Support confirmed for crucial disability sports development officer role

Sitting alongside councillor and other partners

Published: Thursday, 04th April 2019

Disability sport in the Scottish Borders has received a major boost.

We have reached an agreement with charity Live Borders and the Scottish Borders Disability Sports Group which will see the disability sport development officer post continue for the next three years.

The post will be jointly funded by the three parties in an agreement which is believed to be unique in Scotland.

The announcement means current development officer Alan Oliver, a para-badminton internationalist, can continue encouraging disabled people of all ages to take up a sport. Alan has held the post for the last seven years since the role was created in April 2012.

Councillor Euan Jardine, Executive Member for Culture and Sport

“This is a very exciting three-way partnership which will enhance disability sports provision in the Scottish Borders.

“Inclusion for all is an important subject for the Council’s Administration and I am delighted that SBC has chosen to support this proposal.

“I look forward to working with both Live Borders and the Scottish Borders Disability Sports Group to increase disability sports provision and participation. It is also hoped this model can be one that others councils adopt in the future.”

John McBay, charity Live Borders’ Sports Development Manager

 “The partnership between Live Borders, Scottish Borders Disability Sports Group and Scottish Borders Council is a fabulous model of sports development in action.

“This programme allows all of the organisations to work together to provide a pathway from grassroots to performance in sport for people with a disability.

“A huge amount of work has gone on behind the scenes to create this programme and I cannot thank all of the organisations and volunteers enough for making this happen.” 

Graham Cook, Scottish Borders Disability Sports Group Vice Chairman

“This post is absolutely vital for the provision and development of sporting opportunities for children and adults with a disability.

“Over the past five years this post has resulted in a huge increase in the number of people with a disability regularly taking part in a growing number of different sports. SBC’s decision gives us the security to continue and build on this success.

“I am really looking forward to working with SBC and Live Borders over the coming years to develop and improve the sporting opportunities for people with a disability across the the region.

I believe that our unique partnership can be an exemplar for councils and leisure trusts across Scotland.”

Gavin McLeod CEO of Scottish Disability Sport (SDS)

“This unique partnership between a local authority, a leisure trust and SDS branch will cement the future development of opportunities for individuals with a disability to participate and compete in sport.

“This forward-thinking example of good-practice is a partnership that has the potential to be replicated elsewhere in Scotland and ensures participants and athletes with a disability are fully considered and included in the Scottish Borders.

“SDS congratulate all concerned and look forward to supporting the role locally.”  

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