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.

Upcoming Workshops

Inclusive Adventure Activities Training Postponed due to COVID-19Wicklow Local Sports PartnershipThe Avon, Blessington, Wicklow10.00-16.00Clara
Disability Inclusion TrainingPostponed due to COVID-19Louth Local Sports PartnershipRoche Emmetts GAA Club, 11 Bridgecrest, Rathduff, Dundalk, Louth10.00-16.00Tríona Faapito
Disability Inclusion TrainingPostponed due to COVID-19Basketball IrelandNational Basketball Arena, Castletymon Road, Tallaght10.00-16.00Paul
Disability Inclusion TrainingPostponed due to COVID-19Confederation of Golf in IrelandDonaghadee Parish Church Halls complex, Church Lane, Donaghadee, Down
Autism in SportPostponed due to COVID-19Cork Sports PartnershipThe Mardyke Pavilion,
Mardyke Sports Ground (UCC), Mardyke, Cork
Inclusive Fitness TrainingPostponed due to COVID-19Ireland ActiveClayton Hotel Cork City
Cliodhna Macnamara
Disability Inclusion TrainingPostponed due to COVID-19Dun Loaghire Rathdown Sports PartnershipHoly Trinity National School Glencairn, Glencairn Dr Carmanhall and Leopardstown10.00-16.00Brian O Donnell
Disability Inclusion TrainingPostponed due to COVID-19Cork Sports PartnershipHoly Trinity Mayfield Sports Centre, Old Youghal Rd, Mayfield, Cork10.00-16.00James
Disability Inclusion TrainingPostponed due to COVID-19Donegal Sports PartnershipInver Community Centre, Ardaghey, Co. Donegal11.30-17.30Martin
Autism in Sport31st MarLouth Local Sports PartnershipDundalk Sports Centre, Tom Bellew Avenue, Dundalk, Co. Louth18.00-21.00Áine
Autism in Sport31st MarFingal Sports PartnershipSkerries TBC19.00-22.00David Daly
Autism in Sport2nd AprCavan Local Sports PartnershipCavan Rugby Club, Swellan, Cavan18.30-21.30
Dean McElroy
Autism in Sport 7th AprDublin City Sports & Wellbeing PartnershipClogher Road Sports Centre, Clogher Road, Crumlin, Dublin18.00-21.00Lisa Kelly
Disability Inclusion Training11th AprLaois Sports PartnershipMarian Centre
Disability Inclusion Training16th MayCounty Carlow Local Sports PartnershipIT Carlow,
Kilkenny Road,
10.00-16.00Teresa O'
Autism in Sport 19th MayDun Loaghire Rathdown Sports PartnershipTBC18.00-21.00Brian O Donnell
Inclusive Fitness Training13th JunIreland ActiveNUI Galway Sports Centre, University Rd, Galway
Cliodhna Macnamara
Inclusive Fitness Training17th JulIreland ActiveNational Sports Campus, Dublin
Cliodhna Macnamara

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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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

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