Cara Welcomes Funding

Cara welcomes announcement of Funding

Cara welcomes the announcement this week from Minister Shane Ross, and the Department for Transport, Tourism and Sport, which will see a significant investment throughout Ireland in inclusive fitness equipment.

The announcement of €108,600 towards the Cara ‘Fit for All’ programme, as part of the overall investment of €10m in sports equipment for clubs and centres nationally, will see the direct provision of inclusive exercise & fitness equipment provided through Cara’s national Fit For All programme.

Inclusive Sports Equipment

Brenda O’Donnell, Sports Inclusion Coordinator with Cara who manages the Fit for All programme, outlined that “there are now in excess of 95 fitness facilities nationwide that are involved in the provision of accessible fitness activities through Cara’s Fit for All programme, and this latest announcement of funding recognises the considerable progress fitness facilities in Ireland are making towards providing access for all abilities”.

Cara is a national pan-disability sports organisation providing a collaborative and partnership platform to increase sport and physical activity opportunities for people with disabilities across Ireland.  One of Cara’s strategic goals is to enhance community participation opportunities for people with disabilities. Through collaborations with Sport Ireland Local Sports Partnerships and in partnership with Ireland Active, Cara strives to build capacity across the leisure/fitness sector with the ultimate aim of increasing opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in their local leisure/fitness programmes.

Acknowledging the funding for Inclusive Fitness Equipment, CEO of Cara Niamh Daffy said, “the investment of funding through the Sports Capital Programme is hugely welcomed and I would like to sincerely thank Minister Ross and Minister Griffin for their continued support of our work.  There has been a significant increase in the number of leisure centres adopting an inclusive approach across Ireland.  We are delighted with the success of the Fit for All Initiative in heightening awareness of opportunities and we look forward to continued developments within the leisure/fitness sectors resulting in more awareness, more access and ultimately more participation opportunities”.

For Further Information Contact:

Brenda O’Donnell


Further Information

Fit For All is a national initiative aimed at increasing awareness among people with disabilities, families/carers and disability services on the benefits of regular exercise, healthy lifestyles and opportunities to participate within the local community.

fit for all ambassadors

Fit For All also aims to increase awareness and build the capacity of leisure & fitness professionals in providing accessible programmes and facilities within their local community.

Full details on the programme: