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 …
Celia coaching at Edinburgh Eagles

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 …
Forth Valley Disability Sport

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 …

Inclusive Bowls Opportunity – Scottish Borders

Tweedbank Indoor Bowling Club are hosting an Inclusive Bowls Workshop on Sunday 3rd December open to coaches and volunteers who have an interest in developing their knowledge and understanding when working with individuals with a disability in the sport of bowls. The 4 hour workshop will provide attendees with the knowledge and skills to become …

East Swimmers Receive Well Earned Awards

Two East of Scotland swimmers received well-earned rewards recently, recognising their individual achievements over the last 12 months. Beth Johnston received the Junior Sports Personality of the Year Award at the ClubSport Ettrick and Lauderdale Awards last week to cap a fantastic 12 months which has seen performances across the world, including securing medals at …
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Boccia Targets Active Lifestyles

Boccia is predominately a disability sport. But at Movement Park we believe it’s so much more. At Movement Park we believe it’s the perfect sport for everyone, especially those that wish to sit but still stay active. If this is you, why not come along to our “Come & Try “ open day and learn …

New Glasgow Boccia Session Aims for Success

Through funding from the Big Lottery, Scottish Disability Sport in partnership with Glasgow Sport, is delighted to announce the introduction of a new boccia session beginning on Tuesday 24th October. The boccia session will be coached by former Paralympic Boccia player, Peter McGuire, whose wealth of knowledge and experience will assist in coaching absolute beginners …

Commscope Technologies Staff Support DSF

GB Paralympian Derek Rae and Disability Sport Fife President Richard Brickley visited the Esplanade at Kirkcaldy on Saturday 16th September to offer best wishes to the staff of Commscope Technologies from Lochgelly who were heading off on their annual charity fund raiser walk/cycle. Approximately 19 walkers covered 22 miles along the Fife Coastal Path and …

St Andrews Coastal Rowing Club

Disability Sport Fife enjoys very special relationships with a significant number of mainstream sports clubs across Fife. Many of these clubs offer inclusive recreational opportunities to DSF members and others offer a pathway to athletes and players with performance potential in Para sports. DSF lists some of these clubs on the DSF registration form available …

West Highland Way Challenge Benefits Disability Sport Fife

Paul Richardson from Luncarty, outside Perth, dropped into the Disability Sport Fife (DSF) office to hand over a cheque to the DSF President for £615. Paul works at Brand Rex, a well established Glenrothes company located near the DSF office at the Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre. Paul was inspired to raise funds for …

Para Sport Recognised at the Midlothian Awards

The Midlothian Sports Awards were held on Friday 27th October at Lasswade Community High School, with athletes and coaches involved within disability sport recognised for their significant achievements over the previous 12 months. Visually Impaired Alpine Skiier, Michael Kear picked up the Senior Sports Personality Award after a very impressive series of results earlier this …

Jed Renilson Wheelchair & Hand Cycle 10k

The annual Jed Renilson Wheelchair & Hand Cycle 10k race took place on Sunday 29th October, attracting a small but quality field to the roads of the Scottish Borders.  The event has been renamed in honour of its late founder, Jed Renilson, and is now organised by the Scottish Borders Disability Sport Group (SBDSG) and …

Scottish Borders Para Athletics Development Day

Tweedbank Sports Complex played host to the first Scottish Borders Para Athletics Development Day, attracting 24 participants on Saturday 28th October.  Scottish Borders Disability Sports Group (SBDSG) teamed up with key partners to plan and coordinate the event, inviting local coaches to lead on the delivery during the session. The Development Day was facilitated to …
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Grampian Adapted Cycling Sessions

After generous funding from Spirit of 2012, the Grampian region is now delighted to offer inclusive cycling opportunities to people with disabilities along with their families and friends. A partnership programme between Grampian Disability Sport and Garioch Sports Centre in Inverurie, the Adapted Cycling Hub provides a fleet of accessible bikes to suit the needs …

