In 2016 University of Limerick Sport Arena (UL Sport) won the Cara Third Level Physical Activity & Sport Award at our National Inclusion Awards.
“From the beginner to the elite athlete, side by side” a phrase synonymous with UL Sport applying to everybody, equally, at their unique and inclusive campus environment.
Physical activity is an essential part of everybody’s lives. And be it for general wellness or a quest for sporting excellence, there is a commitment from UL Sport to do what they can to assist visitors on their mission of health. Where people with disabilities are concerned, provisions have been made for ease of access, such as designated car-parking and ramps, along with specialised equipment to allow for water-based and dry land activities, with enthusiastic personnel who facilitate exercise for all, regardless of limitations.
Their Olympic sized swimming pool is the venue for initiatives such as Swim Inc., i-PLAY and the all-inclusive aqua jogging programme. Dryland activities include Gym Inc., Wheelchair basketball and Amputee Football. They have proudly hosted incredible events such as the World Down Syndrome Swimming Championships, Special Olympics Ireland Games, European Powerchair Football, National League Wheelchair Basketball and Eight Nations Amputee Football.
Working together and listening to others is key to learning, and UL Sport campus colleagues across many departments assist them in delivering on their promise to help increase participation opportunities for people with disabilities.
Most of all, they place enormous value on their day to day interaction with whom these initiatives are designed. Speaking openly the users of their facility, who share their thoughts on how UL Sport can continue to get better with inclusivity in mind.