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Lothian Disability Badminton Club Host Riding of the Marches Festival

Lothian Disability Badminton Club Host Riding of the Marches Festival

A day of badminton took place at Musselburgh Sports Centre on Saturday 14th November in support of Musselburgh Riding of the Marches Year of Sport.

In the morning, over 40 participants enjoyed playing Badminton taster sessions including fun games with the Lothian Disability Badminton Club and East Lothian Badminton Club players and coaches.  Sessions were open to all players with or without a disability and their parents and helpers.  

The afternoon featured a more competitive atmosphere where teams of mixed ability/ disability participants battled it out in a closely fought and thrilling display of team badminton.  Lothian Disability Badminton Club and East Lothian Badminton Club were both exceptional in their support and contributions on the day.  The event featured Scottish National Team Players and National Coaches from as far afield as Ayrshire who came along to support the competition.  Despite this fierce competition it was Musselburgh duo, Fiona and Neil Cameron’s team ‘Smashers’ who emerged as eventual winners.

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Edinburgh Leisure Additional Supports Needs Diving Lessons

Edinburgh Leisure Additional Supports Needs Diving Lessons

Edinburgh Leisure is pleased to announce new Additional Support Needs Diving lessons at the Royal Commonwealth Pool.

Children will learn skills and dives from the poolside and diving boards at a pace they are comfortable with. All parents and carers are welcome to sit on poolside next to the lesson taking place and watch as well as assist if they wish. We ask that children are able to swim confidently in deep water without goggles.

Sessions are run by experienced coaches with a ratio of 1 coach to 3 divers. 

Lessons run:

Fridays 

18.00-18.30  18.40-19.20 

Sundays

10.30-11.00 11.10-11.40  

Contact Edinburgh Leisure on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0131 270 9300 If you are interested in coming along.

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Lothian Schools Inaugural Table Tennis Event a Smashing Success

Lothian Schools Inaugural Table Tennis Event a Smashing Success

The Royal High School in Edinburgh welcomed young people from around the Lothian region to participate in the first ever Table Tennis specific event held as part of the School Calendar of Events.

The day saw around 40 players of all ages and abilities experience a range of fun skill stations, allowing them to practice a whole variety of shots and techniques.  Experienced coaches from Murrayfield and Haddington TT Clubs were supported by ex National Head Coach David Fairholm and were on hand to provide guidance and support to the young people from Prospect Bank PS, Kaimes, Woodlands (all Edinburgh), Cedarbank (West Lothian) and Spark of Genius (East Lothian). 

Murrayfield TT Lead Coach, Lindsay Muir highlighted, ‘it’s fantastic to see so many young people having fun whilst playing Table Tennis and we would encourage anyone keen to play on a more regular basis to access the club’.  Murayfield TT Club are fully inclusive and welcome players of all ages with a physical, sensory or learning impairment to their club training sessions on a Monday evening (6.00pm – 7.30pm) at The Royal High School.

The event was an excellent piece of partnership work between Lothian Disability Sport, Edinburgh Active Schools, the Edinburgh Racquets Development Officer & Coaches, senior pupils from The Royal HS in addition to a whole range of volunteers.  This support, coupled with the input from the club coaches made the event a success for the young people and hopefully encouraged some to take up the activity on a more regular basis.  We all look forward to seeing everyone next year!

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

Please click here for the Murrayfield TT Club Flyer.

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Powerchair Football in Edinburgh and the Lothian Region

Powerchair Football in Edinburgh and the Lothian Region

Powerchair Football in Scotland has grown rapidly since 2012 with a number of clubs being created and offering opportunities for Powerchair participants to compete in sport and meet their peers in a fun environment. At this current time there is no Powerchair provision in Edinburgh or surrounding local authorities with the closest opportunity being Dundee.

We have already identified some potential participants across Edinburgh’s schools but we are looking to consult with as wide a group of potential participants as possible and therefore at this stage we are just asking parents/carers and children and young people to let us know if they like to take up this opportunity to gauge if there is sufficient interest.  The opportunity will be open to individuals from Edinburgh and the Lothian region so if you are interested in hearing more about getting involved then please get in touch.

We have consulted with already established clubs across Scotland to assess the benefits for the players who currently take part in Powerchair Football and players have fed back the many positives of participation in the sport:

  • Feeling part of a team
  • Improved wheelchair skills which are transferable and benefit everyday life
  • Making new friends
  • Improved confidence

Please contact Neal Herbert, Lothian Disability Sport should you have any further queries at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0131 475 2364.

