Click here to read our Sports Review 2017-2018 which highlights the work undertaken by LDS this year and the many successes of Lothian athletes.
Lothian RaceRunner Finlay Menzies was honored by his school recently as he won Dean Park Primary School's Sports Cup for Outstanding Achievement in Sport. Finlay, who trains with Livingston AC, has had a fantastic year with strong performances in both regional and national events. Well done Finlay!
LDS are running a Summer Programme for young people with ASD & young people with physical, or learning or sensory disabilities in partnership with Team United.
6th to 10th August at Meadowmill Sports Centre
Booking details and schedule at http://www.lothiandisabilitysport.co.uk/multi-sport-summer-programme.html …
Following on from the success of a RaceRunning 'come and try' day, an opportunity has been developed to deliver regular sessions at Meadowmill Sports Centre on a Monday between 6pm and 7pm. At the moment, there are only a small number of RaceRunning bikes available and so it is neccessarily to book a time slot to attend.
The Lothian Boccia Championships 2018 will take place on Saturday 28th July at [EN]GAGE Sports Centre. Entry forms can be downloaded here
The event details are highlighted below -
Event: Lothian Boccia Championships 2018
Date: Saturday 28th July 2018
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm (timings are approx)
Venue: [EN]GAGE Sports Centre, 9 Sighthill Ct, Edinburgh, EH11 4BN
Entry: £4 per player
The closing date for entries is Friday 13th July 2018, please aim to submit entry by this date.
Similar to previous years, please find a referee request section within the entry form. The Championships rely heavily on volunteers giving up their time to officiate matches and it would greatly appreciated if you could let me know if you are able to support with this.
Lothian Wolves have won promotion to the MDUK Scottish Premiership after a sensational inaugural season. Wolves sealed the league title in style with a 6-0 win in the final fixture. The team have gone from strength to strength since their inception in late 2016 and have been drawing plaudits from the Powerchair football community throughout the season. A great achievement - congratulations to all players and coaches.
The RGK Regional Junior Championships are being held at The PEAK, Stirling on Saturday 23rd June. The Championships are sponsored by RGK Wheelchairs and supported by Scottish Disability Sport and The Lord’s Taverners.
Lothian Disability Sport Lawn Bowls Championships 2018 will take place on Sunday 22nd July 2018 at Longniddry Bowling Club, 6 Seton Road, Longniddry, EH32 0LD. The event is open to individuals with a physical disability or sensory impairment.
The 23rd National Dwarf Games were held over the May Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 30th April to Monday 2nd May at venues across the West Midlands. Three Lothian athletes took part in the games and each had an extremely successful weekend.
Click here to see a report from our recent Regional Track & Field event.
A group of enthusiastic carpet bowlers at the Linburn Centre for Scottish War Blinded are looking for other bowlers to compete against. They would be delighted to welcome teams to their centre at Wilkieston, West Lothian, for a game and for lunch. Any group interested should contact the Centre on 0131 333 1369.
This club is being developed to create a paraclimbing community based out of Edinburgh International Climbing Arena. The club will meet on a Thursday evening from 7 to 9pm and is supported by a network of volunteers who are on hand to provide assistance to its members in and around the climbing activities.
You can get lots more information if you click here!
Great new event in Edinburgh during school terms.
Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) are working in partnership with Edinburgh Active Schools and [EN]GAGE Sports Centre at Napier University to deliver a new weekly boccia session for individuals with a disability across Edinburgh and the East of Scotland.
This exciting new opportunity will invite individuals with a physical or learning disability to come and try the sport of boccia in a friendly and welcoming environment under the guidance of experienced coaches and volunteers. The session is being funded through The Big Lottery Fund, aiming to remove barriers and increase the number of individuals playing the sport across Scotland – as such, there will be no cost attached to the session.
Boccia is a Paralympic Sport and was introduced specifically for athletes with a severe physical disability, however it’s also become a very popular activity for individuals with a learning impairment. Boccia is a precision ball sport and requires players to propel the ball on to court by throwing, kicking or using a ramp while aiming to finish with their balls closer to the ‘jack ball’ than their opponent.
The session is open to all individuals with a disability, from primary school aged pupils right through to more senior players – we are confident the coaches and volunteers will make you feel comfortable and provide an excellent first experience into the world of boccia.
When: Every Friday during school term time, starting on the 27th October 2017 (2pm – 3pm)
Where: [EN]GAGE Sports Centre, Napier University, Sighthill Campus, Edinburgh, EH11,4BN
Who: Individuals with a physical or learning disability. All ages welcome.
Cost: There will be no cost.
Chris Jacquin, captain and a founding member of Lothian Wolves Powerchair Football Club has a go fund me page to raise funds for a power wheelchair. Please find following more information!
Football has been a big part of life and since I was a young boy I have always had a massive passion for the beautiful game! However, due to my disability, cerebral palsy, which means I'm in a wheelchair, I never had the opportunity to play and compete in my favourite sport.
Even though I always wondered if I could play football in a wheelchair, it was only 7 years ago that my dream had come true when I was made aware of the sport. My vision came to a halt when I quickly realised that there were no teams in Scotland. A few years later I tried to set up a new team in Edinburgh with some friends however, we had no resources or finances to get the club of the ground.
In December 2016 my dreams were reignited when Lothian Disability Sport announced they were setting up a powerchair football team, I knew I couldn't let this opportunity pass me by. Being one of the first club members to join, I also helped with setting up the club.
Despite getting this far and waiting so long ,my dreams have been put on hold again, after realising my standard wheelchair cannot cope with the fast paced nature of the sport. My current wheelchair is only designed for everyday use, using it for the sport causes it to overheat and puts it at risk of getting severely damaged (Having a major effect on my daily life and prevents me from participating in the club's activities).
The Scottish Powerchair Football Association have advised that I need a chair that is specifically designed for this sport (Invacare Storm3 Competition). The difference with this chair is it has a cooling system built into the motors to prevent them from overheating, giving me confidence that I can participate without the worry of causing damage to my only form of mobility. Secondly, the chair will be able to meet the speed requirements set by the SPFA and other global governing bodies (FIPFA) enabling me to compete to the standard level.
Unfortunately, with most specialised equipment comes a large price tag and since my club has few sponsors or fundraisers I have been left with no choice but to attempt to raise the amount myself (£6750). I will contribute as much money as I can from savings, however I know I simply cannot afford the full amount due to being in receipt of disability benefits.
If I were to raise the funds for the chair it would play a significant role in my development in the sport. Having the chair would give me the platform to pursue my life long dream of representing Scotland and help them qualify for the FIPFA World Cup!
We have just uploaded the swimming results from our LDS Spring Gala in March! Why not pop over and take a look to see how well everyone done.
In addition there is a great report about the Lothian Track & Field Athletics Competion in May. Great information about the event!
All information can be found at our Results and Reports Page here