Month: August 2016

Central Events Calendar

Central Disability Events and Coach Education Calendar

Scottish Disability Sport (Central) is delighted to launch the Regional Disability Events Calendar for the forthcoming academic year (August 2016 – 2017).

Cheryl Willet, SDS Central RDM, would like to thank partners from Forth Valley Disability Sport, Clackmannanshire Council, Active Stirling, Falkirk Community Trust, Scottish Swimming, Scottish Athletics, Scottish Boccia and the Scottish FA for their ongoing support in collating this robust calendar for the year ahead.

Please click on links below for information:

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about disability sport in Central Scotland, please contact: Cheryl Willet – / Phone: 07577 830 360


Central Scotland Disability Tennis Session

Disability Tennis Central Come and Try

Both of the following sessions are free of charge and will promote pathways for regular tennis sessions for players with a disability.

Wheelchair Tennis Open session

Monday 5th September 2016, Gannochy Sports Centre, 6 – 8pm. To book a place on the day please use the link below:

Disability Tennis for Players with Hearing and Visual Impairments

Sun 18th September 2016, Stirling Lawn Tennis Club, 2 – 4pm. To book a place on the day use the link below:

For more information on both open days, and regular disability tennis sessions, please contact Kirsty Humphries at Tennis Scotland on

Kirsty Brunton with Cheryl Taylor and Sheila Herron

PB For Fife Swimmer at Great Scottish Swim

As well as being an extremely competent distance swimmer in the pool and an important member of the Fife physically disabled swim squad, Kirtsy Brunton from Dalgety Bay is a very able open water swimmer. Kirsty was in fine form in the recent Great Scottish Swim at Loch Lomond where she swam a personal best for the event of 42:18.

Kirsty set a PB earlier in the year at Windermere and indicated she enjoyed Loch Lomond immensely because “the water temperature was 16.5 and a wee bit chilly around the face.”

Kirsty is a relative newcomer to DSF but an inspirational personality in so many ways. Kirsty is a very competent sailor who will try anything new that is presented to her. Aquatic sports are her specialty and DSF has benefited enormously from her arrival on the scene a couple of years ago.

Richard Brickley MBE
President, Disability Sport Fife

Neil Fachie MBE, Craig MacLean MBE, Karen Darke and Hannah Dines


Cycling – #ScotsOnParaGB

In the lead-up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Scottish Disability Sport is delighted to provide an overview of the sports that Scots are competing in as part of ParalympicsGB.  Highlights in para-cycling are Neil Fachie who has won 15 medals on the world stage since 2009 and who can forget the two gold medals won by Fachie and MacLean in Glasgow 2014, as well as Karen Darke winning silver in London 2012.   They are joined by newcomer to the team Hannah Dines.

Cycling is a sport that offers many positive features. Healthy, sociable and fun, the sport is open to all ages, abilities and disabilities. At performance level speed, fitness and endurance are all characteristics needed for cycling, a sport that has been included in the Paralympic Games programme since Seoul 1988. The sport of disability cycling is currently contested in over 70 countries at elite level.

In Scotland current provision is mainly through mainstream clubs, however, there are also a small but developing number of impairment specific clubs operating, providing further opportunities for disabled people to get involved.

Scottish Disability Sport has produced a factsheet about cycling for people with a disability which can be downloaded here.

And a video fact file can be viewed here:

The events with Scottish interest in Rio are:

  • Time trial where the aim is to make the fastest time possible from a standing startThere are no heats in the time trial – it is all or nothing in the pursuit for gold – Neil Fachie/Pete Mitchell and James Ball/Craig MacLean.—track-time-trial-0

  • The Paralympic road races are mass-start events of up to 120km, subject to classification, where first to cross the line in the different classifications takes the gold medal.  Riders in following classifications will be taking part – ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘H’ and ‘T’ categories – three Scots go in his race, Karen Darke, Hannah Dines and Neil Fachie.   Read more at:—Road-race-0#MfTUQwvtz8cdGW9X.99

  • The road time trial pits the world’s fastest para-cyclists against the clock – Karen Darke and Hannah Dines.  Read more at:—road-time-trial-0#f7GcI6yo20ubsYsE.99

Three Scottish cyclists and one pilot will be part of ParalympicsGB at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Neil Fachie MBE (B): A prolific medalist who has won gold and silver in the kilo and sprint at the London Paralympics, two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014 and 11 medals, 10 gold and 1 silver at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships between 2009 and 2016.  However, he started his sports career as a track athlete at the 2008 Paralympics in Bejing.  An immensely talented athlete who will be competing in Rio with his pilot, Pete Mitchell in the tandem B events, for athletes with a visual impairment.

