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Lothian Carpet Bowls Championships 2015

Lothian Carpet Bowls Championships 2015

Lothian Carpet Bowls Championships 2015

The annual Lothian Carpet Bowls Championships has been scheduled for Sunday 6th December 2015 at Musselburgh Sports Centre, East Lothian.  This event will be used as the Regiona qualifying event for the Scottish Disability Sport Carpet Bowls Championships which will be held in Dundee on Saturday 30th January 2016. 

 

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LDBC to hold Come and Try session on Saturday 14th March

LDBC to hold Come and Try session on Saturday 14th March

Lothian Disability Badminton Club (LDBC) are holding a ‘Come & Try Taster Morning’ on Saturday 14th November at Musselburgh Sports Centre and would like to welcome potential players of all ages and disabilities to come along and try the sport.

The club are celebrating the Riding of The Marches Festival in Musselburgh and are keen to invite new players along to get involved with Badminton.  This event will follow a similar format to the Lothian Schools Disability Badminton Festival, where the morning will be filled with fun skill based stations introducing players to the sport and the club.  The details of the session can be found below –

When: Saturday 14th November 2015 (10am – 12noon)

Where: Musselburgh Sports Centre, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 7AS.

Who: Players of all ages with a physical or learning disability.

For more information contact Emma Foley on: 07534 143274 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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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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.

 

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Volunteer with Lothian Leopards Disability Athletics Club

Volunteer with Lothian Leopards Disability Athletics Club

Are you interested in coaching and supporting young people with a disability in an athletics setting?

Lothian Leopards are looking for enthusiastic, organised, reliable and most importantly, fun individuals to support the development of the club.  If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please see the ad below - 

The Lothian Leopards Disability Athletics Club has rapidly grown over the past year and was initially established in partnership between Scottish Disability Sport, Lothian Disability Sport and Scottish Athletics to provide an environment for school aged pupils with physical, learning or sensory impairments to develop their skills.  The club, based at Meadowmill Sports Centre , East Lothian boasts around 15 members with a range of disabilities and now seek additional volunteers to support the current network of coaches and volunteers.  The role requires hands on enthusiastic approach and promises to be a hugely rewarding experience for the right individual.  In addition, the successful candidates will have the chance to develop their coaching skills through the variety of coaching opportunities and CPD’s that run across the East of Scotland.

JOB TITLE: Volunteer Coach
RESPONSIBLE TO:

Lothian Leopards Disability Athletics Club Lead Coach

SKILLS REQUIRED:

Enthusiastic

  • Well organised  
  • Make things FUN
  • Patience
  • Ability to be flexible as situations require
  • Motivation to help children with a range of disabilities participate in athletics
  • Sound organisational skills
  • Good time management skills

 

MAIN DUTIES:

  • Under the direction of the lead coach, work with and support a small group of participants to help them achieve the aims of the session, whether it be practising skills or playing a game
  • Support coaches when organising / supervising young people at the beginning and end of the session and during breaks
  • Ensure that you are well briefed about the special needs of the participants involved i.e. motor and learning difficulties, communication and sensory issues, any significant medical conditions, levels of fitness
  • In liaison with the Lead Coach ensure that the playing area is safe to use. If there are any hazards which cannot be overcome, point these out to the participants before you start the session
  • Identify, if required and in line with club procedures, additional volunteers to assist in the running of club activities e.g. parents
  • Abide by the Code of Ethics & Conduct and adhere to all club policies; child protection, fair play and equal opportunities to all members
  • Take responsibility for ensuring that the equipment is correct and is kept in good working order.
  • Be aware of and follow the procedures for recording accidents
  • Be aware of the clubs Health & Safety policy and Emergency Procedures and take their own responsibility for Health & Safety
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TIME COMMITMENT: 60 minute session – Thursday evenings between 6.00 pm to 7.00pm

What we will offer you:

  • Experience in a sport development environment including contact with National Governing Body’s and Sports Development professionals throughout Edinburgh.
  • Support in working with athletes with disabilities
  • Improved employability through skills development.
  • Opportunities to access free coaching courses.
  • Opportunity to support club at athletic competitions.
  • The chance to develop as a coach.

 To express an interest in the role(s) please contact the Lothian Leopards Disability Athletics Club Lead Coach, Jean Dobson on 07882 376338 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Beach Wheelchair Project "Come and See, Come and Try" Event

Beach Wheelchair Project "Come and See, Come and Try" Event

The Beach Wheelchair Project is delighted to issue an invitation to a ‘Come and See, Come and Try’ event 13.00- 16.00 on Friday 13th February at the Hope Rooms, 34 Forth Street and (weather permitting) on the West Beach at North Berwick.  

The Beach Wheelchair Project is working to provide a beach wheelchair hire/ loan scheme in North Berwick for children and adults with disabilities.  A beach wheelchair is a specially designed all terrain wheelchair that can be pushed over soft or wet sand.  

A range of beach wheelchairs will be on display.  Participants will have the opportunity to book a taster session on the day or can simply try the different chairs in the comfort of the Hope Rooms (please note unfortunately there is not a hoist available in the Hope Rooms).

The Project will be asking for feedback on the day including ease of use, comfort and supportiveness etc.  There will also be snacks and live music to cheer everyone up after braving the elements.  

If you are interested in this event please confirm attendance attendance on the Beach Wheelchair Facebook page or by emailing Alison Brown on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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