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BDSL Summer Programme 2018

BDSL Summer Programme 2018

BDSL Summer Activities is for disabled people of Bradford, between the age of 8 -25 years. Come and have fun, try new sports, improve your skills and make new friends. Our camps provide high quality coaching in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities.

To book, download and follow the instructions on the form below.

Download BDSL Summer Programme 2018

Medal haul for Bradford Special Olympians celebrated with civic reception

Medal haul for Bradford Special Olympians

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Abid Hussain will be holding a Civic Reception for a triumphant team of Special Olympic Athletes who recently returned home from the 2017 Special Olympics in Sheffield.

The team of over 60 athletes and coaches from Bradford who formed part of the Yorkshire and Humberside squad competing at the event will be welcomed in to Bradford City Hall on Wednesday 16 August.

The team returned triumphant after winning over 50 medals at the 2017 Special Olympics National Summer Games in Sheffield.

The Bradford athletes came home with 12 gold, 11 silver and 28 bronze medals from the showcase event at Sheffield United’s Bramhall Lane Stadium.

Medal haul for Bradford Special Olympians

More than 2,600 competitors from regions across the UK took part across 20 sports, with Bradford’s athletes competing in aquatics, athletics, basketball, indoor bowls, cycling, equestrian, football, golf powerlifting and ten pin bowling.

Over £25,000 was raised by Bradford Disability Sport and Leisure (BDSL) to send the team to the games.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Abid Hussain, said: “When I waved the athletes off on their way to compete at the Special Olympics last week, I knew that they would do Bradford proud and they have done more than that. Each and every one of them has shown just what can be achieved and I am pleased to be able to honour them and welcome them home with a civic reception in City Hall.

Dean Carroll, BDSL Manager, said "All the athletes from the Bradford delegation represented their region and the city of Bradford with pride. The atmosphere at the games from the wet but marvellous opening ceremony to the closing party disco was out of this world and something we will never forget. The athletes showed us all just what can be achieved with a little hard work and dedication."

Medal haul for Bradford Special Olympians

Hilary White, BDSL Chairperson, said "I am very proud of each of our athletes in all the 10 sports that they competed in. I would like to thank all the volunteers, coaches and staff for all their hard work not just at the games but week in week out across all of our clubs throughout the district. I would also like to thank all our sponsors and in particular Bradford Council for their continued support – now to the World Games in 2019."

The team are looking forward to March 2019 where a Special Olympic GB Squad will be competing in the World Special Olympic games which will take place in Abu Dhabi, United Emirates. BDSL will be looking to send a number of its athletes and coaches to form part of that team.

Medal Breakdown (Bradford athletes from Yorkshire and Humberside regional team)

Sport Gold Silver Bronze
Aquatics 2 3 0
Athletics 3 1 4
Basketball 0 1 1
Cycling 0 2 1
Equestrian 6 2 7
Football 0 0 6
Indoor Bowls 1 0 0
Powerlifting 0 0 1
Ten Pin Bowling 0 2 8
Total 12 11 28

Creative Streets Bradford- Capital of Cycling

Creative Streets Bradford

A SERIES of free events is coming to Bradford city centre this spring, including parades, talent shows and live entertainment.

Creative Streets will see the city centre come alive with performers from Bradford’s communities coming together.

Attractions will include Bhangra, Bollywood and African drumming dance acts, cycling activities and colorful costumed parades.

A number of city-based creative groups will be collaborating on the programme. A number of cycling events will also be taking place during the programme.

Bradford Capital of Cycling will be running a number of events, starting with collaboration with Shipley arts company Q20 on Saturday, March 11, for a Pirate Parade, starting in Rawson Quarter. Q20 will be teaching schoolchildren costume design and construction, and street theatre skills for the parade, featuring local artists.

Following that, Capital of Cycling is running Spring Flower and Shamrock Cycle Parades on Saturdays, March 18 (St Patrick’s Day), and April 1, starting at the bottom of Ivegate.

BDSL is working with a number of partners to create inclusive cycling opportunties for this event including the Bradford Cycling Campaign and the University of Bradford’s Choices 4 All project.

BDSL Athletes and Volunteers shortlisted for Active Bradford Awards

We are pleased to announce that a number of BDSL Athletes and Volunteers have been shortlisted for a 2017 Active Bradford Sports award.

Once again the awards received an impressive number of nominations, with over 200 submitted. This reflects the fantastic year of sport from Bradford athletes and clubs.

