Have you checked out our up to date sports review covering the successful year 2016-2017!
This year, [EN]GAGE Sports Centre at Edinburgh Napier University played host to the Lothian Open Boccia Championships and welcomed over 50 players from around Scotland to compete over three sections. Players travelled from the West of Scotland, Dundee, Dumfries & Galloway and Forth Valley, helping the strong Lothian contingent contribute to an excellent day of competitive boccia.
A full copy of the report can be found at our Results and Reports page!
Lothian Disability Sport are holding a summer programme of taster sessions for young people with disabilities including young people with Autism.
Sports include Dance, Table Tennis, Rugby, Tennis, Gymnastics, Athletics, Karate, Bowls, Football and Trampolines!
Sessions will be held in East Lothian at Meadowmill, North Berwick, Musselburgh and Haddington.
Or to book online and register your place go to www.enjoyleisure.com
More details on sessions click: LDS Summer Sports Taster Sessions
LDS Award Nomination Form
Lothian Disability Sport are hosting their annual Awards Ceremony as part of the AGM on Monday 26th June. For all nominations please download the omination form by clicking here.
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT NEEDS KARATE TASTER SESSION AND CLUB
Lothian Disability Sport and Active Schools would like to let you know about an exciting opportunity coming to children and young people in Edinburgh. In partnership with Scottish Karate Federation, Dalry Karate Group and Lothian Disability Sport we are developing an Additional Support Needs Karate Club.
The first phase of this will be the delivery of karate taster sessions for primary and secondary pupils. These sessions are open to all disability groups.
Venue: (EN)gage Sports Centre, Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill Campus, EH11 4BN. This is an accessible venue.
Date and Time: Taster session, Saturday 3rd June 11am – 1pm.
Club sessions will happen every Saturday thereafter 11.15am – 12.15pm at (EN)gage Sports Centre.
The sessions will be delivered by qualified karate coaches who have training and experience of working with children with additional support needs. The maximum participant numbers per session will be 15 children.
The sessions are all about having fun and giving participants the chance to try out Karate, no prior experience is necessary.
We would welcome parents to stay and watch sessions and meet karate coaches.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
If your child is interested in attending the free taster session please phone me to book a place and I will forward an application form via email or take your details over the phone. Please note there are limited spaces therefore places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Closing date for applications is 4pm Thursday 1st June.
Active Schools Coordinator, Equality and Inclusion
Branch Disability Sport Coordinator, Lothian Disability Sport
East of Scotland Para Sport Festival 2017
The annual Para Sport Festival is on the horizon for 2017, welcoming young people from across the East of Scotland with a physical or sensory impairment and providing them with an opportunity to try a range of Para Sports, delivered by some of the best clubs and coaches across the country. This year’s festival is scheduled for Friday 24th March at Forrester / St Augustine’s High School, Edinburgh.
The event, previously named the Paralympic Experience Event, is entering its sixth year since inception prior to the London Paralympic Games in 2012 and comes at a time where Para Sport is fresh in everyone’s mind after a hugely successful games for GB in Rio de Janeiro last year. It is a fantastic opportunity for primary and secondary aged young people to experience some of the sports where team GB achieved significant success. The activities selected reflect the strong club structure in the region and will aim to ignite the transition from the event to more regular sporting activity with one or more of the session’s being delivered.
The festival is a partnership event between Scottish Disability Sport, Edinburgh Active Schools, Lothian Disability Sport and Edinburgh Leisure who work together, along with local club coaches, to offer sessions in swimming, athletics, wheelchair basketball and many more to the children and young people from East Lothian, Edinburgh, Midlothian, the Scottish Borders and West Lothian. To find out more, click here and download the entry information pack.
During last year’s event, video footage was captured highlighting the aims and potential impact of the event featuring testimonies from young people, parents, club coaches and professional officers. We hope this footage will prove a useful tool in providing an accurate insight to the event – please find the link to the video clip below:
Para Sport Festival promotional footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AzP4sztaDY&t=1s
The event will also offer an opportunity for education staff, club coaches and volunteers to enhance their knowledge of disability sport with the delivery of CPD workshop, ‘How to Identify and Include Children and Young People with a Disability in Sport’. This workshop has proved extremely popular over previous events and will again be delivered by the experienced Richard Brickley, MBE. To find out more about this opportunity, please click here.
East of Scotland Para Bowls Development Day
Scottish Disability Sport are working in partnership with East Lothian Indoor Bowling Club and Lothian Disability Sport to plan and deliver an exciting new opportunity for players with a physical, sensory or learning impairment. The development day will provide an insight to the sport of bowls for new players while also providing coaching and participation information for existing bowlers.
Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) is the recognised governing body for para bowls in Scotland and are excited to be working alongside local partners to identify players in the east region of Scotland with the aim of establishing a regular para bowls session at East Lothian Indoor Bowling Club. The details of the session can be found below and also by clicking here.
Event: East of Scotland Para Bowls Development Day
Date: Sunday 12th February 2017
Time: 12 noon – 2.00pm
Venue: East Lothian Indoor Bowling Club, East Lothian, EH33 1LZ
LDS PARA BOWLER GARY AIMS FOR COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Bellsburn bowler and LDS Committee member Gary Clelland has been called up for a Commonwealth Games squad. He has been selected by Scottish Disability Sport - the governing body for para bowls in Scotland - as a member of the Extended Pool of Players preparing for the 2018 Games down under.
Read the full article at; http://www.linlithgowgazette.co.uk/sport/more-sport/para-bowler-gary-aims-for-commonwealth-team-1-4332285
Everybody at LDS would like to wish Gary the very best in his preparations and bid to compete at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast.
2016 National Junior Swimming Championships (Learning Disabilities)
Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow
There was great representation from the Lothian Team at the National Junior Swimming Championships at Glasgow’s Tollcross International Swimming Centre on Wednesday 23rd November. 22 young people from 10 schools across Edinburgh and the Lothians participated with fantastic performances from all. A total of 20 medals (7 Gold, 7 Silver and 6 bronze) were won by the Lothian team, an encouraging performance following the successful regional trials earlier this year. The young swimmers were fortunate enough to have their medals presented to them by none other than Jim Anderson OBE, Scotland’s six times Paralympic Champion.
There were stand-out performances from George Forbes (Cedarbank) who won gold medals in both the boys 50m Freestyle Back Class 2 (40.72) and the 50m Freestyle Front Class 1 (33.63), the latter a big winning margin of over four seconds from team mate Chad Stewart (silver; 37.81) of Saltersgate school.
There was another double gold medal haul for swimmer Keira McLeod of Woodlands School. Keira won gold medals in both the girls 50m Freestyle Back Class 3 (51.38) and the 50m Adapted Breast stroke (58.02). These performances were backed up by a further 15 medals across the Lothian Team, a remarkable achievement. Three Lothian athletes were also involved in record breaking races, as Christian Buchanan (Spark of Genius; 34.43) came 4th in the boys class 1 50m butterfly behind Tayside’s Jack Milne, in a new national record of 29.89s. Similarly in the girls 50m Freestyle Back Class 1, Sarah Bleakley (Ross HS) and Shannon Crosbie (Braidburn) finished 3rd and 4th respectively behind Highland’s Tammy Neef who blazed to gold in a new national record 35.07s.
Performances were excellent right across the board and we hope to see another strong Lothian Team at the event next year. For the full list of results from the championships click here.
Lothian Disability Sport would like to thank all the coaches, volunteers and parents who came along to help and support the Lothian team. Furthermore we wish to once again congratulate all the athletes who competed and who put in the hard work and commitment to allow them to qualify for such a great event. Following the success of the GB swimmers in Rio 2016 we hope this event will serve as an excellent stepping stone to the next generation of young swimmers.
Long term supporter and ex treasurer of Lothian Disability Sport Peter Hagenbuch completed a 52 mile walk from Uphall, West Lothian to St Andrews, Fife in 21 hours and 15 minutes – a monumental effort!
Peter completed the walk in support of a number of organisations, including LDS. To sponsor Peter for this considerable achievement please follow the link below –https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/peterh2016jam
Coach & Volunteer Opportunity - Lothian Powerchair Football session
Position: Coaches and Volunteers
Start: Friday 4th November 2016
Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Venue: The Royal High School, East Barnton Avenue, Edinburgh, EH4 6JP
Lothian Disability Sport (LDS) are working alongside the Scottish FA, Edinburgh Active Schools and the Scottish Powerchair Football Association (SPFA) to launch a football session specifically designed for powerchair users across the Lothian region.
We are currently looking for coaches and volunteers to support with facilitating each training session on a weekly basis. Powerchair football is an adaptation of football and no previous coaching experience is required; only an enthusiastic approach and willingness to learn. There will also be opportunities to gain further qualifications through LDS as part of the individual’s continued professional development.
Skills required –
Paralympic athletes Scott Quin, Maria Lyle and Stephen Clegg have been recognised for their considerable efforts and achievements over the last 12 months, with all three athletes receiving accolades from their respective awards ceremonies over the previous could of weeks. This recognition was supplemented by youngster Jenny Gray of Lothian Disability Badminton Club who shared the Sports Person with a Disability with swimmer Clegg.
