Scottish Junior Sportshall Festival 2018

Disability Sport Fife has selected two strong junior teams to represent Fife in the SDS Junior Sportshall Festival at Grangemouth Sports Complex, Abbots Road, Grangemouth FK3 9JD on Thursday 8 March 2018 – 10.30 hrs – 14.30 hrs. The Festival is organised by Scottish Disability Sport and Scottish Athletics. The Fife teams are selected from …

West Regional Swimming Championships

The West Regional Swimming Championships, organised by the West Federation of Swimming Clubs, took place at Scotstoun Leisure Centre on Saturday 10th February. The event saw an entry of 169 swimmers, competing in 65 events, which meant a busy day for everyone involved but with experienced staff, officials and volunteers on poolside, the Championships ran …

Forth Valley GOGA Timetable and Volunteer Opps

Forth Valley Get Out Get Active project supports people of all ages to become active,  meet new people and encourages disabled and non-disabled individuals to be active together. All abilities welcome, no experience or fitness required! For more information download the timetable here or contact GOGA Lead Officer Eva Finlayson on 01786 466 486 / goga@fvds.org.uk.

Gareloch RDA Seek Carriage Drivers

Are you a carriage driver? Gareloch RDA are looking for help with their new Carriage Driving Project The project is starting now – we have a carriage and pony at the ready but would love to have some experienced carriage drivers to help us get started. We have a group of willing volunteers but need …

Disability Tennis Opportunities in Edinburgh

Advantage, Edinburgh’s Disability Tennis Programme, is working with a range of partners to deliver a range of tennis opportunities for individuals with a range of disabilities. Please see details of these exciting and inclusive sessions below – they are a great way to become involved with a new sporting activity. Sunday 18th February (12 noon …

Central Boccia Leaders Award Workshop

In conjunction with the Central Boccia Engage sessions (via the Big Lottery funding), and the launch of the recent Boccia schools programme, we are happy to announce the upcoming Central Boccia Leaders workshop. Please see details below: Date: Thursday 15th March 2018 Time: 4:30pm – 7:30pm Venue: Larbert High School All coaches, volunteers, teachers and …

Grampian Racket Sports Event is a Big Hit with School Pupils

Children from schools across Aberdeen City & Shire with disabilities served up some serious skills during Grampian’s ASN Table Tennis & Tennis Festivals this week. 29 primary & secondary pupils from 3 schools attended the event which was held at The Westburn Lounge & Tennis Centre and forms part of Grampian’s wider Active School’s events …

South Lanarkshire Wheelchair Basketball Sessions

When: Monday – 5.00-6.00pm Where: Carluke Leisure Centre, Carnwath Road, Carluke ML8 4EA Age: 5-18 years Come along and try out new wheelchair basketball sessions. These sessions are suitable for people with a physical disability who are keen to play basketball. Why not bring your friends along too to join in the fun? Some sports …

Fife Athlete Inducted into School Hall of Fame

Many thanks to Callum Imray, Active School Coordinator, Queen Anne High Cluster, for drawing my attention to an excellent good news story from Queen Anne HS. Disability Sport Fife wheelchair racer Callum Sloan from Dunfermline has been inducted into the Queen Anne HS Hall of Fame. Callum has competed in three London mini marathons and …

Fife Para Athlete Records Personal Best at Parkrun

For the second year in succession, Derek Rae from Fife AC spent a month in Kenya for high altitude winter training. Following a long journey home, Derek turned up at his “old stomping ground” on Saturday for the Kirkcaldy Parkrun UK. It was an opportunity for Derek to gauge how his legs were feeling after …

Para Sport Festival Series – begin your sporting journey here!

Fact: People with physical and sensory impairments are the least represented in sport! In order to address the above fact SDS and partners offer young people with physical and sensory impairments who attend mainstream schools opportunities to engage in sport. Para sport festivals are one of these unique opportunities and is an SDS flag ship …
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Round three East Series Cross Country held in Fife

For the second year in succession Disability Sport Fife (DSF) and Fife Athletic Club hosted round 3 of the East Series Cross Country on behalf of Scottish Athletics and Scottish Disability Sport. The venue was the Beveridge Park in Kirkcaldy and the organisers thank Kirkcaldy Rugby Club for access to their club pavilion and facilities for the duration of the event. Despite …

