Thursday, 16 August 2012

Final countdown to London 2012 Paralympic Games begins with disability sports camps in Leeds

Caption: The Sailing and Activity Centre at Yeadon Tarn will be one of the venues hosting a disability sports camp next week

Young people with disabilities in Leeds will be able to sample their own taste of the forthcoming London 2012 Paralympic Games by attending multi-sports camps across the city next week.

Running from Monday 20 August to Friday 24 August, camps will be taking place at different venues each day to give children and young people with disabilities aged eight to 19 the chance to try out some of the sports that will showcased to the world when the London 2012 Paralympic Games take place from 29 August to 9 September.

The camps run by Leeds City Council will be held at Kippax Leisure Centre (Monday), Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre at Yeadon Tarn (Tuesday), Aireborough Leisure Centre (Wednesday), John Smeaton Leisure Centre (Thursday) and the John Charles Centre for Sport (Friday) from 10am to 2pm each day.

Sports on offer include football, basketball, tennis, wheelchair sports, sitting volleyball, Boccia, Goalball, sailing and canoeing. Prices are £5 per person per day, and places can be booked at or by calling Leeds City Council’s disability sports officer Ross Bibby on 0113 395 0159 or by e-mailing Places can also be booked on the day at each venue depending on availability.

Leeds City Council disability sports officer Ross Bibby said:

“Following the amazing success of Team GB in the Olympic Games, interest in the forthcoming Paralympic Games has soared which is fantastic. The Games in London will be a spectacular showcase of paralympic sport and it would be great to see young people with disabilities from all over Leeds enjoying these sports camps as they prepare to watch and hopefully be even more inspired by all the action to come.”

For all those inspired by Team GB’s stunning performances at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Leeds City Council-managed leisure centres across the city are now offering a range of special offers. These include the chance to buy 12 sport and fitness activities for £20 in swimming, aqua aerobics, Bodyline gym sessions and fitness classes. There are also adult swimming lessons on offer priced at £20 for 12 sessions.

Young people are also catered for with £1 taster sessions available in swimming, water polo, gymnastics, tennis, synchronised swimming and diving. For full details of all the available offers visit or call 0113 395 0001. Community parks in Leeds have also got into the Olympic spirit with temporary running tracks put in place in 19 areas across the city.

For details of Leeds’ involvement in the London 2012 Paralympic Games and Olympic Games, visit

Notes to editors:

The temporary running tracks can be found at community park at Potternewton Park, Banstead Park in Harehills, Scott Hall Playing Fields, Springhead Park in Rothwell, Wetherby Ings, Manston Park in Cross Gates, East End Park, Harehills Park, Garforth Recreation Ground, Middleton Leisure Centre, Cross Flatts Park in Beeston, Holbeck Moor, Hunslet Lake, Scatcherd Park in Morley, Pudsey Park, Calverley Park, Horsforth Park, Armley Park and Wharfemeadows in Otley.

The Yorkshire region’s activities around the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games are being co-ordinated by Yorkshire Gold which is supported by key stakeholders from across the region. For further information visit


For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde,
Senior communications officer,
Leeds City Council, Tel 0113 247 5472

Early signs suggest another year of A-level success for young people in Leeds

Early signs suggest young people in Leeds will be celebrating again today (16 August) after achieving top grades in their A-level exams.

Leeds City Council is still collecting results from across the city, but early indicators - from around 65 per cent of schools and academies with sixth forms* - show that 83 per cent of students have passed three or more A level grades.

The figures also suggest that Leeds will see over 99 per cent of students passing at least one A- Level exam, which is around the same number as last year.

Councillor Jane Dowson, deputy executive board member responsible for children’s services, said:
“The results so far have been fantastic and the early signs are that the city’s young people are continuing to be successful in their exam results. Education in the city is improving year on year so I would like to say well done to all of our young people and I hope that everyone who has received their A-level results is really pleased with what they have achieved.

“The schools, parents and carers will have all played a huge part in the young people’s successes so they deserve recognition for their support and efforts over the last two years.”

Nigel Richardson, director of children’s services said:

“Once again we are seeing some excellent A-level results across the city. Our young people are leaving school and college with essential skills and qualifications which will help them achieve their full potential in life.

“The results reflect the hard work, effort and determination of our young people and the high quality of teaching in our schools and colleges, and I’d like to congratulate each and every young person on their achievements.”

The full picture of the overall results in Leeds will be published in the autumn term.

Notes to editors:

These figures are for maintained schools with sixth forms and academies but do not include colleges, who will be publishing their own results separately.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713