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Goals Galore at LDS Football Participation Event

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Thursday 29th November saw 57 pupils from across Lothian take part in the LDS Football Participation Event at Saltire Soccer Centre in Midlothian.

The event began with the pupils completing skills stations led by SFA coaches from Midlothian. The stations gave the pupils a chance to brush up on their shooting, passing, dribbling and control before putting those skills into practice during some small sided friendly games. The morning's hard work clearly paid off as spectators were treated to some fantastic team goals to compliment the effort on show.

Thanks are extended to the coaches who led stations on the day, Saltire Soccer Centre for providing an excellent venue and to Midlothian Council's Active Schools and Sports Development teams for their support in the organisation and delivery of the day.

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Lothian Swimmers Perform Well at SDS National Jnr Swim Championships (LD)

Tollcross International Swim Centre in Glasgow played host to the Scottish Disability Sport National Junior Championships for swimmers with a learning disability on Wednesday 21st November.  Lothian were able to enter a 19 person strong team with many of the swimmers selected from schools such as Cedarbank, Pinewood (West Lothian), Saltersgate (Midlothian) and Woodlands (Edinburgh).

The team produced a host of great performances on the day as many swimmers posted significant PB’s and secured a host of medals to take home. Performances of note came from Cameron Tweedie (Cedarbank & Livingston and District Dolphins) and Tia Timoney (Woodlands) who won two medals each.

Full results from the event can be found here.

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No Limits Andrew Slack Memorial Boccia Competition

Bathgate Academy in West Lothian played host to the annual No Limits Multi Sport Club Boccia Competition on Saturday 17th November, welcoming 67 players from across Scotland and the North of England.

The competition, named in memory of the former No Limits member Andrew Slack, is delivered by a band of dedicated club volunteers including event organiser Elaine McCallum and offers the last competition of the year in Scotland.

The competition was played in great spirits throughout, highlighted through the friendly yet competitive nature of the games. The competition was split into numerous sections, aiming to provide the best experience for all participants while maintaining fair competition throughout.The event offered players with a learning and physical impairment the opportunity to play against their peers from clubs across the country.

The event was well attended by players from Lothian with a strong contingent from Lothian Special Olympics taking part as well as those from the host club, No Limits. Lothian athletes had some success within the Learning Disability categories with Phillipa Robertson, Kim Burnett and Lindsay Aitken(all Lothian Special Olympics) taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in the female competition and Daniel Strang (No Limits) winning silver in the male competition.

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Chris Jacquin Selected for Scottish Powerchair Football Squad

Lothian Wolves powerchair football player Chris Jacquin has been selected for the first ever Scotland squad in powerchair football. Thirteen players have been called up to the national squad to face Middlesbrough Powerchair Football Club (PFC) at sportscotland’s Inverclyde National Sports Training Centre in Largs on Saturday 15th December (3pm kick off). The day will commence at 12pm with some development games culminating in the main fixture.

The rise to the top of the game in Scotland has been rapid for Edinburgh based player Jacquin, having only began playing the sport regularly in November 2016 and selection is testament to the ambition, hard work and talent he has displayed during that time.

Jacquin was instrumental is setting up Edinburgh based side Lothian Wolves and has been a pivotal part of the team during matchdays and training sessions. Lothian Wolves, the East of Scotland’s only powerchair football team was established by Lothian Disability Sport (LDS) in 2016 and has been developed by a team of dedicated players and volunteers.

Huge congratulations to Chris on the achievement and we wish him the best of luck.

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Lothian Swimmers Make a Splash at SDS National Championships

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Lothian took a strong team of 8 swimmers to represent the region at the SDS National Junior Swimming Championships for those with a Physical Disability or Sensory Impairment on Wednesday 7th November 2018.

Each swimmer came away with at least one medal on the day, highlighting the talent currently within the region and this success is a testament to the great work of our local clubs who are supporting the swimmers each week during training sessions.

Many of the team had tasted success at this event before and this trend continued with multiple medals being added to the collection of the following swimmers: Neil Ferguson (Lothian Racers/Musselburgh Marlins), Sam Downie (Lothian Racers/Musselburgh Marlins/ELST), Kate Bolan, Merryn Binnie, Corey McDowell and Aaron McDowell (all Livingston & District Dolphins).

