Determined North Lanarkshire Equestrian Lauren

12-year-old Lauren Dempsey is a very determined and able young girl who loves all things sport. She has a huge love of horses and horse riding, and when she was 6, Lauren started riding at RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association) Glasgow Group.  She rides every Saturday in a group session, and now riding without assistance, Lauren has…

Warm Tayside Welcome from Finding Your Feet

Tayside Regional Development Manager Jennifer Scally was kindly invited to attend Finding Your Feet’s social club in Tayside & Fife – ampu-tea. Finding Your Feet support families affected by amputation or limb difference, through a range of sporting initiatives and social inclusion projects. Jennifer shared information with Finding Your Feet regarding sporting opportunities across the…

Perth Track & Field Championships

Saturday 02 September 2017 George Duncan Athletics Arena, Gowans Terrace, Perth, PH1 5AZ 11.00am – 4.00pm The championships are open to any athlete who has a physical, sensory or learning disability. Events will be divided into wheelchair user, race runner and athletes who are ambulant. Separate medals will be awarded for male/female and also for…

60 Seconds with a Tayside Athlete: Reagan Doig

Name: Reagan Doig Branch: Perth & Kinross Disability Sport Sport: Swimming Club: Stirling How did you get involved in your sport? Encouragement from a master swimmer who was a life guard at my swimming lessons How long have you been playing your sport for? 14 years Biggest Strength (as an athlete): Fly 100m What’s the…

Para Swimmer wins Sports Personality of the Year

Para swimmer and Gala Academy Pupil, Beth Johnston, became the school’s Sports Personality of the Year following a vote from her fellow peers.  A host of nominees were shortlisted for their achievements and dedication, across the sports of:  rugby, hockey, cricket, athletics, golf and swimming. The S10 swimmer has risen to prominence over the years…

Swimming Well Represented at LDS Annual Awards

The sport of swimming was well recognised at the recent Lothian Disability Sport (LDS) Annual Awards ceremony, securing three out of the six awards with a special recognition honour going to an experienced para swimming coach. The Annual LDS Awards were held at Norton Park Conference Centre, Edinburgh on Monday 26th June and continue to…

60 seconds with a Tayside athlete: Murran Mackay

Name: Murran Mackay Branch: Angus Disability Sport Sport: Wheelchair Racing Club: Red Star Athletics Club How did you get involved in your sport? Watched on Paralympics and decided that was the sport that I wanted to be involved in How long have you been playing your sport for? 3 years Biggest strength (as an athlete):…

Prestwick Sailing Club – For Visually Impaired

  Dates: Tuesday evenings 11th July to 8th August 4:30-7:30 To Book:  www.prestwicksailingclub.co.uk or call 0753146378 Info: 5 Tuesday evening sessions for those who are Visually Impaired or who are Blind. This course is run by our highly experienced and RYA qualified instructional team with basic VI Scottish Disability Sport Training. This course follows the…

Table Top Cricket in Highland Schools

Nairn Cricket Club are bringing table top cricket to Highland Schools as well as reaching out to all areas of the community this summer. And their cricket provision for disabled local people has grown thanks to a lot of hard work by volunteers. The club launched table cricket at The Manor, a care home for…
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Grampian Disability Sport Newsletter

The latest Grampian Disability Sport newsletter is now available to download here.

Fife Visit for GOGA Programme Manager

Disability Sport Fife (DSF) was pleased to welcome the Get Out, Get Active (GOGA) Programme Manager Kat Southwell to Fife along with Ailien Pallot the Scottish Disability Sport GOGA coordinator. GOGA is an exciting programme that encourages and supports disabled and non disabled people to take part in active recreation. The programme runs for over…

Wheelchair Racing is Part of Fife DNA

Wheelchair racing has always been part of the DNA of Disability Sport Fife (DSF). Over a decade ago numbers dropped as interest waned. Stimulated in the first instance by Callum Sloan, who secured his first racing wheelchair from the Saints netball club at the University of St Andrews, interest has returned. Callum now has a…

Kirkcaldy HS Sports Leaders – exceptional

Disability Sport Fife (DSF) enjoys a very special relationship with Kirkcaldy HS (KHS). For the past 7 years KHS has hosted the DSF 7s Football League at the High School and the standard of football in Fife for players with additional support needs has improved considerably as a consequence. KHS Sports Leaders for the past…
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Boccia Success for Young Tyler McLelland

