I dropped in on the Disability Sport Fife Thursday run, jump and throws session at Pitreavie Athletics Centre which is in now in full swing following a short summer break. Supported by the Fife Sports and Leisure Trust and led by coaches Pamela Robson and Gayle Sloan, with critical input from young volunteers from Queen Anne HS, this session is a major success of the DSF programme of the last year.
Originally launched as a training session for emerging wheelchair racer Callum Sloan from Dunfermline, the session has expanded to include many more juniors with physical and sensory impairments and some senior athletes with physical impairments.
Thanks to Get Out Get Active (GOGA in Fife) investment, Disability Sport Fife has been able to engage an additional coach and what a significant difference this has made. Registrations are now over 20 and the wheelchair racing squad has expanded to five and continues to grow. Guide and frame running have also recently been added to the programme.
The quality of the coaching and the enthusiasm of the volunteers have been contributory factors to the success of this DSF session. The athletes are a pleasure to work however with say the coaches and volunteers.
Parents and significant others who provide essential back up are also key and it was interesting to note on my visit that six formed themselves into a little community walking group that sprung into action as the youngsters started working with the coaches and volunteers. DSF is fully committed to encouraging inactive people to be active and the Thursday Pitreavie session hits the mark in so many ways.
Richard Brickley MBE – President Disability Sport Fife