Leeds Disability Sport News – November 2016

In Leeds

  • Voting has opened for Leeds Sports Awards 2017. A new voting system is in operation for senior achievers, with a standard nomination process for the other categories. Check out the website now for further information about this and how to purchase your tickets. Nominations close at midnight Wednesday 14th
  • Para-Swimming Come and Try Session is taking place at Morley Leisure Centre on Saturday 17th December, 3.30pm to 5.30pm. If you fancy yourself as the next Paralympic swimmer then come along to the event- this is suitable for all ages and impairment groups, for swimmers who are comfortable completing 25m unaided. Please register in advance by completing the form via the link or by e-mailing by Friday 9th December: bibby@leeds.gov.uk

Outside Leeds

  • England Rugby with IMAS have developed a simple promotional guide to help explain the concept of Mixed Ability Rugby to potential clubs and committees, players (support services and carers), coaches and ‘Champions’ who have the drive to instigate and develop Mixed Ability Rugby Teams.
  • British Cycling National Paracycling Classification Assessment Day is taking place in Manchester on 26th January 2017, for bicycle, trike, and handcycle riders. All those planning to compete as a Paracyclist in 2017 who have not previously attended an assessment are required to take this opportunity in order to ease their passage to participate in next year’s domestic Paracycling competition programme. Contact Paul West for an appointment slot and more details before 10th January: paulwest@britishcycling.org.uk

Tour de France legacy for Leeds

One element of Tour de France legacy is to grow the number of people qualified to lead cycle rides across the city. On Saturday 14 March Leeds City Council organised a British Cycling Level 1 Ride Leader course at Fearnville Leisure Centre in East Leeds.

The course was mainly aimed at adult participants from local cycling clubs and community organisations who had expressed some interest in offering cycling to their groups. The course lasted for one full day and was a mix of outdoor practical sessions and classroom based activity, delivered by two tutors from British Cycling

The course was free of charge to all the candidates, as it was fully funded through West Yorkshire Sport, Sport England and Leeds City Council’s Inspire a Generation programme.

All the participants signed up to an agreement which included:

  • Delivering a minimum 15 hours of led rides with their club or community
  • Log their activity on goskyride.com
  • Funding their own Emergency First Aid Course
  • Registering and updating their profile on West Yorkshire website
  • Completing a case study of their journey
  • An expectation they will continue to lead activity in Leeds once they are qualified

15 people attended the course and became qualified Level 1 Ride Leaders this will lead to more club and community rides and an increase in people cycling across the city.

For Further Information contact:

Paul Senior

Club Development Officer (LCC Sport and Active Lifestyles)



British Cycling and Sky Launch Ride Social!

Ride Social is Britain’s biggest social cycling community, helping you get together with like-minded cyclists and ride your way. The Ride Social website, powered by British Cycling, lets you  organise your own bike rides using your favourite routes. Share your ride for local cyclists to join and before you know it you have your own cycling group.

To celebrate the launch of Ride Social, British Cycling and Sky are offering you the chance to join a bike ride with a Team Sky cyclist!

Here’s what you need to do to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic experience:

  • Head to ridesocial.co.uk
  • Create a ride on Ride Social that takes place between 14th November –  8th February
  • Take a selfie of you and your group having fun on your ride
  • Upload this photo to Twitter and/or Instagram with the hashtag #ridesocial

Team Sky RideSocial selfie 2

Keep an eye online to see which Team Sky cyclist you’ll be joining. The prize ride will take place in spring 2015.  Log on to ridesocial.co.uk for a chance to ride with Team Sky and check out the new look Ride Social.

Leeds Disability Sport News- September 2014

In Leeds

  • Leeds Disability Tag Rugby Festival took place at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on the 23rd September with 18 teams and over 180 disabled people of all ages taking part. To read a report of the event click here. Leeds Rhinos have produced a video of the festival and this is available here.
  • Disability Sport Yorkshire Awards took place in September at Elland Road, with individuals, clubs and organisations involved in disability sport in Yorkshire honoured. To read a report of the awards including details of the Leeds winners click here.
  • Special Olympics European Games took place in Antwerp in September and Edward Williams from Leeds won a full set of medals as part of the Special Olympics GB team. Edward trains at the John Charles Centre for Sport on Tuesday evenings and does a variety of sports at Pudsey Gateway Club in Leeds.
  • Ticket 2 Tokyo wheelchair tennis day proved a success at Leeds Beckett University earlier this month. A national scheme run by the Tennis Foundation, in partnership with local providers such as the university and Leeds City Council, this provided a day of free wheelchair tennis coaching and talent identification for new and existing players of all ages and all ability levels.
  • Otley Sailing Club will be hosting the Northern Sailability regatta on Thursday 9th October, featuring Access 303 wide dinghies, which are incredibly accessible for all.
  • FA Coaching Disabled Footballers course will be taking place at Bruntcliffe School, Morley on the 11th This 6 hour workshop is aimed at coaches who are looking to develop adaptive coaching methods to include players with a disability in football sessions.
  • Leeds Disability Sports Camp will next be taking place in October half term, across 5 venues city-wide. Suitable for ages 8-19 years old, all ability levels and disabilities, and non-disabled siblings and friends are welcome to attend too. For further details and the application form please click here.
  • YMCAfit are running an Exercise and Disability course in Leeds at LA Fitness in Yeadon on the 8th and 9th This course will provide you with confidence and expertise in writing and delivering safe, effective and fun exercise programmes for a range of people with disabilities.
  • Funding guide for sport has been updated and is available to download on the Sport & Active Lifestyles section of the Leeds City Council website, providing a useful reference to current local, regional and national sports funding avenues.

Outside Leeds

  • City of York disability sport and activity newsletter for September is available to view now, detailing the latest disability sports across the city.
  • National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) have launched a coach bursary scheme. This aims to support young people and adults to gain formal sports coaching qualifications and empower them to deliver sports activities for deaf children and young people.
  • British Cycling are delivering disability cycling sessions at the National Cycling Centre, Manchester Velodrome throughout the year. Click on the link to register.
  • Boccia England has teamed up with the Youth Sport Trust to deliver national talent camps in 2014 and 2015, offering a developmental experience for coaches, officials and players.
  • DS Active are holding a National tennis festival for people with downs syndrome on Saturday 1st November at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton. Details will be posted shortly on dsactive.org
  • British Athletics are promoting a series of free Para Athletics Introduction Days for aspiring disabled athletes to train with specialist coaches across the Paralympic athletics events. Sessions are taking place in Loughborough in October, Manchester in November and Sheffield in January.