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

Rothwell Go Tri & Junior Races

Leeds City Council, Run Leeds and British Triathlon partnered up to deliver a fantastic Triathlon event in Rothwell…

Now in its second year the Rothwell Triathlon proved an overwhelming success with the sun shining and smiles on the faces of many young people and adults taking part in Triathlon, for the very first time . Having experienced the elite racers with the likes of the Brownlee Brothers (Leeds) and Jessica Learmonth (Leeds) all competing in the World Series in June around the streets of Leeds, it was a great chance to try the sport in a fun, safe, environment locally.

The event (Triathlon) funded in part by Leeds City Councils Community committee (Outer South) saw three quality races on the day split into three age categories-

  • 7 – 10 years – 50m Swim – 800m Cycle – 400m Run
  • 10 – 14 years – 100m Swim – 3k Cycle – 1k Run
  • 14 years plus and adults (GO – Tri) – 200m Swim – 5k Cycle – 3k Run

Impressive is an understatement for some of the performances on the day, with some real potential on show with guts and determination all round to get the course completed, on what turn out to be a very hot day in Leeds.  A special mention goes to Abigail Harvey who won both the small Triathlon and the Junior Triathlon (amazing stuff!). In the GO TRI event Rob O’brien broke the course record to finish in an impressive 31m 12secs which was made even more remarkable by the fact he had a mechanical issue on the bike course.

Ben Fraser from Run Leeds commented,

“The youngsters dedicated themselves to all 3 parts of the Triathlon and didn’t let up trying their best at any point. With the run being the last challenge there was always the risk of the runners tiring but the youngsters maintained the big smiles on their faces and powered through – it was great to see so much enjoyment was clearly had!”


Race results are below:

Small Triathlon

Position Name Time Age
1 Abigail Harvey 6m 21secs 9
2 George Harvey 7mins 32secs 8
3 Charlie Pettigrew 7mins 54secs 10
4 George Painter 8mins 08secs 9
5 Martha Marjoram 8m 10secs 8
6 Finlay McNamara 8m 12secs 8
7 Rowan Lunn 8m 13secs 8
8 Nick Fish 8m 45secs 8
9 Amy Painter 8m 50secs 9
10 Daisy McNamara 8m 52secs 10
11 Josh Turton 9m 16secs 9
12 Abigail Hickman 10m 1secs 8
13 Oliver Mooney 10m 44secs 9
14 Bronwen Mansfield 11m 03secs 8
15 George Kilner 11m 55secs 9
16 Eliza Marjoram 12m 41secs 8


Junior Triathlon

Position Name Time Age
1 Abigail Harvey 15m 05secs 9
2 Martha Marjoram 19m 58secs 8
3 Liam Wilson 20m 30secs 10
4 Blossom Tolhurst 20m 55secs 10
5 Morgan Farquharson 21m 21secs 10
6 Jamie Farquaharson 21m 23secs 9
7 George Kilner 23m 37 secs 10


Go Tri Race

Position Name Time Age
1 Rob Obrien 31m 12secs  
2 Richard Middleton 36m 32secs  
3 Robert Greaves 36m 39secs  
4 Colin Render 36m 56secs  
5 Bianca Mooney 38m 43secs  

As part of the Triathlon project we run a Satellite Triathlon training group that meets each and every Tuesday at Rothwell Leisure Centre at 3.30pm and incorporates a Run, Studio Cycle and Pool based swim.

We also run the GO TRI project which introduces adults 14 plus to Triathlon more details here –  http://active.leeds.gov.uk/communitysport/Pages/Triathlon.aspx

Any enquiries about this blog should be directed to Neil Jones, Active Sports Officer – 0113 395 0186, neil.jones@leeds.gov.uk

Leeds Disability Sports Camps – Summer 2016

Come along to our Disability Sports Camps this summer to take part in Paralympic and disability sports at our leisure centres, or try a range of outdoor activities at Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre – from canoeing and orienteering to caving and problem solving.

