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East Lothian Disability Swimming Development Day

East Lothian Disability Swimming Development Day

This event will be delivered by Enjoy Leisure, in partnership with Scottish Disability Sport and Scottish Swimming, to promote disability swimming and encourage any individual to come along and find out more about the opportunities and pathways in place.   

The session will be led by qualified coaches with extensive knowledge and experience, and local clubs will be on hand to support any swimmer looking to join.  This will also provide an ideal opportunity for others to start following in the footsteps of many successful disability swimmers from the region.

When:     Sunday 21 June 2015

Where:    Musselburgh Sport Centre

Who:        Physical & Sensory impairments: 10.00am – 11.00am and Learning Disabilities: 11.00am – 12.00pm

For more information contact Karen Fergusson on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07803 203 668.

Flyer is attached here.

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Lothian Open Boccia Championships

Lothian Open Boccia Championships

The Jack Kane Sports Centre, Edinburgh - Saturday 13th June 2015

The second Lothian Open Boccia Championships were held on Saturday at The Jack Kane Centre, Edinburgh and over 60 players enjoyed a packed day of competition.  The entry had increased by around 20 from the introduction of the competition into the calendar last year and it was great to see so many individuals participating in the sport at a Regional level.  Around 40 of the players entered were from the Lothian region with No Limits, East of Scotland Boccia Club, Edinburgh Leisure's High Flyers, Capability Scotland and Lothian Special Olympics all providing a strong presence from the local area.  The competition was also complimented by clubs, players and coaches from Dundee, Forth Valley and Dumfries and Galloway, allowing for entirely fresh competition for a wide range of players.

The event was split into four sections, Class A - players with a physical disability, Class B - players with a learning disability (male and female sections), Class C - players with assistive devices and Class D - junior players (all disability groups under the age of 18).  Each section was played in a round robin format, providing a number of matches for all players involved.

Capability Scotland and East of Scotland Boccia Club (EoS) provided the majority of players for Class A, however it was the visitors from Forth Valley who dominated the section with Callum Glasgow claiming victory in the final against John McAlloney.  Heather Nicolson (EoS) pipped fellow club member Jim Anderson OBE (EoS) to the bronze medal match, coming from 5-0 down after 2 ends to win 6-5.

The semi final stages of Class B saw a strong Lothian representation in both the male and female sections.  It was experienced player Kirsty McCallum from No Limits who claimed victory in the female draw, defeating Pamela Robbie of Dundee Boccia Club to take the title.  No Limits were also represented in the final of the male draw, however Daniel Strang was defeated by Darren Rooney of Forth Valley on this occasion.  Two Lothian Special Olympics players, Scott Bruce and Philippa Robertson were unlucky to miss out on the final, both claiming 3rd place overall with strong performances in the bronze medal matches.

Dundee Boccia Club were also heading home with a gold medal, as Hannah Craig performed superbly throughput the day and claimed victory in Class C for players with assistive devices.  Hannah was convincing during the group stages and carried this form into the knock out stages,  defeating club mate Margaret Torrie in the semi final and then Sean McCann (EoS) in the final.  Last year's winner Sean McCann also performed well throughout and defeated Forth Valley's Aaron Widd (3rd place) at the semi final stage.

The competition welcomed six junior players along this year and this Class was dominated by the young men from Annandale and Eskdale.  Hayden Keir and Christian Mason met in the final after defeating Vassilis Gregoriou (High Flyer's) and Cameron Millar (Dundee Boccia Club), respectively, in the semi final stage - with Hayden Keir coming out on top and taking the gold back to Dumfries and Galloway.  

Due to the volume of matches played throughout the day, the event relied heavily on the time and expertise provided by a number of volunteers, coaches and supporters to officiate across all sections.  Without this support, the event would not be able accommodate this size of entry so a huge thanks goes out to all those who provided assistance with refereeing, time & score keeping and laying/setting up courts.

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Scottish Disability Sport Junior Track & Field Athletics

Scottish Disability Sport Junior Track & Field Athletics

Wednesday 3rd June - Grangemouth Athletics Stadium

Lothian were able to enter a strong team of 21 athletes from across the region at the annual SDS junior track and field athletics at Grangemouth.  Many athletes from Woodlands (Edinburgh), Cedarbank (West Lothian), Saltersgate (Midlothian) and Kaimes (Edinburgh) were looking to better performances from previous years while newcomers to the event were experiencing the competition for the first time.  The selection team were able to enter a healthy number to the National competition due to the impressive turnout at the Regional event three weeks earlier which is very encouraging for the area.