Karen Darke (H3):  Karen started racing on the hand-bike in 2009 and at the London 2012 Paralympics she won silver at the time trail.  This year Karen won silver at the time trial and bronze, at the road race during the UCI para-cycling Road World Cup, Belgium.   Read more at

Hannah Dines (T2):  Hannah started her sporting career as a race runner and made the transition to cycling in 2013.  In 2015, Hannah travelled to her first Para-cycling Road World Cup in Italy where she won a silver medal in the time-trial and a bronze in the road race.  Read more at

Craig MacLean MBE (pilot): Craig will pilot James Ball in the Tandem sprint/kilo. The pair won bronze in the tandem sprint at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Montichiari (Italy) in 2016. MacLean, piloting with Neil Fachie, brought home two golds at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014.

For a schedule of cycling events please follow the link below:

Track cycling:

Road cycling:

If you or anyone you know has a disability and would like to get involved in cycling for participants with a disability please telephone Scottish Disability Sport on 0131 317 1130 or email


Tomorrow we will preview the sport of swimming and highlight four Scottish swimmers and two Scottish coaches who form part of ParalympicsGB.


Dumfries & Galloway Council logo

Boccia and Football Coaching in Dumfries & Galloway

Boccia Leaders Award
Saturday 10 September 2016, 11am-2pm
DG One, Dumfries
£20 per person (this course is subsidised through Awards for All funding and would normally cost £30 per person)
Boccia is a Paralympic sport. The Boccia Leaders Award will provide coaches, teachers and volunteers with the knowledge, skills and confidence to introduce boccia to children, young people and adults with a wide range of abilities. The tutor will organise theory and practical sessions that provide an overview of the structure of the sport. rules and relevant practices.

Coaching Footballers with Disabilities
Sunday 16 October 2016, 10am-4pm
Annan Athletics Football Club
£30 per person (this course is subsidised through Awards for All funding and would normally cost £54 per person)
This six-hour course is open to all interested parties aged 16 and over, experienced or otherwise, who work with, or have an interest in working with, footballers with disabilities. Using practical and workshop teaching methods, the course is designed to give coaches an insight into best practice when delivering coaching sessions to groups of players with a wide range of abilities and disabilities.

For further information on either opportunity or to register, please contact Susan Bryson, Coaching Development Officer, on 0303 333 3000 or email


August 22, 2016

Minutes of the meeting held on Monday 22nd August 2016 at Caledonia House, South Gyle, Edinburgh EH12 9DQ at 1700 hours.


Catherine Goodfellow, Vice Chair
Gavin Macleod, CEO
Dave Rhoney, Director
Oliver Barsby, Director
Sandra Proudfoot, Director
Anna Tizzard, Director
Ailien Pallot, Finance Manager
Caroline Lyon, Company Secretary


Janice Eaglesham MBE, Chair
Claire Morrison, Director
Iain Smith, Director
Gerry Milne, Director
Jennifer Griffin, sportscotland Partnership Manager

Welcome, Apologies, Conflicts of Interest and Legal Register

Board members were all welcomed to the Board meeting.  With apologies received from the Chair, the Vice Chair would chair this meeting.

No conflicts of interest were reported and there were no pending items for the legal register.

Agreement of Minutes

The minutes of the previous meeting on 13th June 2016 were agreed with minor amendments.


  • Live testing of policies is under review and a number have been tested in real circumstances recently.
  • The target tracker and governance framework have been distributed.
  • A meeting had been held with the Celtic FC Foundation and funding was secured for another year. The Inclusive Sport programme will continue, belonging to Celtic FC Foundation and run by SDS.
  • The Articles of Association had been amended to reflect the point concerning removing the need for re-election of the CEO on the Board and should be circulated to member Branches.
  • The Recruitment Policy is to be amended and the CEO asked sportscotland for examples to use in the draft. OB will forward examples from Scottish Target Shooting.
  • The CEO had met with Jacqueline Lynn and James Steele of sportscotland regarding Active Schools, Direct Club Investment and Community Sports Hubs. sportscotland will be unlikely to view Branches as Community Sports Hubs. It was however, requested that Disability Inclusion Training be rolled out across Scotland although there was no funding commitment at this stage.
  • Work on the new SDS database is ongoing.
  • 14th October was set as the date for the sportscotland investment presentation.
  • Jennifer Scally had been appointed to the part-time Tayside Regional Manager post.
  • The new SDS website was operational and staff were thanked for the considerable work involved and for costs savings by being able to develop this in-house
  • The training and skills audit was to be conducted as part of the Board planning sessions in October.

