Leeds Disability Sport News – February 2017

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

  • Leeds Sports Awards tickets are still available, with discounted Leeds Sports Club member tickets also for sale. The event is taking place at the First Direct Arena on Tuesday 7th March 2017.
  • 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 disability sporting achievement, participation and volunteering- remains £30 per person, to include four course meal, speeches, entertainment and raffle. Nominations have now closed but tickets still available.
  • FA Grow the Game Funding is available to apply for from now until Wednesday 29th March 2017. The following types of football teams are eligible for a grant: Male teams – Under-14s to adult, Female teams – Under-7s to adult and Disability teams.
  • 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.
  • Visually Impaired and Blind football training sessions are being delivered at the John Charles Centre for Sport regularly in conjunction with the Leeds United Foundation. For details of the next sessions please contact: anthony.hall@leedsunited.com

Leeds City Council Honoured at Disability Sports Annual Awards

Leeds City Council beat the competition to be awarded the inaugural Aspire-igen Outstanding Local Authority Award at this years’ Disability Sport Yorkshire award dinner.

The achievements of local sportspeople with disabilities, and those who support and encourage them to achieve, were celebrated last Friday night at the Centenary Banqueting Suite, Leeds United AFC

The evening was a celebration of the continued hard work and dedication of disabled sportspeople and others working to increase opportunity and participation in disability sport.

The record number of nominations received this year was a fantastic reflection on disability sport in the region, and the superb achievement of our disabled sport participants, coaches, clubs and organisations.  Congratulations go to all of those who were nominated, and of course the winners in categories such as the ‘Baroness Masham Wheelchair Performer Award’ for the individual who has achieved significant success in wheelchair sport, ‘Young Achiever’ for the individual who has achieved a high standard at club level or in regional competition and the ‘Mattioli Woods Coach of the Year Award’, to name a few.

Locally based social enterprise, aspire-igen, strives to ensure everyone has equality of opportunity.  Having recently been listed 45th in the National Centre for Diversity top 100 index, it is proud to support the Disability Sport Yorkshire annual awards. Chief Executive Caroline Harrison was delighted to present the ‘Aspire-igen Outstanding Local Authority Award to Ross Bibby, Disability Sports Officer, who collected the award on behalf of Leeds City Council.  From a finalist list of four, they were awarded the trophy in recognition of their exceptional and inclusive service development and support for disabled people in sport.

Caroline Harrison Chief Executive from aspire-igen said  “We are honoured to support Disability Sports Yorkshire, who work tirelessly across the region to enable over 10,000 disabled people to take part in sporting activities each year.

The annual awards dinner is a celebration of all that they achieve in partnership with so many committed coaches, facilitators and volunteers.”

“Huge congratulations to Ross Bibby, Disability Sports Officer and his team at Leeds City Council, who collected the award for their inclusive service and support for disabled people throughout 2015.

We hope that the council will continue to fund this vital initiative in future.”

“ Everyone in attendance thoroughly enjoyed this uplifting celebration.  Well done to all the winners honoured and Disability Sports Yorkshire for another fantastic event.”

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Award winner, Ross Bibby, Disability Sports Officer for Leeds City Council said “on behalf of Leeds City Council’s Sport & Active Lifestyles service we are delighted to have won this award for outstanding local authority. We have worked for many years to ensure inclusive opportunities are available for all citizens of Leeds regardless of age, impairment or ability level, and across all sports. So it is nice to gain recognition of this at one of the highlights of the year, the Disability Sport Yorkshire Awards. We also recognise the hard work and dedication to disability and inclusive sport from our many key partners such as local voluntary and professional clubs, disability organisations, charities and the education sector. This has enabled us to create a really strong joined up network in the city which has allowed disability sport opportunities to flourish, and long may it continue…..”.

As well as the awards ceremony and a slap up dinner, guests were treated to interviews with some of Yorkshire’s rising disabled athletes, and Dave Cooper’s Comedy Sports Impersonator.

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.

Leeds Disability Sport News- June 2014

In Leeds


–          Tour de France– Saturday 5th July sees the world’s greatest cycling race set off from Leeds and there will be accessible viewing areas and inclusive sport activities to try at the Scott Hall playing fields spectator hub. CTC and Cycling Projects will also be at the spectator hub in Otley with a fleet of adapted bikes available to try out free of charge. Further details are available here.
–          West Yorkshire School Games summer festival is taking place on Tuesday 8th July at Leeds Metropolitan University. Featuring a range of sports competitions including many accessible and disability specific sports, for further details visit the West Yorkshire Sport website.
–          Leeds Disability Sports Camps will be taking place over two weeks across a variety of venues this summer holiday. Suitable for ages 8 to 19 years old with any disability, plus non-disabled siblings and friends, prices to attend are just £5 per day or £20 for a week. The camps will be running week beginning 4th August and 18th August. For further details and to apply see the application form.
–          Disability Sport Yorkshire (formerly FDSO) are holding their annual disability sport awards dinner on Friday 12th September at Elland Road, Leeds. Nominations are invited in all the awards categories, ahead of the closing date of 15th August. For further details about the awards and to make nominations click here.
–          Leeds Mencap are looking for volunteers to take part in a number of sporting challenges over the next year to raise money for charity. For further details visit their website.
Outside Leeds
–          Learning disability regional tennis tournament is taking place in Wrexham on the 19th and 20th July. Visit the Tennis Foundation website for details.
–          York RI sailing club are offering an opportunity for people with an ambulant disability to come and try out sailing. This will be taking place on Monday 21st July 10:30am – 1:00pm. For more information contact Steve Hogg on 01904 421258 or stevehogg@hotmail.com 
–          Disability tennis sessions are launching at Hallamshire Tennis Club in Sheffield. Sessions are running term time suitable for ages 8 plus, for details click here.


–          Sainsbury’s Active Kids for All Inclusive Community Training course is being held on Monday 6th October in Keithley. To view details and book onto the course click here.


For more information, please contact Ross Bibby Disability Sports Officer

Tel: 0113 395 0159

Mobile/text: 07891 270 930

E-mail: ross.bibby@leeds.gov.uk

Website: www.leeds.gov.uk/disabilitysport

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