Leeds Disability Sport News – January 2017

Happy New Year! Read on for the latest disability sport news in Leeds:

In Leeds

  • Leeds Lets Get Active leisure centre timetables for Jan to March 2017 are now available. There will also be LLGA community sessions within the South and East CCG area and more information will be available shortly about specific activities.
  • Leeds Sports Awards tickets are now available, with discounted Leeds Sports Club member tickets available from Monday 9th January. The awards are taking place at the First Direct Arena on Tuesday 7th March 2017.
  • FA Coaching Deaf Footballers workshop is taking place on Sunday 22nd January at Middleton Leisure Centre. If you are interested please follow the link above where you can see further details and enrol on the workshop.
  • Leeds Disability Sport Forum is taking place on Monday 23rd January at the John Charles Centre for Sport. This is suitable for practitioners, clubs, parents, participants and anyone else with an interest in disability sport. If you would like further details or to attend please contact: ross.bibby@leeds.gov.uk
  • DSY Annual Awards Dinner will be held at The Centenary Pavilion, Elland Rd on Friday 24th March 2017. The price of the event – a celebration of sporting achievement, participation and volunteering – remains £30 per person, to include a four course meal, speeches, entertainment and a raffle. Nomination forms are also available to recognise disability sport achievements in the county. There is a separate category for Paralympic level athletes, where you can nominate Yorkshire’s Paralympians in Rio.
  • Wheelchair Tennis CPD is taking place in Leeds at the John Charles Centre for Sport (Tennis Centre) on the 24th April 2017. This is aimed at accredited level 2 and above coaches who would like to develop their skills to work more effectively with wheelchair tennis players.


Outside Leeds

  • Safer Communities Fund (SCF) is a grant-giving scheme designed to make funding easily accessible for projects which aim to make West Yorkshire safer and feel safer. Round 10 of grants are available to apply for up to the 20th January 2017 and groups can apply for funding up to £5,000.
  • Cerebral Palsy and Sport Awareness Workshop is taking place in Nottingham on 22nd February, 17th May and 27th September 2017. This is ideal for teachers, coaches, physios, parents or those who lead sport and physical activity. The cost is £30 per person and for full information on Cerebral Palsy Sport CPD opportunities or to book your place now please contact CP Sport on 0115 925 7027 or email Lisa.morton-smith@cpsport.org
  •  Coach Education Courses held in West Yorkshire in 2017 are now available to view via the Yorkshire Sport Foundation website.

Go Tri Something New at Fearnville Leisure Centre

On June 2nd 2016 Fearnville Leisure Centre hosted its first Go-Tri event, a multi-sport activity for beginner triathletes. Put on in partnership between Leeds City Council and British Triathlon the event brought together people from across Leeds on what was a beautiful summers evening to take part in a 200m swim, a 2.5km cycle and a 1km run, one after the other in the style of a real triathlon.

Participants were welcomed by Francis Riley and Matt Paxton from Leeds Bradford Triathlon Club. The two explained to the curious but enthusiastic group of men and women the layout of the professionally devised course before the group embarked on what was, for many of them, their first experience of triathlon. Fearnville is a very natural fitting for such activities. The route and transitions, despite the distances not quite matching those of an Olympic triathlon gave participants a really good sense of how the sport works.

Everyone achieved great things, both finishing with very admirable times but more importantly turning up and taking part. It’s never easy to subject yourself to such intense exercise but everyone who took part in Go-Tri Something New @ Fearnville did so with smiles on their faces. Well done guys, we’ll keep you posted with upcoming events and hope to see you competing at bigger events in the future.

Go Tri - Fearnville

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- November 2015

In Leeds

  • Goalball UK Novice Tournament is taking place at Rothwell Leisure Centre on Saturday 5th December 2015. Taking place between 10am and 5.30pm, new players and spectators are very welcome.
  • Sportivate Funding Round 11 is now available to apply for. Sportivate looks to support and develop projects that will engage with and stimulate 11-25 year olds who don’t currently participate in sport or exercise. The funding available can help pay for coaches, equipment, venue costs, marketing or coach education. Sportivate is 6-8 sessions after which there must be an opportunity for participants to continue with the activity. Round 11 projects are to be delivered between April 2016 & Sept 2016  and the closing date to apply is Friday 11th December.
  • Leeds Beginners Wheelchair Tennis Tournament is taking place on Saturday 30th January 2016 at the John Charles Centre for Sport. This event is aimed at new players who wish to take part in singles and doubles matches in a fun environment. No previous tournament is necessary and the entry fee is £9 per player.
  • Leeds Sports Awards 2016 will be 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. Nominations close midnight Sunday 13th December and tickets are also available via the website.
  • Guide to Funding Opportunities 2016 is available to view now. This provides a quick reference guide for local sports clubs, not for profit groups and other community based organisations that are involved or would like to be involved in developing and actively promoting sport and recreation opportunities for people in Leeds.
  • Active Schools Leeds Inclusion Calendar is available to view. This details all of the school competitions and events available for primary and secondary disabled children and young people across the city. For further information contact Helen Holdsworth, School Games Organiser- hholdsworth@rodillianacademy.co.uk