The summer camps are open to anyone aged 8 to 18 with any disability. Siblings and friends are welcome to attend too and parents/carers can provide support to the young person if necessary.

Full dates, times and details of the camps can be found the image below.

If you or a young person you know wish to take part in a Sports Camp please print off and complete the application form (below) and return to Ross Bibby – contact details below.

Disability Sport Camps Summer 16Disability Sport Camps Summer 16 form

Pop Up Handball at Morley Leisure Centre

Following partnership work between the Sport & Active Lifestyles Team and England Handball, we brought an innovative Pop Up Sports event to Morley leisure centre for the very first time. Young people from across the locality were invited to attend this special event, hosted by Morley leisure centre and supported by local Handball clubs from Leeds (Leeds Hornets , Leeds University, Leeds Met).

The Pop up Sports project aims to engage young people aged 8 – 18 in high quality sports coaching and mentoring across the city, focusing on reducing the inequalities that exist in terms of access to facilities and high quality coaching.

On the day young people were treated to demonstrations, coaching, fun games, team building and a master class from GB Men’s captain Chris McDermott, who led the GB Handball squad at the London 2012 Olympics.

Handball Pop-Up Session

The event was supported by the Leeds Handball clubs who delivered the coaching and master class element. Young people were given information on how they can continue with Handball participation on three levels-

  • Transition to Local Clubs – Leeds Hornets Men’s and Women’s section, Leeds Met & Leeds University teams
  • Information on the planned Handball festival at Rodillian Academy on the 22nd March at 3.30pm
  • 3 taster sessions at Middleton leisure centre from Friday April 22nd onwards
  • Register interest to join a new community club in Leeds at Morley leisure centre starting in April

Chris McDermott- England Handball development officer and GB men’s captain London 2012 was in attendance and commented that; “It was a fantastic opportunity for young people to participate in coaching sessions and learn more about the game.”

Neil Jones – Active Sports Officer, Leeds City Council – stated;  “the partnership created with England Handball has allowed us to access the Handball coaching pool to deliver a real high quality event. This has allowed young people from all backgrounds to try the sport for the first time.”

If you would like to get involved in Handball or the Pop Up Sports scheme please visit www.leeds.gov.uk/popupsports

Sport inspires community over Bonfire Night season

On the evenings of 4th and 5th November 2015 CATCH (Community Action to Change Harehills) and partners, including West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Fire Service, Sport and Active Lifestyles, Leeds Youth Service and Leeds City Council Community Committee Team successfully engaged over 200 young people of Harehills into positive diversionary activities at a time that has traditionally seen an increase in anti-social behaviour.

The activities included a hugely popular 5- a-side football tournament, trampolining and refreshments.

Bonfire Project 2

On Wednesday 4th November the 5-a-side football tournament took place at The Hub in Harehills where there were over 110 children and young people taking part.

Through the Hub’s ‘Door Step Club’ we were also able to provide 12 young women with the opportunity to go to Gravity, a trampolining facility in Castleford.

On Thursday 5th November another football tournament took place at The MCS Bilal Centre in Harehills, where over 80 children and young people took part.

It was inspiring to see the cohesion between young people from very diverse communities and backgrounds coming together under the banner of sport and having such a good time. It was amazing to see such a great turnout of young people.

Bonfire Project

It was also rewarding for the agencies to work together with a common goal of keeping young people safe from harm and off the streets during the Bonfire Night period.

The football activities over the Bonfire period were generously funded by the Inner East Community Committee.

A massive thank you to all the staff and volunteers who made this event successful!

