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									      The Changing TIMES
                The newsletter of
                                                                 Leading the development of sport in Scotland for people of all ages
                                                                           and abilities with a physical, sensory or learning disability

Europe’s Best Compete in Glasgow                                                             September 2010

During the summer Scotland was
proud to host the Cerebral Palsy
International Sports and Recreation
                                             gave Scotland a deserved victory by
                                             1 - 0 and their highest place finish in
                                             any international tournament to date.
                                                                                             In this Issue…
Association (CPISRA) 2010 Football
7 a side European Championships,             The Championships final was competed             EVENTS AND
an event that included some of the           by Ukraine and Russia, ranked 1st and            REPORTS
best footballing nations in the world.       2nd in the world respectively prior to
Teams from Denmark, England, Finland,        Glasgow. In a pulsating final, both teams        Regional News
Holland, Republic of Ireland, Russia,        produced some dazzling football which                                                   2
Scotland, Spain and Ukraine were             thrilled the near capacity crowd of
joined by guest nation, Australia, for       700. At the final whistle, the team from         Boccia Brothers
the 2010 Championships. The teams            Ukraine took the title and received the          represent Scotland                     4
converged on Glasgow during August           European trophy from Scottish FA Vice
for 11 days of competition at the new        President Campbell Ogilvie.                      What does it take to be
Regional Football Centre at Toryglen                                                          a coach?                               5
with accommodation provided by the           These Championships were hailed as a
University of Strathclyde.                   huge success by everyone involved and            Scottish Badminton
                                             have made a massive contribution to              continues to grow                      6
The host nation entered these                raising the profile of disability football
Championships ranked 7th in the world        and disability sport in general across           Home Nations success
and had high hopes of improving on           Scotland. The Championships were co-             in Bowls                               7
this position in                                                  ordinated by staff
Glasgow. The Scots                                                from the Scottish           DVD to promote SDS
ended the group                                                   FA in conjunction                                                  8
stages in 3rd place                                               with Scottish
following victories                                               Disability Sport and
over Denmark and                                                  funding partners            BRANCH NEWS
Spain by 9 - 0 and                                                EventScotland,
2 - 0 respectively.                                               Glasgow City                Exciting new club
Other group results                                               Marketing
                                                                                              in Aberdeen                          11
included defeats to                                               Bureau, UK
Paralympic silver                                                 Sport, Capability           Lots of action in Angus
medallists Russia by                                              Scotland, Glasgow
7 - 0 and a strong                                                Life, Glasgow
Holland squad by                                                  City Council and
                                                                                              Highlights from Dundee
2 - 0.                                                            sportscotland.
                                                                  Special recognition         City                                 13
 At the semi final                                                must go to Anne
stages, Scotland                                                  Marie Arthur from
                                                                                              Focusing on progress
faced an Australian                                               the Scottish FA,            in Fife                              14
side who were                                                     Project Manager for
participating in                                                  the Championships,          Busy year for Forth Valley
Glasgow as a guest                                                whose hard work                                                  15
nation. After a tight first half, Scotland   and commitment contributed hugely to
ran out easy winners by 7 - 1.               the success of this event.                       Lots of news from
                                                                                              Lothian Sport                        16
In their final playoff match Scotland        The Scottish squad will now commence
were up against the ‘Auld Enemy’,            their preparation for the CPISRA                 Training Calendar
England, to determine who would finish       Football 7 a side World Championships                                                 18
in 5th place. As expected this was a         which will be held in Emmen, Assen &
closely contested encounter but a goal       Hoogeveen, Holland next June.                    Names and telephone
from Mark Robertson in extra time                                                             numbers for contacts                 20
  Regional News

 Regional Network Making an Impact
 In the past 12 months the SDS Regional      in April having been in the Regional         witnessed the impact of the Regional
 network has been implemented across         Manager role for three years with Sport      Managers with a big increase in numbers
 four areas of Scotland. Six Regional        Central. The most recent staff joining the   of young people with a physical disability
 Managers are now in place covering the      team were Claire Bonner and Andrinne         accessing sporting opportunities such
 Central, East of Scotland, Grampian and     Craig. Both have a part time job share       as talent development days, school of
 West of Scotland regions.                   role covering the Grampian Region and        sport festivals and the summer camp.
                                             started in June.                             New and existing partnerships have been
 The first of the posts was established in                                                developed and strengthened as Local
 October 2009 with Gary Fraser taking        The Regional Managers have a very            Authorities, Scottish Governing Bodies,
 up a part time role which enhances          clear focus on Talent Identification         sports clubs, health and rehabilitation
 and complements his existing role           and Development. They also have a            organisations and sportscotland
 with Lothian Disability Sport. Gary has     specific focus on the sports of athletics,   recognise and support the benefits of
 responsibility for the East of Scotland     swimming and a minimum of one other          the Regional Network.
 which takes in East Lothian, Edinburgh      Strand 1 or Commonwealth Games
 City, Midlothian, West Lothian and the      sport. The third sport is very much          SDS is currently in discussion with key
 Scottish Borders. Gary was closely          dependant on the structures within their     partners in the Highlands and Islands to
 followed into post by Lynn Allison and      region. The Regional Managers will also      establish a Regional Manager post before
 Becky Bisland who were appointed            support the development of individual        the end of the year. It is hoped that by the
 in November to cover the 13 Local           athletes / players from outwith the          time of the SDS AGM for 2011 funding
 Authority areas in the West of Scotland.    targeted sports, wherever possible.          will be in place to complete the Regional
 Next to join the Regional Team was                                                       Manager Network by appointing a post in
 Lynne Glen who formally joined SDS          In less than a year SDS has already          the Tayside and Fife region.

2 SDS Regional Manager Network
    HiGHlANDS &                                                                                       GRAmPiAN
 iSlANDS                                                                                              Claire Bonner and
 No post at present                                                                                   Andrinne Craig
 Highland, Orkney Isles,                                                                              Claire Tel: 01467 628812
 Shetland Isles, Western Isles                                                                        Claire.bonner@
 CENTRAl                                                                                              Andrinne Tel: 01224 497201
 lynne Glen                                                                                 
 Tel: 07577 830360                                                                                    Aberdeenshire, City of
 lynne.glen@                                                                                          Aberdeen, Moray
 Clackmananshire, Falkirk, Stirling                                                                   TAySiDE & FiFE
                                                                                                      No post at present
 WEST OF SCOTlAND                                                                                     Angus, City of Dundee, Fife,
 Becky Bisland                                                                                        Perth and Kinross
 Tel: 07578 242267
 rebecca.bisland@                                                                                     EAST OF SCOTlAND                                                                          Gary Fraser
 Argyll and Bute, City of                                                                             Tel: 01875 619070
 Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire,                                                              
 East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde,                                                                       City of Edinburgh, East
 Renfrewshire, West
                                                                                                      Lothian, Midlothian, West
                                                                                                      Lothian, Scottish Borders
 lynn Allison
 Tel: 07578 103343
 Dumfries & Galloway, East
 Ayrshire, North Ayrshire, North
 Lanarkshire, South Ayrshire,
 South Lanarkshire
 Regional News

