Our Current Role

UKSA is a Strategic, Co-ordinating Body, Working with Agencies and Athletes

UKSA is a national UK wide charity and works directly with athletes from across the UK.  UKSA also works with agencies and athletes from grass roots sports opportunities through to the Virtus Global Games and IPC Paralympic Games.

At an international level, UKSA has the lead role in ensuring that all athletes with intellectual impairment wishing to compete at Great Britain and international level competition are performing at the right level are eligible and classified with Virtus, the International Sports Federation for Athletes with intellectual impairment.

At a UK level, UKSA is the body that classifies athletes with learning disability competing in the UK.

UKSA is recognised by UK Sport and is the only official and recognised Great Britain representative member of Virtus. UKSA is a voting member of the British Paralympic Association (BPA) (NPC) and is a member of Sport and Recreation Alliance. UKSA is recognised by UK Sport.

Our overall mission is to promote, facilitate and support talented athletes with learning disability in the UK to train, compete and excel in national and international sport.  We use sport as a platform for change, inclusion and ensuring athletes’ voices are heard.  Our work also enables athletes to build and enhance their life skills on and off the field of play.

In order to do this, we carry out a number of key functions.

  • Co-ordinates, manages and selects and GB Teams to Virtus competition,  and is the only portal through which athletes with intellectual impairment can access international Virtus performance led Championships.
  • Manages, evaluates and is the custodian of the eligibility and classification system across all sports for athletes in the UK.
  • Engages with, provides support and advice to Home Country Associations, Governing Bodies, local, national and international organisations to influence change in policy and provision of sport for people with intellectual impairment.
  • Promotes the equal inclusion of athletes with intellectual impairment in sport at all levels and provides a platform for change.