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Disability Snowsport UK - Hillend Sessions, Midlothian

Disability Snowsport UK - Hillend Sessions, Midlothian

Disability Snowsport UK is a charity with a mission to enable anybody, regardless of their disability, to take part in and enjoy the thrill of snowsports.  The charity has existed for over 30 years, and has recently received a donation enabling us to begin to deliver ski lessons at Midlothian Snowsports Centre in the Pentland Hills.

The ski school has adaptive trained instructors and specialised equipment available to assist people to learn to ski both standing and sitting.  One of the first skiers to attend a lesson at the new DSUK ski school was Charlie, an 8 year old boy who was born with cerebral palsy.  Charlie learnt to ski using a piece of equipment called a biski, which is steered by leaning from side to side with the help of an instructor.  After his lesson, Charlie’s mum told DSUK that ‘Charlie absolutely loved the skiing and we will definitely be doing it again’.  Other skiers have reported benefits to their co-ordination, concentration and sociability as well as simply enjoying the new experience.

DSUK can deliver both group and individual lessons to people with physical, cognitive and sensory disabilities.  Please contact Louisa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information, or call 08455219338 to book a lesson.

(Photo credits Melanie Kay)

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Event Reminder - Lothian Disability Sport Autumn Swimming Gala

Event Reminder - Lothian Disability Sport Autumn Swimming Gala

Saturday 22nd August 2015 - 10am Registration, 10.30am Warm Up

Mercat Gait Centre, Prestonpans, East Lothian.

Entries are open for the annual LDS Autumn Swimming Gala, scheduled slightly earlier this year on Saturday 22nd August at the Mercat Gait Centre, Prestonpans.  If you are interested in this opportunity, an entry form can be obtained by contacting Neal Herbert on 0131 475 2364 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The gala is open to swimmers of all ages with a physical, sensory or learning impairment.  Swimmers can be members of a club or independent entries, the only pre-requisite is that you can swim 25 meters unaided.

Nominations for the Mark Headden Memorial Trophy are also encouraged for this gala.  This Trophy is awareded to the swimmer who has reached personal achievements over the previous 12 months.

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Sport Takes Centre Stage at Kidz Scotland Event

Sport Takes Centre Stage at Kidz Scotland Event

Disability Livings’ Kidz Scotland event is coming to the Royal Highland Exhibition Centre in Edinburgh. The Kidz exhibitions are the largest UK events of their kind, with the focus being equipment, products and services for children and young adults with disabilities. 

Scottish Disability Sport, in partnership with Lothian Disability Sport and local clubs, will be coordinating a sports arena including badminton, boccia, table tennis, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis.  These activities will be run using a timetabled system allowing people to come and try throughout the day.   This will demonstrate to visitors that there are a variety of sporting opportunities available in the area and we will be able to advise anyone who is interested.  There will also be a stall at the event, which will provide a range of information about sporting opportunities, clubs and events that currently take place in the region and throughout Scotland.  Our aim is to raise the awareness of sport for people with a disability as well as encourage people of all abilities to be healthy, get active and take part in sport. 

Tickets for the event are completely FREE and you can find out more on their website www.kidzscotland.co.uk 

For more information about the Scottish Disability Sport Sports Arena, please contact Gary Fraser on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kids Scotland Poster

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Lothian Athletes & Coaches Head to LA for Special Olympic World Games

Lothian Athletes & Coaches Head to LA for Special Olympic World Games

Six athletes and five head coaches from the Lothian region set off for Los Angeles this morning to represent Great Britain at Special Olympic World Games.  The games are scheduled to begin on Saturday 25th July.

With 6500 athletes and 2000 coaches representing 165 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympic World Games will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games.  The opening ceremony, broadcast live on ESPN, is expected to attract around 80,000 spectators.

The Special Olympic Movement empowers people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their community, using sport as the vehicle for this.  Lothian has an extremely strong programme of sports for their athletes and this is reflected in the number of athletes and coaches travelling to LA and representing their country at this fantastic event.  In addition to the athletes and coaches, Lothian also have a Unified football player and Family Liaison Officer travelling as part of the Great Britain team.  A full list of athletes and coaches has been highlighted below -

Athletes

Colin Robertson (Bocce)

Kathleen Inglis (Judo)

Michelle Moran (Swimming)

Jack Bell (Football)

Dean Lawrie (Football)

Richard Cooke (Ten Pin Bowling )

Joseph Van Hoff (Unified Football)

 

Head Coaches

Elaine McKenna (11-a-side Football)

Jamie McDonald (Golf)

Jo Imrie (Judo)

Yvonne Anderson (Aquatics)

Mirren McDonald (Family Liaison Officer)

Everyone at Lothian Disability Sport would like to wish all athletes and coaches all the best for the World Games.  More information on the Games can be found at www.la2015.org.