Regional Manager Profiles
Scottish Disability Sport has introduced a new network of Regional Managers over the past year. In this edition of the newsletter we
introduce you to the new regional team:
  Name:          lynn Allison                    legacy from your role with SDS?                      Name:          Gary Fraser
  Region:        West of Scotland:               That athletes, identified as having talent           Region:        East of Scotland:
                 Dumfries & Galloway,            progress to competing in sport and                                  City of Edinburgh,
                 East Ayrshire,                  realising their full potential, hopefully on the                    East Lothian, Midlothian,
                 North Ayrshire,                 international stage. To inspire partners to be                      Scottish Borders and
                 North Lanarkshire,              more aware of and develop disability sport                          West Lothian.
                 South Ayrshire,                 and recognise the importance of inspiring            Start Date: November 2009.
                 South Lanarkshire.              the next generation of athletes with a
  Start Date: November 2009.                     disability into sport.                             What did you do before becoming an
                                                                                                    SDS Regional manager?
What did you do before becoming an                 Name:          Claire Bonner
                                                                                                    I was the Lothian Disability Sport
SDS Regional manager?                              Region:        Grampian: Aberdeen City,          Development Officer which I still undertake
I was an Active Schools Co-ordinator                              Aberdeenshire and Moray.          alongside my SDS role.
in Renfrewshire for four years having              Start Date: May 2010.                            What are your hobbies / interests?
previously worked in Glasgow and travelled
in Australia.                                    What did you do before becoming an                 I play football for a local amateur football
                                                 SDS Regional manager?                              team as well as being a very enthusiastic
What are your hobbies / interests?                                                                  fly fisher. I am also involved as a volunteer
                                                 I was the Disability Sport Development
I enjoy going to the gym, running and            Officer with Aberdeenshire Council which           with the Scottish Boccia squad and enjoy
cycling. I also enjoy socialising with friends   I now combine in a part time capacity with         socialising with my friends.
and going to the cinema.                         my SDS role.                                       Who are your sporting heroes?
Who are your sporting heroes?                    What are your hobbies / interests?                 Ally McCoist and David Beckham.
Paolo Maldini, Usain Bolt and Rafael Nadal.      Spending time with my two lovely children          What would you like to see as the               3
What would you like to see as the                and competing in triathlon (BADLY!!).              legacy from your role with SDS?
legacy from your role with SDS?                  Who are your sporting heroes?                      I would like to see more young people with
That everyone with a disability has the          James Cracknell – an amazing diverse               a disability taking part in sport, especially
opportunity to compete at the level              athlete.                                           through school and then progressing to
they aspire to and the West of Scotland                                                             clubs. The odd Paralympian or two would
has more competitors with a disability           What would you like to see as the                  also be nice!
competing at National and International          legacy from your role with SDS?
events.                                          Clear pathways for athletes with any                 Name:          lynne Glen
                                                 disability from the Grampian area to follow          Region:        Central:
  Name:          Becky Bisland                   their dream and fulfil their full potential.                        Clackmannanshire,
  Region:        West of Scotland:                                                                                   Falkirk and Stirling.
                 Argyll and Bute, City of          Name:          Andrinne Craig
                                                                                                      Start Date: August 2006.
                 Glasgow,                          Region:        Grampian: Aberdeen
                 East Dunbartonshire,                             City, Aberdeenshire and           What did you do before becoming an
                 East Renfrewshire,                               Moray.                            SDS Regional manager?
                                                   Start Date: June 2010.                           I was a generic Sports Development Officer
                 Renfrewshire, and West
                                                                                                    with Clackmannanshire Council.
                 Dunbartonshire.                 What did you do before becoming an
                                                 SDS Regional manager?                              What are your hobbies / interests?
  Start Date: November 2009
                                                 I was Active Communities Development               Swimming, cycling and socialising with
What did you do before becoming an                                                                  friends.
                                                 Officer for Aberdeen City. I still do this part
SDS Regional manager?
                                                 time alongside my SDS role.                        Who are your sporting heroes?
I was an Active Schools Co-ordinator in
                                                 What are your hobbies / interests?                 Tanni Grey-Thompson, Davie Cooper and
                                                 I enjoy running, cycling, highland dancing and     Kelly Holmes.
What are your hobbies / interests?
                                                 socialising with my friends.                       What would you like to see as the
I play football for Celtic Ladies and spend                                                         legacy from your role with SDS?
                                                 Who are your sporting heroes?
most of my free time training or playing
                                                 Everyone in the GB Cycling Team!                   I wish to make a real difference for people
                                                                                                    involved at all levels of disability sport so
Who are your sporting heroes?                    What would you like to see as the                  they can achieve their aspirations ‘because
                                                 legacy from your role with SDS?                    of the system’ and not ‘in spite of the
Mia Hamm, Denise Lewis and Zinedine
Zidane.                                          That more sports people with a disability          system’.
                                                 have opportunities and support to reach
What would you like to see as the
                                                 their full potential
    Events and Reports

Boccia’s Band of Brothers
Scotland has been very well                 pool. The British duo, having already
represented on the International            overcome Portugal at the pool stage,       The successes of Stephen and Peter
stage during 2010 by two sets of            played impressively to record another      have proved a great catalyst for the
brothers. Hamilton’s Stephen and            victory 5-1. They then went on to beat     progression of younger players through
Peter McGuire have once again been          Slovakia 3-2 in the semi-final before      the Scottish programme into the GB
leading lights in the Scottish and          losing out to reigning Paralympic Gold     Fast-track system. Four young Scottish
British Boccia programmes. Having           Medallists Brazil in a tightly-fought      players took part in the GB Boccia
achieved success in the 2009 European       final 4-2.                                 Talent programme. Following the initial
BC4 Pairs competition Stephen and                                                      selection process three players were
Peter looked forward to the World           Stephen also secured an individual         selected to be part of the confirmation
Championships in Portugal in June with      silver medal in the BC4 individual         process. Joshua Rowe (Perth and
great anticipation. Knowing that they       event. After winning his pool, Stephen     Kinross), Jamie Docherty (Forth
had been performing well in training        drew his brother Peter in the next         Valley) and Lewis McConnell (East
and competition in the build up they        round. It was a close match between        Renfrewshire) were selected to take
went into the World Championships in        the two siblings and the game went         part in an intensive training and camp
positive mood. Also heading to Portugal     to a tie-break with Stephen coming         programme over a four month period.
under the watchful eye of Head Coach        out on top. His quarter-final match,       The trio then undertook another
Jim Thomson were Ayrshire brothers          against Hungary’s Dezso Beres, also        round of selections which saw Joshua
Scott and Jamie McCowan in the BC3          went to a tie-break but once again         and Jamie continue in the programme.
and BC4 classes respectively.               he prevailed. In the semi-final match      A final selection will be made in
                                            he faced home favourite Fernando           November where those selected
The Great Britain Boccia team won           Pereira, from Portugal but this time       will be included in the GB Boccia
three silver medals in Portugal with        the British player won convincingly 7-2    Performance Squad.
   Peter and Stephen leading the way        and went on to face Brazil’s Paralympic
4  for the British team, securing a         champion Dirceu Jose Pinto in the final.   Anyone interested in getting involved
   silver medal in the BC4 pairs event.     Once again the match was extremely         in the sport of boccia should contact
The pair finished third in their pool       close and went to a tie-break, but this    Claire morrison on 0131 625 4415
to go through to the quarter-finals         time the Brazilian narrowly won and        or email claire.morrison@
where they played world number one          Stephen secured his second silver
Portugal, who had finished top of the       medal of the competition.

High Level Support for Performance Athletes
Scotland’s top athletes with a disability
have continued to receive excellent
support from the sportscotland
Institute of Sport during their training
and competition schedules.

The Institute is now operating a
one network approach towards the
delivery of support services and
32 athletes across ten sports have
received ongoing support during the
last year. This network will see one
point of contact for all performance
athletes and sports in order to ensure
a consistency of delivery and support.
Liz Mendl is the High Performance
Manager for performance athletes with
a disability and will provide ongoing
support and guidance for athletes
in conjunction with each head of
discipline, the sport’s Performance
Director and SDS.
  Events and Reports

 Skills and Qualities of a Coach
 What does it mean to you? One coach could                                  a collection of courses identified by the Regional
 be the lucky recipient of £250 to support their                            Development Managers as what people in the region have
                                                                            requested. These range from a Strength and Conditioning
 learning.                                                                  session in Aberdeen to Classification workshops in the
 What are the skills and qualities of a coach or more                       west, from a Boccia Day in Stirling, covering coaching,
 importantly of a good coach and how can Scottish Disability                officiating and classification, to a new introductory Carpet
 Sport support the many coaches working with children,                      Bowls course in the east. Plus many others – please see
 young people and adults with a disability, many of whom are                the SDS website for further details.
 volunteers? An article on the Sports Coach UK website
                                                                       •	   ‘Coaching	Matters’	–	a	programme	run	in	collaboration	
 ( starts to stimulate the
                                                                            with sportscotland and the University of Stirling for
 discussion of skills and qualities of a coach.
                                                                            coaches working with High Performance Athletes / Players
“Coaches come from a variety of backgrounds and possess a                   to come together and share ideas and learn about current
 range of qualities and experiences from which they develop                 topics pertinent to them.
 their coaching skills and unique coaching styles. Coaches then
                                                                       •	   There	is	also	the	ability	to	try	out	the	recently	revitalized	
 adapt these qualities to the specific needs of the performers
                                                                            Typhoo UK Disability Inclusion Training. There are courses
 with whom they work.Yet, in spite of such individual
                                                                            organised near you.
 approaches to coaching, it is possible to identify certain skills
 and attributes that underpin effective coaching. For example,         •	   SDS	is	sponsoring	two	coaches	to	attend	the	Canadian	
 all coaches need to:                                                       Coaching Conference in November and they will be
                                                                            sharing what they learnt, so watch out for some good
 •	 		communicate	effectively	with	performers	to	ascertain	
     their needs and ambitions, relay information and provide
     constructive feedback                                             •	   It	is	also	hoped	that	in	2011,	a	mentoring	programme	
                                                                            and further sport specific introductory workshops can
 •	 		plan	and	organise	sessions	and	programmes	to	meet	
      performers’ needs and guide their development
                                                                            be established.                                                  5
                                                                        But really we want to hear from you, what would make a
 •	 		analyse	and	evaluate	performance	(their	own	and	that	of	
                                                                        difference to you as a coach? In order to encourage feedback,
     their performers) to gauge and direct progress
                                                                        SDS is offering coaches the chance to map out a learning
 •	 		create	a	safe	environment	in	which	the	well-being	of	the	         opportunity for themselves and to be supported in making
      performer is paramount                                            it become a reality. Coaches need to complete a coach’s
                                                                        profile and answer three simple questions in no more than
 •	 		be	open-minded	in	developing	their	coaching	skills	and	
                                                                        250 words: What further skills and knowledge do you want
      knowledge. This is perhaps the most important attribute
                                                                        to gain? What outcomes will result from enhancing your skills
     of good coaches: the ability and willingness to evaluate
                                                                        and knowledge and how will your needs be meet? A panel
     their own skills and knowledge, and constantly work to
                                                                        ratified by the SDS Board will consider all the applications and
     develop and improve them.”
                                                                        award £250 to the selected coach. It is also hoped that other
Therefore, if the most important attribute of a good coach              applicants’ needs can also be met through different avenues.
is to be open-minded in developing their coaching skills and
                                                                        For further details on any of the topics in this article please
knowledge and to be constantly working to develop and
                                                                        visit the SDS website
improve them, then one of the roles of SDS must be to
                                                                        under Coaching, or contact the SDS Coaching & Education
provide learning opportunities. To this end SDS is trying to
                                                                        Manager, Heather lowden on 0131 625 4416 or at
provide new and tried and tested options to support coaches:
 	•	 The	coaching	and	education	programme,	which	is	                    We do want to hear from you.

