Urdd achieve Gold
The Urdd have become the first 3rd Sector Organisation in Wales to achieve the insport Gold standard, recognising their commitment and passion to providing inclusive opportunities for disabled people across the Nation. The Urdd have made consistent progress with the insport 3rd Sector Programme, and have been successful in their journey from ribbon through to Gold in only 5 years. This is a fantastic achievement and incredibly significant within the Urdd’s Centenary year.
Tom Rogers (Governance & Partnership Manager, Disability Sport Wales)
“Since joining the insport 3rd Sector programme in 2017, and achieving the Ribbon standard in 2018, the Urdd have continually grown and developed their inclusive offer for disabled people.
Having worked alongside them in a supportive role over this period, I’ve been able to witness the passion and commitment to the continued development of inclusive and disability specific provision across the organisation. There is a consistent embedded approach to ensure inclusion is at the heart of their delivery with a number of successes across the growing competition portfolio particularly.
Achievement of the Gold standard means that an inclusive approach to communities of disabled people is embedded within the organisation’s strategies and programme delivery, with an understanding, a desire, and a clear commitment to continued growth. In successfully achieving the insport 3rd Sector Gold award, the Urdd as the first 3rd Sector organisation to achieve the standard, have led the way in raising the expectation for disabled people to expect to be included within sport and activity provision across Wales. Working across a number of sports and a number of sectors the range of inclusive provision now available through the organisation and their partners adds real value to the wider sport sector in Wales.
I’m looking forward to continuing to work in partnership with the Urdd as they continue to develop their provision in this area, with inclusion a vital part of their strategy moving forward and a clear aim to provide an Urdd offer for everyone.”
Fiona Reid (Chief Executive Officer, Disability Sport wales)
Throughout the Urdd’s insport 3rd Sector journey they have demonstrated a willingness and enthusiasm to embedded the inclusion of disabled people within their thinking, planning and delivery.
They have ensured that they got the foundations right, and from that point onwards everything became an opportunity for them to genuinely widen their offer so that it was even stronger for disabled young people.
Their approach has been a real example of how insport 3rd Sector was intended to be used, as a support, guide and opportunity to engage more inclusively with the community.
Their achievement of Gold is a great reflection of their willingness to ‘listen’, their proactive approach and a genuine commitment to including through the medium of Welsh. Llongyfarchiadau i bawb yn Yr Urdd Gobaith Cymru!
Disability Sport Wales’ insport programmes
One of Disability Sport Wales’s top strategic priorities is to establish effective partnership for an inclusive sector culture. In order to achieve this, DSW recognise that a partner-led approach is essential to succeed in Wales becoming an active nation where everyone can have a lifelong enjoyment of sport.
Disability Sport Wales cannot achieve significant change alone and they need to bring existing, as well as new partners on the journey with them. They challenge their partners and the wider sporting landscape to accept and embrace inclusion, and in so doing, provide even greater levels of activity for disabled people.
The insport project provides support to clubs, national governing bodies, local authorities and other third sector organisations.
Insport is a Disability Sport Wales project delivered with the support of Sport Wales, which aims to support the physical activity, sport, and leisure sectors delivering inclusively of disabled people. The insport NGB programme is part of the broader insport project, which aims to support the physical activity, sport, and leisure sectors delivering inclusively of disabled people.