Spirits not dampened – Wheels to Water

Group photo of participants with "Thank you Big Lottery" sign

SDS was delighted to launch the Engage Project on Saturday 13 May at Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park.

Thirty-six people undertook the challenges presented by a series of water sports and cycling offered to them. This unique opportunity for individuals and their families to participate in rowing, canoeing, sailing, kayaking, power boating, cycling and handcycling.

For all, this experience was both exhilarating and exciting and we hope the start of their engagement in sport.

The successful event was offered in partnership with Scottish Rowing, FABB Scotland/ Blazing Saddles Adaptive Cycling, Scottish Canoe Association, Royal Yachting Association Scotland, Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park and Help for Heroes Sports Recovery.

Feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive with many feeling empowered by learning new skills. One example of this is 9-year-old Bjorn who learned to cycle for the first time, who you can see in this video taken by his father on the day.

The Wheels to Water event was the first in the series of events being offered by the Engage Project (Big Lottery funded programme).  Future events include:

  • Boccia Engagement Day
  • Swimming Engagement Day
  • Residential summer camp
  • Visual Impairment Multi Sport Day

New Participation Opportunities

  • 6 new boccia participation opportunities across Scotland
  • 4 new learn to swim opportunities across Scotland

Training for Coaches and Volunteers

  • Disability Inclusion Training for Coaches and Volunteers
  • Boccia Leaders Training
  • Inclusive Teacher Workshops for Swim Teachers

If you would like to get involved in disability sport, please contact  Scottish Disability Sport on 0131 317 1130 or admin@scottishdisabilitysport.com.