John Treacy ‘CEO’ of Sport Ireland launched the ‘Disability Awareness in Sport Workshop’ developed by CARA which will be delivered nationwide by Local Sports Partnerships. At the today’s launch John stressed “the value of collaborative work between all key agencies within the sector aimed at contributing to enhancing active and healthy lifestyles for people with disabilities at community level”.
Doireann Ni Mhuircheartaigh ‘Inclusive Communities Coordinator’ with CARA stated that the overall aim of the Disability Awareness in Sport Workshop is to build awareness of people with disabilities’ participation in community sport and physical activity. It will enhance the great work that many of the Local Sports Partnerships are already doing and will also help to promote the many inclusive sport programmes they support and coordinate whilst also attracting coaches and volunteers to bring their skills into these programmes.
Representatives from Sport Ireland, the national network of Local Sports Partnerships and National Governing Bodies of Disability Sport attended the launch with the overall aim of enhancing provision for people with disabilities to access sport and physical activity within their local communities. Many representatives presented, sharing some best practice taking place within their organisations and communities. Michelle Daltry ‘Partnership Manager’ with Disability Sport Wales was an invited keynote speaker who shared her insights on the Welsh approach to building sustainable programmes to increase participation of people with disabilities in Sport and Physical Activity across Wales.
Niamh Daffy ‘Managing Director’ with CARA indicated that with support from Sport Ireland, Dormant Accounts and other key stakeholders, CARA will continue to coordinate and advocate for a pan-disability multi-sports participation environment at a national and local level in collaboration with a range of national and local organisations. We believe that sport and physical activity for people with disabilities is a means of enhancing life, increasing social interaction, improving physical and mental health and empowering people in all aspects of their lives.
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