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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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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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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.

ASN-Development-Squad---Edinburgh-Leisure.pdf

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LDS Schools Boccia Festival a Great Success

LDS Schools Boccia Festival a Great Success

The first event of 2015 on the school calendar of events was held at the Jack Kane Centre on Tuesday 13th January - the Lothian Disability Sport Boccia Festival.  The event brought more than 80 young people from across the region to the East of Edinburgh to participate in fun skill sessions during the morning, before progressing on to a slightly more competitive element in the afternoon.

Edinburgh Leisure have taken real ownership of this event over the past couple of years and it's great to see such a large team plan, co-ordinate and deliver the festival, which again proved a great success.  Heather Williams, Community Inclusion Officer with Edinburgh Leisure again took the lead on the event and has formed some excellent partnerships across the city, with the Edinburgh University Ladies Hockey providing support to the young people and Boccia coaches alike.  Edinburgh Active Schools were also present on the day, in addition to encouraging a large school entry from the city, with Kaimes, Oaklands, Braidburn, Pilrig Park, Prospect Bank, St Crispins, and Woodlands  all participating on the day.  East Lothian were another region well represented with Musselburgh Grammar, Preston Lodge HS and  Ross High all enjoying the day.

Patrick Wilson provided the young people with a display of top class Boccia, demonstrating skills that have seen the BC3 player progress rapidly through the sports pathway.  Patrick, who has cerebral palsy, competed in his first SDS Championship as recently as 2011 and is now travelling the world representing Great Britain, competing in Beijing, China in September last year.

To view some photo's from the event, click here.  All photo's supplied by Tinged Memories Professional Photography.

If you would like more information on Boccia and how to get involved or would like to discuss other opportunities in disability sport, please contact Neal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0131 475 2364.

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