Leeds Disability Sport News – November 2013

Latest disability sport news in Leeds

–          The next round of Sport England Sportivate funding has been announced, with the deadline to apply in Leeds Friday 3rd January 2014. Applications are sought from clubs with a focus on age 16+ plus those that have a disability focus, for delivery from April to September 2014.

–          Disability sport in Leeds has received a bonus by obtaining funding for new equipment via the short breaks scheme. Many existing disability sport sessions in the city will benefit from this equipment, as well as providing scope for new activities for disabled people.

–          Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre at Yeadon Tarn has benefitted from some of the above short breaks funding, with a new unique indoor accessible caving experience. This cave will be launched on Wednesday 11th December, with a free open day for children, adults and teachers/carers to book onto. The cave will also be available from January 2014 for groups and individuals to book onto regular sessions, click here for details. 

–          Leeds Sports Awards have been announced for 27th February 2014, with nominations available for disabled sportsperson and young disability sportsperson amongst other awards. Tickets for the event at the New Dock Hall can be purchased too. 

–          Leeds Lets Get Active is the new pilot scheme in Leeds designed to get in-active people active, and is open to all ages. You can register via the website and view current free gym, swim and community sport session timetables. 

–          Jet 2 and David Lloyd are holding a ProAm tennis event on Sunday 24th November in Leeds, with a wheelchair tennis exhibition match in the afternoon involving some of the top British players. Tickets are available to watch or get involved in some of the coaching sessions. 

–          The latest Leeds Disability Sport events calendar for 2014 is now available to view. If you would like to add other disability sport events, competitions and festivals to this calendar please e-mail: ross.bibby@leeds.gov.uk 

–          Leeds based Paralympic cycling champion David Stone will be giving a talk at Leeds Central Library on Tuesday 3rd December. This free event will take place at 6.30pm and is being held to celebrate International Day of Disabled People.

Outside Leeds

–          The National Deaf Children’s Society have just launched a new British Sign Language (BSL) for sport toolkit. This is ideal for anyone who works with deaf people who use BSL, to learn some basic BSL and to gain some specific signs related to sport. 

–          The new Sports Coach UK (SCUK) course “Effective Communication: Coaching Deaf People in Sport” has been launched. There are 8 courses booked to take place between now and March 2014 in England. The next course in West Yorkshire is taking place in February 2014. 

–          A new national scheme looking to unearth future female Paralympic champions has been launched. Click on Girls for Gold- Disability athletics for further information.

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