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Dalkeith CYP's Disability Officer selected as Regional Winner

Dalkeith CYP's Disability Officer selected as Regional Winner

Dalkeith Miners CYP Disability Officer Steven Williams has been selected as Regional Winner 2015 in this year's SFA Grassroots Awards in the category of Disability Football.

In partnership with McDonald's and the Sunday Mail, the SFA Awards recognise the value individuals such as Steven bring to football and their communities.

Steven devotes a huge amount of time and effort to our football club in his role as Disability Officer as well as running a team. His involvement means that school kids who might not otherwise get a chance to play football have that opportunity.

Tony Begg, Club Development Manager for the Scottish FA South East Region said, 'The annual regional grassroots awards, in partnership with McDonalds and The Sunday Mail, is a chance for us to reward and highlight the great work that is done by volunteers across the region and to extend our thanks to all those who commit so much time, energy and passion to our game. I am delighted for Steven that he has won this award, he gives a tremendous amount to disability football and he is a worthy winner'.

The awards ceremony will be on Saturday 29th August at Easter Road Stadium ahead of the Hibs v Raith Rovers match that day.

Following his selection as Regional Winner, Steven will now go forward within this category to the national awards panel with the potential of being a National Winner, to be awarded at Hampden Park in September.

*article taken from Dalkeith Community Football Club website.

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LDS Annual General Meeting and Awards

LDS Annual General Meeting and Awards

The Lothian Disability Sport (LDS) Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2014/2015 was held at Caledonia House, South Gyle on Thursday 25th June and there was good representation from local clubs and athletes with around 45 people in attendance.  This proceeded the Annual Awards Ceremony as LDS continue to recognise the huge impact that athletes, volunteers, coaches and teams have in sport across the Lothian area.  The awards ceremony gives LDS the opportunity to celebrate these achievements and are proud to have such talented, dedicated and enthusiastic individuals within the region.

LDS presents a total of six awards and a brief description of the winners is detailed below:

Senior Sports Person: Scott Quin - Scott wins the award for the second year running after he continued his hugely impressive form into 2015.  The Warrender Elite Squad swimmer secured silver at the IPC European Championships in Eindhoven last year and carried this form into 2015, breaking the SB14 100m Breaststroke world record as Scotland claimed victory at the British Gas Disability Championships in Manchester - only to better this time at the Scottish Short Course Championships at his home pool in Edinburgh a week later.  The Midlothian man is also only one of two Scots to be included in the GB squad due to compete at the IPC World Championships in Glasgow in mid July. 

Young Sports Person: Ruairi Logan - The young wheelchair tennis player has been a member of Edinburgh based club Winning Wheels since 2009, demonstrating exceptional dedication towards training and competition.  Ruairi currently trains five times per week, taking part in both individual wheelchair tennis sessions and group sessions with ambulant juniors of a similar age and ability.  This hard work has paid off and Ruairi was recently selected for the GB Junior Wheelchair tennis team, competing in Turkey and testing himself against the top seed at the competition.

Club of the Year: Livingston & District Dolphins - Rainbow Squad - The West Lothian club were able to facilitate their first disability specific swimming gala at the beginning of June, providing another competitive swimming opportunity for the swimmers of Lothian.  The gala is the latest development from the club, having increased members, found additional pool time, facilitated extra training sessions and recruited more poolside volunteers and coaches who are able to assist non-swimmers, improvers, stroke development and competitive swimmers.  Livingston & District Dolphins also act inclusively, providing full integration with the competitive section of the club and some Rainbow Squad members are currently training with the mainstream section's silver squad.  The increased number of swimmers can be easily identified through entry to recent LDS Gala's with the Rainbow Squad now amongst the biggest club entry across the Lothian region.

Coach of the Year: Niall Ritchie - Niall has been coaching wheelchair basketball for 5 years and this year saw his under 15 side become National Junior League Champions after a triumphant visit to Nottingham for the National Finals.  In addition to this role Niall is also heavily involved with the Scotland programme, acting as head coach for the under 15's and assistant to the under 23 squad.  As a result of his undoubted d dedication, Niall regularly commits four hours per week to coaching and many weekends are spent travelling to Leeds for National league matches - all on top of juggling a full time job and supporting additional programmes and events delivered by Lothian Disability Sport and partner organisations.

Endeavour Award: Ross Foley - Ross has been playing badminton with Lothian Disability Badminton Club (LDBC) since its formation in 2008, rarely missing a training night or event the club support.  This commitment is now paying dividends and Ross is now at a standard of play which enables him to compete at the 4 Nations Disability Events across the United Kingdom, winning a gold medal in the Junior SS6 category Boys Doubles earlier this year.  However, his friendly positive attitude off the court is what makes him such a popular club member and these characteristics are the reasoning behind the nomination from his club coaches.

