Leeds Disability Sport News- February 2016

In Leeds 

  • Disabled Access Day is taking place on Saturday 12th March, and Leeds will be celebrating in the week leading up to this with events and ‘have-a-go’ activities on offer across the city, plus on the day activities will take place at a range of venues such as Lotherton Hall, libraries and a central event at Leeds City Museum, including come and try sports sessions.
  • PHAB Leeds have a sports coach vacancy on their Friday night sessions. PHAB Leeds is a social club for disabled people and their non-disabled friends based at the Prince Philip Centre on Scott Hall Avenue in Leeds. It is an all ages club held on Friday evening from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Please contact Ann Hart for further information: hartphab@btinternet.com or visit the PHAB club website .
  • Leeds Deaf Juniors FC are running football coaching sessions throughout February and March for deaf children and siblings aged between 5 and 12 years old. Sessions take place on a Monday evening at Leeds Futsal Arena.
  • Leeds Athlete Kadeena Cox is attempting to compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in both athletics and cycling, and you can read all about her story.
  • Leeds Vision Consortium are running new activities as part of their Young Peoples Group. This includes VI cricket, Goalball, cycling etc. For further details contact Rachel McHale: tel 0113 3862800 or mchale@actionforblindpeople.org.uk

Outside Leeds

  • Latest Sport England research reveals the true picture of disability nationwide. The report “Mapping Disability: The Facts”, offers an in-depth look at the vast range of impairments experienced by people in England. It also includes comprehensive data on disability by categories such as region, gender and age.
  • Sport England would like your views on how they can achieve the goals outlined in the government’s new Sporting Future strategy.
  • Tennis Foundation National Wheelchair Tennis Series has been launched. These cater for players of all abilities and are the entry-level tier of tournaments for wheelchair tennis players in Great Britain. For new players, every tournament in 2016 will have a Novice division that is only for players who haven’t competed before, and will be a fun, supportive way to try out playing competitively for the first time.
  • IMAS, International Mixed Ability Sports, are seeking people’s views on bringing together disabled and non-disabled participants in traditional sports and activities and are asking both groups to complete the Mixed Ability Survey.
  • Deaf-friendly swimming gala is taking place on Saturday 19th March in Nottingham. The event is open to deaf 8 to 18 year olds and hearing siblings who can swim 100 metres +. The event will be followed by the National Deaf Swimming Championships where GB’s top deaf swimmers will compete. The £3.00 entry fee to watch this will be waived for NDCS gala swimmers and their families who wish to spectate. Contact Ashleigh Scott for further information: swimming@ndcs.org.uk

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