Charity information


The British Paralympic Association (BPA) is a registered charity which is responsible for selecting, preparing, entering, funding and managing Britain' s teams at the Paralympic Games and Paralympic Winter Games. The invitation to participate in the Paralympic Games is to the BPA as the National Paralympic Committee for Great Britain.

The Paralympic Games take place once every four years (with a Winter Games two years after each summer edition of the Games) in the same city and year as the Olympic Games. They are an elite multi-sport event for athletes with a disability and are a direct "parallel" to the Olympic Games - hence the name.

The Earl of Wessex has been a BPA Patron since November 2003 and visited the Paralympic Games in Barcelona in 1992 and Athens 2004.

Mission Plan

The British Paralympic Association aims to send the best trained and prepared Great Britain Team to each Paralympic Games.

Performance Ambition: Provide the optimum and most cohesive performance environment for both athletes and support staff that challenges and extends the ambitions, performance standards and medal expectations of the Great Britain Paralympic Team.

Performance Intention: Leading to performance domination of key international events and first place in the Paralympic medal table.

Performance Vision: The sight of a British tracksuit will invoke awe and respect in those who aspire to it and those who oppose it, in recognition that the standards, expectations and ambitions of the wearer will be difficult to attain or surpass.