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Accessibility Statement

This statement applies to content published on the www.sport.wales domain. It does not apply to content on subdomains (for example, www.plasmenai.co.uk).

This website is run by the Sports Council for Wales (Sport Wales). It is designed to be used by as many people as possible. The text should be clear and simple to understand. You should be able to:

  • zoom in up to 300% without problems
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • Change the page to a high contrast mode, a greyscale mode or an inverted colours mode.
  • Use the link finder to locate every link on the page through a simple select field

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

Measures to support accessibility

Sport Wales takes the following measures to ensure accessibility of the Sport Wales website (www.sport.wales):

  • Integrate accessibility into our procurement practices.
  • Provide accessibility training for our staff.
  • Implemented YouAccess, a tool to enable people with disabilities to tailor pages on Sport Wales to their needs.
  • Regularly review and update content.

We also try to ensure that:

  • All images in our sites contain appropriate alternate text.
  • Every interactive element of the website is reachable in different ways, including by keyboard navigation.
  • Interactive elements have changes of style when hovered with the mouse or focused by keyboard navigation.
  • All foreground and background colours are checked to ensure sufficient contrast, or given alternative text in the case of images.
  • Our content is written clearly, concisely, free of jargon and in plain English.
  • All pages use headings in a logical and ordinate way.
  • All ‘calls to action’ are easy to find.
  • Symbols (e.g. >) are used in context and for their semantic use.
  • All forms are navigable using a keyboard, have submit buttons and appropriate response in case of success or failure.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Sport Wales is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Users with disabilities may also use YouAccess to tailor the page to their needs. YouAccess Menu is reachable clicking on the icon situated on the top right of the viewport, or by keyboard tabbing through the page to the last element of the page.

YouAccess menu is easy to navigate by mouse or by keyboard using the arrows and enter key.

Specifically, with YouAccess users can:

  • Scale the font size up to 200%
  • Change the colour of the text and background, in order to achieve a more efficient contrast ratio.
  • Change the font used through the page, in order to achieve a better legibility. A font specifically designed against some common symptoms of dyslexia is also available.
  • Change colour, aspect and interaction of all links through the page, to ensure they are easy to spot
  • Change the page to a high contrast mode, a greyscale mode or an inverted colours mode.
  • Use the link finder to locate every link on the page through a simple select field
  • Use the dictionary to find the meaning of a term (English only).

YouAccess will remember your settings and it will apply them automatically for all the page of the website every time you visit them. Every data and settings are saved only on the memory of your browser and in no other places.  User can click or press enter on “Reset All” to restore the website to its original style.