This year, the team also included 2 swimmers experiencing this event for the first time and both performed extremely well. Rosa Dunbar-Jones (Lothian Racers) achieved a bronze medal in the 50m Breastroke whilst Ollie Hewitt (Lothian Racers) won 2 golds and set a huge 13 second PB in the 50m freestyle.

Well done to everyone!

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Lothian Regional Badminton Festival

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Thursday 25th October saw the Lothian Regional Badminton Festival take place at Meadowmill Sports Centre, East Lothian. 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 sport.

The festival saw 67 pupils from 9 schools across 3 local authorities take part with some taking part in badminton for the first time. The afternoon concluded with Lothian Disability Badminton Club player and coach Colin Leslie playing in an exhibition match for the enthralled pupils. Leslie, who hopes to compete at Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, had led the event and was promoting the message that anything is possible, regardless of disability.

As in previous years, the event was organised and delivered collaboratively by Lothian Disability Sport, East Lothian’s Sports Development team and Lothian Disability Badminton Club who provided coaches to support with delivery on the day.

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Peter Attempts 50 Mile Walk for Charity

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Long time LDS supporter and fundraiser Peter Hagenbuch is undertaking a 50 mile walk from Newbridge to Callander to raise funds for various charities with one of those being LDS.

To sponsor Peter for his fantastic efforts, please follow the link below -

https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/peterh2018lds

Good luck Peter!

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Come and Try ASN Judo Sessions

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ADDITIONAL SUPPORT NEEDS ASN JUDO TASTER SESSIONS and FESTIVAL

Active Schools in partnership with JudoScotland and ESSN Judo Disability Group are hosting ASN judo taster sessions for primary and secondary pupils P4-S6. These sessions are open to all disability groups. All venues are accessible. The sessions are all about having fun and giving participants the chance to try out judo.

North West Edinburgh

Venue: (EN)gage Sports Centre, Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill Campus, EH11 4BN

Date: Tuesday 13th Nov

Time: 6.00-6.45pm FREE

 

North East Edinburgh

Venue: Hermitage Park Primary School, 9 Hermitage Park, EH6 8HD

Date: Wednesday 14th Nov

Time: 4.45-5.30pm FREE

 

ASN Judo Festival

Venue: (EN)gage Sports Centre, Edinburgh Napier College, Sighthill Campus, EH11 4BN,

Date: Tuesday 20th Nov

Time: 6.15-6.45 followed by Judo session. FREE

 The sessions will be delivered by qualified judo coaches who have training and experience of working with children with additional support needs, Active Schools will also be represented at the sessions. The maximum participant numbers per session will be 10 children.

We would welcome parents/carers to stay and watch the sessions and meet the judo coaches.

The judo sessions will culminate in the ASN Judo Festival as detailed above. This festival can be attended whether or not you have attended the taster sessions.  Following the event participants can choose to come along to the ESSN Judo Disability sessions at a reduced cost of £6.00 for 4 sessions – 27th Nov, 4th Dec, 11th Dec, 18th Dec

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

If your child is interested in attending one or all of the sessions and/or festival please phone or email Jill Coleman 07920768288, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will forward an application form via email or take your details over the phone.

Should you require any further information please get in contact 07920768288

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No Limits Andrew Slack Memorial Open Boccia Competition

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No Limits multi-sport club are hosting their annual Open Boccia Competition on Saturday 17th November at Bathgate Academy Sports Centre, Bathgate.

The event is named in memory of former player and club member, Andrew Slack and is open to players of all ages with a physical or learning disability.  The entry form for the event can be accessed by clicking here.

Full event details can be found below:

Event – No Limits Andrew Slack Memorial Open Boccia Competition

Date – Saturday 17th November

Time – 9.30am – 5.00pm

Venue – Bathgate Academy Sports Centre, Edinburgh Road, Bathgate, EH48 1LF

Cost – £5 per player

Closing date for entries is Friday 9th November and completed forms should be returned to event organiser Elaine McCallum at: 8 Laverock Park, Linlithgow EH49 6AT / 07982 899 981

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No Limits Andrew Slack Memorial Open Boccia Competition Entry Form

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Scottish Disability Badminton National Championships 2019

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Scottish Disability Sport, Lothian Disability Badminton Club and Badminton Scotland present the  first Scottish Disability Badminton National Championships 2019.

