Month: August 2017

Scottish Cycling Coaching & Education Coordinator Post

Salary: £19,000 (pro rata)

Contract type: Part-time, Permanent

Reporting to: Coaching & Education Manager

Closing Date: 12.00 midday Monday 25th September 2017

Do you have a passion for cycling and want to work in one of the most exciting and fastest growing sports in the UK? Scottish Cycling is looking to appoint a dynamic individual to coordinate the Coaching Education and Coach Development programmes in Scotland.

In conjunction with the Coaching & Education Manager, the Coaching & Education Coordinator will work with the Scottish Cycling team and key partners to coordinate and implement the annual coaching plan.  Applicants should have knowledge and experience of coordinating projects and a working knowledge of coaching. They must have excellent interpersonal skills and be enthusiastic, self motivated and confident in coordinating and where required, driving areas of the Coach Education and Development programmes forward.

The role is based at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome so it’s likely the post holder will reside within traveling distance of Glasgow. The post is part time, 18.8 hours per week with the possibility of additional work opportunities for the right candidate.

Scottish Cycling is committed to selecting staff solely on the basis of their ability to do the job for which they are being recruited, and welcomes application from all sections of the community.

Full details and an application form can be found on our website or by calling 0141 554 6021.

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Fife Club fully committed to inclusive bowls

Two years ago Mike and Joan Mowat signed up for a How to Coach Disabled People in Sport Workshop organised by Disability Sport Fife.  Since then so much has happened at Dovecot Bowling Club in Glenrothes. Club members have embraced the ethos of inclusive bowls totally and a small but hugely enthusiastic group of bowlers has taken to the sport and are now fully committed to the club programme of coaching, training and competition.

Thanks to a start up bursary form the Association of Rotary Clubs Fife, Disability Sport Fife (DSF) was able to invest in equipment and clothing. The Dovecot Club offered reduced fees and DSF was able to offer financial support to assist with club memberships. The programme was launched very quickly and has now gone from strength to strength.

Initially the development centered on specific coach led sessions but has now moved to full club engagement. DSF members have played in the club open pairs competition and I learned recently that one DSF member Sandy Allan is featuring in a friendly with Kingskettle Bowling Club. DSF member Allan Robertson is scheduled to play in a friendly later in the month.

DSF member Robert Anderson played in the semi final of Dovecot Park Bowling Club’s Novice Trophy. Robert lost the first 12 shots in a first to 21 game before he overcame his nervousness. The score went to 18 all before Robert won 21 to 18. The gallery of club members was very impressed with how the players have progressed. Driving force Mike Mowat is paired with Robert and DSF members Sandy Allan and Stephen Anderson are paired together for the club Open Pairs Competition.

Well done to Dovecot Bowling Club members who have embraced this bowls development project so enthusiastically. Robert Anderson, Stephen Anderson, Adam Faulds, Briony Clark, Sandy Allan, Allan Robertson, and Mandy Robertson have been welcomed, encouraged and supported throughout their time as members of the Dovecot Club. The success has been the enthusiasm of the club members to make this project a success and DSF plans to introduce more new members in the weeks and months ahead.

The DSF members of Dovecot Bowling Club head to Aberhill Bowling Club in Methil for the 2017 Fife Indoor Championships for placers with a learning disability early in September. The Aberhill club is similarly inclusive in ethos and action and has hosted the Disability Sport Fife Indoor Championships for almost 30 years.

Photo: Robert Anderson, Mike Mowat, Sandy Allan and Stephen Anderson

Richard Brickley MBE – President Disability Sport Fife

Fife Open Water Para Swimmers

The outcomes from commitment to para sport extend far beyond the winning of medals and training day after day with target times and specific championships in mind. Nothing epitomises this more than the relationship that has developed between two INCAS swimmers Kirsty Brunton and Cerys Venters Scott.

Kirsty is a very keen and experienced open water swimmer and recently came out on top at the Scottish Swimming Open Water Championships. Kirsty is also a very keen sailor and over many years has coached novice learners at her club in Dalgety Bay.

More recently Kirsty has taken the ever improving young S14 swimmer Cerys Venters Scott under her wing at the Kinghorn Loch and introduced her to the open water version of aquatic training. Cerys and Kirsty are training together for the Great Scottish Swim, a first Open Water experience for the younger extremely talented Disability Sport Fife (DSF) member.

