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All this week we have been taking a special look at sporting opportunities for those who haven't always had the chance to get involved.

Tonight we feature the sport of Boccia. Similar to Boules it's been in the Paralympics since 1984. It was originally designed for people with Cerebral Palsy but it's now popular with players with a wide range of physical and learning disabilities.

Ryan Dollard reports.

For more information you can visit the website:

http://cwsc.webs.com/

Christmas cheer at Queen of the South

Queen of the South play top of the table Hearts in the Scottish Championship tomorrow.

The Doonhamers and their fans had plenty to celebrate at their Christmas party at Palmerston Park.

They're still third in a division featuring a trio of super-heavyweights in Rangers, Hearts and Hibs.

So everyone at the club was delighted to take the chance this week to thank the supporters who've helped the club exceed expectations so far this season.

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Play the game at walking pace: Cumbria's over 50 footballers

No running, but no less intensity. Credit: ITV Border

In Cumbria we play football at a walking pace - but there's no let up to the intensity.

Carlisle United and Age UK have teamed up to offer walking football to people over the age of 50.

The sport is exactly the same as the original game with one big difference - players are banned from running.

As well as promoting physical exercise to older men, the team behind the scheme hope it'll cut down on the loneliness and isolation that people can face after leaving work.

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Once in a Blue Moon: New tartan for Manchester City

One of the world's richest football clubs has officially launched its own tartan to celebrate a 60-year link with a Borders town.

Manchester City's "Blue Moon" tartan cashmere scarves and ties are proving a big hit with supporters of the English Premiership giants.

Businessman Craig Douglas from the Borders town of Selkirk came up with the idea of the "Blue Moon" tartan - to reflect the club's links with the 1940s musical hit which is sung by fans before each home game. He enlisted the help of Selkirk-based Lochcarron of Scotland, the world's leading tartan manufacturers, to produce the initial order which has been selling in the club shop and on-line.

Craig Douglas from Selkirk with Manchester City legends Asa Hartford and Mike Summerbee at the official launch. Credit: Robert Fairburn

Three years ago City had a trial period with a tartan which did not develop but Mr Douglas believes the club and Lochcarron are onto a winner with the "Blue Moon" brand with quality scarves selling for £100. Selkirk and City have enjoyed strong links ever since Bobby Johnstone moved south in 1955 and became the first player to score in two consecutive FA Cup Finals at Wembley.

That has been cemented with "Blue Moon" now recognised by the Scottish Register of Tartans with an official launch attended by former City legends Asa Hartford and Mike Summerbee.

There is a lot of enthusiasm at Manchester City for the tartan. The feedback I got at the launch was excellent and I hope this is just the start. We are already talking about expanding the range into handbags and caps and it looks as though the club will use the tartan for its hospitality box travelling rugs.

There remains strong links between Selkirk and Manchester City - Bobby's portrait still hangs on the walls at the Etihad Stadium. It is great that it will be a Selkirk company that will benefit if the tartan takes off in Manchester.

– Craig Douglas

Johnstone - who passed away in 2001- was born in Selkirk and played for his local club before being snapped up by Hibernian and formed part of the legendary "Famous Five" forward line at Easter Road. Capped 17-times for Scotland he moved to City and the club has visited Selkirk twice in recent season for friendly matches.

Panthers roaring with team spirit

This week we are looking at the opportunities available around the region for people with disabilities to get involved in sport.

Tonight we feature basketball and how a club one mum set up for her son is changing the lives of wheelchair users around Carlisle.

Ryan Dollard reports.

If you would like to find out more about the Carlisle Panthers you can visit their website:

http://cwsc.webs.com/basketball

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