Training and Education

Cara coordinates, develops and delivers inclusive training and education workshops across the Sport, Fitness, Adventure and Education sectors. All our workshops are designed to equip participants with the knowledge, competence and skills necessary to include people with disabilities in sport and physical activity, and increase quality provision.

Cara’s Tutor Team currently come from many different disabilities, sporting and physical activity professions and organisations.
Our Tutor Team bring a wealth of knowledge and practical experience to each and every workshop. That, coupled with a genuine enthusiasm and love of what they do, always makes for an enjoyable learning experience.


Our approach

Cara advocates for the Inclusion Continuum and the TREE model across all sport and physical activity settings.

Inclusion Continuum

Rather than thinking of inclusion as everyone participating together, consider inclusion as a process of ensuring ALL are included at a level appropriate to them.

The activities can vary from “open” to “modified”, “parallel”, “reverse integration”, and “separate”. Sometimes we can think of “inclusion” as everyone participating together, but “open” activities aren’t always possible or may not be the best option for a particular session. Consider ranging from “fully integrated” to “fully segregated” when planning your activities.

Regardless of the activity provided, how can a sport coach, leader, or teacher adapt or modify their sessions to ensure they are inclusive for all ability levels?


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The TREE model can be applied to any given type of activity on the Inclusion Continuum. To modify and adapt your activities to make them more inclusive and accessible for all ability levels, you can take an inclusive approach in many different ways by applying this tool:

  • Teaching or coaching style: you can adapt the way you communicate with the participants
  • Rules and regulations: you can simplify or change the rules and regulations to make your activities more inclusive
  • Equipment: you can modify the equipment you use to help the participants access your activities
  • Environment: you can adjust where the activities happen and how they are structured to accommodate all ability levels

Upcoming Workshops

TypeDateFacilitatorVenueTimeContact nameContact details
Autism in Sport
13th NovKildare LSP
Nexus Project Centre, Clane, Co. Kildare
18.30-21.30
Padraig Healy
pshealy@kildarecoco.ie
Autism in Sport
18th NovWestmeath Sports Partnership
Community Development Section, Westmeath County Council, Mount Street, Athlone, Westmeath
18.00-21.00
Mary Kate Duignan
Mary.Duignan@westmeathcoco.ie
Disability Inclusion Training23rd Nov
Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership
Institute of Technology Sligo, , Ash Lane, Sligo
09.30-15.30
Shane Hayes
shane@sligosportandrecreation.ie
Disability Inclusion Training23rd NovCork LSPMayfield Sports Complex, Old Youghal Road, Mayfield, Co. Cork10.00 - 16.00Cathal Geraghtycgeraghty@corksports.ie
Autism in Sport 25th NovDCSWPSt Catherine’s Sports Centre, Dublin City18.30 - 21.30Nuala O'Donovannuala.odonovan@dublincity.ie
Disability Inclusion Training27th NovBadminton IrelandNational Indoor Arena, National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 159.30 - 15.30Fiach Andrewsfandrews@badmintonireland.com
Autism in Sport 12th DecLongford Sports Partnership
Longford Town TBC
18.00-21.00
Orla Dempsey
Odempsey@longfordcoco.ie
Disability Inclusion Training16th JanAthlone IT
Athlone Institute of Technology
10.00-16.00
Joe Meegan
jmeegan@ait.ie
Autism in Sport 18th JanWicklow LSP
Clermont House, Newrath, Rathnew, Co. Wicklow
10.00-13.00
Gearoid Doherty
GODoherty@wicklowcoco.ie
Autism in Sport 25th JanSpecial Olympics Leinster
IT Carlow, Kilkenny Road, Carlow
10.00-13.00
Aoife Reilly
aoife.reilly@specialolympics.ie
Autism in Sport 25th JanSpecial Olympics Leinster
IT Carlow, Kilkenny Road, Carlow
14.00-17.00
Aoife Reilly
aoife.reilly@specialolympics.ie
Disability Inclusion Training25th JanSpecial Olympics Leinster
IT Carlow, Kilkenny Road, Carlow
10.00-17.00
Aoife Reilly
aoife.reilly@specialolympics.ie
Disability Inclusion Training1st FebWicklow Local Sports Partnership
Shoreline Leisure, Greystones, Co. Wicklow
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10.00-16.00
Gearoid O Doherty
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GODoherty@wicklowcoco.ie
Autism in Sport 03rd FebTipperary SP
Littleton, County Tipperary
18.00-21.00
Aoife Dunphy
adunphy@tipperarysports.ie

Our Workshops

Accessibility and the Great Outdoors

The training is designed to give an overview of the best practice outlined in Great Outdoors, A Guide for Accessibility and a foundation understanding of how...

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Disability Inclusion Training

This workshop is designed to provide participants with the knowledge, skills and ideas on how to adapt and modify your sport, physical activity or physical...

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Autism in Sport Workshop

This workshop will provide attendees with an understanding of Autism focussing on the delivery of sport. It will help participants to recognise and understand key...

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Inclusive Fitness Training

This workshop is designed to increase the confidence and awareness of fitness managers, fitness professionals and all front line staff to work with people with...

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Inclusive PE Workshop

Too often we hear of children with SEN or a disability being sent to the resource room when their class is taking part in a...

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Disability Awareness in Sport Workshop

This workshop is designed to build awareness around people with disabilities participating in community sport and physical activity. On completion of the course all attendees...

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Disability Awareness Training (NGBs)

This workshop aims to support NGBs in developing and enhancing provision, opportunities, and practices, which will ensure that people with disabilities have the opportunity to...

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Inclusive Adventure Activities Training

This workshop is designed to inspire participants to help make their adventure activities and outdoor environments more accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities. The...

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