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.

Click on a tab to see the links in that section.

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 If you find any broken or outdated links or have something you think should be added, please email share@muddyfaces.co.uk with ‘links’ in the subject line. Thank you.

Access Sport

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.

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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.)



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Boccia England

Boccia is a disability sport where players aim to propel balls close to a target ball.

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British Blind Sport

Enabling blind and partially sighted people to have the same opportunities as sighted people to access and enjoy sport and recreational activities in the UK.

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British Wheelchair Basketball

Find a club, follow the national team, watch videos, join the online community, find rules, courses & events.

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Cerebral Palsy (CP) Sport

Aim to improve the quality of life for people with physical impairments through the provision of appropriate sport and recreational activities.

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Disability Snowsport UK

Promote equality and opportunity for people with disabilities to take part in snowsports & improve their enjoyment and standard of performance at the level of their choice.

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Disability Sport

A guide to organised sport & recreational opportunities for people with disabilities, at local & international level.

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Equality in Sport

Providing a wide range of equality-related material, including the Equality Standard for Sport, to assist all sporting organisations become more equitable and to provide a service to all sectors of the population.

Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby

Promote, grow and support wheelchair rugby for the enjoyment for all in England, Scotland and Wales.

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Panathlon Challenge

Sporting programmes, training courses & annual ‘mini Paralympics’. “Without Panathlon, many young disabled people would not have an opportunity to take part in competitive sport.”

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Scottish Disability Sport SDS

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.

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Sporting Equals

Promoting ethnic diversity in sport and physical activity.

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UK Deaf Sport

Encourage deaf people to participate, to enjoy and to excel at sport, including the Deaflympics.

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UK Sports Assoc for People with Learning Disability UKSA

Encourage the development of sustainable, integrated quality sports provision for people with learning disability, from grassroots through to elite international opportunities.

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The national charity for wheelchair sport in the UK, based at Stoke Mandeville, the home of the paralympic movement.

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Women in Sport

Working to transform sport for the benefit of every woman and girl in the UK, increasing visibility and normalising sport for women and girls.

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Youth Sport Trust

Changing young people’s lives through sport, working at primary & secondary level, including Project Ability for disabled pupils.

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British Caving Association

‘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.’

National Speleological Society

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.

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Association of British Climbing Walls

Membership organisation ensuring that climbing walls meet the industries best practise guidelines: newsletters, seminars, events.

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British Mountaineering Council

Aim to protect the freedoms and promote the interests of climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers. Loads of info, advice and articles.

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Global Organisation of Tree Climbers

Recreational Tree Climbing “uses ropes, saddles & techniques proven safe for both climber & tree… for recreation, exploration, exhilaration, education, research, exercise & fun!”


Tree Climber’s Coalition

Network for tree climbers which aims “to provide articles, references, and other resources that will benefit climbers.” US-Based.

Tree Climbers International

A worldwide organisation of people who love to climb trees using ‘rope & harness’ methods, safely and with utmost care for the trees they climb.

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UK Climbing

Up-to-date and comprehensive information and news about everything to do with hill-walking, climbing and mountaineering from around the world.

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All Terrain Boarding Association

Support the growth of mountain-boarding in the UK as a sport, a recreational activity and as a community.



Resources to encourage children and adults to start cycling. Part of Change4Life.

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British Cycling

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.

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Cycling Time Trials

‘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.

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Cycling UK

Promote all forms of cycling, protect the interests of existing and would-be cyclists, and inspire people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to discover the joys of cycling.

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Federation of Artistic Roller Skating

Coaching, clubs, regulations, awards, events, etc.

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Federation of Inline Speed Skating

Clubs, events, policies, etc.

Forestry Commission: mountain biking in Scotland

Find trails, centres, events and information for cyclists of all abilities. Section on skills & tips.

International Mountain Bicycling Association

Create, enhance & preserve great experiences by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trail work participation, cooperation among different user groups, grassroots advocacy & innovative trail management.


Karting UK

Comprehensive information on the sport of karting in the UK.

Mountain Biking Wales

Find trails, centres, events and information for cyclists of all abilities.

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‘The charity that’s making it easier for people to walk and cycle.’ Creators of the National Cycle Network.

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CITO Cache In Trash Out

Annual weekend promoting environmental respect & litter picking while geocaching – removal of invasive species, re-vegetation & building trails. By Groundspeak (Geocaching HQ).



An Earthcache is a virtual cache designed to draw attention to and explain an interesting or significant geological feature. From the Geological Society of America.

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Geocaching Association of GB

UK point of contact for geocachers, landowners, the media and others with an interest in geocaching. Codes of conduct, help & support etc.


The starting point for GPS-guided treasure hunts: log in, seek and find a cache near you, sign the log book, maybe find or leave a trinket.

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Aims to improve the accessibility of geocaching for disabled people all over the world by rating caches on their accessibility.


Physical locations marked by coordinates (latitude/longitude) with interesting information available online. Log your visits/create your own scavenger hunts. From Groundspeak (Geocaching HQ).

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Where I Go

GPS adventure games, created online, played in the real world. Create your own or play ones others have made. Free. From Groundspeak (Geocaching HQ).

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Archery GB

Clubs, coaching, guidance & events.

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British Balloon and Airship Club

‘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.’


British Kitesports Association

Clubs, events, guides, training and information on kiteboarding, kitesurfing, kite buggies etc.

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British Model Flying Association

Promote, protect, organise and encourage model flying within the UK, for clubs and individuals.


Coasteering Wales

Company based in Anglesey running activities including eco-coasteering: educational tours exploring wildlife, geology and rockpools.

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England Kabadi Federation UK

The team game of Indian origin where players dodge a ball whilst chanting ‘Kabadi-kabadi’ for one breath only. Kabadi listings: find UK clubs and tournaments.

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Kite Society of Great Britain

Comprehensive reference about kites and kite flying – find your local kite group, tips, events, resources and books etc plus big selection of plans for making your own kite.

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National Council for Metal Detecting

Information on clubs, membership, the Treasure Act … ‘everything you will need to know about the hobby.’ Guides: Intro to Metal Detecting and Basics & Theory.


The home of sport, team and competitive kite flying in the UK.


UK Kyudo Association

Kyudo: the way of the bow. ‘When the bow became obsolete as a weapon the spiritual aspect of archery was developed as a discipline for peace and self-cultivation.’


UK Ultimate

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.

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Skipping & rope games for children, plus links to more resources.

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Rope Games

A dozen games for groups, incorporating ropes. From Youthwork Practice.

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Ropes Course Activities

A starting point for all ropes course related topics: activity story lines, pictures, waivers, facilitation tips & resources, and more. From Ultimate Camp Resource.

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Slacklining is the sport of walking a small, flat nylon rope between two points: community-driven media and information hub for the slackline community.

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Slackline Hive Fly

Slackline Tricks Encyclopedia, for anyone from beginners to experts.

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Association for Physical Education

For people and organisations delivering or supporting the delivery of physical education, physical activity and school sport in educational contexts & in the wider community.

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County Sports Partnerships

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.

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Green Exercise

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.

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Sport & Recreation Alliance

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.

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Sport England

Helping people and communities across the country create sporting habits for life.

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