Outside Leeds

  • DEAFinitely Inclusive accreditation scheme aims to increase the number of deaf people playing, coaching and volunteering in sport by working directly with sport providers. The scheme is open to sports clubs and leisure facilities, and will support them to be more deaf inclusive in their delivery of sporting opportunities. Organisations that take up the scheme will work with UK Deaf Sport to improve the access and provision of sporting opportunities for deaf people at their club or facility.  On completion organisations will be given accredited status as a DEAFinitely Inclusive club or facility, and be awarded the new quality kite mark.
  • Disability Rights UK survey aims to find out from people with experience of disability, health conditions and mental health issues what their experience is of taking part in physical activity and sport in their local area. They are interested in getting a national picture of the challenges that people have in accessing physical activity and whether people are using personal budgets for this.
  • English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) have unveiled a new film, designed to complement the charity’s successful Inclusive Communications Guide. Through a series of animations, viewers can take a whistle-stop tour of useful communication practices and principles. When embedded, the changes will help providers to reach a wider audience in sport and physical activity, including more disabled people.
  • Boccia Officials course is taking place at Burnholme Community Hub, York on Saturday 19th December 2015. To book on or for more information please contact – Marc Scott, Club Development Officer at Boccia England- mscott@bocciaengland.org.uk . Click here for information about further disability sport opportunities in York.

New Satellite Club in Leeds goes from strength to strength

Leeds City Athletics Club & Cockburn High School

In February 2015 Leeds City Council’s Sport & Active Lifestyles, Leeds City Athletic Club and Cockburn School, started working together and developing a new Satellite Athletics session for Leeds. Funding was secured from Sport England via West Yorkshire Sport through their Satellite Clubs programme.

The concept is to provide young people from South Leeds with the opportunity to take part in Athletics coaching sessions in a safe and familiar environment. The sessions are delivered at Cockburn School and led by qualified athletics coaches from Leeds City Athletic Club. The scheme provides links between the school and the sports club through the delivery of high quality coaching. It allows for a slicker transition between school sport and club participation and club mentors are utilised to help manage this process.

Satellite Club

Testimonials from those involved with the project:

James Boxell- PE Teacher – Cockburn School are delighted with the partnership and how well it has worked. As a School, we are very keen to promote physical activity and to be able to link up with such an established local athletics club has meant our students have the opportunity to continue in the sport long after they leave Cockburn.

Student from Cockburn School– I’ve really enjoyed the athletics club and am keen to go to Leeds City training nights to train even more. I’ve met new people and even though the training has been hard, I feel like I’m achieving something.

Ian Cooke (Chairman) Leeds City Athletics Club- The creation of the Cockburn Satellite Club as a joint exercise between Cockburn High School and Leeds City Athletics has been a fantastic success this year.

As a club, we are particularly pleased to be able to work with the community in Leeds, helping young people to enjoy sport and to enable them to be part of all that Leeds City Athletics Club can offer them.

We look forward to continuing in this partnership and to welcoming any new members who wish to join Leeds City Athletics Club on an on-going basis.

Neil Jones Active Sports Officer (Leeds City Council)- It has been great to work with two organisations that have young people at the centre of all they do. Young people can now access elite club standard coaching within the local community with the opportunity to be mentored and to join a successful club.

The satellite club now attracts a large number of young people on a weekly basis and all parties are working hard to ensure that young people who want to progress to the club can do with ease.