Aaron and Corey McDowell (East Calder PS, West Lothian) are experiencing athletics for the first time after attending the Regional event and securing a place at the National event, going on to win medals in the 60m and Standing Long Jump.  Kate Snodgrass (Cuiken PS, Midlothian) also bettered her performance at the Regional event, shaving an impressive 8 seconds of her 800m time from the Regional event and claiming medals in the 100m and 800m.  There was also notable performances from Amy MacBeath (Lasswade PS, Midlothian) as she recorded PB's in the 60m and 100m and Matthew Power (Woodlands) who claimed medals in the 100m and 1500m.  Jonathan Watson and Chloe Wilson (both Saltersgate) showed the way in the Shot Putt, both throwing imposing distances to win themselves a medal.

Well done to all athletes who competed and represented Lothian superbly throughout a long day of sport.  Thank you is extended to all support staff and parents who supported the event and ensured that all athletes were given the opportunity to participate.

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No limits, recognised with Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2015

No limits, recognised with Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2015

 

A voluntary group from West Lothian who work in the community to provide sporting and social opportunities for children and young people with a disability has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The club  operate a multi sports club which meets weekly at Linlithgow, a Boccia Club which meets weekly at Bathgate and in conjunction with Lothian Disability Sport do Archery for the Disabled at Blackburn Community Centre. They also organise Ten Pin Bowling Competitions in Livingston and weekend and weeklong activity holidays/breaks.

Anne and Stuart Gurney  from No Limits attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace/ on 20th May where they met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award.

 No Limits  is one of 187 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awards handed out to groups have increased by over 60% from 2014, due to an increase in high quality applications, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year range from Ablaze, a charity helping to raise academic achievement amongst disadvantaged young people in Bristol to a volunteer rescue boat service on Loch Lomond.

No Limits will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of West Lothian later this summer.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Martyn Lewis CBE said:

“I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups. The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the best of democracy in action.”

 Paul Weddell, the club’s secretary said  “The Club are extremely proud and feel honoured by such a prestigious award, we are shortly going to celebrate our 20th anniversary and our success  has all been down to the commitment of parents, carers    and volunteers. The voluntary sector is very strong in West Lothian and there are numerous opportunities to get involved in lots of different areas. We work closely with other voluntary bodies and we want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us in the past.”    

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Crags All Ability Bike Event

Crags All Ability Bike Event

Friday 19 June 2015

10:00 - 15.00

Venue: Crags Sports Centre/Skelf, 10 Bowmont Place, EH8 9RY

This is a great opportunity to find a bike or trike that works for you, whatever your ability. This year we're welcoming adapted cycling specialists Get Cycling CiC from York. They'll be bringing a range of machines including tandems, trikes, a quadricycle, a handcycle and a wheelchair transporter.

Add to this Get Cycling's friendly and knowledgeable staff and we reckon you won't find a better chance to find out just what is possible under your own power or with assistance. This range will be complemented with a couple of recumbent trikes from Laid Back Bikes. Look in and enjoy a day of cycling diversity. Snacks from Donald – well known for his catering at Southside Community Centre.

For more information see the attached flyer.

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Edinburgh wheelchair basketball player heads for Team GB

Edinburgh wheelchair basketball player heads for Team GB

 

Edinburgh based charity Ecas, which works with physically disabled people in Edinburgh and the Lothians, is supporting a wheelchair basketball player who is heading to Worcester with the hope of joining Team GB and being selected for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016. 

Robyn Love, who has previously represented Scotland, has received support to help her buy a new wheelchair, as well as with some of the general costs of participating at the highest levels.

David Griffiths, chief executive of Ecas, commented: “Ecas is keen to support people with physical disabilities to fulfil their potential at whatever level they can.  Our grants provide a wide range of support for people every year; from basic furniture and equipment to holidays or specialist support such as assisting Robyn with the costs of her wheelchair.  We are also delighted to have been working with Scottish Disability Sport to provide funds for athletes with a disability seeking to make the breakthrough to the top levels.  Robyn Love is an excellent example of that.”

Gary Fraser of Scottish Disability Sport, said: “we are delighted to have developed a strong relationship with Ecas in order to financially support our athletes striving to realise their potential as a performance athlete.  These funds are administered alongside our Athlete Academy - a support mechanism underpinning the sportscotland Institute of Sport – that supports athletes at an integral stage of their development.  Robyn is a member of the Academy and we have been extremely impressed with her emergence and development over the past 12 months.  We wish her all the best in her new training environment in Worcester, where she will battle to be part of the GB team, and hopefully reach the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio”.

