Disability Sport and Physical Activity (DisSPA) Network


The DisSPA network aims to provide a transdisciplinary space to connect members and allies who advocate for, and collaborate to, enhance the provision of more inclusive and empowering sport and physical activity opportunities for people with disability.

DisSPA objectives:

  • To encourage collaboration between academia, people with disability and organisations to ensure that disabled people’s participation in sport and physical activity is realised.
  • To support and drive collaborative pioneering research projects to positively impact upon the lives of disabled people in all expressions of sport and physical activity.
  • To commit with enthusiasm and vigour to the sharing of knowledge and best practice with regards to the inclusion and empowerment of disabled people in sport and physical activity.
  • To create innovative enterprise/knowledge transfer and professional events/activities that contribute to the creation of valuable economic, cultural or social well-being activity for disabled groups.
  • To provide professional development opportunities, education and training for individuals and organisations working to support disabled people to get involved in sport and physical activity.
  • To advocate for disability-related topics and other equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) subject areas to be infused within sport, sport and exercise science and physical activity education programmes.
  • To actively encourage persons with disability to pursue their studies and sporting ambitions in an accessible, supportive, and understanding LJMU learning and social environment.

Read more about the network.


Membership of the DisSPA network is now open to individuals and organisations who are committed to increasing the provision of inclusive and empowering sport and physical activity opportunities for people with disability. We offer three membership options:

  1. LJMU members: staff, current students and alumni who work in or have a strong interest in disability sport and physical activity and a desire to be actively involved in the network.
  2. External members: external partners working in disability sport and physical activity or those who are involved in developing disability-related policies locally, regionally, nationally and internationally – who desire to be actively involved in the network.
  3. Allies of the network: Internal and external partners who are supportive of the network, who would like to be informed of its activities but are not able, at this time, to be actively involved.

To register your interest in joining the network, email: celebratingdisabilitysport@ljmu.ac.uk