Programmes and Events

The Sports Inclusion Disability Officer continues to engage with people with a disability and local partners to create more inclusive activity opportunities.

Upcoming Programmes and Events

Here are some of the key achievements over the past 5 years:

Disability Sport Inclusion - Over 3,700 Participants

  • Inclusive Watersports Camps – in 2021 and 2022 delivered 5 weeks of inclusive 1:1 camps on the water in Dun Laoghaire. Each week catering for a different disability type (130 participants).
  • Autism Outdoor Adventure Camp – annual camp based in Larch Hill for teenagers on the autism spectrum in August (72 participants).
  • Hockey Inclusion Camps – collaboration with Hockey Ireland to deliver 2 disability camps in 2022 (36 children).
  • Multi-Sports Autism Camp – linked with Active Kids Academy to deliver a camp for children on Autism Spectrum in 2022 (32 children).
  • Wheelchair Basketball Camp – joint project with IWA Sport, South Dublin LSP & Basketball Ireland for wheelchair users (30 children).
  • Multi-Sports IWA Club – weekly activity club for children with a physical disability with IWA Sport & South Dublin LSP (45 participants).
  • Inclusive Bike Fleet – free hire service of a fleet of bikes (trishaws, trikes, tandem, handcycle, wheelchair bike) suitable for older adults and people with disabilities in Dun Laoghaire (over 850 bookings).
  • SwimAbility Programme – quite swim sessions for children with additional needs in each of the 3 dlr Leisure pools in (over 700 visits).
  • Woodlands For Health – programmes with weekly walks on trails for adults experiencing mental health difficulties (138 participants).
  • Urban Outdoor Adventure Project – delivery of introductory sessions in outdoor activities (orienteering, rock-climbing and kayaking) for teenagers on the autism spectrum (42 participants).
  • Happy Hooves – delivered a therapeutic horse-riding programme in Ballyowan Meadows (24 children).
  • MayFest – supported Vision Sports Ireland in this national event.
  • NRH Spinal Championships – supporter of this annual national event in Dun Laoghaire.
  • Choices for Health – 12-week physical health and nutrition interventions for adults with mental health difficulties (68 participants).
  • School Sports Hall Athletics – 8-week indoor athletics coaching for children in Ballyowen Meadows National School (30 participants).
  • Dance for All – 6-week programme for adults with visual/hearing impairments, physical disabilities & chronic illness (32 participants).
  • Monkstown Special Olympics Club – assisted in establishing a new swimming club for children & adults (12 participants).
  • Enjoy Tennis – started 3 new tennis programmes in DLR and helped consolidate many on-going groups (44 participants).
  • Foroige Group – 6-week Ultimate Frisbee programme based at the Grainstore in Cabinteely (9 participants).
  • Autism Inclusion Initiatives – linked with Open Spectrum to deliver activities (inc. yoga, athletics) for teenagers with Autism (44 children).
  • Inclusive Family Activity Classes – weekly inclusive online activity sessions for children with a disability and their families (32 families).
  • Carmona Services – weekly online fun activity class for residents, followed by a summer basketball programme (43 participants).
  • Dementia Friendly Walking – 8-week guided walking programme for patients & Careers of people with dementia (33 participants).
  • Inclusive Gym – 6-week programme in dlr leisure Ballyogan providing activities for children with physical disabilities (16 participants).
  • Inclusive GAA – worked with 3 local GAA clubs to expand new inclusive sessions for children of all abilities (44 participants).
SwimAbility ProgrammeOver 700 visits
Disability Inclusion Open Evening330 Attendees
Poolpod300 users per year
Woodlands For Health138 Participants
Inclusive Watersports Camps130 Participants
Autism Outdoor Adventure Camp72 Participants
  • Inclusive Kayaking – 4 week taster programme for adults with intellectual disabilities (4 participants).
  • Inclusive Boxing – programme with IABA and Carmona Services for adults with an intellectual disability to try boxing (10 participants).
  • Inclusive Athletics Programme – with Ballyowan Meadows and Open Spectrum for teenagers on the Autism Spectrum (36 participants).
  • ID Multi-Sport Programme – weekly activity sessions for adults with an intellectual disability in St John of God Service (8 participants).
  • Eco-Therapy Programme – walking programme targeting adults who had been cocooning with the DLR Libraries Dept. (52 participants).
  • Poolpod – installation of a new hoist in dlr Leisure Loughlinstown to facilitate all abilities to access the pool (approx. 300 users per year).
  • Inclusive Playground Equipment – installed an inclusive swing and roundabout in Cabinteely Park playground for wheelchair users.
  • Sports Wheelchairs – procured 4 chairs and a hand cycle through Dormant Account funding to be used in inclusive programmes.
  • Cycling Skills Training – 2 x Learn to Cycle programmes for children with additional needs (24 participants).
  • Xcessible Award – working towards meeting the Bronze Award for inclusion of people with disabilities in sport through Active Disability Ireland.
  • Disability Inclusion Open Evening – two events showcasing sports & activity options available for people with a disability (330 attendees).
  • Supporting On-going Programmes – Access Sailing, Multi Activity, Special Needs Tag Rugby, Parahockey, Wheelchair Basketball etc.
  • Activities For All Brochure – promotion of this resource booklet demonstrating a range of inclusive activities that can be done at home.
  • Inclusive Opportunities Brochure – compilation of inclusive clubs and activity opportunities in DLR into a user-friendly printed brochure.
  • Awareness Raising & Support – working with local leisure centres, clubs, teachers and services in the area of inclusive physical activity.
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