Robyn Love, commented: “The funding for my new chair and the support I have received in moving down to Worcester has been vital in supporting my development as an elite athlete.  I would like to thank Ecas and Scottish Disability Sport for their generosity and support in my bid to be the first Scottish person to represent GB in a Major tournament for 15 years.  My first objective is to be selected for the European Championships in August this year and hopefully I can make the team for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.  The work SDS and Ecas do is incredible, and they make a real difference in assisting people with a disability realise their full potential.”

For further information please contact:

Ecas

David Griffiths: 0131 475 2344      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Scottish Disability Sport

Gary Fraser: 0131 625 4412         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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First Running Bikes in East of Scotland Arrive at Meadowmill

First Running Bikes in East of Scotland Arrive at Meadowmill

Lothian Leopards Disability Athletics Club and enjoyleisure are delighted to announce the arrival of four disability running bikes at the East Lothian Athletics Arena, at Meadowmill - a first for East Lothian, and a first for the East of Scotland.

The ‘Petra RaceRunners’ or ‘Running Bike’ is a three wheeled cycle with no pedals which supports riders as they walk / run.   They are designed for those who have disabilities which affect mobility, balance and coordination, such as Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinsons Disease, but can be benefited by so many others.  With a lightweight frame and very low rolling resistance, very little effort is required to propel the bike.

A total of 4 bikes, ranging in size suitable for 6-13 year olds, have been purchased for use by athletics disability club Lothian Leopards at their weekly training sessions on Thursday evening 6pm-7pm at Meadowmill Sports Centre.  They will also be available to other users.  Contact Meadowmill Sports Centre on 01875 619079 for more details.   Funding for the bikes, costing a total of £6k was provided by enjoyleisure and a grant awarded to Lothian Leopards via the Bank of Scotland Community Fund. 

To officially welcome their arrival Lothian Leopards are holding an Open Day on Saturday 20th June at Meadowmill Sports Centre (athletics track), between 1pm -3pm.  During the event, there will be an opportunity for young people to try the bikes for themselves, as well as a range of other athletics activities and learn more about what the club has to offer.

Attending the event and showcasing the bikes capabilities will be 14 year old World RunningBike Champion Gavin Drysdale, from Ace RaceRunning Club in South Ayrshire.  In 2014, Gavin represented Scotland at the International Wheelchairs & Amputee Sports Federation World Junior Games at Stoke Mandeville and returned with 4 Gold Medals.

Jean Dobson, Head Coach for Lothian Leopards comments; “We are absolutely thrilled to have the RunningBikes at Meadowmill.  They truly are a fantastic innovation that dramatically increase the opportunities for young people to actively participate in sporting activities and discover speed, agility and movement that previously would have been deemed unavailable to them.”  

Neal Herbert, Brand Disability Sport Co-ordinator for Lothian Disability Sport adds; “We’re delighted to welcome the RunningBikes into East Lothian.  We’re hopeful their arrival will boost participation in disability sport in the Lothian area.”

Scottish Commonwealth Athlete and Athletics Development Officer for enjoyleisure, Jamie Bowie commented; “enjoyleisure was delighted to support Lothian Leopards request to assist fund the bikes.  The excitement and sheer joy of the youngsters utilising the bikes is clear for everyone to see.  I urge anyone who could benefit from using the bikes to come along to the open day and try them for themselves!”

General Manager Bill Axon added, “enjoyleisure’s fundamental aims is to facilitate opportunities for the participation and enjoyment of sport for all members of the local community.   The arrival of these bikes in East Lothian enables more young people with disabilities to have the opportunity to get involved in sporting activities.”

Lothian Leopards Open Day: 1pm – 3pm Saturday 20th June at Meadowmill Sports Centre.

For further information about the event and Lothian Leopards please contact Jean Dobson (Head Coach) on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 07882 376338 or Neal Herbert on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 0131 475 2364.

 

Lothian-Leopards---RaceRunning.pdf

 

 

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The Yard/Play to Learn Football Sessions

The Yard/Play to Learn Football Sessions

The Yard/Play to Learn Football Sessions

Are you interested in football?  Looking for somewhere to show off your skills?   

The Yard in partnership with Paly2Learn, are running a football project starting on Tuesday 28th April 2015.  For 14 weeks, you can develop your social, emotional, listening and football skills - and have fun at the same time.

