Leeds Disability Sport News – September 2016

After a fantastic month of disability sport see below for some highlights and forthcoming events in Leeds and beyond:

In Leeds

  • Many congratulations to all the Leeds and Yorkshire Paralympic athletes who competed in Rio 2016. Celebrate what was a truly spectacular and memorable Olympic and Paralympic Games at the Yorkshire Athletes Homecoming Parade on Wednesday 28th September, from 5.15pm in Leeds City Centre.




  • BID Services New Youth Club has just started, suitable for deaf and hard of hearing children and young people aged 8-18 years plus siblings. Held every Thursday from 6pm to 8pm this takes place at the First Floor Venue, St. Peter’s Square in Leeds. For further information contact: legallienne@bid.org.uk


  • Visually Impaired Bowls Sessions will begin at the John Charles Centre indoor bowls centre from the 4th JCCS are working with Pennine Bowling Club to run these sessions every Tuesday from 12 noon until 2.00pm, with an introductory price of £3.20. For further information please telephone John Palmer on 01422 321771.


  • Wheelpower Feel Inspired Primary Sports Camp is taking place at the John Charles Centre for Sport on Tuesday 11th This is a great way for children aged 6-11 with a disability to discover sport in a friendly and completely inclusive environment. For more information contact the Feel Inspired Event Officer on: ed.pearse@wheelpower.org.uk or 07922 736196.




  • Leeds Disability Sports Camp will next be taking place on the week beginning 24th October, during half term. There will be four venues across the city alongside a free additional adapted cycling event at Middleton Park Bike Hub. These camps are open to disabled children and young people aged 8-18 plus non-disabled siblings and friends.


  • Learning Disability Tennis Camp is taking place at the John Charles Centre for Sport indoor tennis centre on Saturday 12th Run in conjunction with the Tennis Foundation, this is suitable for beginners/those new to sport or looking to develop their skills. The one day camp is being led by experienced tennis coaches from JCCS.

Outside Leeds

  • RYA Sailability would like disabled sailors or boaters to complete their new questionnaire. They would like to hear from people about what attracted them to sailing in the first place, whether a friend, family or by chance, and how easy and accessible they found it to get started. The aim is to try and fully understand more about people’s experiences and perceptions about sailing as an activity for people with a disability, and is open until the 1st October.


  • Disability Football Development Officer vacancy is currently being advertised through the West Riding County FA. As well as supporting the delivery of the National Game Strategy in West Riding and specifically the Disability Workforce Plan, this is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a vibrant, enthusiastic and committed team at the County FA. Closing date is Wednesday 12th


If the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games have inspired you to take up a sport or become a little bit more active, check out all the regular disability sport opportunities available in the city with the comprehensive Leeds Disability Sport Programme.


Leeds Disability Sport News – August 2016

As an exciting summer of sport continues with the start of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games less than two weeks away, please see below for the latest local disability sport news:

In Leeds

  • Leeds 2 Rio- Disability Sport Day is taking place on Saturday 10th September on Millennium Square. Come along to try out a range of Paralympic sports for free and watch live big screen Paralympic Games action! If you can’t make it there is also an opportunity to try disability sports from Monday 12th to Friday 16th September from 5pm to 7pm again on Millennium Square.
  • Walk, Guide, Run gives a real life experience of guide running in Leeds and how you can get involved too.
  • Leeds Disability Sport Forum is next taking place on Monday 26th September at the John Charles Centre for Sport. To attend or for further information about the forum please contact me on: bibby@leeds.gov.uk
  • Carers Leeds Bat & Chat sessions are taking place every Friday from 11am to 1pm at Carers Leeds. Table tennis can be enjoyed by individuals of any age; it is a low impact exercise and good for fitness. Recreational games take place, which provide the opportunity to meet new people for some banter and rallies. No skill or previous experience necessary. Bat and Chat is open to carers and the person they care for, and also takes place across 16 other community settings in the city.


Outside Leeds

  • National Blind and Visually Impaired Tennis Championships are being held once again at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton from Saturday 15 to Sunday 16 October.  Players must have competed in a minimum of one regional tournament in 2016 in order to enter (wild cards may be issued at the tournament organiser’s discretion). The National Visually Impaired Tennis Awards have also been launched. The awards are a way of celebrating the game of VI tennis for those who are blind or partially sighted and the people who help drive this game forward – volunteers, coaches and contributors to the game.
  • Push2Podium is the new drive from the Tennis Foundation to discover the future stars of wheelchair tennis and get more people playing the game.


Finally, we wish all the Great Britain Paralympic athletes (especially those from Leeds and Yorkshire) the best of luck in the Paralympic Games which begin on Wednesday 7th September in Rio!

