Project information

Disability Sports Academy

Our plan is to build an indoor Disability sports academy which will remove barriers for people with Disabilities and Disabled sports Club accessing existing sports facilities in the city.

12 months

Charity information: Spider - Y Limited

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  • Need


    The local Government employed a specialist to survey the area and concluded that there was insufficient indoor facilities in Leeds.
    Facilities are a vital necessity for all wheelchair Sports activity from grass roots to elite level and with the number of clubs in England up by 35 this year alone, Disability Sports Governing bodies are increasingly looking for accessible venues to support development.


    SPIDER-Y has been developing National and Junior League teams for a number of years and BWB is keen to support them to enter more teams, but they are currently restricted by access to suitable facilities.
    Securing large facilities to support our Competitions is becoming increasingly difficult and we would see the development of a venue located in the North of the country to be of huge benefit to the sport.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increase Participation in Disability Sports


    » Wheelchair Basketball
    » Wheelchair Rugby League
    » Wheelchair Handball
    » Wheelchair Lacrosse

    What success will look like

    We have seen a massive increase in the take up of disability sports since London 2012 our clubs has seen a year on year increase of 25%. We can only increase further with a special

    Aim 2

    Increase Disability Sports formats


    » Wheelchair Rugby
    » Sledge Hockey
    » Wheelchair Rugby 7s
    » More and more

    What success will look like

    More and more people want to be able to compete or take part in activities for social and healthy lifestyles so the more choice we can give the more people will enjoy.

  • Impact


    This will harness the community and increase more participation for both athletes, volunteers and the wider community.
    This will focus and all existing disability sports and create new strands with potential of inclusive in future Paralympic games.
    This venue will be used for domestic fixtures with pathways to international events for the future.
    Success is measured by participation and memberships


    We have not identified any risks only barriers, these been the local government needing us to prove we can achieve what the have so far failed at.


    All donors will receive annual updates on our accounts and also monthly updates on the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,000,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,500,000 Initial Build Sports hall to comply with International Level basketball standard * 2 storey annexe incorporating
      £150,000 Infrastucture Incoming services Gas Electric Water
      £150,000 Fit Out Office Equipment, furniture, Sports Basic Equipment
      £200,000 Project Management, 1st Years staffing costs,Planning fees, rates, solicitors fees, Project Management fees
  • Background


    We have identified 4 key site in Leeds all in locations accessible by local public transports services, and also to main trunk roads for easy access by roads


    The facilities will be used by the wider community for disability sports , we have also identified 3 key sports clubs who will be able to use the facilities along with the local community will be able to access community based projects , when the facility is available.
    So people from local area of Leeds to the wider population of Yorkshire, North England and the UK would benefit from this central venue

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    British Wheelchair Basketball would like to express their support for the planned 3 court basketball facility based in Leeds. SPIDER-Y have just gained Bespoke (BWB Club mark), in order to kite mark the high standards they practice in the governance and general running of their programme. We feel that the club are well placed and have the right expertise and personnel in place to push a facilities project of this nature forward and will be working closely with them to lend as m

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Andrew Gardner - Chairman

    Project Manager - Day job Electrical Estimating Manager 25 years construction expert

    Karen Collins – Parent Representative

    Sport Department for many years , which includes Leisure Centre Management, also Coaching Netball at regional levels. Day Job – Leisure Centre Manage

    Josh Gardner - Coach

    coach - over the last couple of years as been part of the community programme in schools in and around Leeds, doing the inclusion road shows