 New Talent Continues to Succeed
 The SDS Athlete Academy continues to work with Scotland’s most promising athletes looking
 to support their progress on to UK programmes. The Academy supports athletes with their
 training and competition programmes by providing sport specific support and education. This
 year 16 athletes across six sports have received support with a total of six new athletes being
 inducted. The sports of archery and bowls have seen athletes included for the first time.
 Excitingly two athletes have progressed from the Academy onto World Class programmes
 during the last year. Swimmers Craig Rodgie and James Clegg are now part of British
 Swimming’s Podium and Talent squads respectively which is brilliant news and testament to
 their incredible hard work during the past couple of seasons.
    Events and Reports

Archery on Target Again
SDS has recently formed a strong working partnership with
Scottish Archery to assist in the running of the Scottish Indoor
Archery Championships and the development of the sport
more generally.
A development day will be developed in conjunction with
Moira Taylor from Scottish Archery and aimed at those players
who would like to become involved in the sport in a more
competitive environment. SDS will also work with Scottish
Archery and attempt to develop a junior club for those
wishing to compete.
An Archery Leaders Award was run at Meadowmill Sports
Centre, Tranent on 3rd and 4th July, 31st July and 1st August
2010. There were ten attendees on this course, all looking to
become Archery coaches. The trainee coaches were all invited          Anyone interested in trying archery as a sport should contact
to attend the archery session at the recent SDS Summer                the SDS Participation Manager, Russell Hogg on 0131 625
Camp to allow them the opportunity to put into practice all           4417 or at
the skills and knowledge learned on the course.

Continued Growth for Scottish Badminton
   SDS continues to work closely                                                             French Badminton international
6  in partnership with the Scottish                                                          Disabled Championships
   Disabled Badminton Group (SDBG),
BADMINTONscotland, Awards For                                                                The first ever French Badminton
All and Scotland’s local authorities to                                                      International was held in Toulouse on
develop a robust pathway for players                                                         2nd - 5th April 2010. A small Scottish
and coaches across the country.                                                              contingent of Alan Oliver, Connor
                                                                                             MacFarlane and Niall Jarvie flew the
Club Development                                                                             flag for Scotland. Alan was seeded
                                                                                             one and lived up to his seeding by
Great emphasis has been placed on                                                            winning his very first international
the creation of local participation                                                          singles title. Connor McFarlane from
opportunities for anyone interested                                                          North Berwick competed in his first
in playing badminton. Specific clubs                                                         international and reached the semi-
have been established in Glasgow                                                             final of the singles by winning all his
(Haghill Community Centre), Fife                                                             group matches. Alan then teamed up
(Fife Institute of Sport, Glenrothes),                                                       with Connor to play in the doubles
Lothian (Musselburgh Sports Centre)                                                          and reached the final by remaining
and Highland. Work is also currently                                                         undefeated through the qualifying
underway to establish additional                                                             group stages. In the final they lost
disability badminton clubs in                                                                narrowly to Hong Kong China’s
Aberdeenshire and North Lanarkshire.           together as part of a Scotland Squad.         Peter Lo and Chiu Hung Chung.
All these clubs welcome new players                                                          Niall Jarvie managed a fourth position
regardless of their ability.                   Four Nations Disability                       overall which was another outstanding
                                               Championships 2010                            performance by a Scottish team
Scottish Squad Training Camp                                                                 member.
                                               Almost 100 competitors from Scotland,
The first Scottish Badminton Player            England, Ireland and Wales descended          Anyone interested in taking up the
Training Camp for athletes with                on Scotstoun Leisure Centre, Glasgow          sport of Badminton should contact
a Physical Disability was held on              on the 19th – 21st February for these         SDS Participation Manager, Russell
21st August at Carronvale House,               Championships. The event was a huge           Hogg on 0131 625 4417 or russell.
Stenhousemuir. The Camp was an                 success for Scotland with the Scottish
opportunity for those badminton                players collecting 13 titles and 16
players with a physical disability to train    runner up places.
 Events and Reports

Bowls Update – Home Nations Success
Scotland’s leading bowlers with a
physical disability returned home from
Nottingham after a hugely successful
Home Nations International Match
against England and Wales. The squad
of ten players put in some stunning
performances to win the Home
Nations Competition as well as
retaining the International Test Match
Trophy they won against England last
summer. This year’s squad has been
greatly strengthened by the inclusion
of a number of new players. Kevin
Wallace, John Hughes, Alex Ainslie and
Garry Brown were all making their
first appearance at International level
and performed brilliantly throughout
the weekend. Other members of
the Scottish squad included Michael
Simpson, Gary Clelland, Fraser
Mathieson, Billy Allan, Jim Sellar and     Scotland’s overall team total. Team         3rd Wales 0 points.
Barbara McMillan to make up the            captain Billy Allan led Gary Clelland and
                                                                                       Home Nations
Scottish Team.                             Garry Brown in the Men’s B6 event
                                           and all three players were involved         1st Scotland 30 points; 2nd England
The Home Nations competition was
split into a Men’s Team of 5 (B7 / 8),
                                           in some fierce and close competition        24 points and 3rd Wales 3 points            7
                                           over the three day event. In fact, the
a Men’s Team of 3 (B6) and a Ladies’                                                   international Test match
                                           Home Nations and International Test
Team (B6 / 7) and allowed the Scottish     were ultimately decided by the final        1st Scotland 18 points and 2nd England
players to play for points across a        shot of the final end at the close of       15 points
number of classifications. Running         competition on Saturday night. Garry
alongside this competition, all matches
played between Scotland and England
                                           Brown delivered a terrific bowl under       Blind Bowlers
                                           incredible pressure to clear two English
counted towards the International Test     bowls and take the tie which gave           Victorious
Match between the two countries. Led       Scotland the vital points required to
superbly by Head Coach Bob Dick and        win the overall match.                      The Scottish Blind Bowling squad,
his coaching team of Grace Whitton,                                                    led by Head Coach Ron McArthur
Ron McArthur and Eric McMillan the         Head Coach Bob Dick was absolutely          travelled to Gateshead to take part in
Scots returned home with a famous          thrilled with the team’s performance        the UKVIB Home International Singles
and first ever victory on English soil.    during the whole weekend and was            Championships. The Scottish squad of
Kevin Wallace in winning all five of his   greatly encouraged to see a blend of        16 players recorded their best ever
ties finished the weekend as the only      youth and experience compete so             performance, achieving a fantastic
undefeated player in the tournament        brilliantly in the squad. The team will     medal tally of 15. The men’s team won
giving the team a brilliant platform to    now begin preparations towards the          three gold, three silver and one bronze
build on. Playing alongside Kevin were     IBD World Championships in South            medal whilst the ladies’ team won two
Simpson, Hughes, Ainslie and Sellar who    Africa in 2011 where the Scottish team      gold, three silver and three bronze
all contributed superbly in the pairs,     hope to improve on their third place        medals. The Scottish team finished the
triple and fours to win the Men’s B7 / 8   finish three years ago.                     Championships by winning the Team
event.                                     individual Team Standings                   Cup. Scotland’s leading visually impaired
Scotland’s leading female bowler                                                       and blind bowlers will now form part
                                           Men’s Team of 5 (B7 / 8): 1st Scotland      of the Scottish Team as they travel to
Barbara McMillan competed in the           18 points; 2nd England 15 points and
Ladies’ B7 / 8 event and had a terrific                                                the IBD World Championships in South
                                           3rd Wales 3 points.                         Africa next year.
victory against her Welsh counterpart
before being edged out in a tense          Men’s Team of 3 (B6): 1st Scotland
                                                                                       Anyone interested in getting involved
and deciding match against England.        9 points; 2nd England 3 points and
                                                                                       in the sport of bowls should contact
McMillan then provided a wealth of         3rd Wales 0 points.
                                                                                       Ruari Davidson on 0131 625 4414
experience to the mixed triple and         Ladies’ Team (B6 / 7): 1st England          or email ruari.davidson@
four which secured vital points towards    6 points; 2nd Scotland 3 points and
  Events and Reports