For more details about the club contact Neil Jones (Active Sports Officer) Leeds City Council

Tel – 0113 395 0186

Girls 4 Piece Summer Gymnastics Competition

Sixty gymnasts, aged between 8-15yrs, took part in this year’s summer gymnastics competition held on Sunday 5th July at Morley leisure centre. Gymnasts were from across 7 of the Leeds leisure centres, where they train 2 hour per week in the Leeds City Council Gymnastics Programme. Gymnasts had to perform a total of 4 individual routines on the women’s apparatus of Vault, Beam, Bar and Floor. Routines were scored by the judges on technical execution and value of skills. All gymnasts did extremely well and demonstrated very good focus and determination in their routines. All results can be found below.

Overall category winners this year were: Amelia Worrall from Kirkstall (Level 2 Under 11), Amber Curtis from Scott Hall (Level 2 Over 11), Ruby Jamson from Fearnville (Level 3), Ellie Traynor from Kippax (Level 1 Under 9), Amy Mercer from Kirkstall (Level 1 Under 11), Lucy Tate from Morley (Level 1 Over 11). Gymnasts will now train towards the Winter competition later this year, aiming to improve current skills and learn new ones to add to their routines.

Leeds 4 Piece Summer Comp 2015

Level 2 U11 Competition

No. Name Centre Vault Bar Beam Floor Overall
1 Katie Clark Fearnville 12.20 3 11.45 11.85 3 10.70 46.20
2 Sophie Spencer Kippax 12.40 1 12.40 2 12.15 2 9.60 46.55 3
3 Lola Reddish-Good Kirkstall 12.30 2 10.85 11.15 11.70 3 46.00
4 Amelia Worrall Kirkstall 12.00 12.35 3 12.20 1 12.25 1 48.80 1
5 Antonia Duncan Morley 11.80 10.20 12.15 2 10.80 44.95
6 Eleanor Scully Morley 11.90 12.70 1 11.45 11.85 2 47.90 2

Leeds 4 Piece Summer Comp 2015

Level 2 O11 Competition

No. Name Centre Vault   Bar   Beam   Floor   Overall  
7 Ayesha Bennett Fearnville 11.70   9.05   10.40   9.80   40.95  
8 Chantal Forrest Holt Park 11.90 9.40 9.75 9.50 40.55
9 Emily Scott Holt Park 12.20 9.90 9.70 9.75 41.55
10 Libby Hayes Kippax 11.70 10.05 10.05 10.20 42.00
11 Evie Cash Morley 12.60 2 10.90 3 11.80 3 11.35 2 46.65 3
12 Sophie Cross Morley 12.50 3 12.55 1 11.45 11.00 3 47.50 2
13 Sophie Ella Morley 12.20   11.85 2 12.20 2 10.00 46.25
14 Withdrawn n/a 0.00 0.00   0.00 0.00 0.00
15 Amber Curtis Scott Hall 12.70 1 10.80 13.40 1 11.50 1 48.40 1
16 Withdrawn n/a 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00

Leeds 4 Piece Summer Comp 2015

 Level 3 Competition

No. Name Centre Vault Bar Beam Floor Overall
17 Ruby Jamson Fearnville 13.50 1 11.50 2 12.20 3 12.15 1 49.35 1
18 Miriam Hoban Kippax 12.50 10.05 11.15 11.55 45.25
19 Jessica Furness Kippax 12.70 11.30 3 11.00 11.60 3 46.60
20 Millie Heselden Kippax 13.10 3 11.25 12.80 1 11.90 2 49.05 2
21 Jenna Limbert Kippax 12.50 11.55 1 12.35 2 11.90 2 48.30 3
22 Tessa Archer Kirkstall 13.30 2 10.25 10.65 12.15 1 46.35

Leeds 4 Piece Summer Comp 2015

Level 1 U9 Competition

No. Name Centre Vault Bar Beam Floor Overall
30 Abigail Footitt Armley 11.60 10.90 11.90 11.40 45.80
31 Maisy McPhail Armley 12.10 10.15 11.95 11.55 45.75
32 Ellie Oxley-Holmes Armley 10.50 10.40 10.55 9.70 41.15
33 Nikkia Romans-Sutton Fearnville 12.45 12.00 2 11.25 11.40 47.10
34 Nevaeha NealeSutton Fearnville 12.00 10.80 11.60 11.15 45.55
35 Ellie Traynor Kippax 12.50 3 11.95 3 13.00 1 11.50 48.95 1
36 Amy Robinson Kippax 12.70 1 10.15 12.20 12.05 1 47.10
37 Hannah McNab Kippax 12.40 11.75 11.75 11.80 3 47.70
38 Emilia Lack Kirkstall 12.60 2 11.90 12.50 2 11.45 48.45 2
39 Kayla Wallis Kirkstall 12.10 12.20 1 12.10 12.00 2 48.40 3
40 Teagan Clarkson Morley 12.20 11.90 12.30 3 11.50 47.90
41 Evie Kearney Scott Hall 11.60 10.55 9.50 10.00 41.65
42 Caron Lee Scott Hall 11.40 11.00 10.40 9.40 42.20
43 Antonia Churley Scott Hall 11.00 10.55 11.50 10.45 43.50
44 Eva Sherridan Scott Hall 11.20 10.65 11.30 10.10 43.25
45 Anushree Joshi Scott Hall 11.90 10.00 11.10 10.90 43.90
46 Emma Knowles Scott Hall 11.50 9.60 10.05 10.25 41.40