January 26th & 27th 2019
Play commencing from 9 a.m on Saturday & Sunday

Dalkeith School Campus, 2 Cousland Road, Dalkeith EH22 2PS
(Please note: All players with a Learning Disability (LD) must be classified prior to the event)

CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES: 11th JANUARY 2019

Please send entries to: Lyndon Williams, 51 Waverley Road, Bonnyrigg, Midlothian EH193BT
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www.lothiandisabilitybadmintonclub.org.uk

Scottish Disability Badminton National Championships Entry Form

Badminton Scotland LD Player Rating Form 2019

 

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Meadowmill RaceRunning Squad

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Meadowmill RaceRunning squad is on the look out for new members. Sessions run each Monday evening 6-7pm at Meadowmill Sports Centre, Tranent.

For more information, please contact Lynda Gilroy on 01865 619074 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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East Lothian Indoor Para Bowls Sessions

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East Lothian Indoor Bowling Club (ELIBC) are re-starting their indoor bowls sessions for individuals with a physical, learning or visual / hearing impairment.  The sessions are co-ordinated by East Lothian Bowls Development Co-ordinator Billy Mellors and supported by Lothian Disability Sport and have previously engaged and supported a number of individuals who are new to the sport.

The bi-weekly sessions will support individuals who are new to the sport, as well as experienced bowlers and offer the opportunity to try a range of adapted equipment including specialised bowling wheelchairs and adapted throwing devices.  Dates of the sessions can be found below –

  • Sunday 14th October (12 noon – 2pm)
  • Sunday 28th October (12 noon – 2pm)

The sessions are delivered by trained coaches and provide an introduction to the sport in a friendly and welcoming environment – all ages and abilities are welcome. The sessions will also offer a more competitive element, providing a competition during each session for those who are interested.  Each session costs £3 per session.

If you are interested in attending these sessions, please contact Billy Mellors on 0793 071 6073 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Lothian Winners at SDS Annual Awards 2018

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Sunday 16th September saw the annual SDS Branch Conference and AGM take place where 3 Lothian athletes/coaches received awards in recognition of their great achievements this year.

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Disability Softball Cricket Opportunity in Edinburgh

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Super 1s cricket is a new exciting form of softball cricket for those with additional supports needs (ASN) aged 12-25. The program will be taking place at Castlebrae High School in Edinburgh commencing on the 9th of October 6.30 - 7.30.

Super 1s accepts and caters to all disabilities as the program allows us to focus on the individual needs of our participants. The program has been proven to create new lasting friendships as well as allowing the group to be an active part in the community, develop their skill set and learn something new.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Madison Garland, Disability Cricket Development Officer for Cricket Scotland on 07568 319099 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Lothian Success at SDS National Lawn Bowls Championship

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Congratulations to Christina McSherry on reaching the final of the Ladies’ LD section at the SDS Lawn Bowls Championships in Aberdeen on 1st September.  After a closely fought match against Fiona Driver of Perth & Kinross Christina ended up losing out by one shot after an extra end but she was delighted with her performance which is her best ever at this event. Other Lothian bowlers also performed well, notably Raymond Brumby who was knocked out at the semi final stage in the Mens’ LD section and Carole Martin.  Carole won the Ladies’ Ambulant (restricted) section last year but this was combined with the Ambulant (unrestricted) section this time round and, despite a close match against Scottish internationalist Barbara McMillan, she was unable to beat the strong opposition.

The full Lothian team who represented the region on the day were: Christina McSherry, Raymond Brumby, Carole Martin, Euan Wright, Carole Martin, Nicola Tuxworth, James Bennett, Paul Clapperton and Margaret Torrance. Well done to all.

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LDS Boccia Open 2018

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The Lothian Disability Sport Boccia Open took place on Saturday 28th July with over 50 players from all over Scotland competing. Please click here for a full report.

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Lothian Disability Sport Lawn Bowls Championships 2018

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Longniddry Bowling Club once again hosted the LDS Lawn Bowls Championships 2018 on Sunday 22nd July. For a full report, please click here.

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LDS Sports Review 2017-2018

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.

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Finlay Wins Outstanding Achievement Award

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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!

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Summer Programme for Young People with ASD & Physical, Learning or Sensory Disabilities

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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 …

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