                                                                                           Branches Embrace
    SDS Promotional DVD                                                                    MOR
    SDS is in the process of creating a visual resource to
                                                                                           Two years ago SDS introduced a set
    support the future development of disability sport in
                                                                                           of Minimum Operating Requirements
    Scotland. The aim is to use this tool to support the
                                                                                           (MOR) for all Branches to ensure best
    identification and recruitment of the next generation
                                                                                           practice. Branches have been required
    of athletes and promote the defined sporting pathways
                                                                                           to adhere to MOR under the headings
    available. This resource will also be used to raise the
                                                                                           of Governance, Child and Vulnerable
    profile of SDS and support the development of coaches
                                                                                           Adult Protection, Education and
    and volunteers.
                                                                                           Training, Communication and Sports
                                                                                           Development. Successful branches
    The visual resource will take a two-fold approach. A comprehensive DVD will
                                                                                           were to be credited by SDS for having
    be created and will be circulated to schools and partners throughout Scotland,
                                                                                           put the appropriate foundations in
    which will be aimed at participants, coaches, parents and teachers. This DVD
                                                                                           place and recognised as examples of
    will have a direct link back to the new SDS website where further resources
                                                                                           good practice across the Association.
    will be available. The company producing the DVD is WeeFlee Productions
    who have worked tirelessly collecting footage at a number of SDS events and
                                                                                           SDS is delighted to announce that four
    interviewing coaches and players.
                                                                                           Branches have successfully achieved
                                                                                           MOR status. These are as follows:

                                                                                           •	 Disability	Sport	Fife
                                                                                           •	 Highland	Disability	Sport
8                                                                                          •	 Lothian	Disability	Sport
 Equality Standard for Sport                                                               •	 Forth	Valley	Disability	Sport

 After successfully achieving the             The SDS Equity Group has met for the         Congratulations and thanks go to these
 Foundation level of the Equality             third time and a full review carried out     branches for all their effort and hard
 Standard for Sport in March 2008,            of its terms of reference. Key priorities    work in achieving the MOR.
 Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) is           include:
 currently in the process of working                                                       SDS officers will continue to work
 towards the Preliminary Level of the         •	 To	ensure	fairness	in	disability	sport	   with all Branches to ensure they not
 Award.                                          for existing and potential athletes,      only have in place the paperwork to
                                                 players, leaders, coaches, officials      achieve the MOR but also put practices
 A second SDS equity audit of key                and volunteers regardless of gender,      in place that will allow these processes
 personnel, including performance                age, ethnicity or disability.             to be implemented effectively for the
 athletes, is well under way. Based on                                                     benefit of athletes and players of all
 the findings from the Foundation audit,      •	 To	offer	guidance	and	information.        ages and abilities.
 an Equity Action plan is being prepared.
 SDS is keen to engage with under             •	 To	promote	equal	opportunities	in	        Anyone requiring further
 represented groups and SDS officers             every aspect of disability sport.         information about the SDS MOR
 and key personnel are committed to                                                        should contact SDS Participation
 engage with athletes with sensory            •	 To	contribute	to	the	preparation	of	      Manager, Russell Hogg on 0131
 impairments and children and young              SDS data and evidence for the four        625 4417 or at russell.hogg@
 people with physical impairments                levels of the Equality Standard.
 in particular. The SDS Equity Policy
 is currently being reviewed and              SDS hopes to conclude its work
 all members currently have the               towards the Preliminary Level of
 opportunity to contribute to the             the Equality Standard during 2010.
 review process. Update training has          SDS aspires to the notion that all
 been provided for staff and Board and        communities should feel they are
 a major Training Needs Analysis has          welcome and valued members of the
 almost been completed.                       SDS sporting family.
 Events and Reports

10th Year for Summer Sports Camp
This was the 10th Anniversary of the SDS Summer Sports                 Boccia players in Stephen and Peter Maguire. Both athletes had
Camp which has continued to grow in popularity with new                recently returned from the World Championships in Portugal
participants and sports involved at the National Sports Centre
Inverclyde each year. This year saw a record number of 51
young people attending from all over Scotland for three days
of intensive sporting activity. There were many new faces both
in terms of participants and staff which indicates that the SDS
Regional Managers are reaching out to more young people
who perhaps previously would not have attended the Camp.
The Camp continues to be the highlight of the year not just
for the participants but also for the staff who assist during the
three days.

Nine sports were participated in over the three days all
led by experienced coaches. This gave the participants the
opportunity to try different sports many of which they may             where Stephen won a silver medal in the BC4 individual event
not have had the opportunity to try before.                            and the pairs event and Peter a silver medal in the pairs event.
                                                                       Peter and Stephen are also current European Pairs Champions
The programme started with an athletics session led by John            and gave a highly motivational talk about their experiences and
de Courcy and Shona Malcolm, Scottish Athletics Disability             took part in a question and answer session.
Development Officer. This was followed by coach led sessions
in Tennis, Boccia, Badminton, Archery, Basketball, Table Tennis        With so many new faces at the Camp it was great to see
and Shinty. As well as having our experienced archery coaches          the camaraderie and teamwork develop over the three days.
Richard Vallis, Richard Scott and Bill Murray we were also able        The Staff have to be thanked once again for putting in a
to provide some extra training for archers who had recently            tremendous amount of effort and hard work to ensure the            9
undergone their archery coaching award.                                Camp was an amazing experience for the participants.

Each year camp participants have the opportunity to meet and           Finally thank you to all the staff at the National Sports Centre
hear a top Scottish athlete. This year was no exception and we         Inverclyde for all their hard work. Hope to see you all again in
were extremely lucky to have not one but two World Class               2011 for Camp number 11.

Table Tennis Talent Looking Good
SDS in partnership with Table Tennis            players with performance potential             from the event in Newcastle with
Scotland has established a Scottish             were identified and invited to attend a        bronze and silver medals respectively.
Talent Squad, comprising the country’s          number of training weekends. Led by            This superb achievement was also the
                                                                  Terry McLernon, the          first time any Scottish table tennis
                                                                  squad is taking part         player had won an individual medal
                                                                  in monthly sessions          at this level. A fantastic effort from
                                                                  at Drumchapel Table          both players and their coach Terry
                                                                  Tennis Club and all          McLernon.
                                                                  players have been
                                                                  successfully included        With a Paralympic and Commonwealth
                                                                  within mainstream            Games pathway, Table Tennis is
                                                                  clubs across the             becoming an increasingly popular sport
                                                                  country.                     within Scotland and it is hoped this
                                                                                               talented group of players will be the
                                                                   Excitingly, the             catalyst to further developments both
                                                                   season culminated           regionally and nationally.
                                                                   in two players being
                                                                   selected for the 2010
                                                                   UK School Games.
                                                                   Kevin McCormack
leading young players. Following a series       and Connor Gordon, Scotland’s first
of Talent ID days around Scotland, ten          representatives at this level, returned
     Events and Reports

 Football Flourishes Across Scotland – Regional Development Squads
 The Regional Football Squad                   opportunities
 programme has been a huge success             within the school
 this year with more than 130 players          in conjunction with
 across the three Scottish FA Regions,         Motherwell FC. It is
 West, South East and Grampian                 also hoped to expand
 (North), participating in regular activity.   this programme going
 The squads have come together on              forward and offer
 two occasions this season, competing          similar coaching and
 in inter region games. Plans are well         playing opportunities
 developed for a further two Regions to        to the Royal Blind
 sign up to the programme and fixtures         School in Edinburgh.
 will commence in the East and Central
 Regions in November. There will be            National Roadshow
 three inter regional games spread             Programme
 throughout the season, visiting various
 locations across Scotland.                    The Scottish FA in
                                               partnership with
 Schools league                                Scottish Disability                         and runners up of each division is as
                                               Sport have successfully delivered           follows:
 The Scottish FA and Scottish Disability       eight Roadshows throughout Scotland
 Sport have worked in partnership to           attracting more than 150 players with       Senior Division A
 launch the inaugural Regional schools         a range of ambulant disabilities. The         Gold: Aberdeenshire
     league. The winners of each regional      programme culminated in a National            Silver: Glasgow Firhill
     league qualified to compete in            Roadshow which was held on 21st
10   the National Final in June, with          August at Toryglen Regional Football
                                                                                           Senior Division B
                                                                                             Gold: Lothian Hibernian A
     St Aidans School from Glasgow             Centre which saw more than 40                 Silver: Stirling City
 winning the National Championship.            participants attend. All participants
 The forthcoming year looks to be an           were then given the opportunity to          Senior Division C
 exciting one as the league looks to           attend the Scotland v Spain match as          Gold: Dundee B
 grow, with the potential of a further         part of the CPISRA Football 7 a side          Silver: Firhill Thistle
 two Scottish FA regions coming on             European Football Championships.
 board to expand the league nationwide.                                                    Senior Division D
                                               National Championships                        Gold: Greenside
 Visual impaired Football                                                                    Silver: Angus
                                               This year’s National 5 a side Football
                                                                                           Junior Division A
 The first Visually Impaired Football          Championships were held at the
                                                                                             Gold: St Aidans
 Festival was held at Uddingston               Glasgow Green Football Centre. A
                                                                                             Silver: Aberdeenshire
 Grammar School in November                    record number of teams entered this
 attracting 20 participants. The aim           year with 53 teams spread across            Junior Division B
 now is to create regular training             eight divisions. The full list of winners     Gold: Highland A
                                                                                             Silver: Lothian Orient