If you would like to take part and are 5+ years, please get in touch with Ronnie McQueen on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The sessions will run at the following times on a Tuesday evening -

4.15pm - 5.00pm (primary school aged young people)

5.00pm - 6.00pm (secondary aged young people)

at North Merchiston Boys Club, 48 Watson Crescent, EH11 1EP.

The-Yard-in-partnership-with-Play2Learn2.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

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Scottish Disability Sport Senior Championships for Swimmers with a Learning Disability

Scottish Disability Sport Senior Championships for Swimmers with a Learning Disability

Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow

Saturday 23rd May 2015

Tollcross International Swimming Centre welcomed well over 220 swimmers from across the country to participate in the SDS Senior Championships for swimmers with a learning disability.  The venue, which hosted the swimming at last year's Commonwealth Games and will host the IPC World Championships in July, was the ideal setting for some excellent performances in the pool from a wide selection of Lothian swimmers.  

Swimmers from Lothian Racers, Loanhead Swim Team, Faldhouse Penguins, Swim West Lothian and Warrender Baths Club were given the opportunity to represent a 16 strong Lothian team who were aiming to produce PB's and secure medals and points for the region.  Points gained by all swimmers would be calculated at the end of the day, with the winners claiming the Kintore Trophy.  The day saw some excellent performances with swimmers coming through heats to win themselves a place in finals - and it was excellent to see an impressive medal haul come back East.  Shannon Crosbie was unlucky to miss out on gold as she claimed Silver (Free) and two Bronze medals (Back & IM) during a successful day of swimming. However, Saskia Falconer (Free) and Joshua Hadland (Back) went one better and secured gold medals along with West Lothian swimmer Callum Todd.  Callum Todd, making his debut at these Championships, finished first in the 50m Back to claim gold and 5th in the highly competitive 100m Free, posting a PB in the process.  Another swimmer unlucky to miss out on gold was Kerri MacKenzie, who finished the day with two silver medals (Breast and Free).

The Lothian team also included Scott Quin - the Midlothian swimmer travelling straight to the Championships from a busy training schedule and he didn't disappoint the spectators with his performances.  Quinn, who is one of only two Scots to qualify for the IPC World Championships in July, secured gold medals in the 100IM and 50m Breast while finishing just behind Fife swimmer, Craig Rodgie, in the keenly contested 100m Free and 50m Fly.  The 100IM and 50m Breast also saw Scot Quin set new Championship records that will be difficult to better for swimmers in the future.

Well done to all Lothian swimmers who competed at the Championships, all represented the region superbly and were well worthy of their seventh place finish in the race for the Kintore Trophy - eventually won by West of Scotland A.  Special thanks to Lynne Sturgeon and the team for organising and ensuring the squad were well kitted out and given the opportunity to perform so well.

If you are interested in swimming opportunities in the Lothian region, please contact Neal Herbert on 0131 475 2364 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Interested in Goalball?

Interested in Goalball?

Goalball UK have recently launched a new club in Edinburgh so are looking for players, coaches, officials and volunteers (no experience is required).

Goalball is an exciting, indoor, 3-a-side team sport of attack and defend - with a unique twist!  It has been played since 1946 throughout the workd by people who are bling or partially sighted.

However, goalball is a truly inclusive sport in that fully sighted players can also play domestically - this is because everyone is required to wear eye shades.  The ball contains internal bells so players can track its movement by the sound.

If you would like to get involved, come along to the next training session:

Date: Saturday 6th June

Time: 1pm - 3pm

Venue: Edinburgh College (Sighthill Campus), Bankhead Avenue, Edinburgh, EH11 4DE

If you are interested, please conatct Kathryn Fielding on 07795 263642 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

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Scottish FA School League - Match Day 4

Scottish FA School League - Match Day 4

 

 This season's 7-a-side league for school aged players with a learning disability drew to a close on Friday 15th May, with the finale bringing an extremely tense finish for two of the teams involved. 

The lead at the top of the league had swapped hands on a number of occasions between West Calder HS and Woodlands throughout the season and the scene was set for a gripping finish at Albyn Park, West Lothian.  The West Lothian and Edinburgh sides were tied at the top of the league with 21 points after 3 match days and the winners were decided in the very last match of the 2014/2015 season.  The atmosphere could have been cut with a knife during the opening 10 minutes of the match as both team knew that it was a 'winner takes all scenario' - and it was West Calder who took the lead, only to be pegged back immediately by Woodlands.  However, the teams were only level for a matter of minutes as the West Lothian side stamped their authority on the match and ran out 3-1 winners to take the match and the title.  Both teams, as winners and runners up, now qualify for the SFA/SDS National League Finals day, providing the opportunity to test themselves against teams from across the country.   