Jim Anderson OBE Bursary - Stephen Clegg - Stephen was the deserving winner of the cash award presented in recognition of Jim Anderson's outstanding achievements in the sport and link with LDS.  Stephen has developed superbly since his transition to East Lothian Swim Team and under the guidance of coach Bruce Halloran is reaching new levels in his performance which has only wetted his appetite to emulate his siblings and reach a Paralympic Games himself.

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Lothian Leopards Disability Athletics Club - Race Running 'Launch Day'

Lothian Leopards Disability Athletics Club - Race Running 'Launch Day'

Lothian Leopards Disability Athletics Club (LLDAC) were delighted to host the 'launch day' for their new running bikes on Saturday 20th June at club's home, Meadowmill.

LLDAC Head Coach Jean Dobson has worked closely with Lothian Disability Sport over the past 12 months and were lucky enough to secure funding from the Bank of Scotland Community fund, enabling the club to purchase two running bikes and provide another opportunity for young people with a disability in the Lothian region.  In addition, Enjoy Leisure have also supported the club's vision and also purchased two running bikes which will also be used by members during club sessions.  The bikes will be the first across the East region of Scotland and proves to be a extremely significant development.

The race running bike is a three wheeled cycle with no pedals which supports riders as they walk/run.  They are designed for those with a disability that affect mobility, balance and co-ordination, such as cerebral palsy.  The lightweight frame and low rolling resistance, little effort is required to propel the bike.

The 'launch day' was supported by Enjoy Leisure, Lothian Disability Sport and East Lothian's Athletics Development Officer, Jamie Bowie.  The day was also lucky to have coaches from the ACE Race Running Club in South Ayrshire attend - Peter and Margaret Drysdale using their considerable experience to provide some valuable input and information for coaches and athletes alike.  In total, the day attracted 13 young people along - some who had experience of running bikes and some individuals trying the sport for the first time.  We hope that these athletes will engage on a regular basis and strengthen the club and race running in the East as a whole.

If you would like further information on this opportunity, please contact Neal Herbert on 0131 475 2364 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Wheelchair Tennis Camp - Craiglockhart

Wheelchair Tennis Camp - Craiglockhart

The Tennis Foundation and Tennis Scotland are running a one day Wheelchair Tennis Camp at Craiglockhart Tennis Centre in Edinburgh again this Summer.

Date:  8th August 2015

Day: Saturday

Time: 10am-4pm

Level:  Beginners and improvers (suitable for players that have never played before also)

Cost: £15 includes a packed lunch

Coaches: Kevin Simpson & Anna Myatt

Bookings are being taken online please click on the link below to book your place.

http://www3.lta.org.uk/Tennis-Foundation/Tennis-for-Disabled-People/Disability-Camps/

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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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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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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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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 Spring Swim Gala 2015

LDS Spring Swim Gala 2015

Lothian Disability Sport Spring Swim Gala 2015

Saturday 14th March 2015

Mercat Gait swimming pool played host to the annual Lothian Disability Sport Spring Gala and again built on the number of entrants from the previous year.  The gala saw 69 swimmers from across the Lothian region and further afield with swimmers from Forth Valley (Stirling Swim and University of Stirling) and the Borders (Borders Baracudas) travelling to swim against their peers.

There was strong representation from the established clubs from the region with Lothian Racers, Loanhead Swim Team and Lothian Waves attending in numbers.  Livingston and District Dolphins Rainbow Squad also continue to grow and this was reflected in the increase of swimmers who represented the club (13 young people).  This is down to the hard work currently undertaken by the club who have facilitated talent ID days as well as supporting the SDS/Scottish Swimming/Xcite Leisure development day in the West Lothian region.  There was also increased numbers from Mercat Greats, a swimming session from East Lothian (Mercat Gait Swimming Pool) who provide opportunities for young swimmers with a learning disability and/or autism.

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ParaSport Stars - Sports session for young people with a physical disability

ParaSport Stars - Sports session for young people with a physical disability

ParaSports Stars - a sports club for athletes with a physical disability.

Lothian Disability Sport are working in partnership with Edinburgh Leisure, Edinburgh Active Schools and Scottish Disability Sport to offer an exciting opportunity for school aged young people with a physical disability from the Edinburgh and the Lothian region.

These sessions will begin on Friday 24th April at Forresters/St Augistine's Community Sports HUB, Edinburgh (2.00pm - 4.00pm) and run every Friday until the end of the school term - a 9 week programme.

During the 9 week programme, Athletics, Badminton, Wheelchair Basketball, Judo and Fencing will be delivered from a number of experienced coaches.

If you are interested in this opportunity and to book a place on this programme, 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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