Bolton Disability Sports Association

Constitution - Safeguarding Policy and procedures - Vulnerable Adults Policy

Secretary Position Vacant

Pictured from left: Chairperson: Sue Booth, Secretary: Position Vacant  and Treasurer: Dave Jolly

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 over 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 disability sports
  • 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 associations
  • 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 BDSA)

Committee Members:


Sue Booth Chairperson    
Steph Sherratt Secretary  
Dave Jolly Treasurer    
Jamie Agar Bolton Council Disability Sport Officer    
Tracy Ashton Bolton Council    
Kelly Burke Bolton Council    
Iain Massingham Bolton Council    
AnnMarie Taylor Bolton Council
Yusuf Atcha Bolton Council Representative
Bob Moffat Bolton Sports Federation  
Christine Bleasdale BACPAC  
Ann Lowton BACPAC  
Lyndon Howarth Firwood School  
Steph Sherratt St James's C of E School & Sports College + South Bolton Trampoline Club
This link reaches the Club
Site under construction but does not reach the Club
Andrea Wood  Heartlift
Carla Woods BOCCIA
Richard Slater Bolton Wanderers Community Trust (BWCT) to be advised

Constitution - Safeguarding Policy and procedures - Vulnerable Adults Policy