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Lothian Track & Field Athletics Competition 2015

Lothian Track & Field Athletics Competition 2015

Meadowmill Sports Centre played host to the annual Lothian Track and Field Athletics competition on Wednesday 20th May. This was second year the venue had kindly welcomed the athletes from around the Lothian area after taking over hosting duties from Dalkeith School Campus. 

The event took a slightly different approach this year, as senior athletes were invited to participate alongside their junior colleagues for the first time. This allowed 10 senior athletes from Port Seton Resource Centre the opportunity to participate and post times and distances for the National Championships in September. In total, the entry stood at 96 athletes with some individuals making their debut at the event and some returning to try and improve upon their personal bests. It was excellent to see new faces from across the Lothian region, with Dunbar Grammar School joining Cuiken, Campie and East Calder Primary schools attending for the first time.

Like last year the weather was kind to the competitors, allowing for some fine performances on the track and field - notably the female 800m, male 400m and long jump, to name a few. The atmosphere created by all the competitors made the day thoroughly enjoyable and will hopefully encourage the athletes to access local opportunites in the sport. If you would like more information on athletic opportunities in the region, please get in touch 0131 475 2364 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Special thank you to all the officials at Scottish Athletics and volunteers from Lothian Disability Sport who both gave up their time to come and help make the day a success. Also, thanks to all the school staff and athlete's who supported this year's competition, we hope to see you next year.

Please click the link for results - LDS Track & Field results 2015

 

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Lothian Schools Table Tennis Event

Lothian Schools Table Tennis Event

Bathgate Academy will play host to the first disability table tennis event on Wednesday 20th May, open to all school aged young people from the Lothian region with a physical, learning or sensory impairment.  Table Tennis was included in the Paralympic Games in London and Scotland possess a player with enormous potential in the sport - Martin Perry.

The event was included in the Lothian Disability Sport school calendar of events for the first time this year and will be delivered as a partnership event by West Lothian and Murrayfield Table Tennis Clubs, while be supported by West Lothian Active Schools. 

The success of the sport at the previous two Paralympic Experience Events encouraged the inclusion of a sport specific event within the calendar and hopefully this interest will become more established as a result.  The clubs supported the event are currently operating inclusively and have players with a disability actively attending - if you would like more information on these clubs then please contact Neal Herbert on 0131 475 2364 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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National Judo Session

National Judo Session

JudoScotland will be holding the next National Judo ‘Come Together’ session at Ratho on Sunday 17th May 2015 and invite interested players and coaches interested to come along and try judo.

This session is open to all athletes with a disability and all levels are welcome.  Cost £4.

For information and to book your place, please call Stephen J Somerville on 07595 710 470, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the JudoScotland development team on 0131 333 2981.

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Para-sport Stars - Club for young people with a physical disability.

Para-sport Stars - Club for young people with a physical disability.

Friday saw the first session of the Para-sport Stars programme at Forrester/St Augustine's Community Sports HUB, giving the young people in attendance the opportunity to try badminton and athletics.  The two hour session was led by local club coaches with extensive experience in disability sport, with the young people playing badminton for the first hour before breaking to resume with a second hour of athletics.

The Para-sport Stars programme is open to school aged young people with a physical disability, aiming to provide a taste in a range of sports before signposting them to clubs in sports they have particularly enjoyed.  The programme will also include sessions in wheelchair basketball, judo and fencing.

These session are completely free for young people and run from 2pm - 4pm every Friday until 19th June.  Although the programme is based in Edinburgh, we would certainly welcome young people from additional local authorities across the Lothian region.

If you are interested in this opportunity and would like to register then please contact Edinburgh Leisure on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0131 458 2167.  

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SFA School League Fixture 3 - Albyn Park, West Lothian.

SFA School League Fixture 3 - Albyn Park, West Lothian.

The third league fixture of the season was hosted by Broxburn United at Albyn Park, West Lothian and the sun shone throughout for the three teams in attendance.  Unfortunately, Cedarbank were unable to attend the fixture due to staffing issues which left three teams to battle it out for top spot of the league - particularly between West Calder HS and Woodlands.

