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About the Adventure For All Professional Practice Group


The Adventure for All (AfA) PPG was formed through the joining of the independent organisation “Adventure for All” with IOL. The members of AfA are either specialist providers of outdoor leaning for people with disabilities or those with a significant interest in this field. The main activity of the group is an annual conference, usually held at one of the specialist provider centres, where new ideas are shared and best practice is discussed.

To promote participation in adventurous activities and outdoor learning by people with disabilities and other special educational needs as well as to share ideas and agree best practice in the safe delivery of activities. This will be done through the PPG’s annual conference and discussion forums as well as presenting to others at conferences and through articles in Horizons. Representation or lobbying at NGB level will be made where appropriate.

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Adventure for All PPG Committee

Chair - Graeme Hill (Link4Life) - Email Graeme

Secretary/Treasurer - Nick Liley (Bendrigg Lodge)

Committee: John Crosbie, John Ford (Lake District Calvert Trust), Matt Hopkins (Lake District Calvert Trust), Lenny Black (Hindleap Warren)




The IOL Adventure for All Professional Practice Group is committed to shaping and developing good practice in safety, inclusion and participation in adventurous activities and outdoor learning by people with disabilities and other special educational needs.



IOL Accredited Training

Attend an IOL Adventure for All Professional Practice Group event and benefit from the experience, passion and collective wisdom of professionals in the field.

Climbing for All is a one day course providing an introduction to instructing disabled people in climbing. The course has now been delivered for over 11 years and was developed by Adventure for All and Mountain Training England and Association of Mountaineering Instructors.




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Research on inclusion and diversity
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Research on inclusion and diversity

Key findings

The Association of British Climbing Walls, the British Mountaineering Council, The Camping and Caravanning Club, the National Indoor Climbing Award Schemes, Mountain Training, the Outdoor Industries Association, Plas y Brenin and Ramblers agreed the commitments after conducting original research ‘Your Movement Matters’, designed to understand current participation in activities as well as the key barriers and enablers.

In the first collaborative project of its kind, the group commissioned Leeds Beckett University to undertake research into the demographics of participation in all levels of activity, from urban walking or indoor climbing to overseas mountaineering. Conducted with a sample of more than 4,700 people living in the UK, the research measured the true state of participation by different communities to help inform and shape the group’s collective approach to improving diversity. A snapshot of the findings can be viewed here.

The research indicated an encouragingly representative gender split of people who climb indoors at 50% male, 46% female and 3% other genders, with non-mountainous walking activities similarly representative at 49% male, 48% female, 2% other genders. Survey respondents who climb outdoors and who go mountaineering are still predominantly male, accounting for 58% and 57% respectively.

The survey showed that people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority heritages were more likely to walk for leisure in an urban setting (81%) than all respondents (76%) but less likely to walk in the hills (63% compared to 73%). The different age profile of this group was also noteworthy with 44% of those who walk for leisure being under the age of 34, more than double the 21% of all other respondents in this age band. This indicates a growing number of individuals whose enthusiasm to explore should be supported and championed by the wider outdoor sector and other organisations, such as the research funders, in order to sustain a lifetime of participation in walking activities.

The reports revealed the motivations of participants; an overwhelming majority of people who participate in walking, climbing and mountaineering activities recognise the positive benefit that it has on their mental health (71% of indoor climbers). Spending time in nature was also highlighted as a huge motivation (94% of walkers). When this knowledge is combined with the extensive existing research that demonstrates the physical and mental health benefits of outdoor activity, it is clear that people who feel unable to take part in these activities are being deprived not just of the activities, but of the many benefits they enable.

Survey respondents identified several barriers preventing activities in the sector from being as diverse as they could be, including a lack of representation and role models, the cost of taking part and a lack of transportation and access to facilities and environments.

Welcoming the reports, the partners will use the findings to support the development and implementation of evidence-based diversity and inclusion strategies, the impact of which will be felt across the sector. As a first step, all eight partners have committed to:

  • Educating ourselves and our workforce – to gain greater insight from the lived experiences of those who are underrepresented.
  • Improving the diversity of people - within all levels of our organisations and in the imagery used to promote walking, climbing and camping.
  • Developing collaborative relationships – with community groups and individuals who can help us effect change and improve pathways for people to access walking, climbing and camping.
  • Holding ourselves accountable - for our actions and setting targets to improve equity, diversity and inclusion.

Your Movement Matters - key findings



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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Adventure for All PPG?

The AfA PPG is a group of like-minded organisations and individuals who have a particular interest in including people with disabilities in outdoor learning.

Is membership of the AfA PPG for me?

If you are an organisation with a significant number of participants with disabilities, an individual with an interest in inclusion or wish to target this customer sector, then you are likely to benefit from membership and involvement with the group. In addition, people with disabilities and wider society are likely to benefit from your participation as your experience can contribute to the body of knowledge shared between us and others offering outdoor learning.

Which client groups are included in AfA PPG considerations?

Although the majority of the topics focus on those with physical, sensory or intellectual impairments, these are not exclusive. If special considerations are needed to assist someone participate in outdoor learning then the members are likely to have both an interest and some experience which may be able to help, as there are crossovers of teaching and learning between various impairment groups. Notable work in the past has focussed on those with autism, mental health issues, old age and chronically overweight participants.

What do I get from joining the AfA PPG?

The AfA PPG is a discussion forum where new ideas are scrutinised and best practice is shared. Although there are some e-discussions during the year the main event is the annual 2-day conference (invariably held at a specialist centre for those with disabilities). This is a low cost networking and sharing event where relationships are built so members have the confidence to pick up and ask colleagues for help or advice during the rest of the year.

Can I get specific advice about including those with disabilities from the AfA PPG?

The AfA PPG is a group of IOL member organisations and individuals, so any advice would be the opinion of that organisation or individual which may or may not be shared across the group. A number of the member organisations do offer disability inclusion advice, and it may be worth contacting these. Alternatively you could attend a conference with the specific agenda item for the whole group to discuss.



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