Warrender Baths swimmer and product of local swim club Lothian Racers, Scott Quin was deservedly awarded with the Midlothian Senior Sports Person of the Year after a memorable 12 months which saw him win gold at the European Championships in Funchal and narrowly miss out on Paralympic Gold in Rio, collecting silver behind winner and GB team mate Arran Moores in the SB14 100m Breaststroke. Quin highlighted, “it has been an unforgettable year for me and to win the award after Rio is a special feeling”.
Watch the ‘Flying Scotsman’ claim gold at the European Championships earlier this year by following the link below -
East Lothian also recognised their athletes at the Celebrating Sport Awards on Friday 14th October at the Bruton Theatre in Musselburgh, with the region’s Para athletes firmly at the forefront of this recognition. Dunbar sprinter Maria Lyle was awarded for her memorable summer in Rio as she claimed two individual bronze medals and team silver in the 4 x 100m T35 – T38 relay. The 16 year old athlete, who has cerebral palsy, claimed silver in the 100m and 200m T35 races after being defeated by Australia’s Isis Holt and China’s Xia Zhou and was deservedly named East Lothian’s Sports Person of the Year. Watch Maria Lyle run in the second leg of the relay silver medal during the Paralympic Games in Brazil earlier this year.
East Lothian Swim Team’s Stephen Clegg was recognised for his fantastic 5th place finish and personal best time in the S13 400m Backstroke in Brazil and topped off a significant 12 months for the Edinburgh based swimmer, who continues to develop into a world class swimmer under the guidance of head coach Bruce Halloran. The former Royal Blind School student was awarded the Sports Person with a Disability award alongside North Berwick Badminton player, Jenny Gray. Lothian Disability Badminton Club member Gray, has also experienced significant success over the last year, dominating the 4 Nations Para-Badminton events in Ladies singles, Ladies doubles and Mixed doubles while also being selected for the Special Olympic National Games in Sheffield next year.
This success demonstrates the significant talent in the region from grassroots participation right through the pathway to Paralympic success and will undoubtedly act as genuine inspiration for all upcoming athletes across the East of Scotland.
Use a walker style frame? Exciting football opportunity for young people.
Frame football is an excellent opportunity for individuals who use walking / gait training equipment such as a Frame or Walker to try and play football and this opportunity will be open to young people aged between 3 and 16 years old. Please see the details below surrounding an exciting new opportunity in West Lothian.
Day: Friday (beginning on 4th November)
Time: 5pm – 6pm
Venue: Linlithgow Academy, Linlithgow, EH49 6EH
Please click here
Play is for Everyone!
Come along and try our new weekly softplay sessions for children with additional support needs at the Royal Commonwealth Pool.
Play is an essential part of growing up for all children. Regular play supports children to lead a healthy active life, encouraging their learning, developing their confidence and creating opportunities for them to develop friendships.
At Edinburgh Leisure we believe that play is for everyone. We recognise that some children and families need more support than others to get active and stay active. For some children with additional support needs a busy softplay session might feel overwhelming. Within our Clambers softplay at the Royal Commonwealth Pool we’ve created a specific session for children with additional support needs.
These sessions have been specifically designed to provide an inclusive service for children with additional support needs. We feel the sessions will be appropriate for families of children with additional support needs, e.g. Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Sight and Hearing Impairments, Global Developmental Delay, and Genetic Disorders.
What do you need to know?
No Limits are hosting their annual boccia competition on Saturday 12th November. If you are interested in entering this competition, please read on -
Event: No Limits Andrew Slack Memorial Open Boccia Competition
Date: Saturday 12th November 2016
Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Venue: Bathgate Academy Sports Centre, Edinburgh Road, Bathgate, EH48 1LF
Closing date for the event is Friday 28th October and all completed entries should be returned to Elaine McCallum at –
8 Laverock Park
Entry forms can also be downloaded by clicking here.
Wednesday 28th September 2016, Meadowmill Sports Centre, East Lothian
The official Lothian Disability Sport Schools Calendar of Events kicked off for 2016 / 2017 with the annual Badminton Participatory Festival, welcoming 48 young people from across the region. The event provided an opportunity for individuals to develop their badminton skills through a series of skill stations, each focusing on specific areas of the sport. The afternoon session of the event saw all participating school pupils play half court friendly matches against their peers from their own school and others from neighbouring schools, promoting the social interaction aspect of the event as well as the physical activity focus. With nine schools entering in total, there were young people with physical sensory and learning impairments in attendance from both primary and secondary
The festival introduced many of the participants to the sport for the first time but also adapted activities to challenge players who had accessed the event previously, proving a smash hit with many of the young people and staff alike, with one teacher commenting “it was the best event yet. I had some reluctant pupils who all blossomed and enjoyed the day”. It’s a great introduction to the sport and allows the school pupils an opportunity to experience this in a fun and friendly environment.