A Special Visit from a very Special Fife Para triathlete

It was a special training session for athlete Cameron Herring and his guide runner Euan Sloan when Alison Patrick and her fiancé Jack Peasgood dropped into Pitreavie Athletics Centre to say hello and offer some sprinting advice at the request of Disability Sport Fife. Alison won silver in Para triathlon in Rio when the sport …

Central Parasport Festival 2017 – A Huge Success

The 2017 Central Parasport festival was a great success, seeing children with physical and sensory impairments taking part at the event held at The Peak, Stirling. Pupils from P1 – S6 in mainstream schools travelled from across Central Scotland to take part in a variety of sports such as Boccia, Tennis, Swimming, Athletics, Football, Bowls, …

Fife Athlete Sets Personal Best in Dublin

Disability Sport Fife (DSF) is delighted to report that inspirational athlete Susanne McGrath from Glenrothes has just completed her second wheelchair marathon of the year and for the first time in Dublin. To add to the celebrations Susanne completed the course in a personal best time of 3.35. Along the way Susanne was cheered on …

Curling for All – The Peak, Stirling

Curling for All at the Peak Stirling Sports Village, Forthside Way, Stirling FK8 1QZ For adults and youn gpeople witha range of disabilities. The cost is £3 for participants, one parent/carer/supporter friend joins in for free. Places are limited, booking is essential. Wednesday 22nd November 2017, 3-4pm, 4-5pm Wednesday 29th November 2017, 3-4pm, 4-5pm Wednesday …

Inclusive Skating Glides into Braehead, Glasgow

Have you the desire to learn how to skate, gliding over the Ice like Torvill and Dean? Well, now you can! Intu Braehead Ice Rink is introducing a new open Inclusive Skating session every Saturday morning from 10am to 11am. It will cost £8.50 for an inclusive skater and carer, and skate hire is included …

Aberdeen Sports Awards 2017

Conner Morrison and Toni Shaw beat off strong competition to take home the Disability Sports Achiever of the Year & Junior Disability Sports Achiever of the Year awards respectively at this year’s Aberdeen Sports Awards held at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. The swimmers, who train and compete with the University of Aberdeen Performance Swimming …

60 seconds with a Tayside athlete: Steven Key

Name: Steven Key Branch: Perth & Kinross Disability Sport Sport:   Bowls Club:   Inchture Bowling Club How did you get involved in your sport? Initially through a fun charity day. But since disability through SDS and Inchture who have helped me so much. How long have you been playing your sport for? About 9 years able …

North Lanarkshire Boccia Sessions

New fun boccia sessions are beginning for all individuals with physical and learning disabilities. If you are looking to get more active and meet new friends, these sessions could be for you! All ages and abilities welcome No previous experience required Equipment will be provided The sessions will take place at St Maurice’s High School, …
Forth Valley Disability Sport

Forth Valley Disability Sport need your vote!

Forth Valley Disability Sport need your vote! FVDS are one of the many projects involved in the Aviva Community Fund that gives grants to local projects voted by you! If FVDS are successful is reaching the finals of this funding the branch will use the money to engage with inactive groups focussing on female participation …

Wheelchair Basketball at Glasgow Club Kelvin Hall

Our inclusive and accessible sessions welcome you to try the sport of wheelchair basketball in a friendly, social and welcoming environment. Our qualified volunteer coaches will support you at a level that suits your needs in an inclusive, safe, comfortable and most importantly fun social environment. Glasgow Club Kelvin Hall Junior mixed session (11-16 years): …

Get on Target with Boccia

Whether you are aiming to be the next ParalympicsGB star or you are looking to get more active and meet new friends, these fun sessions could be for you. The Peak, Stirling Starting Monday 23rd October 2017 All ages and abilities welcome No previous experience required Equipment will be provided

Curling For All

Curling for All – For adults and young people with a range of disabilities The Peak Ice Rink, Stirling Sports Village, Forthside Way, Stirling FK8 1QZ £3 for participants, one parent/carer joins in for free. For full information see the attached poster.

