Please see below for a round-up of the latest disability sport news this month in and around Leeds:
- Leeds City AC wheelchair racing programme features on the “This Girl Can Leeds” website, encouraging people of all ages and ability levels to get active. Also check out the blog written by racer and Leeds City Council sports coach Nick Smith regarding his travels abroad competing this year.
- BBC Get Inspired team once again visited Leeds, this time to try out various forms of adapted cycling at the Herd Farm Activity Centre in North Leeds. This follows on from their recent trips to try wheelchair tennis in July at the John Charles Centre for Sport, and wheelchair rugby league in February at Morley Leisure Centre.
- Tennis sessions aimed at people using mental health services in Leeds are currently running at Kirkstall Abbey Tennis Club on Wednesday mornings. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or click on the link.
- Leeds Innovation Fund is available to apply for. This focuses on new ways of innovative working that support delivery of city priorities which might be by: working in a different way; implementing new ideas and methods; working in partnership to tackle an issue; or working with different partners. The focus of the fund in 2015 is to support innovative ways of delivering services that have an impact on the lives of local citizens. Closing date for applications is 5.00pm Tuesday 1 September.
- Leeds Rugby World Cup Fanzone kicks off on Friday 18 September on Millennium Square in the city centre, to coincide with the start of the Rugby World Cup. A variety of rugby themed and generic activities will be available to the public, as well as specific slots for disabled children and adult groups.
- Leeds Disability Tag Rugby Festival 2015 will be taking place at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Tuesday 22 September. This annual event organised by Leeds City Council, Leeds Rhinos Foundation and the RFU is aimed at ambulant players of all ages with a learning, moderate physical or sensory impairment.
- Leadership in Running Fitness, deaf friendly course is taking place at Cockburn High School in Leeds on Saturday 14 November. This will enable you to deliver fun and safe sessions to multi-ability groups and give advice and support to the new runner, as well as developing pathways for those who want to progress. Communication support is provided on this course.
- City of York Council latest monthly disability sport & physical activity newsletter is available to read.
- VI cricket awareness day is taking place on Monday 31 August at Old Sharlston CC, Wakefield at 10.30am. Skill sessions coached by ECB qualified VI coaches will take palce, alongside a development league game against Durham VICC, in the afternoon. The event is open to players of all ages and abilities and sim specs will be available for sighted people to try out the game. For more info please contact John Garbett on: 07972 360928 or e-mail : email@example.com
- Consultation on a new National Strategy for Sport is currently taking place, with the closing date the 2 October 2015.
- Action for Blind People’s Annual Athletics day is taking place on 3 October in Sheffield and is open to all children and young people with a visual impairment. If you have anyone who is interested in attending please pass on the details and either contact Brown@actionforblindpeople.org.uk or Lesley.Inganni@Actionforblindpeople.org.uk . The closing date for this is 9 September.
- LimbPower Junior Games at Stoke Mandeville take place on 10 October. The event will introduce amputees and young people with limb impairment aged 11-18 years to a range of sporting activities in a safe, friendly and inclusive environment.
- UK Coaching Awards 2015 are being held in Manchester on the 1 December. Tickets are available for the awards and the closing date for nominations in a range of categories is 26 September
- Disability watersports survey is being conducted nationally by the RYA Sailability, British Rowing, British Water-ski & Wakeboard and British Canoeing, who are looking to improve the opportunities for disabled people to take part. To do this they are thinking about providing a joint offer allowing disabled people and their families to try different watersports in one session at a single venue.
- BMC Para-climbing series dates for 2015 have been announced. These aim to provide disabled people with an opportunity to have a go at climbing in a competitive environment, and are being held at locations across the country including Manchester and Newcastle.