                                                                                           Ladies Division
                                                                                             Gold: Firhill
                                                                                             Silver: Highland

                                                                                           Anyone wishing to get involved in
                                                                                           football for people with a disability
                                                                                           should contact Greig Taylor at
                                                                                           Scottish Disability Sport on 0131
                                                                                           625 4412 or email greig.taylor@
 Branch News

Aberdeen Disability Sport – Exciting New Club in Aberdeen
Aberdeen Judo Club, who have been successfully           called ‘sensei’. These sessions have proved a huge
training and competing in the city for over 50           success with everyone who attended the open
years, have now taken positive steps to open             night still coming back each week. All players are
up their sport to athletes with a disability.            now part of the club set up and look the part
The club held an open night during the Easter            wearing their ‘judogis’ – special judo suits.
holidays which attracted nine new participants
                                                         Some of the players are now attending
who learned some of the ‘mokuso’ or etiquette,
                                                         mainstream club sessions and just before the
language and moves involved in the sport. This
                                                         summer holidays one of these players
session also allowed participants the opportunity
                                                         Craig Stewart received his red belt, a very
to try some of the holds and throws and
                                                         proud moment for him and his coaches.
experienced players and coaches were on hand
to demonstrate and support throughout.                   To find out more about the club and what they
                                                         can offer, contact Jean Davidson on 01224
Following the open night, regular coaching
                                                         681398 or email
commenced on a weekly basis led by the club’s
dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer coaches

Aberdeenshire Disability Sport – Sporting Success in Aberdeenshire
Football                                                              Cycling
The football programme in the Grampian area has made                  Following Scott Walker and Ian Urquhart’s successes at the
significant progress in the last 12 months with success and           Special Olympics GB Summer Games in Leicester in 2009
recognition part of the process. The season got off to a              both cyclists have now secured places to compete at the
flying start in April with Aberdeenshire winning the A Band           Special Olympics World Games in Athens in 2011. Scott also     11
Seniors Section at the SDS / Scottish FA National 5 a side            continues to focus on the INAS-FID international competitive
Championships at Glasgow Green. The senior success was                opportunities with a hope to represent Great Britain again in
closely followed by the new Aberdeenshire Junior Squad                2011. This year has seen an improvement in Scott’s times due
finishing runners up in the A Band Junior Section.                    to the continued hard work and dedication he gives.
The success at the National Championships led to six
Grampian players gaining selection to represent Scotland at
the Home Nations U19 Learning Disabilities Championships.
All the Grampian players benefited greatly from their
involvement and bronze medal finish in Belfast.
The hard work and dedication shown by players and coaching
staff was recognised with the Grampian Football Squad being
awarded the Scottish FA Team of the Year at the Scottish FA
Grass Root Awards in January.
Archery is rapidly becoming a key sport in Aberdeenshire
with two local archers enjoying success on the international
stage. Alasdair Hamilton secured his place in the GB squad
to compete at the Arizona cup where he finished in 7th place
gaining invaluable international experience. David Gardner, also
represented GB at the EPC European Archery Championships              The annual Run Balmoral event, sponsored by PIHL, again
in Vichy, France.                                                     included a dedicated wheelchair 10k race. For the fifth year
                                                                      running the race was won by a Scottish athlete, with this year’s
Table Tennis
                                                                      winner being Ross Low. The 2010 event also saw the first lady
The table tennis structure in Aberdeenshire is also going             racer in Jane Egan, another Scottish wheelchair athlete.
from strength to strength. Funding has been secured from the
                                                                      For further information relating to opportunities in the
National Lottery’s 2014 Communities Fund to develop the
                                                                      Aberdeenshire area, please contact Aberdeenshire Council’s
pathway from local club participation through to the SDS Table
                                                                      Disability Sports Development Officer, Claire Bonner on
Tennis Talent Squad. Lewis Clow from Pitmedden has been the
                                                                      01467 628812 or email claire.bonner@aberdeenshire.
first player to make this transition and benefit from this much
needed support.
     Branch News

 Angus Disability Sport – Action in Angus
 This past year has seen steady progress     with a Disability Coaching Course.         be delivered in all Angus secondary
 for Angus Disability Sport (ADS) and                                                   schools and boccia sessions delivered
 its members. A new and stronger             The Easter, Summer and October             in all Angus primary schools.
 committee has been formed who               Holiday Programmes continue to be
 have embraced the SDS Minimum               successful. To further develop the         ADS is delighted to have six athletes
 Operating Requirements which                opportunities available to children with   and four coaches representing Special
 will strengthen the organisation for
 the future. Areas in particular to
 mention include the production of
 new membership forms and cards, a
 code of conduct for members of the
 management committee, clear roles
 and responsibilities for coaches and
 volunteers and the establishment of
 new databases of athletes, coaches and

 ADS in partnership with Angus Leisure
 Partnership Services (Alps), who have
 representatives from Leisure Services,
 Social Work, Health, Physiotherapy,
     Occupational Therapy, Dietetics,
12   Community Nursing and Speech
     & Language, piloted a ten week
 programme to promote health and
 wellbeing called Active Angus. The aim
 of the project was to promote health        additional support needs, links into       Olympics Great Britain in the 2010
 and wellbeing, promote healthy choices,     various mainstream programmes have         European Games in Warsaw and seven
 provide an opportunity for social           also been developed.                       athletes and five coaches selected
 networking and to enable individuals                                                   for the 2011 Special Olympics World
 to move onto community leisure              Weekly classes and clubs continue to       Games in Athens.
 activities and mainstream services. The     thrive with an increase in numbers
 programme included health screening,        in Boccia and Multi-Sports clubs           ADS is also delighted to receive
 dietetic and exercise sessions. The         and an Angus / Tayside team of 16          the Angus Club Excellence Gold
 success of this pilot has led to a second   attending the SDS Junior Athletics         Award. This is a club accreditation
 ten week programme being delivered          Championships at Grangemouth for           scheme which has been developed
 between October and December this           the first time.                            by Angus Council to allow the public
 year.                                                                                  to recognise safe, effective and child-
                                             ADS in partnership with Angus Council      friendly club environments.
 Football in Angus has gone from             have secured funding for a hoist which
 strength to strength this year with 42      will enable athletes to access rebound     For any further information on
 children attending the SDS Football         therapy / trampoline sessions.             opportunities for people with
 Roadshow. The Angus Football                                                           disabilities in Angus, please contact
 Development squads have increased           Partnership working with Angus Active      laura Smith on 01307 475367 or
 numbers and competed at the SDS             Schools continues with a calendar of       email
 National 5 a side Championships, with       events being produced. A Disability
 the A Squad finishing 3rd and the           Inclusion Training Course was also
 D Squad 2nd. The D band squad have          delivered to teachers and SEN staff
 also represented Special Olympics           at the beginning of the year. Funding
 Great Britain at the Invitational           has now been secured to allow future
 Helsinki Cup and 14 coaches also            developments with Active Schools. In
 completed their Coaching Footballers        the year ahead, football sessions will
 Branch News

