Thursday, 30 June 2011

Statement on Lloyds Banking Group job losses announcement

Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Keith Wakefield said:

"I know that many hard-working people and families will be anxious about today's announcement. Lloyds Banking Group are a major employer in Leeds and the wider city region, centred on Halifax, and we will work with our local authority partners and the company to do all we can to mitigate the impact on local communities."

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Free taste of the Paralympics comes to Leeds


Caption: Find out more about the range of disability sports on offer in Leeds

A taste of the London 2012 Paralympic Games will be coming to Leeds this weekend as a free disability sports day is to take place.

From 10am to 3pm on Saturday 2 July, the Tennis Centre at the John Charles Centre for Sport will offer disabled young people and adults the chance to sample a variety of Paralympic sports for free.

The aim of the event is to raise awareness of the range of disability sports available in Leeds, as well as promoting the Paralympic Games to be held in London next year.

The day contains two sessions, the first for young people aged 8-17 from 10am to 12 noon. This is then followed by a session for anyone 18 and over which will take place from 1pm to 3pm.

The sports to be showcased include wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball, tennis, wheelchair tennis, athletics, Goalball and Boccia.

The event has been organised by the recently-formed Leeds Disability Sport Youth Panel, a voluntary group overseen by Leeds City Council made up of young disabled and non-disabled people who have an interest in developing and promoting disability sport in Leeds.

Leeds City Council’s disability sports development officer Ross Bibby, who chairs the panel, said:

“The London 2012 Paralympic Games is going to be an amazing showcase for disability sports and so with a year to go we wanted to raise awareness of that as well as some of the great sports available here in Leeds. It would be great to see as many people as possible come along and see what we have to offer.”

The Leeds Disability Sport Youth Panel has already achieved the ‘Inspire Mark’, which recognises innovative and exceptional programmes and activities around the country that are directly inspired by London 2012.

For further information on the Leeds Disability Sports Youth Panel or other disability sport opportunities in Leeds visit www.leeds.gov.uk/disabilitysport or contact Ross Bibby on 0113 395 0159 or email ross.bibby@leeds.gov.uk.

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