Fife AC a very special DSF partner

Disability Sport Fife (DSF) enjoys a very special relationship with Fife Athletic Club. Over the years DSF members have improved their skills significantly as club members and some have gone on to become Paralympians. Colin Keay from Kirkcaldy and Caroline Baird (nee Innes) from Cupar are icons from the past who blossomed as Fife AC …

Tayside Parasport Festival 2018

The Parasport Festival is about providing a range of opportunities for young people with a physical, visual or hearing impairment to try new and exciting sports and learn more about the pathways that are available in the region. It will be delivered by some of the best clubs and coaches available in Scotland. Furthermore, the …

New Boccia Sessions in Grangemouth

Are you looking to get more active and meet new friends? These fun sessions could be for you! Boccia is a sport for people with disabilities. These fun sessions are open to all individuals with physical and learning disabilities. All ages, abilities and disabilities welcome No previous experience required Equipment will be provided Starting on …

Nithsdale Disability Sports Clubs

Football: Palmerston Indoor Arena, Dumfries – Wednesdays 10.00am-11.00am Table Tennis: Loreburn Hall, Dumfries – Fridays 11.00am-12.00pm Wheelchair Track Athletics: David Keswick Athletic Centre – Fridays 6.45pm-8.30pm Weekly Activity Club: Loreburn Hall, Dumfries – Fridays 4.30pm-5.30pm Splash Club: Temporary Pool, Dumfries Ice Bowl – Every second Saturday 4.00pm-5.00pm Saturday Sports Club: Loreburn Hall, Dumfries – 10.30am-12.00pm …

Tyler’s back and we have missed him lots

Tyler McLelland from Glenrothes and Auchmuty HS is back in training at the Michael Woods Sports & Leisure Centre and he was missed by everybody who knows him. In 2017 Tyler went through surgery and a lengthy period of rehabilitation and rest. Recently his consultant gave him the go ahead to resume training and he could …

Grampian Para Shooter sets new Scottish Record

A Parashooter from Aberdeen has set a new Scottish Record at a top competition in Spain. Allan Ritchie, who only transferred to the Olympic Trap discipline in early 2017, scored a record 108/125, taking gold in the Class 1 (sitting) category and the overall Para High Gun at this year’s IV Olympic Trap Grand Prix …

GOGA in Fife Making a Difference

Get Out Get Active has offered Adam Faulds from Glenrothes the opportunity to develop as an exceptional volunteer for active recreation and sport in Fife. The ex Balwearie HS DAS pupil transitioned comfortably from school to community activity at the beginning of the GOGA in Fife programme and from the start he has gone from …

Fife Shooter Training in Spain

GB Para trap shooter Mike Drever from Leven, like all our other high performance athletes, is fully involved in intensive training, preparing for the season ahead. Mike has recently been involved in a five day training camp in Malaga and has started working with Scottish Target Shooting Coach Marco Micheli. Marco is an A licence …

West Schools Cross Country Series

The second event in the West of Scotland Schools Cross Country Series was held on Wednesday 25th January at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow.  The series is part of the West of Scotland Schools calendar of events, which is supported by the Inspiring Sport Project from Celtic FC Foundation. After all the recent adverse weather, Bellahouston …

Lothian Athletes Selected to Represent Great Britain

Swimmer Shannon Crosbie was amongst the athletes selected to represent Great Britain at the upcoming Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi in 2019.  Judo players Philip Brodie and Harrison Lovett are joined by golfer Caitlin Dodds, taking the number of athletes selected from the region to four. The athletes will be joined by …

East of Scotland Para Sport Festival 2018

The annual Para Sport Festival is on the horizon for 2018, welcoming young people from across the East of Scotland with a physical or sensory impairment and providing them with an opportunity to try a range of Para Sports, delivered by some of the best clubs and coaches across the country.  This year’s festival is …

Football Festival puts Grampian Kids on Winning Form

Aberdeen FC Community Trust, in partnership with the Scottish FA, Sport Aberdeen and Grampian Disability Sport, ran the latest ASN Football Festival for primary and secondary schools in the North East of Scotland. In the first of three festivals to be held in 2018, over 50 secondary school pupils and 30 primary school pupils, all …

Para Cycling Track Sessions

Glasgow Life has Para Cycling track sessions available at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Para Cycling sessions are dedicated coaching sessions for riders with physical and learning disabilities who want to keep fit and develop their skills and technique through coached sessions. Both experienced and new riders of any age will be eligible to attend …
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Forth Valley GOGA 2018 Timetable

