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News and Upcoming Events

Sport Development Officer Post

8th April 2015

Salary: £22937 - £23698

Location: Bradford

Due to a recent staffing and strategic restructure Bradford Disability Sport and Leisure (BDSL) with assistance from Bradford Metropolitan District Council (BMDC) are currently recruiting a Sport Development Officer (SDO) to join our team.

The SDO will be expected to lead and manage a range of projects as well as provide leadership to casual coaches and volunteers. We require someone who is creative, imaginative with an unorthodox approach as well as someone who can solve complex and difficult problems.

Communication is key so the post holder must have exceptional communication skills.

The role will be challenging but seeing the benefit our work has on the local communities we serve is rewarding. The organisation values its members of staff and volunteers so training and professional development is encouraged and supported.

Using the West Yorkshire Creating Connections project the post holder will increase the number of disabled people accessing sport and physical activity provision across the district.

Closing Date for applications: 27th April 2015

Sport Development Officer (fixed term contract until May 2017)

Location: Bradford District

We are looking to recruit a full time Sport Development Officer to assist with the delivery of numerous sports development programmes. These include: BDSL Clubs and Activities, Competition Management, New project development, as well as customer engagement and fundraising/ bid writing.

For further information or for an informal chat about this post please contact Dean Carroll- Development Manager on 01274437093 or email dean.carroll@bdsl.net

To see the full job advertisement, click here. To see the job description, click here. To see the person specification, click here. To download the monitoring form, click here.

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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.