Tyler McLelland is a young BC4 boccia player from Glenrothes who is being mentored and coached by GB Boccia Paralympian Kieran Steer from Crossgates. They meet every Monday evening at the Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre for a session supported by the Fife Sports and Leisure Trust. Mum Emma and Dad Mark are fully…

Dovecot Bowling Club – an Inclusive Fife Club

Over the past couple of years Disability Sport Fife (DSF) has committed to encouraging young people to consider bowls as a sports option. By linking with a number of Fife indoor and outdoor clubs the campaign is starting to pay dividends. The Dovecot Bowling club in Glenrothes is one of the most committed partnership clubs.…

Double Gold in USA for Beth Johnston

Borders Swimmer Beth Johnston continued her excellent development over the weekend, claiming double gold at the penultimate event in the World Para Swimming Series in Indianapolis, USA.  The series event was held at Indianapolis University Natatorium and was open to swimmers with a disability who met the relevant qualifying standards, with Scottish Swimming supporting a…

Right On Target Open Boccia Competition Hits the Mark Again!

For the fifth year running the Right On Target Boccia Club offered a warm invite to boccia players with physical and learning disabilities to their competition.  Once again the event attracted 70 players from across the length and breadth of Scotland to compete across five categories. The annual competition is an excellent introduction to competition…
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Red Star Track and Field Championships 2017

On Saturday 17th June, around 150 athletes descended on Crownpoint for Red Star’s Annual Athletics Championships.  Participants travelled from as far afield as Aberdeen and Dumfries & Galloway, which is great to see and they were welcomed by a dry and sunny day. As well as the numerous first time competitors which is fantastic to…

2017 Fife Lawn Bowls Championships

The Beveridge Park Bowling Club in Kirkcaldy played host once again to the Disability Sport Fife (DSF) Lawn Bowls Championships on Friday 16th June. The Championships were first held in 1976 at the Lynebank Hospital in Dunfermline but the Beveridge Park has been the traditional home for over 30 years. Math Thomson, Vice President of…

Josie Scoops High Life Highland Volunteer Award

For the last 14 years Josie Aitken has been a tremendous influence within the disability sporting sector with her drive and enthusiasm. She was one of the founding members of the Disability Inverness Sports Club (DISC) an affiliated group of Highland Disability Sport which she still runs weekly today with a small band of volunteers.…

Rotary Clubs Support DSF for the Third Year

Disability Sport Fife (DSF) has enjoyed forty years of support from Rotary International. 2017 is the third of three years of support from the Association of Fife Rotary Clubs for emerging performance sports people with a disability. Rotarians Jim Slater (Dunfermline Carnegie), Derek Thomson (Burntisland), Anne Tait (St Andrews Kilrymont) and Alan Farquharson (West Fife)…

2017 Fife Track and Field Championships

The 2017 Disability Sport Fife (DSF) Track and Field Championships supported by the Fife Sports and Leisure Trust were held at Pitreavie Athletics Centre in pleasant rain free conditions. The 230 participant entry was up on previous years with noticeable increases in athlete numbers with a physical or sensory impairment and juniors overall. Owen Miller from Fife AC was voted…

Clackmannanshire Football for All Festival

On Friday 9th June 2017 at Alloa Rugby Club, five teams from Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire came together to compete at the Annual Football for All Festival organised by Clackmannanshire Council Sports Development Department. On the day a total of 100 children, young people and adults with a physical, learning or sensory disability participated in…

Fife Athlete Secures New Racing Wheelchair

Susanne McGrath joined Disability Sport Fife (DSF) less than two years ago with the sole intention of completing a marathon before she reached a certain big birthday. Susanne achieved that goal comfortably and more and she is now an established member of the ever increasing Fife wheelchair racing squad that is coached by Pamela Robson…

First Fife Tennis Festival Receives the Thumbs Up

Disability Sport Fife (DSF) got together with Dunfermline Tennis Club to organise a two hour tennis Festival at the club facilities on Monday 12th June. The Festival brought to an end the second year of the very popular DSF Tennis Academy initiative supported by Alan Russell Head Coach of Dunfermline Tennis Club and Gary Whitton from Kirkcaldy Lawn…