Cerys has a great future ahead in para swimming and DSF has recently learned that she has moved from INCAS to Carnegie SC to further her competitive swimming career. The role played by sport in promoting friendships, new challenges, new experiences and fun can never be over-estimated. It takes a very special person like team mate Kirsty however to access the full range of benefits. Well done Kirsty and Cerys….rather you than me.

Richard Brickley MBE – President Disability Sport Fife


3rd Borders Boccia Open Competition – 30th September 2017

Scottish Borders Disability Sport Group (SBDSG) are hosting their 3rd Borders Boccia Open Competition on Saturday 30th September and is open for players of all ages with a physical or learning disability across the country. For most players this will be the last opportunity to sharpen up their skills in a competitive environment prior to the Scottish Boccia Open.  The competition will be delivered in partnership with LIVE BORDERS (LB) and Scottish Disability Sport (SDS).

The details of the competition are below –

Event: Borders Boccia Open Competition 2017

Venue: Queens Leisure Centre, Galashiels TD1 2AE

Date: Saturday 30th September 2017

Time: 10am – 4.00pm (approx.)

Entry: £5

The Entry Form is attached.

As with other Scottish Disability Sport Boccia events, we rely on dedicated volunteers to officiate matches to ensure the success of the competition. Also attached is Match Referee Volunteer Request for anyone who is able to support this event.

If you require further information, please contact Alan Oliver on the details below.

All forms should be returned to Alan Oliver, LIVE BORDERS Sports Development, St Mary’s Mill, Level Crossing Road, Selkirk, TD7 2DU, – 07887 471 137 or 01750 700 110.


Disability Sport Fife Wins Major Fife Award

Disability Sport Fife Chairman Paul Noble MBE and Enigma Gymnastics Club Head Coach Jenn Mann attended the Kingdom FM awards ceremony that celebrates the outstanding contribution made by individuals, organisations and local schools to communities across Fife.

Kingdom FM’s Local Hero Awards are now in their 10th year and were held at the Rothes Halls on Friday 25th February. The Awards recognise the incredible achievements of Fifers young and old over the past 12 months. Around 300 guests marked the selfless work of the region’s unsung Local Heroes during what was an emotional evening for all concerned. Fourteen awards in total were handed out after the organisers received thousands of entries from throughout Fife.

Provost Jim Leishman MBE presented the Provost Award (sponsored by Fife Council) to Disability Sport Fife, as the lead body for disability sport in the region for children, athletes and players of all ages and abilities with a physical, sensory or learning disability. The Provost is an enthusiastic supporter of Disability Sport Fife and each attends the DSF AGM and Awards Evening to present the DSF Annual Awards.

On this occasion it was Paul and Jenn who proudly accepted this most prestigious award from the Provost on behalf of the many athletes, players, coaches, administrators, volunteers and coach mentors who are the backbone of the Association. Thank you Provost, thank you Kingdom FM for considering Disability Sport Fife for such a major community award.

Richard Brickley MBE – President Disability Sport Fife

Fife’s Lucy Walkup Continues to excel in Her Sport

Disability Sport Fife (DSF) tries to maintain contact with athlete members as they progress in life following their career in Para sport. Lucy Walkup from Glenrothes and Carnegie Swimming Club ​was one of Scotland’s most successful high performance deaf swimmers and a GB international for several years. Lucy was recognised by Disability Sport Fife and Scottish Disability Sport​ for her commitment to each organisation and then achieved the highest accolade in her parent body by being selected for the Deaflympics.

Lucy learned to swim, became an enthusiastic swimmer in a DSF session, blossomed at Glenrothes ASC and excelled in national and international swimming as a member of Carnegie SC. The perfect swimming pathway progression and of course with the vital ingredient of an incredibly supportive family.

As well as being totally committed to swimming, Lucy worked hard at Auchmuty HS, progressed to the University of Stirling where she completed her outstanding swimming career. However Lucy was determined to remain in swimming and she quickly completed a number of Scottish Swimming swim teaching qualifications and secured employment. As a Stirling University undergraduate she teaches swimming for 13 hours per week at Wallace HS and for 3.5 hours at the Peak. Her learners span all levels of ability and she now has a session that includes learners with additional support needs. Lucy was delighted to inform me about this new weekend development.

Lucy has now entered her final year of Sports Studies, having successfully completed her third year. Lucy hopes to apply to pursue a Post Graduate Qualification in Secondary Teaching if all goes well in this final year and she graduates as planned. However further study is necessary this year for this ambitious career addition and Lucy is in the process of sorting out the logistics. Those of us who have had the privilege of working with this determined young woman will be confident that if she sets her mind on this diversion, she will be successful.

