University Academy combines disability sports sessions on same night

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A disability sports organisation is combining its two Keighley youth sessions on the same evening.

The multi-sports and Paralympics sessions will both run on Wednesdays at University Academy Keighley.

Both clubs are aimed at those aged 12 to 19 with disabilities, but people of other ages are also welcome to attend.

They are part of Bradford Disability Sport and Leisure’s wide-ranging network of clubs across the district.

Sports development officer, Dean Carroll, said Keighley Disability Sports Academy, which runs from 3.30 to 4.30pm, provides multi-sport sessions.

Members spend six weeks on each sport, such as football, rugby, tennis, cricket and athletics.

Mr Carroll said: “We then put them in touch with local clubs if they really enjoy a particular sport or show good skills or potential.”

The Sports Academy has about 20 members, mostly students from Beechcliffe School, which is on the same Greenhead Road site as University Academy Keighley.

The Paralympics club, which runs from 4.30 to 6pm, concentrates on wheelchair sports, such as basketball, volleyball and archery.

Keighley Town Council recently agreed to provide half the annual running costs of the Sports Academy, and the Paralympics club has Children in Need funding until September this year.

Anyone interested in joining the club should contact Mr Carroll via or on 01274 437093.

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