Grampian Parasport Festival

Fun and sport were on the agenda today at the annual Scottish Disability Sport Para Sport Festival hosted by Aberdeen Sports Village. The Parasport Festival is targeted at children with a physical, hearing or visual impairment from both primary and secondary age groups. The aim of the festival is to provide a range of sports…
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Grampian Summer Programme 2017

The Grampian Summer Programme information is available to download here. If you have any queries please contact Gemma Lewis, Disability and Inclusion Sports Officer on 01467 534 730 or gemma.lewis@aberdeenshire.gov.uk. For more information on disability sport opportunities visu: www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/leisure-sport-and-culture/sports/sports-development/disability-sport/ http://grampiandisabilitysport.org.uk/gds/ www.facebook.com/grampiandisabilitysport www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/facebook  
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Dumfries & Galloway: Have Your Say

Have your say on being active and improving your health and wellbeing. Are you part of a vulnerable group such as disabled, autistic or elderly? Or perhaps you work with someone who ie? You are invited to an Active Schools and Community Sport engagement evening on Tuesday 13th June at Castle Douglas Town Hall, 6pm-8pm.…

Dumfries & Galloway Weekly Sports Club

Weekly sports club for people with a disability: all ages and abilities welcome. Fridays, Loreburn Hall, Dumfries – 4.30-5.30pm. For further information please contact Laura Vickers on 01461 207 028 / 07795 637 689 / 07795 680 141 or email laura.vickers@dumgal.gov.uk.

FVDS: # Volunteers Week

The tireless work of Forth Valley Disability Sport volunteers allows our organisation to grow stronger every year. As this week Thursday 1st June to Wednesday 7th June 2017 is Volunteers Week, FVDS would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers involved within disability sport across the Forth Valley area. FVDS greatly appreciates your…

Grampian Games 2017

The 2017 Grampian Games kicked off on Friday 27th May with indoor bowls at Garioch Indoor Bowling Club.  The physical and sensory disability category was a hard fought race with just one shot separating the winner and runner up.  The results were as follows. Lawn Bowls Learning Disability Category Winner Shona Fraser Runner Up Andrew…

Fife AC Para athletes in top form in Glasgow

Three Fife AC Para athletes made an immense impact at the British Miler Club (BMC) Regional Races at Scotstoun on Friday 2nd June. All three set personal best performances and sent out a clear message to track opponents that they may have limited experience over 3K but they are a force to be reckoned with.…

Kilmaron Win AH Brodie Trophy

Kilmaron swimmers produced an upset result at the 2017 Brodie Gala at Cupar Pool when they finished strongly to lift the AH Brodie Cup for the thirteenth time and denied the pupils from John Fergus School the chance of making it three wins in a row. The Brodie Gala is organised by Disability Sport Fife…

Forth Valley GOGA Newsletter

The first Forth Valley Disability Sport GOGA Newsletter is now available to download here.

FVDS Regional Lawn Bowling Championship

Forth Valley Disability Sport Regional Lawn Bowling Championship was held at Alloa East End Bowling Club on Friday 26th May 2017. Lawn bowling is a mainstream form of bowling which children and adults with physical, learning and sensory disabilities are able to compete in. The event was a qualifier for individuals competing at the SDS…

Edinburgh Project Search Recruitment

Project SEARCH aims to prepare young job-seekers with additional support needs, aged between 16-29, for full-time, competitive employment. Working hours are Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm from August to June. The young people take part in three work experience placemenets and gain a nationally recognised qualification. Final application deadline: Monday 12 June 2017 at midday. Apply…

ClimbScotland Festival 2017

ClimbScotland will be running a climbing festival on the 17th June at Edinburgh International Climbing Arena, which will include Paraclimbing elements including free come and try sessions! We are keen to get the word out to as many people as possible about this event. All the info on the event can be viewed on our…

Fife Athlete Completes Second Marathon in 9m PB

Congratulations to the amazing Susanne McGrath who completed the Edinburgh marathon today in 3.46, a personal best by 9 minutes. Susanne’s coach Pamela Robson sent back the attached photos of an extremely proud and committed athlete who has now completed her second Edinburgh Marathon. The only disappointment is that the new Bromakin racing wheelchair she…