Walkup family members were very much a part of Disability Sport Fife and throughout Lucy’s school years in particular. Lucy and her family were amazingly loyal to DSF and SDS and Lucy represented Fife and Scotland over many years in galas throughout the UK. I was thrilled to hear that Lucy’s brother Greig is heading to Edinburgh University in September to study Biomedical Sciences. Well done Greig.

Well done to the Walkups and particularly Lucy who offered years of service to disability sport in Fife and is now giving back hours of her time to her sport as an establishes swim teacher. DSF is on the lookout for the next Lucy Walkup who has overcome the challenges of sensory impairment to become one of the best in her sport and a most competent swim teacher.

Richard Brickley MBE – President Disability Sport Fife

2017 Disability Sport Fife Bursaries

For the past 40 years Rotary International has played a major role in supporting Disability Sport Fife (DSF) to develop sports opportunities for children, athletes and players with a physical, sensory or learning disability. Rotary clubs throughout Fife have financially supported Fife teams, funded individual sportsmen and women, enabled the purchase of adapted equipment or provided the necessary resources to host local events. DSF considers Rotary International a key partner and thanks to the efforts of Rotarians past and present, the organisation is as strong as it is today.

DSF and the Association of Fife Rotary clubs have signed up to a five year bursary programme. The bursary programme is designed to offer support to emerging performance sportsmen and women at a key stage of their development. Each year four Rotary bursaries of up to £250 are awarded to individuals or groups who have financial challenges. Since the programme was established twelve bursaries have been awarded to DSF members to assist them with their considerable expenses as committed sportsmen and women.

Representing the Association of Fife Rotary Clubs, Jim Slater (Dunfermline Carnegie), Derek Thomson (Burntisland) and Alan Farquarson (West Fife) met with the President of DSF at Pitreavie Athletics Centre to present the 2017 bursaries to the following:

Brad Stewart from Ladybank who was selected for Team GB for the first time for the Para archery world ranking tournament and European Cup in the Czech Republic. Brad was 6th in the individual event and won silver in team.

Michael Drever from Leven who is the only Scot in the Team GB Para trap team that will travel to Lonato in Italy in September for the a World Cup competition in September. This is the first time Mike has been selected for Team GB.

Skye and Finlay Davidson from Inverkething who were part of the British team that travelled to Canada for the 2017 World Dwarf Games and achieved considerable success across a range of sports.

Owen Miller from Dunfermline and Fife AC who is the leading Scottish athlete with a learning disability and who excels in international sport specifically over 1500m and 800m. Owen is the Scottish record holder and a medallist at successive INAS International Championships.

The four Rotary bursaries made a considerable difference to the five recipients this year in their efforts to address a shortfall in funding for their events programme. Only when athletes achieve at the highest level will UK funding come their way. DSF considers the Rotary bursary programme critical for emerging performers with talent.

Richard Brickley MBE – President Disability Sport Fife

12 June 2017

2017 Agenda June

2017 April management meeting minutes

YPSP presentation 12 June 2017 – final

Panel Sub groups

Young Persons Sport Panel member list

SDS Annual Operational Plan 2017-2018 June 2017

SDS Risk Management Policy 2016

SDS Risk Register 2017

SDS Complaints Handling Policy 17

SDS Fire Safety Toolkit

Scottish Disability Sport Boccia Strategic Plan 2017 – 2021 Final

SDS Board Portfolios Paper

Copy of SDS 2017 Journals

Letter of representation

SDS_Audit Memorandum 2017

Forth Valley GOGA Timetable

The latest Get Out Get Active timetable for Forth Valley is now available, including walking, cycling and swimming opportunities.

For individuals of all ages with a physical, sensory or learning disability, encouraging family, friends and carers to get involved too! A great way to make friends, develop new skills and stay active.

Descriptor & Timetable Issue 1. 2017


FREE weekly and monthly walking opportunities that are also wheelchair and walking-aid friendly.

Friday 25th August- Polmont Canal (meet behind Polmont bowling club)
Wednesday 27th September – The Helix Park (meet outside Falkirk Stadium main entrance)  Friday 27th October– Bonnybridge (meet outside Royal Hotel)

Every Friday- Riverbank Centre, Stirling- meet in Cafe at 1pm

Every Tuesday – The Whins Centre, Alloa at 10.30am

Sundays: 24th Sept,  15th Oct,  26th Nov,  18th Feb 2018,  18th March,  15th April,  20th May
Stirling University Swimming Pool:
10-10.45am – Girls/ Women Only Fun Session
10.45-11.30am – Mixed Fun Session
11.30am-12pm – Learn to Swim Session for All

Sports Clubs

Forth Valley Disability Sport has various sports clubs such as Athletics, Boccia, Swimming, Wheel Chair Curling, Wheel Chair Tennis and Wheel Chair Basketball. Small cost attached.

