The Department of Justice and Equality has announced funding for the CARA Adapted Physical Activity Centre, a collaborative venture between IT Tralee and the Irish Sports Council to run a programme of inclusion for people with disabilities in sport.
The initiative will be run in partnership with a number of leisure centres and Local Sports Partnerships Nationally.
CARA co-ordinates national initiatives and works through the Sports Inclusion Disability Programme in the Local Sports Partnerships in each county to improve opportunities and quality of provision of sporting activities for people with disabilities.
Titled “Xcessible”, the overall aim of the initiative to heighten the awareness of the benefits of exercise, active healthy lifestyles and participation for people with disabilities.
The programme supported by Donegal Sports Partnership will be facilitated in Donegal by Aura Letterkenny Leisure Centre on Monday the 5th of December from 9am-5pm.
A variety of activities are on offer during the day including, gym and swim sessions, circuits, spinning, aqua aerobics and swim baby.
The activities are being provided FREE of charge. Booking however is essential and anyone interested can contact Donegal Sports Partnership on 074 91 16078 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
The outcomes from the “Xcessible”, programme will be shared with those who attend the European Congress of Adapted Physical Activity which will be held in Killarney from May 6th to the 8th 2012. This event is also being organised by CARA and over 400 national and international delegates are expected to attend.
The focus of the conference will be the presentation of research and case studies which can inform day to day practice in relation to the inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities in physical activity, physical education and sport.