The government recommends that we do at least 30 minutes of physical activity five times a week.
This might mean going for a swim or playing a game of tennis but it could also mean going for a walk or a bike ride. Almost anything that gets you active will benefit your health. We focus on giving support to people who currently do nothing to doing something at least once a week.
Where to be active
There are many organisations that provide sport and physical activity for people with a learning disability in your local area. Below you will find links to some of these:
Mencap's Partner Groups
Some of Mencap's Partner Groups organise physical activity sessions or may know of physical activity in your local area. Find out more information and look up your local group.
County Sports Partnerships
County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) are nationally committed to ‘Improving Lives by Growing Grassroots Sport and Physical Activity.’ Most CSPs offer a disability programme which will be run by a disability officer. Find your local CSP and see what physical activities they have in your area.
National Governing Bodies
Across England there are many different national governing bodies of sport (NGBs) who have responsibility for managing their specific sport. They create opportunities and develop programmes for more people to play community sport. View the NGBs that are recognised by Sport England.
Special Olympics Great Britain
Special Olympics Great Britain offers year-round sport training and competition opportunities for all people with an intellectual (learning) disability. They have over 150 clubs across the UK and a handy club finder tool to find one that’s local to you.
The Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) is a programme that supports gyms to become more welcoming and accessible for people with a disability. Find an inclusive gym local to you.
Download our easy read guide to physical activity and sport for people with a learning disability.
Watch our sport videos
Find out about the different sport and physical activities people with a learning disability take part in and how you can get involved
Watch out English Learning Disability Sports Alliance and Mencap video on people with a learning disability taking part in fishing
Lewisham Basketball Group
Watch our video about Mencap and the English Learning Disability Sport Alliance's Lewisham Basketball Group.
Bexley Running Group
Watch our English Learning Disability Sports Alliance and Mencap video about people with a learning disability taking part in a running group in south London.
Mencap Sport - canoeing
Watch our Mencap Sport, Special Olympics GB and Canoe England video about people with a learning disability taking part in canoeing.
Mencap Sport - discover golf
Watch our English Learning Disability Sports Alliance, Special Olympics GB and Mencap video about people with a learning disability taking part in golf.