Forth Valley Disability Sport are delighted to launch their 2018 Get Out Get Active timetable. There are walking, fitness, cycling, swimming and sports club opportunities for individuals of all ages with a physical, sensory or learning disability. These are a great way to make friends, develop new skills and encourage disabled and non-disabled individuals to …

West of Scotland Parasport Festival

We are delighted to announce details for the upcoming West Para-port Festival 2018 Date:   Friday 9th March 2018 Time:  10.00am – 3.00pm (9:30am arrival and registration) Venue: Ravenscraig, Motherwell The Para-sport Festival is aimed at children who have a physical disability and/or visual impairment who attend mainstream school and are aged between P6 – S6. This …

Amputee Football Launching in Dundee

Sunday 21st January 9.30-11.30 @ GA Arena, Dundee Utd This is a great opportunity to try the game and meet new people in the area. For more information contact Ashley: ashley@amputeefootballscotland.co.uk

Another Excellent Run for Fife Athlete

Owen Miller from Fife AC ran at the FPSG Scottish National Indoor Open event at the weekend and recorded the second fastest time in his career. Coach Steve Doig was pleased with his time of 4.03.13 for second place in the A race. Owen was beaten by one of his new training partners, Alex Johnston …

RDA Volunteer helps Rescue Horses in South Africa

In October last year one of Kinfauns Riding for Disabled (RDA) volunteers went to South Africa, for three weeks, to help at the Cintsa non-profit horse rescue centre, who currently have 48 horses in their care. Prior to going, Clare did some fund raising for the rescue centre as it is a constant battle to …

Special Present for Young Fife Wheelchair Racer

Niamh Currie from Dunfermline received a very special Christmas present at the end of last year – a brand new colourful racing wheelchair built by Bromakin. The St Margaret’s Primary School pupil is a member of the Disability Sport Fife (DSF) wheelchair racing squad and has been training and competing in a borrowed DSF chair. …

Magnificent PB by Fife’s Owen Miller

By his own high standards last year was quiet for Owen Miller from Fife AC. Winter training has gone well under the direction of coach Steve Doig and he has had the best start of any season to date, running indoors in Glasgow. At the BMC/Glasgow AA Metric Miler Meeting, that incorporates the Scottish 3000m …

Proud Owner of a New Racing Wheelchair

Congratulations to Graham McIntyre from Leven who has successfully secured all the money required to purchase a new Bromakin racing wheelchair. Graham is indebted to all his friends and family who contributed £2,000 through the Disability Sport Fife MyDonate page to meet almost half the total costs. Graham is hopeful that he will be able …

Wheelchair Skills Workshop in Edinburgh

Go Kidz Go are delivering a free wheelchair skills workshop for individuals looking to increase their confidence, develop their skills and improve their independence.  Go Kidz Go deliver exciting and interactive workshops across the country and have helped many individuals improve their wheelchair skills, including TV presenter Ade Adepitan! Details of the session can be …

60 seconds with a Tayside athlete: David Birtles

Name: David Birtles Branch: Dundee City Disability Sport Sport: Wheelchair Basketball, Rugby and Tennis Club: Dundee Dragons Wheelchair Sports Club How did you get involved in your sport? Newspaper article showing what was happening at Dundee Dragons Wheelchair Sports Club. Went down and I was hooked. How long have you been playing your sport for? …

Grampian’s Champions at British Championships

A team of Grampian’s most promising swimmers pulled off a whole host of personal bests at the British Para Swimming Championships this weekend, including setting a new world record! The first of the successes came on the Saturday, where Rhys Gill (S9), Jason Cobb (S14) and Matthew Scott (S14) all knocked seconds off their 100m …

Grampian Schools’ Inclusive Snowsports Festival

Grampian’s schoolchildren took to the slopes in their droves at this year’s Inclusive Snowsports Festival. The thrilling event, organised and delivered by staff at Aberdeen Snowsports Centre, took place on 6th December and was thoroughly enjoyed by the pupils and teachers that took part. Pupils were offered the opportunity to learn and develop their skiing …

