Community Sports

There are various community sports groups in New Zealand for people with all types of disabilities.

The Halberg Disability Sport Foundation enhances the lives of physically disabled young people, their families and communities, by enabling them to participate in sport.

Allsports is the Halberg Disability Sport foundation's community-based Disability Sports Programme. The website has a useful tool which allows you to search for sports clubs and associations near you.

The Allsports Halberg Activity Fund provides grants to physically disabled young people, helping them overcome financial barriers that may otherwise stop them from participating in sport .

ParaFeds offer sporting opportunities for people with physical disabilities to participate at a social level right through to high performance sport. There are currently 11 ParaFed associations operating around New Zealand and each one offers more information on sports programmes in your region. If you have a physical disability and want to be involved in sport at any level, they will point you in the right direction.

The Special Olympics is a global organisation supporting more than 4 million athletes with intellectual disabilities and working with hundreds of thousands of volunteers and coaches each year.

Special Olympics New Zealand runs a year-round programme of sports training and competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. They currently offer 13 sports. Special Olympic athletes can participate in local and regional games on a regular basis. In addition, there are National Games, Trans Tasman Games, Asia Pacific Games and World Games on a four year cycle.

Deaf Sports Federation of New Zealand (DSFNZ) runs the New Zealand Deaf Games and has several Deaf Sports Associations.

Blind Sport New Zealand is the national sporting association for blind sport. It promotes opportunities for blind and low vision athletes to compete at National and International events.

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