Fife Athlete Completes First 10K

Well done to Jonny Brown who completed his first ever road race at the Edinburgh 10K in a time of 1.11. This course is really tough for wheelchair users but Jonny stuck to his race plan and completed the distance with coach Pamela Robson running with him. Since securing a new race chair with support…

Glasgow Disability Sport AGM 2017

The Annual General Meeting of Glasgow Disability Sport took place on Wednesday 17th May at the sportscotland Offices in Glasgow. Gordon McCormack OBE, Chairperson, welcomed members of clubs and other interested parties who work with the branch to develop opportunities across the city. Glasgow has been in a state of transition over the last couple…
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Walking Football in Fife

The Get Out Get Active (GOGA in Fife) programme plans to encourage and support inactive individuals and groups to engage and remain “active for life”. It focuses on increasing the number of people who are active, through effective engagement and signposting to local quality physical activity options. Supported by Spirit of 2012, GOGA in Fife…
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Small Fife Squad but Many Big Peformances

Well done to the small squad of Fife swimmers who headed north to represent Team Fife at the 2017 SDS Senior Championships for Swimmers with a learning disability and many thanks to the families and East and Central Fife Community Support Services who ensured that Fife was represented. 18 swimmers competed, which was only one…
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One Door Closes, Another Opens for Fife Ambassador

Stefan Hoggan has for many years been a most committed Disability Sport Fife (DSF) member and a superb ambassador for disability sport locally and nationally. Stefan recently decided to stand down from high performance Para sport but retain his involvement in sport as a coach and a member of the Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) Young…

Fife Cross Country Champs Team Title Shared

The 2017 Disability Sport Fife (DSF) cross country championships were held at the Beveridge Park in Kirkcaldy. The championships are organised by DSF with considerable support from Fife AC and Kirkcaldy Rugby Club. Primary and Secondary Schools from throughout Fife with Departments for pupils with additional support needs participated as well as Fife AC club…
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Right on Target Open Boccia Championships

Forth Valley ‘Right on Target’ Boccia Club would like to extend a warm invitation to clubs, squads and individuals to enter the club’s Open Boccia Championships 2017. Please download the details and entry form below, and if you wish further information do not hesitate to contact Jean Duncan, Head Coach on 07970 153 103 or…
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Liam Nolan – Central Athlete Award Success

SDS Central and Forth Valley Disability Sport would like to congratulate Liam Nolan, one of our T20/F20 Forth Valley Flyers athletes, on winning the Highly Commended Sports Achievement award at the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability Awards. The Learning Disability Award ceremony, hosted at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow on Friday 19th May 2017,…

FVDS Athletics Championships 2017

Grangemouth Stadium played host to the annual Forth Valley Disability Sport Junior Athletics Championships on Wednesday 10th May 2017.  This year saw FVDS’ largest ever entry of 190 children and young people from 16 schools in the Forth Valley area competing in the running, jumping and throwing competitions. The standard of the competitors was very…
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Red Star AC Open Athletics Championships

Saturday 17th June 2017 Crownpoint Track, Crownpoint Rd, Glasgow 11.00am – 4.00pm Downloads: Entry Form 2017 Event Information Please consider the list of events on offer and enter athletes accordingly. An athlete should be listed as Ambulant/WC/VI /RR (Race Runner) or LD along with their event and current best time or distance. If athletes are…

South Lanarkshire Track and Field Championships

South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture (SLLC) recently hosted their annual Disability Track & Field Championships at John Wrights Sports Centre, East Kilbride.  Around 100 pupils representing 5 local schools attended and enjoyed taking part in a variety of athletics disciplines including 60m, 100m, 200m, long jump, shot putt and javelin. This was the first year…
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Young Fife Athlete Just Gets Better and Better

Sam Fernando is the Disability Sport Fife 2017 Junior Athlete of the Year past and he has started the 2017 season with a bang. Sam is coached by Ron Morrison and as well as representing Fife AC, he competes for Kingdom, a composite club made up of Fife AC, Dundee Hawkhill and Pitreavie athletes. Kingdom…