Please contact for more information.

Please visit or our Facebook page for news articles & updates. To book/ show your interest or for more information please contact

GOGA Lead Officer Eva Finlayson at / 01786 466486

Free weekly and monthly walking opportunities that are also wheelchair and walking-aid friendly

Dowload the information here.

Lothian Athletes Star at Special Olympics National Games

A total of 69 athletes travelled from all over the Lothian Special Olympics region to participate in this year’s Special Olympics GB’s National Summer Games, hosted in Sheffield from Monday 7th to Friday 12th August.  The event saw a total of around 2600 athletes, 800 volunteer coaches, 1000+ volunteers and 150 officials from across the United Kingdom descend on the city of steel for the country’s largest multi-sport event of 2017.  There were also around 50 broadcasters over the 20 sports offered.

The Summer Games, held every 4 years, invites athletes with intellectual disabilities of all sporting abilities to participate and compete in a wide range of sports including athletics, swimming, football and judo.  In total, there were 69 athletes and 31 coaches & volunteers who represented Lothian across 10 of the 20 sports offered during this year’s games.  Athletes participated superbly throughout whilst claiming 25 gold, 11 silver and 13 bronze medals and a host of 4th-8th place ribbons.

Notable achievements for the Lothian athletes included the success of the Boccia squad.  The all-female Lothian squad achieved considerable success claiming gold and silver medals in both the singles and pairs competitions whilst swimming, judo and badminton yielded a number of medals for experienced athletes as well individuals participating for the first time.  One athlete travelling to Sheffield for his first games experience was swimmer Callum Todd with the Fauldhouse Penguins club member securing medals in the Individual Medley (Bronze) as well as the 100m Backstroke (Gold).  Badminton made a welcome return after a hiatus and Ten Pin Bowling was included for the first time and athletes from the East of Scotland didn’t disappoint, with Michael McCraw (Badminton, Male Singles) claiming gold while team mates Daniel Strand and Jenni Gray finished 4th and 5th place respectively.  All sports were played in great spirits with fair play and professionalism at the forefront throughout, reflected by the officials overseeing the events as rules and regulations were strictly adhered to.  This ensured a level playing field for all athletes and players but also helped produce an extremely high level of performance, demonstrated by some of the times, distances and scores recorded over the week.

The week also incorporated the work that is being done throughout the East of Scotland in relation to the Play Unified Project, allowing school students from schools in the Lothian area to travel to Sheffield and be part of the Games.  The Play Unified project encourages schools to develop and deliver projects that provide an opportunity for mainstream school pupils to work alongside youngsters with a learning disability.

The Games is the culmination of months of training, commitment and dedication for the athletes and coaches involved and provides the pinnacle for many in terms of sporting achievements.  There is also a vast amount of work behind the scenes leading into the Games through the significant fundraising efforts which is essential in contributing towards kit, travel, and accommodation costs for the team of over 100 people.  Lothian Head of Delegation (HOD), Lynne Sturgeon, was key to the whole journey, overseeing and supporting athletes and coaches from all sports while coordinating the Games in the lead up and throughput the 6 day event.  Lynne states “It was amazing, the attitude and respect the Lothian athletes showed throughput the games.  The weekly dedication of the voluntary coaches and admin volunteers who create the training opportunities in the Lothians was repaid superbly by the athletes.  Without these volunteers the athletes would not have these opportunities to excel on and off the sports field.”

The event provides the platform for individuals to showcase their sporting talents, regardless of the level at which they compete, but also provides an opportunity to form relationships with their peers during a week that is packed from start to finish with competition, recreational activities, social opportunities and much more.  The week began with an all singing, all dancing opening ceremony and finished with a party evening with far more in between including a Q&A session with current England Head Coach Gareth Southgate.  This highlights the ever increasing profile of the SOGB National Games and the value it holds for participants as they build lifelong relationships, increase their confidence and achieve personal goals throughout the 6 day event.

If you are interested in learning more about the Games please follow the link below.  Additionally, if you would like to find out more about local opportunities associated to the Special Olympics, please contact or visit

What is next?

Special Olympics GB 40th Anniversary games hosted by Special Olympics Scotland to be held in Stirling 9 to 13th August 2018 – further information to follow.