Leeds 4 Piece Summer Comp 2015

Level 1 U11 Competition

No. Name Centre Vault Bar Beam Floor Overall
47 Amber Atkinson Armley 12.10 9.95 12.20 3 11.60 45.85
48 Olivia Crosswaite Armley 11.70 10.45 10.70 11.90 3 44.75
49 Grace Hairyes Armley 11.40 10.75 10.40 10.25 42.80
50 Millie Kemble Armley 11.60 10.75 11.50 10.30 44.15
51 Priya Banger Holt Park 11.40 9.90 12.05 10.95 44.30
52 Amy Mercer Kirkstall 12.30 3 12.10 1 12.40 2 12.15 1 48.95 1
53 Isobelle Wood Morley 12.60 1 11.65 3 11.90 11.50 47.65 3
54 Amy Crowther Morley 11.90 11.50 12.50 1 11.40 47.30
55 Kaitlin Hyke Morley 11.50 11.95 2 11.20 11.85 46.50
56 Finlay Ward Morley 12.30 3 11.50 12.50 1 12.05 2 48.35 2
57 Hannah Greer Scott Hall 12.00 10.75 11.80 9.85 44.40
58 Lauren Hargreaves Scott Hall 12.10 11.45 10.90 10.25 44.70
59 Holly Crocombe Scott Hall 12.20 10.65 11.50 11.45 45.80
60 Rachel Lingham Scott Hall 12.30 3 11.65 3 12.00 11.00 46.95
61 Ciera Prendergast Scott Hall 12.50 2 10.85 11.50 10.45 45.30
62 Sydney Whyte Scott Hall 11.90 9.15 10.85 9.80 41.70
63 Masisie Grumley Scott Hall 11.80 10.45 11.90 10.65 44.80

Leeds 4 Piece Summer Comp 2015

 Level 1 O11 Competition

No. Name Centre Vault Bar Beam Floor Overall
64 Lucy Tate Morley 12.7 1 12.35 1 12.65 1 12.4 1 50.10 1
65 Jada Marshall Scott Hall 12.00 2 9.75 2 11.50 2 10.10 2 43.35 2

Leeds Disability Sport News- May 2015

In Leeds

  • Adapted Cycling has re-started at Herd Farm Activity Centre in North Leeds. Sessions take place on Saturday afternoons from 1:00-2.30 pm on the purpose built outdoor cycling area and are suitable for disabled children, young people and adults of all ages, plus non-disabled siblings and friends.
  • Leeds Schools Boccia & New Age Kurling competition is taking place on Thursday 4 June at the John Charles Centre for Sport.
  • Disability Archery day is being held at Cockburn School by South Leeds Archers. This is taking place on Saturday 13 June from 11.30 am – 2.30 pm and is available to disabled people of all ages and ability levels.
  • Sky Ride Leeds will be taking place on Sunday 14 June in the city centre. Incorporating a 6.5k traffic free loop from the Headrow, there will also be a shorter accessible route with adapted cycles to use.
  • Leeds Disability Sports Camps in the Summer will be held in the weeks beginning 3 and 24 August 2015. An application form and further details will be available shortly via: leeds.gov.uk/disabilitysport

Outside Leeds

  • Disability Sports & Family Day is taking place on Saturday 4 July at Castleford RUFC ground. Further details on twitter via #disabilitysportsfamilyday and @CastlefordRUFC1
  • Mixed Ability Rugby World Tournament is taking place in Bradford from 17 to 21 August. Players with and without a learning or physical disability will come together from ten countries to take part. Further details about the tournament and information on how to pledge support are also on the website link.