Eligibility and Classification Procedure and Forms

What level do I need - UKSA (UK), Virtus (International) or both?

UKSA leads and manages eligibility of British athletes for classification in the UK. We evaluate whether an athlete is eligible for classification.  We work with National Governing Bodies (NGB’s) and Home Country Disability Sports Organisations in each country to achieve this.

We will use the term ‘classification’ throughout this section, but remember that it refers to eligibility for classification throughout.

There are two levels of classification for athletes in the UK:

(1) UK  – evaluated and issued by UKSA (for events in the UK only)
(2) International – evaluated by UKSA and Virtus.  Issued by Virtus. (for Virtus events and international events, including some International Federation events and the Paralympic Games, or IPC sanctioned events)

Please make sure you speak to UKSA before you start the process or carry out any new assessments.  We want to ensure you get the best advice on which level of classification is most appropriate for you.


Application and Registration Fees

UK level (UKSA) application fee – £45

International level (Virtus) application fee – £55 (includes first years licence fee)

Combined Virtus and UKSA applicaton fee – £65.  These applications must be received by UKSA at the same time to be eligible for this reduced fee.


Summary of Fees – What to send with an application

Virtus application only – £111 must be paid to UKSA at the time of application.

UKSA (UK) application only –  £45 must be paid to UKSA at the time of application.

Combined applications (Virtus & UKSA) – £121 must be paid to UKSA at the time of application.

Fees can be paid by internet banking to UKSA, or cheque payable to the ‘UK Sports Association’.

Applications may be delayed if the appropriate fees are not sent to UKSA at the time of applying.

UKSA (UK) Classification

This is mainly for athletes starting out in their sport, or have been competing for a while but not yet reached GB or international standards.

It is valid for athletes from the UK who are competing in UK competitions only. Not all UK competitions require classification so if you are unsure check the entry form or ask the event organiser.

Only athletes who have been classified on the UK system since January 1st 2009 will hold a valid UK classification.

UK Application Deadlines

All applications should reach the UK Sports Association at least 6 weeks prior to any closing date of competitions at which the athlete is seeking entry. Application is no guarantee that a classification will be granted.

Only athletes who have been classified on the UK system since January 1st 2009 will hold a valid UK classification.

UK Application Form for all Sports

To apply for classification please download the UK Classification Form and follow the guidance notes. All applications must be accompanied by the documentary evidence and appropriate fee.  See above for fees.

UKSA (UK level) Application Form (v Jan 2022)

This form should also be used if you have been advised to apply for Virtus National (Provisional) at the same time.

Please send your UK application to the UK Sports Association, PO Box 1318, Enfield, Middlesex EN1 9ZH.

13 October 2022 – We are currently experiencing problems with our postal address.  Please read this announcement before posting.

Further Guidance on UK Classification

UKSA Guide for Psychologists;

International (Virtus) Classification

This is for athletes who have reached national standards and are about to reach international standards in their sport or who are demonstrating particular talent and progression along the performance pathway.

International classification is required to compete in long course swimming competitions organised by Activity Alliance.

In 2017 Virtus introduced two new trial classes in some sports.  The three Virtus classes are:

  • II1 – for athletes with an intellectual impairment
  • II2 – trial group for athletes with a more significant intellectual impairment
  • II3 – trial group for athletes with high-functioning autism

II2 – includes athletes with down syndrome (T21).  The two new classes are an Virtus initiative only.  Events in the UK and programmes run by NGB’s do not recognise athletes with down syndrome or autism as separate classes.  They are not classes on the Paralympic programmes.

Virtus  has advised that athletes with mosaic down syndrome will from January 2019 compete across all sports in class II1 only.

Please contact UKSA for more information on how these are being managed for athletes in the UK.

International Application Deadlines

All applications should reach UKSA at least 5 months prior to the closing date of any competition at which the athlete is seeking entry. Application is no guarantee of being granted a classification.

International (Virtus) Application Procedure and Forms

To begin applying for international eligibility and classification, there are 3 documents you need to complete. Once the forms are complete,  attach the required evidence and application fee.  See above for fee details.  Applications should be sent via post.

Ensure you have obtained advice from either UKSA or Sports Governing Body (NGB) before you begin this process or arrange psychology testing.  Applicants from Scotland can also speak with Scottish Disability Sport (SDS).

Application Form and Data Protection

Document 1 – Virtus International Classification Form (Feb 2022)

Document 2 – Data Protection Form (Insert as Pg2a) Virtus Applications

Document 3 – Checklist and Endorsement

Follow the Virtus Guidance Notes and ensure the psychologist has a copy.

Virtus International Guidance Notes (Feb 22)


Every athletes main coach needs to complete the TSAL on line as part of the Virtus application process. The TSAL questionaire will go directly to Virtus and will contribute to the research programme helping developments in the sports specific classification system.

Paper copies are not accepted.

Complete the TSAL online here.

In Paralympic sports (athletics, swimming and table tennis), the athlete may at a later stage be asked by their Sports Governing Body to complete another TSAL. This will only be required at the point the athlete is being called for Stage 2 testing – sports specific classification.

Posting your Application

All applications should be sent by post.  Send original documents where you have them. Email is not accepted.  We recommend using a ‘signed for’ service. Seek guidance from your sport on who this should be sent to before it reaches us at UKSA.

If in doubt, please send it direct to the UK Sports Association, PO Box 1318, Enfield, Middlesex EN1 9ZH.

13 Oct 2022 – We are currently experiencing problems with our postal address.  Please read this important announcement before posting.

Please ensure you keep a photocopy of all that you post.


Athletes seeking eligibility and classification for the first time should ensure you have obtained advice from UKSA, or Sports Governing Body (NGB) before you begin this process. Please do not complete an application or arrange any assessments with psychologists before getting advice.

If you are unsure who to contact about your particular sport, please contact the UK Sports Association directly and we will be happy to advise you.

Further Guidance on international classification

Virtus (International) Guidance Notes (Contac UKSA)

To download and read the UKSA Guide for Psychologists, visit the Resources section of this site.

Read the Virtus Eligibility and Classification Policy. (Contact UKSA)

What happens if an athlete is seeking classification in more than one sport?

UK classification is valid across the sports at present.

To compete in more than one sport at international level, an athlete will need to apply for an “additional sport” classification in each sport. This does not mean that a full application is required. Athletes should complete the additional sport application form and the UKSA pro-forma and submit in the normal way. Both documents are required to complete this “additional sport” application process.

Document 1 – INAS-FID Additional Sport Application Form.

Document 2 – UKSA Pro-forma for Additional Sport Application.

Valid or not?

The UK Sports Association for People with Learning Disability (UKSA) holds the central database for any athlete from Great Britain who has been classified at UK or international level.

If you are in any doubt about whether a card or classification number is valid or you need further guidance or would like to chat through the classification procedures then contact the UK Sports Association on 0203 633 6040

You can view the Virtus Master List by visiting the Virtus website.  If a GB athletes names does not appear on the master list you are advised to check their status with UKSA as it may be that the Virtus list has not yet been updated, but the athlete is in fact classified.

The only valid and existing UK classification system is that managed by UKSA. Other organisations in each of the Home Countries implement that system in their respective Home Country. To check the UK classification status of an athlete, please contact UKSA who hold the only UK wide master list.

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