Sports Inclusion Disability Programme (SIDP)

About SportsAbility

Sports Inclusion Disability Programme aims to increase the participation and engagement of people with disabilities in sport, fitness and physical activity within Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County. This is achieved through working in partnership with statutory agencies, sports clubs, community groups, facility providers, schools, disability service providers and people with disabilities. We do this by:

  • Providing training programmes to volunteers, coaches, care staff etc. to improve access to sport for people with disabilities.
  • Delivery of a wide range of inclusive events and sessions annually
  • Provision of information and links on activities for people with disabilities

Gwen O’Looney is currently the Acting Sports Inclusion Disability Officer for Dun Laoghaire Rathdown. If you are a person with a disability and would like to get active, please contact Gwen on 01 271 9502 or email

Here are some of the key achievements in 2023:

Disability Sport Inclusion - Over 1500 Participants in 2023

  • Inclusive Bike Fleet – continuing to oversee and promote this free inclusive bike hire service for people with a disability along the Coastal Mobility Route in Dun Laoghaire (540 separate bookings).   
  • Inclusive Learn to Cycle – delivered seven x 6-week programmes for children with a disability to learn to cycle independently. Also held a workshop for 10 teachers in Ballyowen Meadows in January. (105 participants).
  • Inclusion Water Sports Camps – managed the delivery of 4 weeks of this 1:1 camp for children with complex disabilities with DLRCC & Active Connections (80 participants). 
  • Multi-Sports Club for Children on the Autism Spectrum – established a new parent led weekly activity sessions in Ballyogan. Started in May with 2 separate sessions (24 participants). Now called This Is Me. 
  • Inclusive Kayaking – delivered a taster session with St Michaels House (12 participants) and an initial pilot session for Open Spectrum and full programme planned for April 2024 (8 participants). 
  • Inclusive Yoga – organized weekly sessions for adults with intellectual disabilities with St. Michaels House in Goatstown (25 participants). 
  • Inclusive Croquet – worked with Carrickmines Tennis & Croquet Club and St John of Gods to include a group of adults with an intellectual disability to play croquet within the club (10 participants).
  • Table Cricket – staff of Enable Ireland trained in this inclusive sport to facilitate ongoing sessions on-site in the service (10 attendees).
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing Programme – collaborating with Enable Ireland to create an inclusive 6-week programme around wellbeing and mental health.
  • Seated Yoga & Wellbeing Programme – weekly inclusive weekly outdoor initiative for all abilities in front of the Lexicon (25 participants). 
  • Inclusive Playground Equipment – installed an inclusive swing and roundabout in Cabinteely Park playground for wheelchair users.
  • Woodlands For Health – delivered a 10-week walking programme for adults experiencing mental ill-health in a woodland setting (15 participants). 
  • Choices For Health – completed delivery of a new programme for adults suffering mental ill-health with visits to dlr Leisure Monkstown (12 participants).  
  • Xcessible Award – working towards meeting the Bronze Award for inclusion of people with disabilities.
Inclusive Bike Fleet540 Separate Bookings
Inclusive Learn To Cycle105 Participants
Inclusive Water Camps 80 Participants with 1:1 Coaching
SwimAbility Programme340 Participants
Inclusive Watersports Camps130 Participants
Brian Boru Sailing24 Participants
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