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.
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."
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!Download Opening Times
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.
NOTE TO PARENTS/ CARERS:
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
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.
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.