Disabled Sports in the UK

Having a disability does not have to limit how much you enjoy your life. Yes, disabilities present limitations for some of the things you can do, but if you are up for the challenge, you can even overcome these limitations. It just takes a little bit of research and creativity. 

 

For instance, physical activity and sports are good for you in so many ways. They help you get physical activity, teach you things like strategy and fair play, and give you a chance to socialize and learn teamwork. Sports can help build skills that you may never have thought that you or your loved one would accomplish. 

 

The first thing that you must do is approach the word sports as a broader term. Sports is more than football and rugby. Sports can include ping pong or swimming or just playing catch. Sports can be lawn bowling or wheelchair basketball. It can be sitting down to a game of chess or other board game. Sports, in general should be viewed as something that is challenging and fun. 

 

Finding Sports Activities for People With Disabilities 

 

There are many resources available for people with disabilities to find and participate in sports. Your local council may have a list of programs available in your area. Check with charity organizations, organizations dedicated to your type of disability, the local library and organizations like Sport England. 

 

If you are finding that there is little available in your area to accommodate your disability needs, maybe this is an opportunity to start a program. If you enjoy something and want to share that love with others with similar disabilities, why not create a program where everyone can come and enjoy themselves? Many of these charities and organizations have programs in place that can help you make this happen. 

 

The Most Important Thing to Remember 

 

Physical and mental activity is good for everyone, not just those with disabilities. Finding a way to get out of the flat and move about and interact with others makes for a happier and healthier life. Even if some of your physical or mental abilities are restricted, you have other abilities that you can use to enjoy a sport. 

 

Playing a sport or competing in a game is also very good for your self-esteem. Even if you don’t win the competition, everything that you experience while you are trying is good for your self-confidence. When you feel better about yourself emotionally, many other areas of your life improve as well. 

 

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In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

VAT Relief on our Disability Aids

All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

More information from HMRC

You can find out more about VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue and Customs website. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there or would prefer to speak to an adviser, you can call their Helpline on 0845 302 02 03.

The helpline is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. (Closed weekends and bank holidays).