Leeds Disability Sport News- August 2014

 In Leeds


  • IPC Athletics European Championships continue in Swansea this week. Congratulations to Leeds City AC wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft for her gold medal in the 100m already. TV coverage continues on More4 until Saturday 23rd


  • Yorkshire County Tennis Championships will again this year have a visually impaired tennis category. Taking place at the John Charles Centre for Sport in Leeds on Wednesday 27th August, 2pm to 5pm, entry fee is £5 and available for B1 to B4 players. To enter contact north@lta.org.uk


  • Celebrate National Paralympic Day and Leeds 2 Rio with a variety of activities taking place at the end of August in Leeds. Lineham Farm, Leeds Sailing & Activity Centre and Herd Farm are running specific sessions for disabled people on Wednesday 27th and Friday 29th August, including adapted cycling, canoeing, sailing and wheelchair abseiling. Spider-Y are running a free wheelchair sport taster day at Morley Leisure Centre on Thursday 28th #NPD2014 #Leeds2Rio


  • Ticket 2 Tokyo is coming to Leeds on Sunday 21st A wheelchair tennis fast track programme, this aims to attract potential athletes across the country to find those with the desire and dedication to train to become elite athletes and compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Disabled people of all ages can come along to Leeds Met University for the festival and play wheelchair tennis for free under the guidance of top coaches.


  • Leeds Disability Tag Rugby Festival will be taking place at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Tuesday 23rd Suitable for junior and senior teams, aimed at ambulant players with a learning, moderate physical or sensory impairment. Entry fee is £20 or free for Leeds schools who are members of Active Schools/ Leeds Schools Sports Association.


  • Herd Farm Activity Centre are running short breaks weekend residentials for young people aged 10 to 16yrs with a disability. Taking place in September and October, these provide a fun, friendly, active and busy weekend of interactive games, outdoor team challenges, arts, crafts, music and relaxing.


  • Northern Sailability regatta will be taking place at Otley Sailing Club on Thursday 9th October, featuring Access 303 wide dinghies, which are incredibly accessible for all.


  • Disability Sport Yorkshire have a brand new sport based training programme for young disabled people between the ages of 16 -25 in Leeds and across West Yorkshire.  If you have an interest in sport and want to gain qualifications to enable you to volunteer as a coach, official or participant then this course is ideal for you.


Outside Leeds


  • Learning Disability Sport workshop is taking place on the 15th September in Huddersfield. Developed through the English Learning Disability Sports Alliance between Mencap Sport and Special Olympics GB, this workshop looks at learning disability and sport to help clubs, coaches and sports providers offer a more inclusive environment and support people with a learning disability to access sporting opportunities.



  • Boccia England are offering development grants to encourage growth in the sport of Boccia. Grants are available to organisations, schools, community groups, councils, and clubs who will increase the number of new disabled young people and adults regularly playing Boccia once a week or more often.


  • EFDS have released their latest report entitled “Encouraging people to be active together”. This study examines current providers’ experiences, successes and learning points. It also suggests ways to attract more disabled people to be active in this way.


  • England Athletics have announced the launch of their Sight Loss awareness and Guide Running Workshop. The workshop has been written in conjunction with British Blind Sport and provides runners, leaders, coaches and volunteers with information and experience in off-track guide running for people with a visual impairment.


  • British Paralympic Association celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and BT is inviting the public to nominate their club for a BT 25th Birthday Bursary, a fund of £25,000 that will be distributed in five awards of £5,000 to sports clubs in the UK. The competition is open to amateur sports clubs operating in the UK only, which offer significant opportunities for participation in disability sports.



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