Bonfire Project 3

For further information on Active Sport opportunities in East North East Leeds please contact Jason on the below details:

E-mail: jason.minott@leeds.gov.uk

Tel: 0113 378 1990

Leeds Disability Sport News- September 2015

Please see below for the latest disability sport news in and around Leeds this month:

In Leeds

  • Leeds Rugby World Cup Fanzone has kicked off on Millennium Square in the city centre. A variety of rugby themed and generic activities are available to the public for the next few weeks, as well as specific slots for disabled children and adult groups. Contact rossbibby@leeds.gov.uk for further information about these.
  • Leeds Disability Sports Camp will next be running during October half term, from Monday 26th to Friday 30th. These are suitable for disabled children and young people aged 8 to 18 years old, plus non-disabled siblings and friends, and take place at five different venues across the city.
  • Leeds Deaf Juniors FC have released details of their football coaching sessions from now until July 2016. Sessions are for boys and girls aged 3 to 16 years old of all ability levels.

Outside Leeds

  • Celebrating Ability Week is taking place in York from the 26th October to the 1st November, with a variety sporting opportunities available for children and adults with disabilities.

Finally, a reminder that to view a comprehensive list of all of the disability sport activities going on across Leeds in one place, please download the Leeds Disability Sport Programme. This a hub of all the activities going on in the city run by all the key providers. You can access this via our website www.leeds.gov.uk/disabilitysport or please email ross.bibby@leeds.gov.uk if you would like a copy sending.

Leeds Disability Sport News- July 2015

In Leeds

  • National Paralympic Day is taking place this weekend, with events taking place across the country, celebrating just over a year to go to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Leeds Rhinos wheelchair rugby league club are holding a festival in Morley on Sunday 26 July
  • Cookridge Hall Golf Club are running summer holiday golf camps specifically for children and young people with disabilities. These camps are taking place from the 27-29 July, 3-5 and 1012 To book a place e-mail Paul O’Donnell at the club: paulo29_uk@yahoo.co.uk
  • Disability Golf taster sessions will be taking place at Howley Hall Golf Club on Saturday 1 August. Located on the south side of Leeds on the border of Batley and Morley, two sessions will be held starting at 1pm and 2.30 pm and will include tuition from head professional James Whitaker’s teaching staff. Equipment will be provided and tea and coffee will be served afterwards in the clubhouse. Places are limited to eight per session and any interested individual, family or support group requiring further information should contact the pro shop on 01924 350102.
  • Leeds Disability Sports Camps will be taking place in two separate weeks this summer holiday. Taking place across five venues in the city there will be a camp on the week beginning 3 August and also the week beginning 24 August, Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm each day. These camps are suitable for disabled children and young people aged 8 to 18 years old, and their non-disabled siblings and friends.
  • Sportivate funding round 10 deadline has been extended until the 14 August. Suitable for any clubs or organisations to engage with and stimulate 11-25 year olds who don’t currently participate in sport or exercise, this funding is available to help pay for coaches, equipment, venue costs, marketing or coach education.
  • BBC Get Inspired recently came to the John Charles Centre for Sport to do a feature on wheelchair tennis, you can watch the video and read the report here. Wheelchair tennis sessions are held weekly at the centre during term time, for details of this and all other disability sports in Leeds click here.
  • Many congratulations to Leeds Spiders wheelchair basketball team who have gained promotion from the British Wheelchair Basketball (BWB) Division 1, to join the UK’s best teams in the BWB Premier League. The Leeds Spiders first team have now started pre-season training ahead of their first season in the UK top flight for the 2015-2016 season which will see the best teams in the UK coming to Leeds.
  • 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.

Outside Leeds

  • Good luck to all the Special Olympics GB athletes who are competing in the 2015 World Summer Games in Los Angeles, which begin on the 25th
  • Mixed Ability Rugby World Tournament is taking place in Bradford from 17 to the 21 August. Featuring 400 players with and without learning and physical disabilities from 10 different countries, the tournament will feature five days of free and accessible events, everyone welcome.
  • Dwarf Sports Association UK (DSAuk) have launched their first National Sport and Physical Activity Survey, which aims to help increase the number of sporting and recreational activity opportunities for people with dwarfism and restricted growth across the UK. For more information about the research study, please contact Nigel Burton, Inclusive Sports Officer at DSAuk, e-mail: nigel.burton@dsauk.org  or call: 07712 572884. For more information about the Dwarf Sports Association UK visit: www.dsauk.org