The birth of BDSA came as the result of a seminar held in December 1998
at Horwich Leisure Centre to discuss the future of disability sport in
Bolton, instigated by Bolton Metro Leisure Services. The ultimate aim
was to establish a Bolton Disability Sports Association (BDSA) and the
seminar was held as part of the Bolton Forum for Sport.
Of the 20 original volunteers, only one, Bob
Moffat, remains a part of the current BDSA group; however the original
ideas expressed 15 years ago about aims and objectives still hold true.
- Raising awareness of disability sport and
educating people about it
- Empowering local people to get involved in
- Finding out what are the barriers to access,
e.g. physical or communication
- Advising on policy and delivery of disability
sports, including within school’s PE lessons
- Liaising with local clubs/providers
- Liaising with other disability sports
- Facilitating training courses
- Finding out what disability sports are already
being offered and then publicising them
- Asking service users what they want
Fast forward 15 years and the means of
communication have changed from that time…with the internet yet to
take off, but the website message here is very similar.
There are new challenges too…e.g. the
educational landscape has changed greatly with the advent of more
children with disabilities included into mainstream schools. This means
there is an even greater need and challenge to promote the disability
sport message and ensure there are meaningful opportunities for children
and young people to take part in sports/physical activities.
As you read on and explore this website, it is the
hope of the whole BDSA committee that you find answers to your questions
about disability sports in Bolton and feel empowered to get involved….
Sue Booth (Chairperson