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Objectives

‘Helping Disability Sport to Help Itself’

We at Dream It Believe It Achieve It have shaped our objectives within the four key themes of participation, elite performance, education and governance. Funding generated through our wider activities is directed into key programmes within these themes.

These programmes focus on an aspiration to reduce the reliance of disability specific sporting organisations on external funding whilst increasing the number of opportunities for individuals to access and excel in sport.

We are achieving these objectives through developing partnerships with key individuals and organisations who share and adopt the core values and aspirations of Dream It Believe It Achieve It. A range of National Governing Bodies of Sport and National Disability Sports Organisations have already benefitted from our guidance, support and funding.

The following are key and evolving objectives for Dream It Believe It Achieve It:

Participation

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  • To increase the number of new participants in sport at a county, regional and national level (with a priority focus on the engagement of young people with a disability);
  • To encourage lifelong participation in sport of disabled people by supporting dedicated and relevant initiatives for engagement.
  • To support National Governing Bodies of Sport to achieve their own strategic outcomes through the provision of extended and targeted investment;
  • To enhance the level of support being offered by professional bodies to grassroots sporting initiatives and organisations in order to increase the number of opportunities available for disabled people to access sport.

Performance

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  • To encourage elite athletes to achieve in their respective sport via additional and targeted support, funding and access to sports performance professionals (with a priority focus on Paralympians);
  • To identify and support young disabled athletes with the potential to become elite athletes and achieve their potential;
  • To continue to develop new partnerships with National Governing Bodies of Sport and National Impairment Specific Sports Organisations to provide increased support to elite teams participating in international competition;
  • To provide dedicated and specialised sports performance and rehabilitation services to elite athletes (with a priority focus on those people with a disability).

Education

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  • To continue to grow and develop the DBA Leadership Academy and identify sporting placements for successful graduates of the Programme;
  • To be continue to drive a range of recognised educational programmes in partnership with further and higher education institutions and as an awarding body for sporting qualifications;
  • To expand the DBA Apprenticeship Scheme and continue to support disabled coaches in the workplace;
  • To undertake and commission research that will positively impact and inform and the participation, development and performance of disabled people in sport;
  • To develop, collate and share insight into the prevalence of disability within sport and participation trends of individuals from key impairment groups in order to inform DBA current and future investment;
  • To challenge discriminatory practice and attitudes relating to the participation of disabled people in sport via effective role modeling and leadership.

Governance

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  • To improve the quality and structure of the environments in which disabled people access and participate in sport;
  • To continue to offer dedicated club and league support services to encourage long term sustainability of community based sporting opportunities;
  • To provide dedicated accountancy and financial planning services to amateur sports clubs delivering sporting activities for disabled people.