As in previous years, the event was organised and delivered collaboratively by Lothian Disability Sport, East Lothian’s Badminton development officer Christine Black and Lothian Disability Badminton Club who provided players to support with delivery on the day. The day also benefits significant from students from Edinburgh College who support and work closely with the young people throughout.
Lothian Disability Sport Autumn Swim Gala 2016
Mercat Gait Swimming Pool, Prestonpans, East Lothian.
The annual Lothian Disability Sport Autumn swim gala attracted 88 swimmers to East Lothian on Saturday 24th September, with clubs, teams and individuals travelling from all over the region and further afield aiming to record PBs or experience their first competitive meet.
This year’s gala introduced a new format following previous feedback from clubs and coaches, with all 25m races being held in the morning session of the event, providing a relaxed environment for new swimmers to experience the sport while being supported and encouraged throughout. This introduction is crucial for new swimmers and provides an excellent first experience and hopefully encourages further engagement going forward. The afternoon session then allowed more experienced swimmers an opportunity to log personal bests and race against their peers in 50m, 75m and 100m distances.
The healthy entry is a reflection of the undoubted hard work that local clubs are putting in on a weekly basis and credit must go to all coaches who are providing the swimmers with a platform to develop and improve in the pool. Local entrants included Lothian Racers, Loanhead Swim Team, Lothian Waves, Livingston & District Dolphins, Musselburgh Flyers and Mercat Greats but also welcomed swim clubs from other regions across the country including Arion (Stirling) and Borders Barracudas (Scottish Borders). Individual swimmers, Christian Buchanan (East Lothian Swim Team), Mairin Savage (Stirling Swim) and Jill Hendry (Stirling Swimming) were also present to represent their respective clubs and regions. In addition to the new format, the gala also re-introduced 4x25m relay races and these team events proved a welcome end to the day with 11 teams entered and generating the loudest cheers of the day. This addition provides experience for swimmers, particularly individuals who will be competing at the Special Olympic National Games in Sheffield next year and may not have many opportunities other than these local events.
The LDS autumn swim gala historically awards the Mark Headden Memorial Trophy to the most improved swimmer for the year and takes into account a number of factors including level of commitment, obstacles overcome and competition success. Jamie O’Boyle of Lothian Racers was the deserving recipient of this year’s award having significantly improved his swimming over the last 12 months, showing true dedication and determination to overcome challenges and master the technicalities for all swimming strokes and continually giving 100% in the process.
Again, thanks must be extended to all officials, volunteers and time keepers who allow the gala run seamlessly from start to finish.
Please find a link to the full results here.
Lothian Disability Sport Branch Coordinator Post
Location: The Lothian region – East Lothian, Edinburgh, Midlothian and West Lothian (based in Edinburgh)
Lothian Disability Sport (LDS) is seeking to appoint a Branch Coordinator (35 hours per week) to help carry out the work of the branch. LDS operates as a branch of Scottish Disability Sport, covering the four local authority areas of City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian.
A registered charity we promote, co-ordinate and develop a wide range of sports and recreational opportunities for all ages and abilities throughout Lothian.
We are looking for an individual who is passionate about sport, ideally displaying experience of working with children and/or adults with disabilities. As Branch Disability Sport Coordinator you will be required to plan, co-ordinate and deliver a number of events in a wide range of sports run by Lothian Disability Sport in conjunction with key partners. Additionally, the successful candidate will be required to co-ordinate teams representing the Lothian branch at Scottish Disability Sport national events.
A key element of the job will be to increase awareness of the work of Lothian Disability Sport and to promote the activities organised by the branch, as well as responding to enquiries from the general public. You must have excellent interpersonal skills as you will be liaising with key staff from the four local authorities in Lothian as well as with leisure trusts, voluntary organisations, local clubs, coaches, volunteers and other key partners.
The post will involve travel throughout the Lothian region and it is desirable that the post holder provide their own transport – appropriate travel expenses will be paid. The post is initially offered on a three year fixed term basis and will be based at Norton Park, Edinburgh.
Closing Date: Wednesday 12th October 2016 (12noon)