Matters Arising

  • The sportscotland development audit was likely to be held in February/March 2017. A briefing session had been held and attended by four staff and Board members. The full audit was expected to take up to six days.

Sub Groups



  • The Finance Manager provided an update. The operational plan format remains the same but will incorporate five new headings. The plan has been costed and some of the funding request is aspirational, and may have to be adjusted depending on the outcome of the funding proposal to sportscotland.
  • A request would be made for consideration of a Boccia development officer.
  • The performance budget is still to be finalised.
  • Additional funding will be required for sending bowlers to Australia next year in preparation for the Gold Coast 2018.
  • Specific targets will be set for bowls and Boccia to reflect governing body status.
  • Education and training estimates include Active Schools and hubs training. There is still some input from Sainsburys and Education Scotland funding.
  • The finance report was circulated.
  • Costs would be investigated for the office refurbishment.
  • An overview was given of the draft management accounts. The biggest potential change was to the performance budget.
  • A target was set to establish two new Branches for the West of Scotland.
  • The advanced level of the Equality Standard for Sport was to be investigated but the aim for the moment would be to retain intermediate status.
  • sportscotland had been approached regarding funding for a communications and marketing resource but it was more likely that alternative funding sources would be considered.

Policy Review

  • The Business Continuity Plan had been amended and distributed. The changes were operational and the policy was agreed.
  • The Recruitment Selection Policy had been discussed at the previous Board meeting and sent to Iain Smith for review and comment.
  • The Articles of Association had been amended and would be presented at the AGM.
  • The Transgender Guidelines had been circulated.


  • The arrangements for the Annual General Meeting at Stirling Court Hotel were detailed.  This was the first AGM which was to be combined with the Branch Conference.
  • The Board were formally invited to the Branch Conference.

Team Scotland Scottish Sports Awards Dinner

  • Three seats were available at the Team Scotland dinner on 28th September and all interested parties were asked to notify the CEO.
  • The Linlithgow Grange Rotary Club dinner would be held on 16th September, and would be attended by the CEO and the Pathways Manager. An athlete and companion were also invited and suggestions for invitees should be made to the CEO.

Strategic Plan Update and Presentation

  • Work on the draft strategic plan was in progress. A draft would be available for presentation at the AGM. The plan would be high-level with outcomes and models discussed in the investment presentation. The role of Local Authorities would be clearer in the draft. It was agreed the strapline would still refer to athletes with a disability. Feedback would be requested from Board members not present.
  • A pod meeting (an internal group from sportscotland with a responsibility for SDS) had been held with CEO
  • The Board sub group on the Minimum Operating Standards (MOR) would meet on 23rd September to discuss MOR submissions from Perth & Kinross Disability Sport and South Lanarkshire Disability Sport.
  • It was agreed that “engagement sports” should be changed to “signposting sports”.

Board Members’ Updates

  • The Chair had attended several strategic planning group meetings.
  • Anna Tizzard, Dave Rhoney and Oli Barsby had all attended the summer sports camp. Preparation for the camp was started the day prior to the Camp and it was agreed that this made the launch of the camp easier. A huge amount of effort had gone into the organisation of the camp and appreciation was expressed to Mark Gaffney, Opportunities and Events Manager, and Kate Shaw, Administrator. The feedback received from parents and children had been extremely good and this positive feedback had been passed onto Celtic FC Foundation, partners in delivering the camp.

Partners Update

  • A ParalympicsGB media brief had been circulated and was considered very positive. There had been good media coverage in the run-up to the Games.
  • A daily sport update would be posted on the website during the Games and athlete and coach profiles highlighted.
  • The CPISRA General Assembly would be held in Barcelona in November and the CEO and Chair would attend. Peter Drysdale was standing for president and SDS would nominate him.
  • UKSA had been unsuccessful in their bid to Spirit of 2012 for My Sport, My Voice and the office was now closed. Tracy McCillen, the CEO, remains the only member of staff. A conference call had been held with the Board last week to confirm the decision and she will move to working on a part-time consultancy basis.
  • It had been confirmed that Deodora would be the venue for the football at the Paralympic Games.