Following an outstanding inaugural ceremony earlier this year, the Bradford Sports Awards returns to the host venue of The Bradford Hotel on Thursday 2 March 2017, with main headline sponsor Provident.

The shortlist consists of Bradford athletes, coaches and volunteers spread across four main categories – Senior Achievers, Young Achievers, Active Achievers and Outstanding Contribution.

BDSL Cyclists George Hurd, Ella Curtiss and Stephen Thorne are all up for an award with George Brooksbank (Aquatics) and Mark Rhodes (Golf) also in contention to gain an award. BDSL Chair person has been nominated for the Volunteer of the Year award as well as the 2017 Provident Finance Good Neighbrough Award

BDSL would like to send all out best wishes to everyone up for an award in what we know will be a fantastic evening!

For more information on Active Bradford please visit http://www.activebradford.com/bsa/

Bradford Hot Wheels

New Powerchair and Wheelchair Football Club

Get out and get active

Please use the contact details on the full advertisement for more information (click below link to download).

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Bradford Awarded share of £4.5million fund to help people to "Get Out Get Active"

Get out and get active

Spirit of 2012, a charity set up with money from the Big Lottery Fund to carry forward the spirit of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, has awarded £4.5 million to a UK wide consortium led by the English Federation of Disability Sport. Bradford has been chosen as one of 10 locality partners.

The initiative will be called Get Out &Get Active and the funding will be used to get people active in eighteen locations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland including Bradford.

The focus is on increasing participation in fun and inclusive physical activity, so that disabled and non-disabled people can enjoy recreational activity together, and volunteers supporting people into active lifestyles will be at the heart of Get Out & Get Active.

To read more please click here to see more

To all our members, volunteers, coaches and supporters - have a very merry Christmas and active new year!

Merry Christmas

BDSL would like to wish all its members, volunteers, coaches and supporters a very merry Christmas and active new year! Click below to see our activity closing and opening dates. The BDSL Office will close on Tuesday 22nd December- 3pm and reopen on the 4th January 2016!!

See the opening times here

And to read our BDSL Christmas Newsletter, click the button below.

Read the Christmas newsletter here

Telegraph and Argus article - "Charity marks 30 years of helping disabled people into sport"

Charity marks 30 years of helping disabled people into sport

"Bradford Disability Sports and Leisure (BDSL) has helped thousands of disabled people since its inception as a small group based at the Richard Dunn Sports Centre in Odsal in 1985.

In the 30 years since then, BDSL's membership has grown from about 40 up to more than 500."

Read the full article here

Regional Special Olympics event in Sheffield

Haworth RDA Riders

The Haworth RDA riders have had a successful event day at the Regional Special Olympics event in Sheffield on Friday 4th September (riding under the BDSL banner), for Yorkshire & Humberside, 3 regions took part.

Medals were given out by the Rotherham Mayor and the event was held at Parklands Equestrian centre, Sheffield. See the results in the below table (in no particular order).

Name Awards Received
Callie Sharples Bronze medal, 4th place, bronze rosette
Lucy Hargreaves Silver rosette, 2 gold medals
James Reed Griffiths Silver rosette, 1 silver and 1 gold medal
T-Jay Wilson Gold rosette, 1 silver and 1 gold medal
Jenny Lee Silver rosette and 2 bronze medals
Rose Green Silver rosette, 1 silver and 1 gold medal

All are to compete in the same event at Scropton in Derbyshire on the 28th September so all are in training again.

International Mixed Ability World Tournament

International Mixed Ability World Tournament

Bradford Disability Sport and Leisure (BDSL) are proud to support the first ever International Mixed Ability World Tournament. This tournament will showcase inclusivity by providing an opportunity for everyone to take part in a world class sporting tournament whatever their ability! BDSL wishes everyone involved with the tournament the very best of luck! If you would like to be part of this wonderful event please conatact Mark Goodwin on: gooders123@talktalk.net

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Bradford Based Torque Donates To Bradford Disability Sport And Leisure

Bradford based end-to-end international logistics service provider Torque has chosen Bradford Disability Sport and Leisure as one of its annual community partners for 2015-16.

Torque selects two charities each year, from a list of organistions nominated by its employees from across the company, and makes a financial donation too both of them and a commitment to fundraise for a 12 month period.

Torque's donation to the organisation will be used to provide competition flooring, competition fees, kit and medals and sponsorship of the National Power Lifting Championships held in Bradford.

