Update from Para Dance UK

Update from Para Dance UK

You may be wondering why you haven’t heard from them in a while but this Update from Para Dance UK will hopefully clarify the changes that have been taking place within the organisation. It sounds as though a difficult decision has resulted in a very positive outcome.

Update from Para Dance UK

As part of Communities 1st’s recent stewardship of Para Dance UK, we have undertaken a comprehensive review of our roles and responsibilities, particularly in relation to the duties of the National Governing Body (NGB) for Para Dance Sport (formally Wheelchair Dance Sport) within the UK.

It is with a sense of responsibility and after careful consideration that we inform you of our decision to no longer continue in the capacity of the National Governing Body (NGB) for Para Dance Sport. This role, encompassing the management of competitive, technical, and medical aspects of Para Dance Sport within the UK, will need to transition to another qualified and technically adept organisation.

This decision has not been taken lightly and we understand this may be upsetting to some in the community but as  Communities 1st continues its leadership of Para Dance UK we are realigning our mission towards enhancing social impact through inclusive dance for all. This strategic shift emphasises our dedication to fostering inclusivity and accessibility within the wider dance community both as an art form and as a physical activity, rather than seeking NGB status for one style of Dance (specifically Competitive Ballroom and Latin Dancing). We aim to create a more inclusive, supportive environment for all participants, focusing on the broader benefits of dance for individuals and communities and continuing our message that Everyone Can Dance!

The responsibility of recognising an NGB falls under a detailed recognition process overseen by the Sports Councils. This process is independent and ensures that the governance of Para Dance Sport remains impartial and meets the high standards that Para Dance UK has been undertaking since 2006. For those seeking more information on the NGB recognition process, please visit the Sport England website or contact your Home Nation’s Sports Council.

As we navigate this transition, our commitment to the Para Dance community remains unwavering. We are eager to work collaboratively with relevant bodies to ensure a seamless transition, allowing the sport to continue to grow and develop across the UK. We appreciate the support and understanding of our stakeholders during this period of change and look forward to continuing our work to promote and enhance inclusive dance for everyone.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

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