Edinburgh Sport Awards – Disability Coach of the Year

Don McFarlane was awarded the Disability Coach of the Year Award at the recent ClubSport Edinburgh Sports Awards, recognising many years of dedication to disability swimming across Edinburgh and the East of Scotland. The ClubSport Edinburgh Sport Awards recognise teams and individuals who have performed extraordinarily or those passionate people who dedicate their lives helping …

The Paraclimbing Club

Climb Scotland have worked closely with Lothian Disability Sport to establish the first Scottish Paraclimbing Club across the country, providing opportunities for individuals with a disability or additional support needs to become involved and progress in the sport. The club is being developed to create a paraclimbing community based out of Edinburgh International Climbing Arena …

Grampian Flyers Inclusive Basketball Festival

School children from across Grampian took to the court in an inclusive Basketball Festival run by Grampian Flyers Wheelchair Basketball Club. 6 schools attended the popular, annual event, held at Aberdeen’s Beach Leisure Centre earlier this month, and fun, energetic & age-appropriate festival formats were on offer for primary and secondary pupils. Secondary pupils were …

Aberdeen Gymnast Scoops Up Disability Junior Title

Orianne Slater of City of Aberdeen Gymnastics Club (COAG) was crowned Scottish Disability Junior Gymnastics Champion at the Scottish Voluntary Championships, and Floor & Vault event at Kelvin Hall on the 25th November, adding to the British Disability Champion title that she clinched back in October for the third year in a row. The competition …
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Celia Peerless Wins National Award

Edinburgh Eagles lead coach Celia Peerless has won Scotland’s BBC Unsung Hero Award for 2017, recognising many years of dedication working with athletes with and without disabilities. The West Lothian based coach has been instrumental in the success of the Edinburgh Eagles Athletics Club, creating an environment for all young people to come along and …
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Forth Valley Disability Sport Awards 2017

Nominations are now open for the Forth Valley Disability Sport Awards, which will recognise the commitment, achievement and contribution that our athletes, coaches, volunteers and clubs have made to our community in Forth Valley in 2017. The awards ceremony will take place on the evening of Monday, 19th February 2018 at The Stirling Albert Hall, …

Highest Entry to Date at 2017 Fife Bowls Championships

78 senior and junior bowlers with a physical, sensory or learning disability participated in the 2017 Disability Sport Fife Carpet Bowls Championships, supported by the Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, at the Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre. Volunteer markers from bowling clubs in Central Fife officiated for five hours to determine the outcome of …

Big Hit Badminton Festival

As part of GOGA in Fife (Get Out Get Active), Disability Sport Fife (DSF) teamed up with Active Schools and Badminton Scotland to organise a “Big Hit” Festival at the University of St Andrews Sports Centre on Tuesday 21st November between 10 00 and 12 00. GOGA in Fife is supported by Spirit of 2012 …

DSF Prominent in Outstanding Fife AC Performance

Disability Sport Fife members played a significant role in the outstanding results recorded by the four Fife AC members who finished ninth overall at the Scottish Athletics National Short Course Cross Country Championships at Kirkcaldy High School on Saturday 11th November. Almost 150 athletes from 36 of Scotland’s leading athletics clubs participated. Cameron Boyek from …

New Ayrshire Multi Sports Club

Disability club starting 23rd November from 5-7pm, £1 admission. Boccia Wheelchair basketball Wheelchair rugby For further information contact Dianne Campbell on 07523 827 373 or admin@ayrshiresportsability.org.uk. Sportsability Flyer

Young Fife Boccia Player Receives New Boccia Balls

Disability Sport Fife (DSF) enjoys a very special relationship with the members of the Order of St John Fife. For over two decades Order members have financially supported individual DSF members and teams and have even funded the purchase of a DSF mini bus. Thousands of pounds have been raised by Order members in support …
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Nine Year Group Wins for Woodmill HS pupils

Over 60 junior athletes with additional support needs competed in Round 1 of the East Series Cross Country Championships at Peffermill in Edinburgh. Disability Sport Fife had the largest representation of athletes in one of the most popular occasions on the annual calendar of events. The East Series is organised by Scottish Athletics and Scottish …

SWiS Coach of the Year – Tina Gordon

Tina Gordon has been selected as Coach of the Year at the recent Scottish Woman in Sport (SWiS) Awards, recognising the incredible impact the former Lothian Phoenix coach has had on the sport of wheelchair basketball. Current Lothian Phoenix Head Coach Niall Ritchie highlighted this, stating that: “Tina’s coaching has had a lasting impact on …