Pilrig Park/Drummond were unfortunate to continue their losing run and they should be pleased with their performance over the two fixtures with both Woodlands and West Calder taking well into the last third of the match before finally breaking them down and wining 3-0 and 5-0 respectively.  The race for the title is firmly between West Calder and Woodlands, and this fixture was no different with the two teams battling out a hard fought 1-1 draw.  West Calder dominating the possession throughout and equalising near the death after falling behind to an early Woodlands goal.

The last fixture of the season is scheduled for Friday 15th May at Albyn Park, West Lothian - 1.30pm kick off.  Please feel free to come and support the boys on the final match day of the school year.

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Edinburgh Leisure ASN Development Squad

Edinburgh Leisure ASN Development Squad

Interested in developing your swimming?  You may be interested in this new swimming opportunity for school aged young people with a physical, learning or sensory impairment.

The opportunity is being delivered by the swim team at Edinburgh Leisure and is targeting young swimmers who are looking to develop their stroke, strength and stamina in the pool.  Swimmers should be comfortable swimming 50m and above in one or more strokes.

I have highlighted the details of the session below -

Day:       Sunday

Time:    3.00pm - 3.50pm

Venue: Ainslie Park Leisure Centre, Edinburgh.

Cost:      £55 for 10 week block

To book or receive more information surrounding this opportunity, please contact the swim team on 0131 551 2400.

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Edinburgh All Ability Cycling (ABC) Development Officer

Edinburgh All Ability Cycling (ABC) Development Officer

CTC currently have a vacancy for a ‘Edinburgh ABC Development Officer' based in Edinburgh . For further information please see the Advert, Job Description and Person Specification by clicking here. If you are interested in applying for this post please note the closing date is 12 noon Monday 4th May, 2015. To apply, please fill in the job pack below and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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SDS/SFA National 5-a-side Championships

SDS/SFA National 5-a-side Championships

Wednesday 22nd April  - Glasgow Green, Glasgow.

Glasgow Green played host to the annual SDS/SFA National 5-a-side Championships for players with a learning impairment on Wednesday 22nd April.  The weather was in stark contrast from the previous year, with splitting sunshine throughout the entire day which made for ideal playing conditions for the impressive number of teams and players on show.

Lothian were able to enter two Junior teams due to the excellent turn out at the March Regional event which acted as a selection day.  Both Lothian teams were placed in the A Division of the Junior competition along with strong teams from Highland and Fife - each team performing well in the group stage of the competition and successfully navigating their passage into the semi final where they were unfortunately drawn together.  After a well matched start to the game, it was the young men from Lothian 'B' who stamped their authority on the match, going on to claim a convincing victory and therefore reaching the final, where they would meet Buchanan of Highland.  The final captured the day as a whole, with some extremely exciting, free flowing football being played.  Lothian 'B' twice came from behind with goals from youngster Dylan Band-Borthwick (Donaldson's) and a stunning long range strike from Stephen Pricthard (Woodlands) to level the scores at 2-2.  However, despite the goalmouth heroics from  Woodlands' David Jenkinson, the team from the north of Scotland claimed the victory and the gold medal with a goal in the dying seconds of the match. A great effort from all the boys involved, in terms of the level of football played and the manner in which they represented the region.  All players are listed below -

Lothian 'A'       Lothian 'B'
Dan Fletcher (West Calder) David Jenkinson (Woodlands)
Declan Murray (Woodlands) Adam Smith (Cedarbank)
Andrew Imrie (Kaimes) Ryan Nimmo (West Calder)
David Anderson (Kaimes)   Brandon McCusker (Cedarbank)
Jack Cruickshank (West Calder) 

Dylan Band-Borthwick (Donaldson's)

 

Stephen Prictchard (Woodlands)

Thanks is extended to all the teachers and support staff who worked hard prior and during the event to enable the young people the opportunity to represent the Lothian Branch. 

Neal Herbert -Lothian Disability Sport

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SDS Senior Swim Championships

SDS Senior Swim Championships

Scottish Disability Sport Senior Swim Championships

Swimmers with a Physical Disability and Sensory Impairments

Saturday 18th April - Grangemouth Sports Complex, Grangemouth.

Lothian entered a small team of three to this year's Senior Swim Championships for individuals with a physical disability or sensory impairment.  Due to a variety of reasons, the Branch were only able to enter three swimmers to compete for the team trophy at Grangemouth and found significant success throughout the afternoon with Laura Pilkington, Robert Dalgleish and Stephen Clegg compensating for the lack of numbers with some quality performances.

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LDS News

This section will include all the latest news and updates on disability sport across the Lothian region - information on Regional and National events can be found in the Event Section of the website.

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