Sport Relief 2014 Update




On Saturday 12 determined players and their parents descended on the South Leeds outdoor sports track , armed with several sports wheelchairs and adapted cycles, 

we had a two hour window to complete as many laps of the track.

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The day was cold and very windy, on hand at the track Hunslet Hawks Star, Jimmy Watson, came down to not only encourage the participants but he also cycled a few laps on one of the group's adapted bicycles.

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The pictures show Jimmy getting ready for action and also with Spider-Y manager Andy Gardiner and his son Josh, along with Hunslet Hawks Community Development Manager Martin Flynn.

Along with BBC Radio Leeds Presenter who had a go on the hand cycles kindly available from the adapted cycling club based at the centre.


In total the team completed over 50 miles combined with the top two distances been Joshua Butler (14) 6 ¼ miles adapted cycle, and double amputee James Simpson 6 miles on his new running blades.

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In all a great day and maybe a few new members to join the adaptive cycle club.

Following on from Andy and Josh Gardner where formally invited by the Prime Minister to attend the SPORT Relief reception at 10 Downing street on Monday 17th March to help celebrate and


The Prime Minister said:

It’s a real honour to welcome these Sport Relief heroes to Downing Street today.

Davina McCall, who ran, swam and cycled over 450 miles from Edinburgh to London in her BT Sport Relief Challenge: Davina – Beyond Breaking Point, said:

“It’s such an honour to be here with all these brilliant people who have done such amazing things for Sport Relief.”

Inspirational stories from Sport Relief fundraisers

2 of the fundraisers at today’s event were Josh and his Dad Andy. Josh, now 17, was just 9 years old when a virus left him paralysed from the neck down. Spider-Y, a project in Leeds which provides a range of sports activities for people with disabilities, helped him turn his life around and thanks to the project he is now competing at a national level in basketball. Funded by cash raised through Sport Relief, the members are also great fundraisers and aim to raise over £1,000 this year by doing as many miles as possible using wheelchairs, blade runners and hand cycles.

Andy, Josh’s dad and Spider-Y Chairman, said:

The support we’ve had from Sport Relief really helped us when we needed it, so it’s important for us to do our bit so someone else can benefit. Doing something for Sport Relief is our way of paying back the support we’ve received. We know first-hand how important it is.

Full Story and links - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/david-cameron-welcomes-sport-reliefs-fundraising-finest

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So Please if you still want to sponsor a good cause we still are taking sponsors and donations to help get us to our target of £1000.00

SPIDER-Y has received funding for the next 2 years totalling £30,000.00 towards our multi sports programmes.

For more details visit our website – www.spider-y.org.uk

Leeds Spiders achieve prestigious Bespoke Clubmark

Leeds Spiders achieve prestigious Bespoke Clubmark

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The Leeds Spiders have become the second wheelchair basketball club in Britain to be awarded the prestigious Bespoke Clubmark award from national governing body British Wheelchair Basketball, the nation’s first disability sport organisation to be able to offer its clubs this sign of quality assurance.

In recognition of the fantastic support the Spiders continue to offer their region as well as the creation and strength of the pathways that the club has developed to ensure that as many people as possible are able to access the sport, particularly in schools, the Leeds Spiders have earned the Silver Level – a sign of their on-going commitment to ensuring a safe and fun environment for all of their members.

The club, who played a key role in the development of Great Britain wheelchair basketballers Harry Brown, Wayne Boardman, and Sophie Carrigill, continues to offer players of all abilities the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

Leeds Spiders Chairman Andy Gardner said: “We made the decision a few years ago to strive for the Bespoke Clubmark because we wanted to ensure that the club was running at certain standard – we also saw it as a way of standing out from the crowd – and we’re incredibly proud that we’ve gone on to achieve this level.

"Clubmark will help improve the growth of the Leeds Spiders and it makes sure that everything’s where it needs to be, that we have the best structure possible for the charity as we progress with the club and our different teams. Having Clubmark will also assist us with funding applications. The next stage for us is to progress to the Gold Level and also ring-fence this high quality standard around the other sports that the Spiders offer.”

BWB Club Development Manager Jay Popat said: “Huge congratulations must go to the Leeds Spiders – achieving the Silver Bespoke Clubmark is an incredible achievement and demonstrates the club’s continuing commitment to both quality and equality.”


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To find out more about the Bespoke Clubmark, please contact BWB Club Development Manager Jay Popat onThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  / 01509 279900

Leeds Spiders WBC train regularly on Wednesday nights at Morley Leisure Centre 7pm – 10pm

For more details about the Leeds Spiders, please visit their website –www.spider-y.org.uk

Wheelchair Handball is here....

SPIDER-Y adds another Sport to its ever growing Sports provision.

We our proud to annouce after several Sportivate funded sessions last year and increased participation along with a succeful EHA Wheelchair Level 1 coaching course held in Dec 2013 that we are ready to step up to the mark and start full training and coaching this exciting new sport.

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Last night we took part in what we could say is our milestone session, where we had 15 players both junior and adults taking part, and to help us improve we took delivery of our Handball Goals provide by Samba Sports.

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Our succesfull coaching course provided by Sports Structures will hopefully provide including spiders, 3 teams in Yorkshire and 1 in Lancashire, the sport is fully inclusive and is an ideal solution to combining several key skills used already in Wheelchair Basketball and Rugby League and is a great Sport for either a social close season provision or a competetive sport.

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Check our Training Schedule for more info. 

Next Dates 22nd Jan, 5th & 19th Feb, 5th & 19th Mar 7pm Start




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Sport Promoting Inclusion for the Disabled and Equal Rights in Yorkshire.

Spider-y enables those people in the community who cannot take part in able bodied sports to take part in wheelchair sports and to enjoy participating in sport locally, nationally and internationally. Spider-y also exists to promote understanding of the difficulties encountered by those who are disabled.

We promote community participation in healthy recreation, in particular by the provision of facilities for playing of any sport capable of improving health. For example we set up sports clubs for the disabled and their friends and relatives.

We are the city’s largest independent, multi-sport organisation providing opportunities for able-bodied and disabled sports men and women, from the age of 8 to 50.  Currently we provide support for wheelchair Basketball, Rugby League and Handball by encouraging people to play competitively.  We also have an active schools programme where we visit schools across Leeds to raise awareness about disability sport. 

People with Disabilities that play wheelchair sports.

  • Are more likely to be employed
  • Have more friends
  • Have fewer hospital stays
  • Have fewer secondary health complications
  • Have less stress, depression and anxiety
  • Are more involved in their community
  • Have more independence
  • Are more likely to travel
  • Have higher confidence
  • Have less body fat
  • Have more muscle mass
  • And enjoy a greater quality of life than those who don’t


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