External Links: sports & adventure
Muddy Faces is all about getting outdoors with your groups, families and friends. The outdoors is the perfect setting for physical activity, sports and adventure.
We have compiled a list of interesting & inspiring websites on sport & adventure outdoors, including the main governing bodies, national organisations and initiatives – many are directly related to working & playing outdoors, some have a wider remit or are included because we think they may be helpful to know about.
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We do our best to keep these links up to date, but policies and focus in this area often change. If you find any broken or outdated links or have something you think should be added, please email email@example.com with ‘links’ in the subject line. Thank you.
Aim to give children, particularly in disadvantaged areas, access to a wide range of quality local sport. Supporting volunteers to set up & run local sports clubs, with funding, advice & networking.
Activity Alliance disability inclusion sport
A charity that ‘is working to make active lives possible with a vision that disabled people are active for life.’ The site has information on programmes, facts and figures, research, resources and training. (Formally EFDS.)
Governing & co-coordinating body of all sports for people of all ages & abilities, developing opportunities & improving performance in disability sport for children, athletes and players with a physical, sensory or learning disability.
Encourage the development of sustainable, integrated quality sports provision for people with learning disability, from grassroots through to elite international opportunities.
‘Represents individuals and groups with a genuine interest in caves, karst and associated phenomena, whether from a strictly sporting viewpoint, a scientific viewpoint, or a combination of both.’
Further the exploration, study and protection of caves and their environments, to learn about the underground wilderness and protect it for future generations. US-based site.
Recreational Tree Climbing “uses ropes, saddles & techniques proven safe for both climber & tree… for recreation, exploration, exhilaration, education, research, exercise & fun!”
All levels & six disciplines of sports cycling (BMX, mountain bike, cyclo-cross, road, track & cycle speedway), supporting people from first time riders to riding for the Great Britain Cycling Team.
‘A race against the clock, with riders starting a minute apart… known as The Race of Truth because it’s just you vs the clock.’ Road races between 10-100 miles, or fixed time, up to 24 hours.
Create, enhance & preserve great experiences by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trail work participation, cooperation among different user groups, grassroots advocacy & innovative trail management.
‘Promote the discipline of lighter-than-air flight: hot air ballooning, gas ballooning & airship flying… whether as an existing pilot, an aspiring pilot, or someone with a general interest in ballooning as spectator or crew.’
aka ultimate frisbee. A fast-moving team sport with no referees: upholding the principles of fair play – the “Spirit of the Game” during competitions becomes a challenging responsibility for players & is one of the defining aspects of the sport.
For people and organisations delivering or supporting the delivery of physical education, physical activity and school sport in educational contexts & in the wider community.
Networks of local agencies committed to working together to increase participation in sport and physical activity. Partners include National Governing Bodies of Sport and their clubs & school sport partnerships.
The University of Essex has been researching the concept of Green Exercise for 14 years, coining the term in 2003, with expertise in exercise physiology, health & well-being, environmental sustainability, community engagement, behaviour change.
Umbrella organisation for governing bodies of sport & recreation in the UK. More than 300 members from a wide range of sports. Extremely useful site – with thanks to them for much of our research here.