GOGA Gym and Spin in Falkirk

Come and join our FREE Gym & Spin sessions on Monday 30th Oct, 6th & 13th November from  3-4pm @ Falkirk Stadium (side door to right of stadium). Fun, fully inclusive indoor gym and cycling session to build fitness and make new friends.  Refreshments and chit chat afterwards! For full information see the attached flyer.

Portobello Soft Play for Everyone

Play is for Everyone … NEW! ASN Softplay Sessions at Tumbles in Portobello Come along and try our new weekly softplay sessions for children with additional support needs at Tumbles Softplay Centre in Portobello. The sessions are every Saturday afternoon, from 5:30pm – 6:30pm starting on Saturday 14th October 2017. Play is an essential part …

Exciting New Boccia Opportunity Coming to Edinburgh

Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) are working in partnership with Edinburgh Active Schools and [EN]GAGE Sports Centre at Napier University to deliver a new weekly Boccia session for individuals with a disability across Edinburgh and the East of Scotland. This exciting new opportunity will invite individuals with a physical or learning disability to come and try …

Boccia Bonanza Piloted in East Lothian

Scottish Disability Sport worked in close partnership with East Lothian Council recently to deliver a pilot Boccia programme, the first of its kind delivered in Scotland.  The programme, Boccia Bonanza, is aiming to target individuals with a disability and introduce them to the sport of Boccia with Scottish Disability Sport providing the tools in terms …

60 Seconds with a Tayside Athlete: Ciara Roulston

Name: Ciara Roulston Branch: Angus Disability Sport Sport: Paratriathlon Squads: GB Paratriathlon Development Squad & Triathlon Scotland Academy Squad How did you get involved in your sport? Discover Your Para Potential campaign after watching the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games How long have you been playing your sport for? Almost a year, I attended the Tri4Tokyo …

Artistic Gymnastics British Championships 2017

Orianne Slater of City of Aberdeen Gymnastics Club (COAG) competed in the Disability Artistic Gymnastics 2017 British Championships at Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Telford on Sunday 1st October and retained her national title for the third year in a row! The gymnast has Perthes’ disease, which has caused deterioration of her hip joint. This …

Norma Buist Schools’ Swimming Gala

The Grampian Disability Sport Norma Buist Swimming Gala took place at Aberdeen Sports Village on the 28th September and saw school pupils across Aberdeen City and Shire get off to a great start in sport in this first event in the school calendar. 55 swimmers with physical, sensory and learning disabilities from a mixture of …

Young Fife Racer Continues to Make Steady Progress

Well done to Callum Sloan from Dunfermline who recorded a personal best time of 15. 33 for the 2.5Km course at the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run. The young Disability Sport Fife wheelchair racer competed on Saturday and found progression through the ambulant athletes very challenging. Callum conceded it was all part of his …

60 seconds with a Tayside athlete: Taylor Mackenzie

Name: Taylor Mackenzie Branch: Dundee City Disability Sport Sport: Swimming Club: Menzieshill Whitehall Swimming & Water Polo Club How did you get involved in your sport? My mum and dad took me to the Olympia Pool when I was in nursery How long have you been playing your sport for? Since I was 4 years old. I …
Matthew and Cerys with their trophies

Woodmill Fife Champions for Third Year

Woodmill HS swimmers made it three Russell Hogg Trophy wins in a row and five wins in six years at the 39th Fife Inter Schools Gala for pupils with Additional Support Needs organised by Disability Sport Fife at Lochgelly HS on Thursday 28th September. Lochgelly HS swimmers finished in second place, 19 points behind the …

Tayside’s Howgate Rounds Off Successful Season

Tayside athlete, Freya Howgate finished her most successful season in athletics with victory at the 2017 Cerebral Palsy Sport National Athletics Championships in Nottingham. The Perth Strathtay Harriers athlete has soared from personal best to personal best this season, culminating in 4 gold medals at the CP Sport event. Freya was awarded gold medals in …