dlrsp best logo with straplineTuesday 21st March 2017, 7pm – 8.30pm

Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

As we all know a positive sporting experience and support structure can be hugely important to young people’s physical and mental health. If you are worried about a young person in your sports club or have you questions around young people’s mental health we have the workshop for you.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership are hosting a FREE workshop on the evening of the 21st March that will look at the area of Youth Mental Health & Sport for club coaches, volunteers and parents. This workshop will be held as part of the Sports Forum meeting and its ongoing work to support volunteer coaches and volunteers in their invaluable work.

CARA announced today that they will host the first ever National fit4all week and National fit4all Expo. The fit4all week will run from the 8th May to the 14th May with the National Expo taking place on the 10th May in the newly opened National Indoor Arena.

The 5 times All Ireland winner and patron for fit4all Aidan O’Mahony and Operation Transformation Leader Chris Mc Elligott were on hand at the National Aquatic Centre today to mark the announcement.

Fit4All gym photo min 1

The fit4all week is a national campaign aimed at increasing awareness among people with disabilities their families & carers and disability services on the benefits of regular exercise, healthy lifestyles and opportunities to participate within the local community. Fit4all week also aims to increase awareness and build the capacity of leisure & fitness professionals in providing accessible programmes and facilities within their local community.

“Throughout the Fit4All week, we are inviting leisure Centres, fitness facilities, community halls, professional trainers etc. around the country to open up their centres and invite individuals with disabilities to participate in their programmes and to try out everything within their facility” – Brenda O’Donnell, Inclusive Fitness Coordinator Cara Centre

“Our National fit4all Expo, which is a free of charge event, will showcase a wide range of fitness classes, programmes and equipment in a bid to let individuals with disabilities and professionals working in the fitness sector know how easy it is to make inclusive opportunities available within their local centres or facilities. “– Niamh Daffy, Managing Director, Cara Centre

There will be a full schedule of classes throughout the day of the Expo, each highlighting the inclusion of individuals with disabilities, including classes hosted by Kris Saunders Stowe, the Founder of Wheely Good Fitness in the UK. Kris provides unique and modern fitness classes to wheelchair users and to the wider disability community.

The Expo will also pay host to an exhibition of services and products from companies, retailers and vendors working in the fitness sector. Each exhibitor will be highlighting their product or service with special focus on how it can improve or assist with the inclusion of individuals with a disability into their centre programmes.

Leisure Centres that are interested in participating in the fit4all week are encouraged to register their centre details at www.caracentre.ie/fit4all and any individual wishing to take part during the week can check out the list of active centres on our website www.caracentre.ie/fit4all

Present in Photos - Chris Mc Elligott (operation Transformation), Patrice Dockery (Paralympian), Dale Blount (St Michaels House) and Aidan O'Mahony Patron (Dancing with the Stars)

If any leisure centres, fitness facilities, community halls, professional trainers etc want to become more inclusive or run an event during Fit4all week, please contact Brian O'Donnell, Sports Inclusion Disability Officer for the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area on 01-2719506

For further information from the CARA Centre on Fit4all programme, please contact Brenda O’Donnell, Inclusive Fitness Coordinator, CARA Centre on 01-6251160 W: www.caracentre.ie F: https://www.facebook.com/Caracentre.ie/ T: @CaraCentre_ie About CARA

CARA is a national organisation which provides a collaborative and partnership platform throughout Ireland to impact on enhancing sport and physical activity opportunities for people with disabilities. CARA believes 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. Our challenge is to ensure that people with disabilities have the same awareness of and access to opportunities to be active

About fit4all: fit4all is a national campaign 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. fit4all also aims to increase awareness and build the capacity of leisure & fitness professionals in providing accessible programmes and facilities within their local community.

Aidan O’Mahony: Aidan O’Mahony is a 5 time all Ireland winning player for Kerry and 2 time all star recipient. Aidan made 70 championship appearances and featured in 85 league games for Kerry. O'Mahony announced his retirement from inter-county football on 23 January 2017. He is currently a contestant on Dancing with the Stars (Ireland)

ucd brandmark colourWednesday February 15th from 6.30pm
The Red Room, UCD Student Centre, UCD, Belfield
UCD Sport in partnership with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership are running the fourth seminar of the 2016/2017 series on Wednesday February 15th from 6.30pm. The seminar will cover two key areas that affect sporting performance in athletes and players.

On an overcast, chilly, Monday morning, there was no evidence of any sluggishness or a lack of motivation at Monkstown Educate Together National School. 

The enthusiasm was infectious from teachers and students alike as everyone took their turn to participate in the morning exercise. One of the teachers said that they tried to get out nearly first thing every morning as it was a great way of burning off a bit of excess energy to help everyone to focus on school work for the hours that followed. 


With an increasing number of primary schools participating in “The Daily Mile” across the county of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, the initiative is proving a big hit. Children of all ages and abilities are getting out on a daily basis for some exercise during the school day. 

 An impressive twenty eight schools have since come on board and many of them met at the launch on the 8th December 2016 to learn more about the initiative, find out what might work best for their schools and also officially launch The Daily Mile in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown. The session included a Skype chat with Sheila Jennings the Principal in Lehinch National School and her pupils about their experiences doing the Daily Mile since September.


The Daily Mile is successful because it is simple and free:

  • It takes place over just 15 minutes, with children averaging a mile each day.
  • Children run outside in the fresh air – and the weather is a benefit, not a barrier.
  • There’s no set up, tidy up, or equipment required.
  • Children run in their uniforms so no kit or changing time is needed.
  • It’s social, non-competitive and fun.
  • It’s fully inclusive; every child succeeds, whatever their circumstances, age or ability.

Shane McArdle, Coordinator with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership stated at the launch “we are delighted that so many local schools are taking part in this brilliant initiative and to be a partner in promoting The Daily Mile. It’s a great example of how something so simple can be so effective”.


Caroline Mahon, Schools Health Promotion Officer at Blackrock Education Centre stated “with schools ideally placed to promote physical activity, the Daily Mile provides a simple and effective way of embedding activity into the every day. It has lots of benefits such as improving concentration levels, peer & teacher relationships and building self-esteem. It also helps schools reach broader goals with such initiatives as the Active Schools Flag or Health Promoting School Initiative, leading to that whole-school approach”.

Expressions of interest by schools in “The Daily Mile” are still being accepted and can be lodged by contacting Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership at 01-2719502 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

COE logoDun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership has now confirmed its full schedule of Safeguarding (Child Protection in Sports) Workshops for 2017. Click here for dates, venues and more details.