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

Leeds Disability Sport News- December 2015

  • 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. If you are interested in this opportunity please e-mail an informal letter of interest with your basic CV directly to Ann Hart: hartphab@btinternet.com . You can view further information about the PHAB club by visiting their website .
  • Creating Connections Recruit into Coaching programme will support the recruitment and development of volunteer coaches with a disability who will play an active role within their club or organisation in West Yorkshire. Successful applicants will receive funding of up to £200 to gain a coaching qualification in a sport of their choice before completing 15 voluntary hours of coaching. Please complete the online application form , closing date is 5pm, 31st January 2016.
  • Time for Carers grant scheme provides grants to carers to help enable them to have a break from caring. Carers can apply for up to £250 to be able to have a break, this might be a holiday day trip, a college course or gym membership for example. The scheme is for unpaid carers who provide regular care and support to a family member, close friend or neighbour who could not manage without this help. Application forms are available from Carers Leeds, tel: 0113 380 4300 or can be downloaded from the website.
  • Leeds Sports Awards 2016 are taking place on Thursday 3rd March 2016 at the New Dock Hall. Amongst a number of awards there will be categories such as young disability sportsperson, sportswoman- disability and sportsman- disability. Tickets are now available to purchase via the website.
  • FA England Talent Day is taking place on Sunday 6th March 2016 at Middleton Leisure Centre from 11am to 1pm. Aimed at young disabled footballers aged between 11 and 16, to register your interest contact: doyle@wrcfa.com
  • Disability Sport Yorkshire Awards Dinner is taking place on Friday 11th March 2016 at the Centenary Banqueting Suite at Elland Road, Leeds. Tickets are now available and nominations for all categories can be made until Friday 5th February 2016.

Outside Leeds

  • Sitting volleyball workshop for leaders/coaches is taking place on Friday 5th February 2016 at Newsome College Sports Hall, Huddersfield.

On behalf of the Sport & Active Lifestyles service may I take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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.

Go Tri Event at Rothwell Leisure Centre

Friday the 7 August was a stunning sunny day for the first GO TRI Leeds event at Rothwell Leisure Centre. The Sport and Active Lifestyles team worked in partnership with British Triathlon, Leeds BMX Club and the Community Committee to deliver a truly inclusive Triathlon event. GO TRI is a fun way to access triathlon for the first time. Participants join in swim, cycle or run training sessions or take part in their very first triathlon event.PopUp Triathlon

On offer were three distances for young people to ”GIVE IT A GO” at Swim – Bike – Run to emulate the Brownlee brothers. The event saw an indoor swim and a grass track bike and run. Bikes were provided by Leeds BMX Club and marshals from England Triathlon and Run Leeds. Each participant received a goody bag on completion of the GO TRI which contained information on how they may access Wakefield Triathlon Club as a junior and details of the new sessions starting at Rothwell Leisure Centre in September.

Michelle Scott (England Triathlon) Commented – “ It’s a wonderful day for young people to try Triathlon for free with so many happy faces having fun taking part in sport”.

Rachel Ashcroft (Parent) – “Thank you so much for organising today’s event. My daughter Anna was terrified, literally shaking, when she arrived, but then did brilliantly, and more importantly was incredibly proud of herself. She’ll never be a prize winner but she’s asked me if she can try another triathlon must have taken a lot of organisation to set it all up, but we’re very grateful.”

Neil Jones (Active Sport Officer) “The funding provided for the event by community committees (Outer South) was crucial to allow young people to see what Triathlon is all about and allows us to spring board some new regular sessions from Rothwell Leisure Centre. This is so important with the Triathlon World Series coming to Roundhay Park in June next year and we can start to build a legacy from the outset.”

Over 50 young people registered for the event with some trying the sport for the very first time below are a snap shot of the results. For more information about  future Pop Up Sports events contact Neil Jones – neil.jones@leeds.gov.uk / Our next Pop Up Sport Club is at Rothwell leisure centre on Friday the 14th of August.

Small Triathlon Event          
Num. Name Start Time Run Finish Overall Time Position
12 Elliott Findlay 02:00 09:54 07:54 1
14 Eve Lawson 04:00 13:09 09:08 2
16 Max Cheesman 04:00 13:24 09:24 3
23 Ciara Thomas 08:00 18:02 10:02 4
13 Liam Hewitt 04:00 14:40 10:40 5
24 Zach Bell 06:00 17:18 11:18 6
21 Daisy Hiway 08:00 19:27 11:27 7
2 Evie Broadboot 00:00 11:32 11:32 8
11 Isowel Wort 02:00 13:39 11:39 9
22 Rosin Thomys 06:00 17:41 11:41 10
17 Ben Arslan 04:00 16:29 12:29 11
10 Anna Ashcroft 02:00 16:32 14:32 12
1 Luwan Lunn 00:00 19:00 19:00 13
19 Nathan Tinsdale 06:00 37:51 31:51 14
Junior Triathlon Event          
Num. Name Start Time Run Finish Overall Time Position
44 Ellie Broadbrook 18:00 31:32 13:32 1
50 Alex Fraser 20:00 33:37 13:37 2
45 George 24:00 39:22 15:22 3
56 Ellen Sayles 22:00 37:24 15:24 4
3 Jay Tinsdale 26:00 42:54 16:54 5
57 Aorff Thomas 26:00 42:59 16:59 6
54 Patrick Thomas 26:00 43:32 17:32 7
47 Elisia Ali 24:00 43:56 19:56 8
52 Daisy Hiway 20:00 40:12 20:12 9
58 Jack Hussain 23:00 43:24 20:24 10
49 Joesph Gill 20:00 41:41 21:41 11
53 Evie Broadboot 22:00 36:39 24:39 12
43 Jayam Broadbrook 22:00 46:47 24:47 13