badminton symbol East Lothian News Article 2011 sportgeneric

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For the last year or so some of the county’s disabled residents have been put through their paces at Meadowmill Sports Centre under the watchful eyes of coaches based in the county.

Once a week they attend a disability athletics club and take part in running, jumping and throwing events.

These hour-long Thursday morning sessions not only improve fitness in terms of strength, stamina and speed but also help with balance, co-ordination, agility and general well-being.

“It’s fabulous to see the enthusiasm that the guys put into this,” said Jamie Wilson, from Longniddry, who coaches the club. The range of disability varies a lot. “I like to concentrate on their ability rather than their disability” said Jamie.

The results speak for themselves with about 14 disabled adults attending each week. Most of the group come from the Mansfield Day Centre in Musselburgh or the Port Seton Day Centre, but a number of individuals also attend.

“We are always happy to have more people take part as it is so important for those with disability to participate in exercise” says Jamie.

Sports Development Officer for Disability Sport, Rob Woodhead said he was pleased with the reception of the session and the quality of the coaching.

The sessions take place at Meadowmill on Thursdays between 10.30 and 11.30 and cost £1.50 per session.