  • The Chair and Vice Chair would consult regarding the format of the Board planning session on 28/29 October. This would allow greater focus on a number of areas, including sourcing additional income and fundraising.
  • Boccia Championships were to be held at Napier University, Sighthill.

Date of Next Meeting

  • AGM: 2nd October 2016 at Stirling Court Hotel.
  • Board: 28 October 2016 at 1600 hours
Go Kids Go Wheelchair Skills Workshop

Free Wheelchair Skills Workshops across Scotland

A great chance to meet other young wheelchair-users and to learn skills to help you become more independent. Extra wheelchairs provided for mums, dads, brothers and sisters to join in with the games. We welcome young people from 2 – 18 years!

TV presenter Ade Adepitan learnt his skills with us. Why don’t you?

Free Wheelchair Skills Workshops

  • Tuesday 11th October – Perth High School, Oakbank Road, Perth PH1 1HB
  • Saturday 15th October – Craighalbert Church Hall,  Craighalbert Way, Cumbernauld, G68 0LS
  • Monday 17th October – Leith Academy, 20 Academy Park, Edinburgh EH6 8JQ

All workshops run 10am – 3pm. Please bring a packed lunch

To reserve a place email or telephone 01482 887163

David Porcher, Jonathan Paterson and Martin Hickman

Football 7 a side

Football 7 a Side – #ScotsOnParaGB

In the lead-up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Scottish Disability Sport is delighted to provide an overview of the sports that Scots are competing in as part of ParalympicsGB. In the eighth of the series of sports, we highlight Football 7 a Side and Paralympians Martin Hickman, Jonathan Paterson and David Porcher.

Perhaps the world’s best loved sport, football is played by millions across the globe, whether just in the local park or a national stadium. Football is a team sport that offers excellent opportunities for people with a disability to enjoy physical exercise, social interaction and develop individual skills within a safe and exciting environment.

Cerebral palsy football 7 a side was introduced at the 1984 New York Paralympic Games and Great Britain entered teams for the first time in Beijing 2008 in both events.

Scotland has a strong tradition of players being selected for the ParalympicsGB football 7 a side team at the Summer Paralympic Games. Four Scots competed in London in 2012 and Martin Hickman, Jonathan Paterson and David Porcher have been selected for Rio 2016.

  • Martin Hickman (CP7)

Martin has represented Scotland on the international stage for nearly four years, and he is now set to make his Paralympic debut at Rio 2016. He has been top goal scorer for the Scotland Cerebral Palsy, Stroke or Acquired Brain Injury squad in two of their last three international competitions.

  • Jonathan Paterson (CP7)

Jonathan made his Paralympic debut in Beijing in 2008 and captained the GB team to a 7th place finish at London 2012. Jonathan was first selected for the Scotland Cerebral Palsy, Stroke or Acquired Brain Injury squad at the 2006 European Championships in Dublin and has captained the Scottish team at subsequent World and European Championships.

  • David Porcher (CP7)

David Porcher is set to make his Paralympic debut at Rio 2016. An experienced footballer, David has represented Scotland U16s in non-disabled football, and also played for Hibernian FC in their U12 to U17 squads. He was part of the team who won the East of Scotland Shield at U17 level against Hearts two years in a row.

For a schedule of Football 7 a Side events please follow the link:

Scottish Disability Sport has produced a factsheet on football for people with a disability which can be downloaded here.

And a video fact file can be viewed here:


Please return tomorrow for all the information relating to the Paralympic Sport of cycling with Scotland’s Karen Darke, Hannah Dines and Neil Fachie MBE competing as part of the ParalympicsGB team.

Sam Fernando

Outstanding PB by Fife Athlete

12 months ago at the England Athletics Age Group and IPC Championships in Bedford, Sam Fernando from Gateside and Fife AC ran a time of 4:28.93 for 1500 metres. On Saturday 27th August 2016 Sam returned to Bedford for the same event and ran 4:19.88, an improvement of around 9 seconds.

Sam is coached by Ron Morrison and competes in the T20 class in disability athletics. Sam is the leading Under 20 athlete in the T20 class and was voted leading male athlete at the Disability Sport Fife Championships earlier in the year. Sam has top three UK rankings across a range of distance events.

1500 metres is the only distance event available to T20 athletes on the Paralympic programme and In Sam Fernado and Owen Miller from Dunfermline, Fife AC has two of the country’s leading T20 athletes. Sam has made significant progress since he joined coach Ron and Owen similarly has had a fine season to date under his new coach Steve Doig.

Richard Brickley MBE
President, Disability Sport Fife