Disability Sport News – November 2014

In Leeds

  • Leeds Sports Awards 2015 have been announced. Taking place on Thursday 5 March at New Dock Hall, Clarence Dock, these prestigious awards are for nominees who have resided or trained within Leeds City Council boundaries between January and December 2014. Nominations are now being taken for all of the categories, including disability sportsman and sportswoman, click here for details. Nominations close on Sunday 14 December
  • STARS scheme (Supporting Talented Athletes Recognition Scheme) has been extended across all Leeds City Council leisure centres. The West Yorkshire Sport scheme – the only one of its kind running in the county, aims to give the region’s most talented athletes the best possible preparation for performing on the world stage, with free training opportunities. For further details click here.
  • Adapted cycling in Leeds is showcased in a new case study by CTC, the national cycling charity. The sessions which take place ten times per week at the John Charles Centre for Sport form part of the new National Inclusive Cycling network.
  • Lineham Farm Childrens Centre are offering two groups of eight young disabled people age 11 years + an opportunity to take part in an after school or weekend outdoor disability sports course. Activities can include climbing, cycling, archery and orienteering, over eight weeks. For further details and to book a session contact Penny Pinn on tel: 0113 230 0959 or e-mail: pennyp@linehamfarm.co.uk
  • Dance sessions for adults with learning disabilities are launching at Armley Leisure Centre from the 8 January 2015. Sessions are run by “Nia” and cost £3.50 to attend, for further details please click here.

Outside Leeds

  • English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) have released a new research document called “Talk to Me”. This used a collaborative approach with providers and participants to understand the needs, wants and desires of disabled people in sport and physical activity and also to look at how to create activities and communications to be more appealing and attractive. Ten key principles were identified. These principles, if followed, should help providers improve their offer to disabled people and make it more appealing. To view the report click here.
  • Special Olympics themed open day is taking place in York on Saturday 29 November from 10am to 3pm. This is a free opportunity to try out a range of different sports, for details click here.
  • West Yorkshire Sport have opened up applications and nominations for their new Youth Sport Council to people aged 19-25. They are looking for outstanding young people with the confidence to speak up who have demonstrated strong leadership skills (not necessarily in a sports setting) and who can contribute ideas to how they can raise participation across the county. For details click here.
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