Bradford Disability Sport and Leisure is a not-for-profit organisation which provides a variety of activities such as Karate, Powerlifting, cycling and swimming; allowing disabled people to convene together and enjoy a few hours of physical training and team building activities.

Download full press release

BDSL's Directory for 2015

You Can summer activity programme is for disabled people of Bradford between the ages of 12-25 years. Come try new sports and skills and make some friends along the way.

All activities are staffed by qualified coaches in a wide variety of sports and activities. We have two full weeks of activities which are all free with limited transport.

Any questions please contact Steve Farleigh – steve.farleigh@bdsl.net or phone 01274437093.

Download programme

BDSL's You Can Summer Activity Programme for 2015

BDSL are pleased to provide you with the up-to-date 2015 Disability Sports Directory for Bradford. In this new document you will be able to find lots of inclusive sport, leisure and physical activity opportunities. So please have a look and if you require any more information please get in touch!

BDSL would like to thank Bradford Council for its help with part funding this as well as all other BDSL's sponsors.

Download directory

Bradford riders celebrate Special Olympic Success!!

Special Olympic success

On Monday 27th April we took 8 Special Olympic riders to Derbyshire for the equestrian event which was held at Scropton Equestrian Center. The riders, who all train at Haworth Riding for the Disabled have been training hard over the past few months for the competition and that hard work paid off.

To see the results, click here.

Walk This Way

May 2015

Walk this way!

Bradford Disability Sport and Leisure (BDSL), thanks to a £2000 walking grant from CityConnect and Living Streets are offering eight free walks in the Bradford Moor and Laisterdyke areas of the city for disabled people and their family and friends. As part of the grant easy read maps and instructions will be produced for each walk, which will be available from BDSL or can be downloaded from the charities website.

The project aims to encourage more people to walk and all the walks provided will be fully accessible and available to all ages and ability levels.

The first walk will be held on Thursday 14th May 2015 at 11 am and will set off from the Bottom of Woodhall Road, adjacent to the Thornbury B & Q store. It will last for approximately 50 minutes. The next walk will be Thursday 21st May 2015 at 11am and will set off from Tyersal Children's Centre, Dick Lane. It will last for approximately 40 minutes.

To see the "Walk this Way" poster, click here.

Kris Hopkins MP supports local Special Olympics athletes' dream

9th March 2015

Special Olympics athletes dream

Kris Hopkins MP has shown his support for local powerlifters James Crossley and Chris Woodhead and is encouraging Keighley residents and local businesses to back their fundraising campaign to support their participation at the Special Olympics 2015 World Summer Games in Los Angeles from 25 July until 2 August.

Last week, Hopkins visited Workouts Shipley training gym to wish James and Chris good luck and see them in action while they prepare to compete at the World Summer Games.

Special Olympics presents a unique opportunity for people with intellectual disabilities every four years to represent their country at an international competition. The Special Olympics World Summer Games is the largest disability sporting event anywhere in the world in 2015. In the region of 7,000 athletes from 177 countries - along with 3,000 coaches, 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators – will take part in the Games.

The three-strong team from the Bradford Disability Sport and Leisure Club (BSDL) includes Assistant Coach Kelly Moore and GB powerlifters, James Crossley and Chris Woodhead. They are part of the 170-strong GB team from across England, Scotland and Wales hoping to attend the Games to represent Great Britain this summer.

The team need to raise funds to help cover the cost of each of their nominated athlete/coaches travel, kit and training costs. The BSDL club has been busy raising funds and is appealing to local residents to show their support with a donation to their team members via their Just Giving page.

To provide a donation towards the 170-strong GB Team please click here, or text GBLA15 + £ YourAmount TO 70070.

To see the full press release, click here.

You Can is a free event for disabled people

You Can is a free event for disabled people

You Can is a free event for disabled people, which offers the chance to try a range of sports and activities. The day will include sports coaching sessions in wheelchair basketball, athletics, rugby, boccia, archery, circuit training, new age curling and taekwondo. There will be a range of other activities including a climbing wall, adapted cycling, smoothie making, Jamie's Ministry of Food, a host of interactive workshops including a visit from Bradford Metropolitan District Council's Play team and a range of stall holders promoting the opportunities they have available in the community. There will also be a healthy cafe available.

The event is to be held at the University Academy Keighley (old Greenhead School) on Saturday 14th March 2015 from 10 am - 2 pm and will include an opening ceremony and special guests at the start. All age groups, ability levels and disabilities are welcome to attend and there will be the chance to win prizes for those who complete evaluation forms at the end of the event. There is no requirement to register in advance for the event. If you would like more information please contact Andrew Lane on 07964 209 344 or email andrew.lane@wysport.co.uk. If you would like to save time on the day signing in complete and bring along on the day the attached registration form. To see the You Can poster, click here.