Dundee City Disability Sport – City of Discovery Welcomes Darren
Dundee City Disability Sport (DCDS) has had a very busy           part than ever before. It is particularly pleasing to see more
12 months with Dundee athletes attending local branch             wheelchair users and children with differing mobility issues
and Scottish Disability Sport events. DCDS has an excellent       participating in the sport of football. DCDS would like to thank
working partnership with Dundee City Council Leisure and          Darren Thomson and Gordon Quinton for the organisation of
Communities Department through the Disability Sports              this event and all the Dundee College students for their hard
Officers. DCDS would like to thank the Disability Sports          work during the day. DCDS also thanks Dundee Rotary Club
Officers for their work in supporting teams and attending         who sponsor this event each year with a generous donation.
events throughout the year.
                                                                  Seventeen Brave individuals scale Ben Nevis for DCDS
Some of the highlights from 2009 - 2010
                                                                  Seventeen brave individuals walked up Ben Nevis on
Darren Burnet coaches Dundee Bowlers                              26th September 2009 to raise money for the DCDS Minibus
                                                                  appeal. All walkers made it to the summit and back down
A Scottish International bowler dropped into Douglas Sports
                                                                  unscathed and were ecstatic at completing the climb. It was
Centre to inspire bowlers
                                                                                         a fine September day, however the
with a disability from DCDS.
                                                                                         temperature at the summit was a chilly
Darren Burnett, who earlier
                                                                                         6 degrees at times. The group raised
this year was placed 16th in
                                                                                         over £2000 and DCDS would like to
the World Bowls Tour rankings,
                                                                                         thank each individual very much for
shared his skills and knowledge
                                                                                         their support. The team members were:
with DCDS bowlers. The
visit aimed to inspire existing                                                          Ross McGuire, Allison Reid, Liz
players to greater things in their                                                       Dillon, Darren Thomson, Alan Ross,
chosen sport and encourage                                                               Laura Easton, Margo Finnegan, Averil
new players to get involved.                                                             Anderson, Lynne Meldrum, Neil
The bowlers had a great time
learning from Darren and took
                                                                                         Brown, Charlie Black, Jackie Black,
                                                                                         Caryn Prophet, Elaine Ross, Lauren
the opportunity to show Darren                                                           Grogan, Sheena McDonald and Gordon
their own individual skills.                                                             Quinton.
Discovery Games 2009                                              Scottish Disability Sport – Junior Athletics
The 11th Annual Discovery Games took place during the
weekend 19th - 20th September 2009, 350 athletes from all         Eight Dundee athletes were selected to represent the Tayside
over Scotland attended the event to take part in the              Team at the 4th Junior Track and Field Championships at
following sports:                                                 Grangemouth Sports Complex on Wednesday 2nd June
                                                                  2010. This was the first time that any team from Tayside has
Boccia, Carpet Bowls – Dundee International Sports Complex,
                                                                  attended the event and the results for the Dundee Athletes
Motor Activities – Douglas Sports Centre, Table Tennis – Ward
                                                                  are as follows:
Road Gym and Swimming at Olympia Leisure Centre.
                                                                  100m Male – Ben Mcdonald 1st, Hamza Sharif 2nd,
The Discovery Games is known as ‘The Friendly Games’ due
                                                                  Gareth Bell 3rd
to the relaxed yet competitive nature of the events. The games
                                                                  100m Female – Suzie Taylor 2nd
are a firm favourite and many teams and individuals make the
                                                                  200m Male – Ben McDonald 2nd
annual pilgrimage to compete at the Games. DCDS would like
                                                                  60m Male – Connor Gablehouse 2nd
to thank those that have supported us throughout the last
                                                                  60m Female – Suzie Taylor 3rd
11 years. The event would not be such a success without the
                                                                  Softball – Connor Gablehouse 3rd
following sport specific co-ordinators:
                                                                  Well done to all the athletes who represented Tayside at
Boccia – Andrea Law, Dundee Boccia Club
                                                                  this event.
Carpet Bowls – Darren Thomson, Sports Development
Motor Activities – Eileen Ramsay, SOMA                            DCDS thanks all those who have made 2009 / 2010 a very
Swimming – Jennifer Quinton, Discovery Swimming Club              successful year and look forward to working with friends old
Table Tennis – Jim Houghton,Volunteer                             and new in the year ahead. We also are looking forward to our
                                                                  30th Anniversary programme that will start in 2011.
Rotary Football 2010
                                                                  Anyone interested in finding out more about activities taking
During May, 125 children and young people with a disability
                                                                  place in Dundee should contact Dundee City Council’s
from primary and secondary schools across Dundee attended
                                                                  Disability Sports Development Officer, Gordon Quinton
the Rotary Football Event, taking part in skills in the morning
                                                                  on 01382 432346 or email gordon.quinton@dundeecity.
and small sided games in the afternoon. This event is in its
12th year and now has more children and young people taking
     Branch News

 Disability Sport Fife – Another Year of Progress in Fife
 Developing individual sports continues      retired last year following a highly      bowlers from Lothian, Highland, Fife
 to be the major focus of the work of        successful international career when in   and West of Scotland playing singles,
 Disability Sport Fife (DSF). Staff and      one ten year period he was undefeated     pairs and triples over a full day. Once
 volunteers are intent on engaging           in his class in 100 metres backstroke.    again Beveridge Park members and
 more athletes in more sports more           Another, three times Paralympian          Fife Council played a major part in the
 often. Children, athletes and players       Caroline Baird, is expecting her second   occasion. So successful was the day
 of all levels of ability interact with      child in December and continues to        that Lothian has agreed to host the
 quality coaches in safe and appropriate     play a part in the General Management     2011 event. Other highlights of the
 learning environments. Steady               Committee.                                year were the Third Junior Multi-Sports
 progress has been made in the year                                                    Festival for physically disabled and
                                             DSF is proud of its coaches and
 past to develop the DSF coaching                                                      visually impaired pupils and the Annual
                                             volunteers and the roles they play in
 workforce. Professional development                                                   Fife Sports Festival which received a full
                                             ensuring our members are safe in their
 opportunities, revision of risk                                                       Council grant for the first time.
                                             sporting environments. Equity is also
 assessments and coach recognition
                                             a DSF priority and underrepresented       Fife teams and individuals continue to
 are just some of the areas where
                                             groups such as children and young         excel on the national and international
 progress has been made. DSF recently
                                                                                            stage. DSF arranged a families
 made a decision to change to
                                                                                            reunion evening early this year,
 self employment contracts for its
                                                                                            attended by 400, to pay tribute
 coaching workforce and move
                                                                                            to the many athletes and coaches
 away from the Council payroll.
                                                                                            who were part of the Fife team
 The three year DSF Vortex
                                                                                            at the Summer Special Olympics
 programme funded by the Big
                                                                                            Games in Leicester. Families
 Lottery ends this year but the
                                                                                            and sponsors attended. Stories
    Association is confident that
14  the current programme will
                                                                                            from Leicester were still fresh in
                                                                                            athletes’ memories. The athletes
    be sustained during 2011 and
                                                                                            in that team were wonderful
                                                                                            ambassadors for Fife. DSF now
 Membership of Fife Futures currently        people with a physical or sensory         produces a monthly electronic
 sits at five. Two athletes have             impairment are actively pursued in        newsletter and special editions were
 represented GB in the year past             every way possible. DSF acknowledges      prepared to report on the reunion
 (Craig Rodgie and Lucy Walkup) and          the support it receives from Active       evening plus another for the Hall of
 two others have performed well              Fife and Sports Development staff         Fame announcement.
 for Scotland (Stefan Hoggan and             in particular and is proud of the
                                                                                       The General Management Committee
 Michael Simpson). The fifth member          partnership projects and programmes
                                                                                       has met less frequently than in
 is 18 year old Owen Miller whose            that have been a feature of the year
                                                                                       previous years due to the illness of
 performances in cross country and           past. DSF will continue to offer
                                                                                       Chairman Paul Noble. The Finance
 on the track have been exceptional.         mentoring and learning opportunities
                                                                                       committee has been particularly active
 The recent acquisition of an INAS           to college students and encourage,
                                                                                       due to the considerable amount of
 Primary classification could not have       engage and deploy volunteers with
                                                                                       fundraising undertaken to support
 come at a better time for Owen.             the requisite skills and commitment.
                                                                                       individual members and development
 These are our potential Paralympians        DSF favours a mix of mainstream and
                                                                                       projects. The Performance Committee
 and Commonwealth Games team                 discreet sports options but is robust
                                                                                       has been there to support the Fife
 members. DSF is planning to introduce       in its pursuit of inclusive coaching
                                                                                       Futures specifically. The Equity and
 another strand of performance athlete       opportunities where possible and
                                                                                       Welfare Committee has been active in
 below the ‘Futures’ called the ‘Eagles’     appropriate.
                                                                                       launching new standards and ensuring
 to support and encourage young and
                                             DSF is proud of its comprehensive         our members are safe in sport. DSF is
 aspiring athletes in particular. Thirteen
                                             annual events programme and               indebted to its many partners whose
 great DSF performance athletes
                                             has added three new invitation            support enables the Association to be
 were inducted into the DSF Hall of
                                             events during the past year under         innovative, creative and persistently
 Fame at the 2010 AGM and Awards
                                             the Celebrating Fife 2010 Flagship        busy. Another good year was had by all.
 evening where more awards than ever
                                             Programme. Netball, badminton and
 were presented to leading athletes,                                                   For further information on
                                             bowls are three key DSF development
 coaches and volunteers. DSF has a                                                     opportunities available in Fife, please
                                             sports and DSF has invited other
 proud history created by outstanding                                                  contact Norma Buchanan on 08451
                                             Branches to Fife to help with the
 Paralympians in particular. One great                                                 555555 ext 444989 or email norma.
                                             development of the sports. The Inter
 Paralympian Andrew Lindsay officially                                       
                                             Area Bowls Test Match involved
 Branch News