All the functionality and practices listed above are implemented both for the English and for Welsh version of this website, in their respective languages.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • There are pages with an Illogical heading structure. This fails WCAG Reference: Success Criterion 1.3.1 Info and Relationships (Level A).
  • Form Purpose (A) - Elements provided do not function as expected. This Fails WCAG Reference: Success Criterion 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value (Level A).
  • Ambiguous links (A) - Links provided are ambiguous in their description.This fails WCAG Reference: Success Criterion 2.4.4 Link Purpose (In Context) (Level A).
  • Layer focus (A) - Hidden layer received focus even though visually hidden form users.This fails WCAG Reference: Success Criterion 2.4.3 Focus Order (Level A).
  • Keyboard navigation disabled (A) - Keyboard focus becomes trapped when reaching the end of the layer. This fails WCAG Reference: Success Criterion 2.1.1 Keyboard (Level A).
  • Keyboard access (A) - Content could not be reached through standard keyboard navigation.This fails WCAG Reference: Success Criterion 2.1.1 Keyboard (Level A).
  • Colour alone (A) - Colour had been used to provide information to users without alternative. his fails WCAG Reference: Success Criterion 1.4.1 Use of Colour (Level A).
  • Role not provided (A) - A role has not been provided to each element causing it to be read out as plain text. This fails WCAG Reference: Success Criterion 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value (Level A).
  • Inaccessible content (A) Content could not be accessed via screen reading software. This fails Success Criterion 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value (Level A).
  • On input (A). Upon content being activated, new content appears on screen without moving users focus to the newly appeared content. This fails WCAG Reference: Success Criterion 3.2.2 On Input (Level A).
  • Visual heading (A) Content had been visual styled as a heading but had not been marked up as a heading. This fails WCAG Reference: Success Criterion 1.3.1 Info and Relationships (Level A).
  • Iframe title (A) - Iframe had not been provided a title attribute.This fails WCAG Reference: Success Criterion 3.3.2 Labels or Instructions (Level A).
  • Audio description (A) No audio description had been provided making it difficult for blind user groups. This fails WCAG Reference: Success Criterion 1.2.3 Audio Description or Media Alternative (Prerecorded) (Level A).
  • Updating search results (A) Content on the page updated without informing screen reader users. This fails WCAG Reference: Success Criterion 3.2.2 On Input (Level A).
  • Duplicate landmark (A) Duplicate landmark had been used without distinguishing the differences. This fails Success Criterion 3.3.2 Labels or Instructions (Level A). Success Criterion 1.3.1 Info and Relationships (Level A).
  • Superfluous map content (A) - Map content had been provided which could easily confuse screen reader users.v This fails WCAG Reference: Success Criterion 1.3.1 Info and Relationships (Level A).
  • Table heading (A) Table headings had not been provided to introduce the column. This fails WCAG Reference: Success Criterion 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value (Level A).
  • Illogical Focus order (A) - Focus order provided was illogical for keyboard only users. This fails WCAG Reference: Success Criterion 2.4.3 Focus Order (Level A).
  • Non-text contrast (AA) Colour contrast for non-text elements failed below 3.1 making it difficult for low vision users and keyboard users to see the content or focus highlighting provided. This fails WCAG Reference: Success Criterion 1.4.11 Non-text Contrast (Level AA).
  • Error message not announced (AA) - Upon error messages appearing screen reader users are not informed of this content. This fails WCAG Reference: Success Criterion 4.1.3 Status Messages (Level AA).
  • Colour contrast (AA) - Page elements are present that do not meet the minimum colour contrast requirements.This fails WCAG Reference: Success Criterion 1.4.3 Contrast (Minimum) (Level AA)
  • Images on some pages do not always have suitable image descriptions. Users of assistive technologies may not have access to information conveyed in images. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (Non-text Content).
  • Many documents are in less accessible formats, for example PDF. Non-HTML documents published on or after 23 September 2018 must have an accessible format.

These issues were identified through an audit by the Digital Accessibility Centre. They are being fixed by our web provider and are due to be retested the week commencing 5th April 2021.

The audit report can be found below.

The Sport Wales Integrated Annual Report and Sport Wales Strategic Equality Plan 2020/2024 are also being audited by the Digital Accessibility Centre in April 2021.

Disproportionate burden

We believe that fixing the accessibility problems with some content would be disproportionate because the relevant platform will be retired soon.

Recruitment pages (https://recruitment.sportwales.org.uk/Vacancy.aspx). These are legacy pages and a project to update and provide a fit-for-purpose system is being worked through.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

Live Video

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

PDFs and other documents

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents. We have attempted to audit and fix, or remove, all inaccessible PDFs from this website.  All other inaccessible documents on the website will be removed or fixed by 23rd June 2021.

Third-party products and websites

Some parts of our website may require the use of third-party software. Our website may also contain hyperlinks to external third-party websites, for your convenience. We have no control over the content published on third-party websites or their products. Please refer to the provider’s website for support information.

Fixing of Issues

We are urgently working through improvements to accessibility. We will update the statement when issues are fixed or when we expect them to be fixed.

We are also making continued improvements to sub-domains and third-party sites as much as possible. More details on this can be provided using the contact details below.

Feedback

We welcome your feedback on the accessibility of the Sport Wales Website. Please let us know if you encounter accessibility barriers on the Sport Wales Website or you require content in a different format:

Phone: 02920 338359

E-mail: communications@sport.wales

Postal address: Communications and Digital, Sport Wales, Sport Wales National Centre, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, CF11 9SW

We try to respond to feedback within 5 business days.

How we tested this website

We have used the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard to test this website.

Sport Wales's digital team is committed to making sure our online services are accessible to all users and comply with level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines – WCAG 2.1, in line with The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

In order to help us achieve and maintain our objective we commissioned The Digital Accessibility Centre (DAC) to carry out WCAG 2.1 AA level technical compliance audits, including extensive testing by users with a wide range of disabilities. You can find a copy of the report here.

This website was also tested on 2 July 2020. The test was carried out by the Government Digital Service. You can find a copy of the report here.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 30 November 2020 and updated on 9th April 2021.