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.
Leeds Spiders Wheelchair Basketball Club formed 2007 is one of the biggest clubs in the UK boosting several members playing at international level both present and past, we are the only team in the UK to live stream all our home games proffessionaly and we are allready looking to boost this in 2017 with a major blue chip sponsorship deal for our 10th anniversay year.
Leeds Rhinos Wheelchair Rugby League Club formed 2012 as gone from strength to strength with full backing and support from Super League Club Leeds Rhinos and the Rhinos Foundation, th eclub can now boost a large contingent of England players now and for the future.
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 and community programme where we visit schools and community groups across Leeds to raise awareness about disability sport and other social issues.
Why do we do this!
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
We hold 3 weekly session per week all year round except for a 2 week break at Christmas, all sessions are run by volunteer parents, who coach, help out and organise the full running of the club including fixtures, funding and finances.
Monday Evenings 7pm – 9:30pm Basketball or Rugby (In season)
Wednesday Evenings 7pm 10pm Summer Rugby/Handball Winter Basketball
Thursday Evenings 8pm – 10pm Winter Fitness, Summer Rugby
Alternate Sundays 10am- 12pm Basketball or Rugby (In season)
Training consists of General fundamentals, game play fitness, we also have fun sessions which include new sports such as Lacrosse and Aussie Rules all in wheelchairs.
We play host to up to 16 home games per year for Basketball and 8 Rugby and also travel to same amount of away games/ competitions.
We offer Wheelchair Basketball from 8 years upwards we have 2 seniors team 2 junior teams and a women’s team we offer weekly training sessions and competitive competitions for all 5 teams, our Wheelchair Rugby League team also competes at National level all over the UK.
Full weekly training sessions include for new starters to full team training sessions and game preparation, also National League games and Development festivals in the summer.
We also run come and try it sessions in school holidays and take part in children’s days and a number of Sports open days in Leeds.