Forth Valley Disability Sport – Busy Year for Forth Valley
2009 / 2010 has been another very busy year for Forth Valley        held at Alloa Academy in Clackmannanshire with a three day
Disability Sport (FVDS). In partnership with the Central            programme that ran on the 20th, 21st and 22nd July 2010.
Sporting Partnership, local councils and many other partner
agencies the branch has hosted 15 regional events again this
year. There have also been many successful developments             Club Development has been a key focus for the SDS Regional
throughout the year, some of which are listed below.                Manager in the last year with two new disability sport specific
                                                                    clubs established. The Forth Valley Flyers Athletics Club
                                                                    started in December 2009, run by a committee of parents,
FVDS continue to work in partnership with Clubgolf to               coaches and athlete representatives, and is now affiliated to
develop golf participation centres for players with learning,       Scottish Athletics with athletes coached by qualified coaches.
physical and sensory disabilities. Three separate sessions          The Club provides anyone with a physical, sensory or learning
have been co-ordinated at Brucefields Golf Club and there           disability over the age of 12 the opportunity to be involved
will once again be two blocks of eight week session available       in athletics. The Flyers meet on Tuesday and Friday evenings
throughout 2010. The sessions have been very popular over           from 6.15pm to 7.30pm at Grangemouth Sports Stadium and
the past three years with 24 golfers participating over the         at present the club has 15 regular members. Right on Target
three sessions every Saturday.                                      Boccia club was set up in February 2010 and is based at Alloa
                                                                    Academy in Clackmannanshire. The club runs on Thursday
2012 Club
                                                                    nights from 6pm to 7.30pm and provides anyone with physical,
The 2012 club has moved venue to the Grangemouth Sports             sensory or learning disabilities the opportunity to be involved
Complex this year and runs on a Saturday morning from               in Boccia. The club’s committee again consists of parents
10.30am to 12noon. The club was established to offer children       and is supported by the local Active School Co-ordinators.
and young people aged between eight and 18 with physical            The Central region now has ten disability specific club
and sensory disabilities the opportunity to participate in sport.   opportunities and offers five of six SDS strand one sports.
The club has a multi-sport focus offering participants the
opportunity to experience archery, athletics, boccia, bowling,
                                                                    Positive Sport Forum
football, basketball, tennis and fun games.                         FVDS working closely with partner agencies has developed
                                                                    the Positive Sports Forum to fill a gap in provision for adults
Grant Aid
                                                                    with a disability in the Forth Valley area. The group meets
FVDS                                                                                                                    bimonthly
supports                                                                                                                and is looking
many athletes                                                                                                           at ways to
in national                                                                                                             provide
squads and                                                                                                              sporting
development                                                                                                             opportunities
programmes                                                                                                              for adults.
by helping                                                                                                              This year
to fund                                                                                                                 Positive Sport
equipment                                                                                                               has held
and training                                                                                                            three regional
through a                                                                                                               multi-sports
grant aid                                                                                                               events, one
application                                                                                                             in each local
scheme.                                                                                                                 authority
This year                                                                                                               area. The
Sam Agnew                                                                                                               group is now
(swimming), Megan Dawson (athletics), Alan Oliver                   looking at next year’s calendar to see if the number and range
(badminton) and Jamie Docherty (boccia) were all supported          of events could be increased.
by the grant aid scheme.
                                                                    Should you require any further information relating to
FVDS Easter and Summer Programme                                    opportunities in the Forth Valley are, please contact Branch
FVDS have developed an Easter and Summer Multi-Sports               Co-ordinator Graham Harvey on 01324 590720 or email
programme this year. The purpose of these programmes is to
provide sporting opportunities for children and young people
aged eight to18 with a learning, sensory or physical disability
during school holidays. The Easter programme was held in
the Peak Sports Village in Stirling with participants getting
to try out a range of sports. The summer programme was
     Branch News

 Highland Disability Sport – Highland Clubs Established
 Two sports groups’ that have traditionally operated under            The group held a stableford competition at Spey Valley
 the banner of Highland Disability Sport (HDS), have recently         Golf Club in Aviemore recently to raise funds for five of its
 formed their own clubs. Highland United Football Club                members selected to travel to Denmark as part of a Great
 (HUFC) and Highland Disability Sport Golf Club (HDSGC)               Britain Team competing in a Special Olympics European Golf
 now have their own committees to oversee governance and              Tournament. The event at Aviemore attracted interest from
 development. Both clubs involve players on their committees          private companies and over £1500 was raised for the trip.
 along with the core coaches, volunteers and managers. This
 structure allows players some involvement in the decision            Other sports in the Highland Area that are looking at similar
 making processes and gives disabled sportspeople a voice in          schemes are swimming and badminton.
 their chosen sport. The clubs have their own constitutions
 and bank accounts and affiliate to the HDS branch who will           Anyone wishing further information about these clubs
 still be responsible for all their administration and for national   can contact Charlie Forbes on 01463 663301 or email
 competition entries.                                       

 HDS Football Co-ordinator, Peter Corbett, who acts as
 membership secretary for HUFC stated “I am pleased that the
 group decided to form its own club as it could attract more
 businesses that are football minded into sponsorship for games
 and competitions and already we are boasting a healthy bank
 balance”. The club already organised their own kit and have
 some friendly games organised.

 Ronnie Mitchell, the HDS Golf Co-ordinator was similarly
    minded as he said “This gives us independence to do our
16  own fundraising for players that get selected for national
    events and for other events as we get several invitations to
 compete all over the country and costs can be very expensive
 for travel”.

 Lothian Disability Sport
 Once again it has been a busy year in Lothian for clubs,             players have enjoyed success at the Four Nations Disability
 athletes and players.                                                Championships and also at European level. In recognition of
                                                                      this success the club has been crowned ‘Club of the Year’ at
 Badminton                                                            the recent LDS awards.

 A second branch of the Lothian Disability Badminton Club             Bowls
 is set to open in the West Lothian area, offering further
 opportunities for players with a disability to take part in this     A team of 15 Lothian
 developing sport. A number of the existing Lothian                   bowlers travelled to
                                                                      Dundee on Saturday
                                                                      6th February to
                                                                      compete in the
                                                                      30th SDS National
                                                                      Carpet Bowls
                                                                      With two defending
                                                                      champions in the
                                                                      team, hopes were
                                                                      high for continued
                                                                      success. However, it was actually two different bowlers who
                                                                      came away with trophies, demonstrating the depth of talent
                                                                      amongst bowlers in Lothian. The 2010 champions were Eileen
                                                                      Restorick in the ambulant bowlers (ladies), unrestricted
                                                                      category and Garry Whitfield in the ambulant bowlers (mixed),
 Branch News

restricted category. This was the second occasion Eileen has       the 4x100m Freestyle relay,
won the Bearsden Shield but as her victory this year came on       an event where the British
her birthday it was particularly special. For Garry this was his   team took gold in the final
first ever national title and in beating two opponents who have    holding off a strong challenge
both played for Scotland outdoors he showed his talent at the      from Spain. Jim, competing
short mat version of the game. With two former champions in        in the S2 class, won gold in
the ambulant bowlers (men), unrestricted category LDS had          the 50m Freestyle and silver
hopes of success but both Jimmy Restorick and Neil Shirley         in the 50m Backstroke. Jim
were knocked out at the semi-final stage, as was Margaret          was also the lead swimmer
Brown who was defending the title eventually taken by Eileen.      in the men’s 4x50m medley
                                                                   relay team, who took the
Football                                                           silver medal. The Lothian
                                                                   Disability Sport Swimming
Lothian Disability Sport (LDS) and Meadowmill Sports Centre        Gala for club swimmers with
were delighted to be able to host the 2009 Scottish Disability     a disability took place at
Sport / Scottish Football Association National 7 a side            Dalkeith Campus on Saturday
Championships for players with a learning disability. The event    26th September 2009. 49 swimmers competed in the event,
was the first opportunity for Lothian Hibernian to compete         many making their competitive debut, and everyone performed
on home soil with two teams competing, one team in the B           well. To see so many new faces and younger swimmers at the
category and one team in the C category. The teams certainly       gala indicates that swimming in the Lothian area is improving
looked the part, kitted out in full home and away Hibernian        all the time and that is testament to all the clubs, coaches
FC kit. However, not only did they look the part they also         and volunteers. LDS had the honour of presenting the Mark
delivered the results with both teams winning gold in their        Headden Memorial Award for the first time at this Gala and
respective categories.                                             were delighted when Mark’s parents agreed to attend in order
                                                                   to present this to the ‘most improved swimmer of the year’.
                                                                   This accolade went to Lothian Racers’ Anthony Swift who
                                                                   has made an enormous improvement over the past year.
                                                                   Anthony, who has Cerebral Palsy, has progressed from not      17
                                                                   being able to swim a length of the pool to competing in his
                                                                   first gala.

