This weekend the Mayor of our German partner cities of Dortmund and Siegen joined civic dignitaries and thousands of Leeds residents to mark 100 years since the Armistice, and to remember those who died in the 1st and 2nd world wars.
Mayor Mues of Siegen and Mayor Sierau of Dortmund both laid wreaths at the civic ceremony, alongside the Lord Mayor of Leeds and the Leeds Children’s Mayor.
Earlier in the weekend, Mayor Sierau visited John Charles Centre for Sport to learn about our inclusive sport provision, particularly our “This Girl Can” campaign and our extensive disability sports programme.
He was then joined by Mayor Mues at The Tetley contemporary art gallery where they began a tour of Leeds South Bank, sharing experiences of city centre regeneration, the importance of multi-modal transport infrastructure and lots of discussion around the opportunities for waterfront regeneration.
After a fantastic month of disability sport see below for some highlights and forthcoming events in Leeds and beyond:
- 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: email@example.com
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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:
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
- 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!
Please see below for a round-up of the latest disability sport news in Leeds this month:
- Leeds Spiders Wheelchair basketball club are seeking a head coach for the 2016-2017 season. The club are looking to recruit a voluntary head coach to provide high quality coaching for their sides playing in the Premier League, Division 3 North, Junior’s and Women’s League in the upcoming season. To apply for this role please send your CV and a covering letter outlining why you are suitable for this role to email@example.com
- Mixed Ability rugby presentation is taking place at Leeds Corinthians RFC, Middleton on Tuesday 12th July at 6.30pm. Run by IMAS, this will be of interest to rugby coaches interested in hearing from rugby players with learning disabilities talking about their experiences and encouraging coaches at mainstream clubs to start up new mixed ability teams.
- Sportivate Round 12 funding is now available to apply for. Sportivate seeks 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 deadline for submissions for this round is Friday 15th July.
- Cash for Kids, the official charity of Radio Aire currently have grants available. Each year they support thousands of children from birth to 18 years old who are ill, disabled, underprivileged or who simply need extra care and guidance. They do this by providing grants to individual children, other children’s charities, community groups, schools and health organisations. Every penny raised locally stays local, supporting the neediest children across Leeds and West Yorkshire. The grant-round deadline is Friday 8th July.
- People in Action Health and Wellbeing Programme for adults with learning disabilities has launched, called “Be Well”. This gives its members the opportunity to take part in physical activity including games and sports, as well as giving information about general health and wellbeing. The group runs on a Tuesday afternoon in Chapeltown, Leeds.
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.
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org . 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: email@example.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.
- 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.