Young people with disabilities

Young people with disabilities

Young people with disabilities will be able to sample a range of Paralympics sports at leisure facilities all over the city next week.

Running from Monday 22 to Friday 26 August, the multi-sports training camp will see sessions being held at different leisure facilities each day around the city for young people 8-16 with disabilities.

The sessions which will run each day from 10am – 2pm will offer the chance for the young people to take part in a range of Paralympic sports such as wheelchair basketball, sailing, Boccia, football, athletics, canoeing and wheelchair tennis.

The camp organised by Leeds City Council will be held at John Smeaton Leisure Centre, Morley Leisure Centre, John Charles Centre for Sport and Scott Hall Leisure Centre with the final day’s activities at the Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre at Yeadon Tarn.

Each day of the camp is priced at £5 per person to take part, with the aim being to encourage young disabled people in Leeds to take up and stay in sport in order to capitalise on the interest in the build-up to the London 2012 Paralympic Games next summer.

The camp is the fourth disability sport project in Leeds to receive the nationally-recognised ‘Inspire Mark’- linking the camp directly to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Leeds City Council’s disability sports development officer Ross Bibby said:

“There is a real sense of excitement building now for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London being a year away and now is a great time for disabled young people in particular to come along and see the great range of sports available.

“Each of the days of the camp will be full of energy and fun so we look forward to seeing lots of new faces coming along to see what we have to offer.”