‘Inspiring Sport’ West of Scotland Parasport Event

Two participants using walking frames playing football with coaches

Through the partnership project ‘Inspiring Sport’ between the Celtic FC Foundation and Scottish Disability Sport, 55 young people with Physical Disabilities and Visual Impairments enjoyed a day of sport and physical activity at Ravenscraig Sports Facility on Friday 11th November.

Inspiring Sport aims to enhance the lives of young people and adults with physical, learning and sensory disabilities in the West of Scotland through the medium of sport and physical activity and through various means, encourages participation which is beneficial for a healthy lifestyle and social interaction.

The event was supported by coaches from Scottish Governing Bodies of Sport, scottishathletics, judoscotland, tennisscotland, Scottish Rowing, Scottish Cycling, Table Tennis Scotland and Scottish Boccia, and Celtic Football Club Community Coaches coached the football sessions during the event.

Volunteer coaches from clubs across the West, St Mirren Warriors Wheelchair Basketball Club, Victoria Park City of Glasgow Athletics Club, Drumchapel Table Tennis Club and Movement Park Judo were also assisting on the day.

The event was a great success with all of the young people fully involved in a range of activities which were based on fun and enjoyment and which encourages future participation in sport.

A number of the participants were treated to an inspirational talk delivered by para athletes, Stephen McGuire, BC4 Boccia World Champion and Team GB member and Kayleigh Haggo, Scottish Swimming Squad member.  Stephen and Kayleigh gave a fantastic insight into their journey in sport from starting out and their future ambitions and certainly gave their audience something to aim for in the future.

The event also welcomed Kieran Tierney, first team player for Celtic, who joined the participants in some of the sports, signed t-shirts and took some ‘selfies’ with the excited youngsters.

Thank you to all the coaches and volunteers who gave up their time to support the event, Active Schools East Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire for their assistance on the day and Ravenscraig Sports Facility for their cooperation once again.

To find out more about this event or disability sport in the West of Scotland, please contact

Lynn Allison – lynn.allison@scottishdisabilitysport.com / 07974 448580

Lori Ure – lori.ure@scottishdisabiltysport.com / 07806 815591