As part of its core range of activities, we offer product design consultancy. Together with an experienced, creative, motivated and multi-award winning design team we have developed a range of successful and revoluntary products for a wide range of needs - both for disabled and non-disabled people alike. These products have helped level the playing field, allowing for a full and active participation by people seeking the excitement and thrill of outdoor adventure and activities.
Real needs, real solutions:
Through our multi-disciplinary and broad based approach to design, we can turn any requirement into reality. Employing creative design, sound engineering skills, strategically placed sports science, rehabilition support and structured rigorous field testing, we ensure that effective and tested solutions are created for real needs.
In order to allow a greater range of flexibility in our work, we have formed a stategic partnership with Sheffield Hallam University's Sports Engineering Department. This relationship has also provided a mechanism for influencing and supporting the development of graduating sports engineers whilst helping reinforce awareness and appreciation of their role and responsibilities in sports equipment development.
The Millennium awards were presented to the UK's top designers by the British Design Council. Both the Kite and the Aquabac received this prestigious award, placing adventure sports equipment for disabled people onto the agenda.
Equipment Selection Advice:
Our team has extensive knowledge about the range of equipment available and can help you source the right equipment to ensure that you are able to meet real needs in a cost effective and cohesive manner.
Facilities Access Auditing:
Changes in legislation mean that it is necessary to ensure that facilities and services are accessible to all regardless of impairment. We provide a range of holistic access audits and assessments to ensure that you are able to conform to the latest changes in legislation. Our blend of design and technical knowledge in combination with our wealth of experience in coaching, development and activity provision means that we are able to provide a service that helps you link theory to practice and evolve your plans to workable, practical solutions.
Programme and Community Development:
Where appropriate, we are also able to help your organisation develop accessible community action programmes to ensure that you are able to bring your facilities to life.
Education and Inspiration:
We run lectures and seminars based on expedition and fieldwork case-studies, which encompass good practice while promoting diversity in sport, society and the workplace.
- Sports Development Project Consultancy - project planning, fundraising, research, development and implementation.
- Specialist sports equipment design - identification, analysis, design and realisation.
Utilising a range of sports science, design development and user-led research methodologies we are able to create new opportunities through inclusive, barrier-free equipment design.
Using sound outdoor development principles, qualified and experienced staff and appropriate equipment, we are able to provide a range of outdoor courses and learning scenarios that support the development of all concerned, regardless of disability.
- Hill Walking
- Multi-activity Programmes
Case Study - SSBA (Scottish Spina Bifida Association)
We enjoy a close working relationship with the Scottish Spina Bifida Association. Following a review of their service delivery by the team at EA, a plan to re-engage and activate their membership was developed. Some elements of the plan have been completed, as follows.
1. At their national centre in Cumbernauld we have designed and installed a bespoke inclusive play area, to enable many of the younger membership to get actively involved in play with their siblings and peers for the very first time.
2. We have worked with their adult membership on the Inclusive Fitness Project, to introduce personalised health related fitness programmes.
Watch this space for our latest joint project...
Case Study - Inclusive Expedition Practice Project
We were involved in the development of a range of initiatives at the Royal Geographical Society’s Expedition Advisory Centre. The foundation work continues and EAD staff continue to play a role in supporting the development of Inclusive Expedition and Fieldwork opportunities for all.