                                                                   Wheelchair Tennis

                                                                   The Winning Wheels Wheelchair Tennis Club, based at
                                                                   Craiglockhart Tennis Centre in Edinburgh, is delighted that its
                                                                   activities can be continued and extended following the award
                                                                   of two grants from the Lottery Fund and Comic Relief for
                                                                   £9680 and £1500 respectively. Both adults and children who
                                                                   have never played tennis are particularly welcome. For further
                                                                   information contact Anna myatt on 07793 968027 or
The day was made even more exciting by the arrival of              David Hogg on 07835 222533.
Hibernian Football Club’s first team manager, John Hughes,
who presented the medals to the winning teams. Lothian
Hibernian was formed early in 2009 and is a partnership
between the long running Lothian Special Olympic Football
Team based at Meadowbank in Edinburgh and the Hibernian
Community Foundation. The club is open to any player with a
learning disability over the age of 14 living within the Lothian


The 2009 IPC European Swimming Championships took place
in Reykjavík, Iceland and Lothian Swimmers Jim Anderson
(MBE) and Sean Fraser were two of only three Scots to
make the British team. Both swimmers were amongst the
medallists with Sean winning three individual bronze medals
in the S8 class in the 100m backstroke, the 400m freestyle,
and the 50m freestyle. In addition, Sean swam in the heats of
     Training Calendar

           Course Name           Date        Time and    Cost     Venue            Contact for Booking Course

     9.3   Runningsports         27          1830-2130   £20.00   Limetree
           Scotland              September                        House,
           Funding for your      2010        3 Hours              Alloa,
           club all ages                                          Clacks

     09.   Disability            28          1600-2200   £30.00   Edinburgh
     102   inclusion             September
           Training              2010        6 Hours

           Coaching              28          1600-2100   £45.00   Inverness
           Footballers with      September                        Sports
           Disabilities          2010        5 Hours              Centre

           Coaching              29          1700-2200   £45.00   Aberdeen
           Footballers with      September                        Sports
           Disabilities          2010        6 Hours              Village          0141 616 6071

     10.1 Classification         4           1830-2130   £20.00   Caledonia
                                 October                          House,
                                 2010        3 Hours              South Gyle,

18         Coaching              12          1000-1600   £45.00   St Andrews
           Footballers with      October                          HS,
           Disabilities          2010        6 Hours              Coatbridge       0141 616 6071

           Coaching              13          1000-1600   £45.00   Glasgow
           Footballers with      October
           Disabilities          2010        6 Hours                               0141 616 6071

           How to Coach          14          1830-2130   £25.00   Inverkeithing    Inverkeithing Community Use
           Disabled People       October                          HS,              School on telephone numbers:
                                 2010        3 Hours              Hillend Road,    01383 602349 or Reception:
                                                                  Inverkeithing,   08451 555555 ext. 496801
                                                                  Fife             or or
                                                                                   on 01383 602393

           Coaching              16          1000-1600   £35.00   Dalkeith         Anne Stewart / Shona Malcolm at
           Athletes with a       October                          Campus,          scottishathletics, Caledonia House,
           Disability            2010        6 Hours              Lothian          South Gyle EH12 9DQ
           (Scottish Athletics                                                     0131 476 7328

     11.   Disability            9           1600-2200   £30.00   Stirling
     106   inclusion             November
           Training              2010        6 Hours

     11.   Disability            8 and 16    1800-2100   £30.00   Inverurie
     106   inclusion             November                         Town Hall,
           Training              2010        6 Hours              Inverurie

     11.1 Poolwork               19          0930-1330   £30.00   Lochgelly HS
                                 November                         Community
                                 2010        4 Hours              Use
Training Calendar

      Course Name           Date         Time and    Cost        Venue           Contact for Booking Course

11.2 Boccia leaders         20           1000-1300   £30.00      Dornoch
     Award                  November                             Academy
                            2010         3 Hours

      Coaching              28           1000-1700   £45.00      The Peak,
      Footballers with      November                             Stirling
      Disabilities          2010         6 Hours                                 0141 616 6071

01.   Disability            25           1000-1630   £30.00      Kirkintilloch
109   inclusion             January                              Leisure
      Training              2011         6 hours                 Centre

      Coaching              January      1000-1600   £35.00      West            Anne Stewart/Shona Malcolm at
      Athletes with a       2011                                 Venue TBC       scottishathletics, Caledonia House,
      Disability            Exact date   6 Hours                                 South Gyle EH12 9DQ
      (Scottish Athletics   TBC                                                  0131 476 7328

      Coaching              5            1000-1700   £45.00      Gorebridge
      Footballers with      February                             Leisure
      Disabilities          2011         6 Hours                 Centre,         0141 616 6071
02.1 Classification         8            1800-2100   £20.00      Limetree
                            February                             House
                            2011         3 Hours                 Alloa

      How to Coach          18           1800-2100   £25.00      Forthbank
      Disabled People       February                             Stadium,
                            2011         3 hours                 Stirling

02.2 Poolwork               February     Timings     £30.00      Lothian
                            Exact date   TBC                     Exact venue
                            TBC                                  TBC

      How to Coach          7            1830-2130   Please      Glasgow
      Disabled People       March                    contact     Green
                            2011         3 Hours     organiser   Football
                                                     for cost    Centre

03.1 Poolwork               8            1730-1930   £30.00      Graeme
                            March                                High School,
                            2011         2 Hours                 Falkirk

03.   Disability            14           1600-2200   £30.00      Tayside and
113   inclusion             March                                Fife
      Training              2011         6 Hours

Sports Specific Development Officers                                                            Head Office
Sport                         Contact                        Telephone                          The Administrator
                                                                                                Scottish Disability Sport
Football                      Stuart Sharp                   0141 616 6077                      Caledonia House
                                                                                                South Gyle
                              Greig Taylor                   0131 625 4412                      Edinburgh, EH12 9DQ
Swimming                      Paul Wilson                    01786 466502                       Tel:    0131 317 1130
                                                                                                Fax:    0131 317 1075
Curling                       Sheila Swan                    0131 333 3003                      Email: admin@scottishdisability
Athletics                     Shona Malcolm                  0131 539 7348
                                                                                                Gordon McCormack

Regional Staff                                                                                  Chief Executive Officer:
                                                                                                Gavin Macleod
Region                        Contact                        Telephone                          Pathways manager:
                                                                                                Claire Morrison
Aberdeen                      Andrinne Craig                 01224 497201                       Performance manager:
                                                                                                Ruari Davidson
Aberdeenshire                 Claire Bonner                  01467 628812
                                                                                                Participation manager:
Central                       Lynne Glenn                    01324 590720                       Russell Hogg
                                                                                                Coaching and Education manager:
East Lothian                  Gary Fraser                    01875 619070                       Heather Lowden
West                          Lynn Allison                   07578 103343                       Assistant National Football
                                                                                                Development Officer:
West                          Becky Bisland                  07578 242267                       Greig Taylor
                                                                                                Finance manager:
                                                                                                Ailien Pallott
Branches                                                                                        Administrator:
                                                                                                Caroline Lyon
Area                          Contact                        Telephone
Aberdeen                      Andrinne Craig                 01224 497201             
Aberdeenshire                 Claire Bonner                  01467 628812                       Fife Office
Angus                         Laura Smith                    01307 475367                       The Administrator
                                                                                                Scottish Disability Sport
Borders                       David Laing                    01573 224202
                                                                                                Fife Sports Institute
Dumfries & Galloway           Alison Murray                  01776 702151 (ext 61269)           Viewfield Road
                                                                                                Glenrothes, KY6 2RB
Dundee                        Gordon Quinton                 01382 432346
                                                                                                Tel:   08451 555555 ext 444989
Fife                          Norma Buchanan                 08451 555555 (ext 444989)          Email:

Forth Valley                  Graham Harvey                  01324 590720                       Administrator:
                                                                                                Norma Buchanan
Glasgow                       Gordon McCormack               0141 287 5294
Highland                      Charlie Forbes                 01463 663301                       Patron, Craig Brown, CBE
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                                                                                                Honorary President, Philip Harris, FRCS
Lothian                       Gary Fraser                    01875 619070
                                                                                                Hon.Vice President, Jean Stone, MBE
North Ayrshire                Stephen Browning               01294 317457                       Photographs supplied by:
Perth & Kinross               Alan Clark                     01738 477846                       Scottish FA, sportscotland, Steve
                                                                                                Lindridge at Ideal Images, Bob Dick,
South Lanarkshire             Millar Stoddart                01698 476131
                                                                                                Terry McLernon, Laura Smith, Gordon
                                                                                                Quinton, the Courier, Graham Harvey,
                                                                                                Ian Hunt, Jim Innes, Gary Fraser,
Scottish Disability Sport is a registered Scottish Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee   Val Williamson, Charlie Forbes and
                       Charity No: SC009609 Company No: SC246327                                Andrinne Craig.

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