The annual training day for our tutor team took place on Saturday, 29th of September 2018 in Irish Sport HQ based on the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus in Dublin.
Michael Gilroy kicked off the day by welcoming all the tutors and guests who attended and giving an update on Cara, as many things have changed within Cara in the last 12 months. Brenda O’Donnell, Gearoid O’Doherty and Francesca Pizzutto from Cara gave updates on Fit for All, Camp Abilities, the National Inclusion Awards and the National Seminar for Inclusion.
Since last year Cara has undergone re-branding with a new logo and a new website. We have a new strategic plan, which we will be launching at the end of October. We also welcomed on board new people to the Cara team: Jon Morgan (retired CEO, Disability Sport Wales) and Mary O’Connor (CEO, Federation of Irish Sports) joined the Board of Directors; and Jordan Lee (Paralympics Ireland athlete), Ian McKinley (PRO Rugby player), and Adam Harris (CEO, AsIAm) joined Joanne Cantwell (RTE, Sports Presenter) and Aidan O’Mahony (Owner, AOM Fitness) as Cara Ambassadors.
In the last 12 months, tutors delivered over 70 workshops and up-skilled over 1000 people all over Ireland. After introducing a new workshop, Autism in Sport, we have now a team of 31 tutors delivering four different workshops throughout the country. Without the support of a committed and passionate tutor network who share the same vision as our organisation, our goal of enhancing the quality of sport and physical activity opportunities for people with disabilities would not be achieved.
On the day we had Miriam Malone (CEO, Paralympics Ireland), Nicky Hamill (Director of Sport, IWA Sport), Elizabeth Broderick (Sport and Competition Coordinator, Special Olympics Ireland), Joey Watson (National Sports Development Officer, Deaf Sports Ireland), Adam Harris (CEO, AsIAm), and Lisa Kelly (Co-ordinator, St John of Gods Community Services) all contribute to upskilling and increasing the knowledge of our tutors.
As part of the lunch break we also played our part in the European Week of Sport by encouraging everyone to play the game of ‘Beep Kickball’ which is a popular activity for people with a vision impairment.
Cara continues to update all our existing training and education resources to reflect the latest information in the area of disability and inclusion so our tutor team is able to pass this information to practitioners through the delivery of our workshops. This year we have developed a number of factsheets aimed at increasing the knowledge of coaches and fitness professionals in both the sports and fitness sector. These factsheets are available free to download from the resources section of the Cara website.
For further information about our training approach, for a list of upcoming workshops, or if you are interested in hosting your own, please visit caracentre.ie/training or contact Francesca at firstname.lastname@example.org.