seeking to become more inclusive.

Topics include:

  • A brief overview of the Mixed Ability Model
  • disability and equality awareness
  • benefits of inclusive activities to clubs
  • participants’ experiences

Sport-specific Mixed Ability Workshop

Whatever sport you are involved in, from boxing to bowls, rowing or rugby this workshop is designed to answer queries specific to your sport and can be tailored to your needs.

Topics include:

  • a brief overview of the Mixed Ability Model
  • disability and equality awareness
  • coaches, facilitators and participants’ experiences specific to your sport
  • the sport-specific IMAS Mixed Ability Guide with accessible resources

This workshop can be extended to include ‘Mixed Ability Tools and Techniques’ (see below), a practical session of cooperative games, hints and tips, and icebreaker activities to give you the confidence to start your Mixed Ability journey!

Embedding Mixed Ability in your Club Workshop

This half day workshop explores how to embed the Mixed Ability Model in your club or team.

Topics include:

  • a brief overview of the Mixed Ability Model
  • disability and equality awareness
  • overcoming barriers to participation
  • re-engagement, recruitment and retention of members
  • creating a supportive network in your local community
  • guidance on sustainability, fundraising, governance and legal structures
  • Clubs’ stories and participants’ experiences.

Mixed Ability Tools and Techniques

This 2 hour workshop is a practical session of fun exercises, cooperative games, hints and tips, and icebreaker activities to give you the confidence to start your Mixed Ability journey!

This session can be ‘bolted on’ to any of the previous training presentations or workshops to make a full day of activities and provides a fantastic insight into how the Mixed Ability Model works in practice.

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults

Whilst most clubs will have safeguarding policies and officers relating to children, the protection of Vulnerable Adults presents an extra dimension in safeguarding that may not be appreciated by wider members of the club. Promoting the welfare of our players and protecting them from harm is the responsibility of all of us. IMAS believes that safeguarding education should be for the whole team. Involving more vulnerable players ensures they learn to recognise and report abuse whilst reassuring them their concerns will be taken seriously. This four-hour workshop will focus on:

  • Types of abuse
  • Reporting concerns
  • Listening and responding
  • Implementing policy and procedures
  • Self-assessment tool
  • Reporting adult abuse

Trainees will have access to easy read resources and work together to resolve case studies based on real life scenarios.

Accessibility of your facilities

IMAS Accessibility Consultant and wheelchair user Emily Yates has advised several Premiership Football clubs on ground accessibility improvements and good practice, written a Lonely Planet accessible travel guide to Rio de Janeiro and the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Emily’s assessments include facilities, signage, health and safety risks, commitment and policy, staff training, procedures and maintenance. All assessed facilities will receive a full and comprehensive advisory report.


Why choose IMAS?


IMAS are recognised as World leaders in inclusive sport and activities by several national and European sports governing bodies and are working in partnership with a number of Universities including Loughborough University and the University of Leeds’ Centre for Disability Studies and Sustainability Research Institute who are currently evaluating the impacts of Mixed Ability Sports.