To see the terms and conditions that apply, click here.

Junior Academy - Multi-sport Learning Disability Sessions

Junior Academy - Multi-sport Learning Disability Sessions

BDSL with funding from the Local Authority and the Community Foundation are running weekly multi-sport activity sessions for learning disabled people. The sessions are aimed for those with learning disabilities from the ages of 8-15. If anyone would like more information then please contact the BDSL office on 01274437093. To see more details, click here.

BDSL Chairperson Hilary White is a "Star"

Telegraph & Argus Community Stars Awards

Winner Hilary White, recognised for her 42 years' work, with David Barnett of the T&A and Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Roger L'Amie

A CLUSTER of Bradford's brightest stars were honoured at a glittering ceremony at City Hall tonight.

Unsung heroes from across the district got their well-deserved moment in the spotlight at the fourth Telegraph & Argus Community Stars Awards, organised in conjunction with Bradford Council. The seven super winners were presented with a Bradford medal by the city's Deputy Lady Mayoress, Elizabeth Smith. Opening the awards, the Deputy Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Roger L'Amie, said: "Everyone here is outstanding, not only the winners, and they all deserve a really big thank-you."

Hilary White, chairman of Bradford Disability Sport and Leisure, won the award in the Fundraising category after 42 years of raising money for good causes. "I'd like to thank everyone who voted, and I've let you off tonight as I normally hold a raffle everywhere I go!" she said. "This award is not for me, it's for every disabled person across the district who has let me into their lives."

BDSL Club and Office Christmas and New Year opening dates

For information on BDSL Club closing and re-opening dates please download the form below (click on the download button below). For all affiliated / partners club information please contact the individual club. Please note that the BDSL Office will be closed on Friday 19th December 2014 at 3pm and will reopen on Monday 5th January 2015. Finally, BDSL would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and an active, healthy New Year!

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BDSL Summer Activity Programme 2014


Two weeks of sport and activities over the August Summer Holidays. Including Cycling, Football, Climbing, Basketball and a whole lot more...

Transport is provided for all activities at various pick up/drop off points across the district (normally Shipley Pool, Keighley Leisure centre and Jacobs's Well Car Park). Please state whether transport is required on the application form (download link below) and a member of BDSL staff will contact you to confirm details.


Please make sure that your child/young person has appropriate clothing for the activities provide. Please make sure that they have a packed lunch and a drink. Please note some activities will be outside. Responsibility cannot be accepted for money, or any other loss, damage or injury arising from the programme. A first aider will be in attendance at all times.

Once an application is received a member of staff from BDSL will be in contact to give further information.

Download Application Form

Bradford Athletes and coach chosen to represent Team GB in the 2015 World Special Olympic Games in Los Angeles


Two BDSL Athletes from Keighley have been picked to represent the UK in the World Special Olympics. James Crossly and Chris Woodhead are two of just seven athletes in Yorkshire chosen for the national squad for the Los Angeles games. They will travel to the US in summer next year to compete in power-lifting against athletes with learning disabilities from across the globe.

James, from East Morton, and Chris, from Haworth, were chosen following their medal-winning success in the UK Special Olympics last summer and national Powerlifting competitions. The pair regularly attends sessions run by Bradford Disability Sports & Leisure (BDSL), including the Keighley Sports Academy, which is funded by Keighley Town Council.

Former Beechcliffe School student James, 20, now attends Shipley College and volunteers at Baildon Recreation Centre. He has travelled to Bradford's twin town of Hamm several times to compete with BDSL against German sports teams. Chris has competed nationally in Powerlifting for several years.

Keighley Mayor, Councilor Sally Walker, is pleased the town council has helped set the young men on the road to Los Angeles. She said: "These sports are not nationally funded, so they're dependent on money like this."

If you would like to donate and support our athletes please visit our fundraising site or contact Barry Throne on 01274437093.

Bradford disabled riders planning trip to Hamm


A group of cyclists will ride 600 miles from Bradford to its twin town Hamm in Germany for charity. The 20 bikers are tackling the challenge in aid of Bradford Disability Sport and Leisure (BDSL).

Barry Thorne, of BDSL, said they were aiming to complete the return trip in seven days from June 8 to 15. BDSL also held its first disability cycling club at the new cycle hub in Lister Park on Saturday.