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 Sport News- February 2015

In Leeds

  • Leeds Disability Sports Camp is running during February half term at five sites across the city, and has a couple of last minute places still available. Taking place from 10.00am to 3.00pm each day, this camp is suitable for children and young people aged 8 to 19 years old, with any disability, plus their non-disabled siblings and friends. Further information is available here.
  • Leeds Disability Golf sessions re-start on Monday 23 February 2015. Taking place at Cookridge Hall Golf Club, these are suitable for all ages, abilities and disabilities and are run from 6.00pm to 7.00pm every week during term time. Further information is available to view here.
  • Disability Boxfit sessions will be taking place at Fearnville leisure centre from Wednesday 25 February, every week for an initial period of 10 weeks. These free sessions are taking place from 1.00pm to 2.00pm, are suitable for ambulant adults with a learning disability and are delivered by a Leeds Rhinos community coach. Please contact Lucy Wall for further information: wall@wysport.co.uk
  • Yorkshire Visually Impaired Cricket Club have regular sessions taking place in Leeds suitable for children and adults of all abilities. For further information and details of the next session, please contact the club’s development officer John Garbett on 07972360928 or e-mail: j@sky.com
  • Red Nose Day Community Cash grant scheme is now available. This funding specifically targets those who are excluded or disadvantaged through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality or gender. Priority is to be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage in Leeds that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community. The closing date for applications is Friday 6 March.
  • Leeds Disability Aqua Festival and talent day is taking place at the John Charles Centre for Sport aquatics centre on Tuesday 31 March. This event is suitable for disabled school children and young people aged 11 to 19 years old. For further information and how to attend contact Natalie Mallinson: n.mallinson@stmarysmenston.org

Outside Leeds

  • Monthly disability sport news is also available from some other local authorities. Click for the latest information from York
  • Visual Awareness and Sport course is being held on the 18 March at Lightwaves Leisure Centre in Wakefield, from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. The cost to attend is £30 and further details are available here.
  • The North East’s first VI Tennis Camp will be held at The Northumberland Tennis Club, Newcastle on Saturday 25th April 2015. Please email pybus@tees.ac.uk  for an information pack along with booking form which must be returned by 3pm on Friday 27th February 2015.
  • The Extra Costs Commission is a year-long independent inquiry that is looking at the extra costs faced by disabled people and their families, and ways for driving these extra costs down. They are asking people to complete the survey here (people who complete the survey will have the chance to win a £100 Amazon voucher).
  • Nominations are now open for the National Diversity Awards, further information is available here.

Leeds Disability Sport News – October 2014

In Leeds

  • Leeds Deaf Juniors FC are promoting their latest monthly coaching sessions for deaf and hard of hearing children here.
  • Spider-Y, which incorporates Leeds Spiders Wheelchair basketball club and Leeds Rhinos wheelchair rugby league club, are hosting their annual awards evening this Friday night (24th October). For details go to: spider-y.org.uk
  • Leeds Disability Sports Camp in October half term (27th to 31st) has some spaces remaining at the camps at Middleton, John Smeaton and Scott Hall leisure centres. Further details are available here.
  • Northern Ballet are continuing their dance programme for adults with a learning disability in Leeds. Taster sessions are being held in October and November, for further information contact: alder@northernballet.com
  • West Yorkshire Sport are holding a Coaches Conference on Sunday 16th November at the John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds. For further details and to book click here.
  • Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre are offering canoeing, biking, indoor caving and climbing opportunities to the Leeds SILC’s, to be used before April 2014. Suitable for ages 11 to 25, six one hour sessions are available for a maximum of 8 people. Contact the centre directly on 0113 378 1271 or sailingcentre@leeds.gov.uk for further information.
  • Sportivate funding round 9 is now available to apply for. This aims to provide opportunities for teenagers and young adults (aged 11 to 25), who are not currently, or are doing a limited amount of sport and is for activity between April and September 2015. Closing date to apply is 6th January 2015 and further details are here.

Outside Leeds

  • Active for Autism training is a new project supporting people with autism to participate in sport and physical activity. The National Autistic Society will offer training for coaches, PE teachers and volunteers, for further details click here.
  • West Yorkshire Sport are looking for applications and nominations to be part of the new WYSport Youth Council. Suitable for young people aged 14-18 this group will help shape the delivery of sport in West Yorkshire. Further details can be found here.
  • Volunteer at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games! Applications are now being taken, closing date is 15th For details click here.
  • Powerchair football festival is taking place in York on Sunday 23rd November from 12.00 – 4.00pm. This day also sees the launch of York’s newest football club, Jorvik Warriors. To register attendance and further details are here.


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.

Ticket 2 Tokyo proves a smash hit for wheelchair tennis players

Leeds Beckett University was the venue for one of ten wheelchair tennis talent days run across the country over the weekend of the 20th and 21st September. “Ticket 2 Tokyo” is a scheme run by the Tennis Foundation, in partnership with local providers such as the university and Leeds City Council to provide a day of free wheelchair tennis coaching for new and existing players of all ages and all ability levels.


On top of this players are assessed and those deemed as talented will be invited down to regional and national training camps, with the ultimate aim to be representing Great Britain at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

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Players travelled from across the county and experienced a full days play, from warm ups and mobility drills, through to ball/racket skills, technique based coaching and singles and doubles matchplay. Alongside the coaches on the day was top GB wheelchair tennis player and Leeds Beckett student, Ed Holt who provided some invaluable advice and guidance for all the players. Players were given information about the regular weekly wheelchair tennis sessions at the John Charles Centre for Sport and the opportunities available at Leeds Beckett University. For further information go to: www.leeds.gov.uk/disabilitysport

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Special Olympics European Success for Edward

Edward Williams won a full set of medals as part of the Special Olympics GB team at the Special Olympics European Games in Antwerp in September.
Edward leaped to victory by winning a gold medal in the long jump.  He beat his qualifying jump by 2 centimetres – a thoroughly deserved medal. He won the silver medal as part of the SOGB 200m relay team and the bronze for the 100m.

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Edward trains at John Charles Stadium on Tuesday evenings and does a variety of sports at Pudsey Gateway Club at Priesthorpe School on Thursday evenings. Pudsey Gateway Club offers social, leisure and sports activities for adults with a learning disability. www.pudseygatewayclub.co.uk .
In 2017 the Special Olympics National Games will be held in Sheffield. We hope to have a big team from Yorkshire & Humberside, so come along to John Charles on Tuesday evening or Priesthorpe School on Thursday evening to enjoy your sport and train for the National Games.