SDCSP, in partnership with Kildare Sports Partnership, has appointed Aine Coogan as the Sports Inclusion Disability Officer (SIDO).
The role of the SIDO is to encourage and enable individuals with disabilities to be active participants in sport, physical activity and physical education.
This will be achieved through working in partnership with the statutory agencies, sports clubs, community groups, facility providers, schools, disability service providers and individuals with a disability. Through working with all of the various partners the Sports Inclusion Disability Officer will endeavour to address the project objectives which include:
- Sustainable Participation: Support sustainable participation opportunities for people with disabilities through the provision of quality initiatives, engaging with the existing clubs and the wider community
- Partnerships: Create effective partnerships to underpin the development of sustainable participation for people with disabilities in sport, fitness and physical activity
- Capacity Building: Encourage clubs and volunteers to support the participation for people with disabilities through the facilitation of training, information and awareness-raising.
- Awareness: Provide information and promote all opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in sustainable sport, fitness and physical activity at local, regional and national level
CARA Adapted Physical Activity Centre
The SIDO programme is co-ordinated nationally by the CARA Adapted Physical Activity Centre which is based in Institute of Technology, Tralee with the aim of coordinating, facilitating and advocating for the inclusion of people with disabilities in sport, physical activity and physical education. If you would like to find out more about the CARA APA Centre please click on the following link www.caraapacentre.ie.
The latest CARA Newstletter can be found Here.
Upcoming SIDO Programmes 2017
- Learn to Cycle Programme
South Dublin County Sports Partnership recognises the importance of cycling for the inclusion of children in recreational activities. To address this concern South Dublin Sports Partnership will run various Learn2Cycle programmes during 2017. The central aim of this six week programme is to teach children with disabilities to cycle independently. The programme runs in varies locations around South Dublin. For further details on the Learn 2 Cycle programme dates/venues please contact Aine at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Powerchair Football Come and Try it Training Session
Are you a powerchair user and interested in trying powerchair football? South Dublin County Sports Partnership in conjunction with Stephen Rice, FAI development officer, The Association of Powerchair Football and the IWA Lucan will be organising Powerchair Football Come and Try It training sessions in Clondalkin Leisure Centre in Feburary 2017. The aim of the training sessions is to provide powerchair users, of all ages and abilities, the opportunity to try this action packed team sport. Powerchair Football combines the skill of the wheelchair user with the speed and power of the chair itself, to participate in an extremely challenging game. Powerchair Football is the first competitive team sport designed and developed specifically for power wheelchair users.
If you are a powerchair user and interested in trying Powerchair Football please contact Aine at email@example.com for further information.
- Gladiators Club
The Gladiators club was re-established in September 2016 and runs every Monday evening in Collinstown Sports complex under the guidence of the parent led committee. The sport and physical activity club is open to children with disabilities aged 6 years plus. The club faciliatates a different activirty each week to allow the children expereince a wide variety of sport and physical activities. To register for the club activites for 2017 please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Football For All Programme
In 2010, the FAI Football For All programme established a network of Football For All Clubs through existing community clubs. These clubs provide opportunities for children with disabilities to join the clu and enjoy the sport of football. The programme is open to chilren of all abailities aged 5 years plus. Coaching provided by qualified coaches. The programme runs Fridays from 5-6pm in Killinardan Community School. To register contact Jim Crawford, FAI Development Officer on (087)8251165.
- First Try Sports Taster Programme
South Dublin County Sports Partnership in conjunction with the HSE disability team commenced the First Try programme in July and October 2016. The objective of the programme is to increase the physical activity levels in the cohort of children referred to physiotherapy or occupational therapy in the School Age Team. The second objective is that the children are linked with the community based sport and physical activity programmes. 26 children with complex needs aged 7-10 years took part in the 5 week programmes in Tallaght Leisure Centre which consisted of soccer, tag rugby, volleyball, basketball and yoga. Each activity was provided by the National Governing Body development officer/ local coaches to increase the chance of transfer to these community based programmes. Due to the success of the programme the next programme will take place in July 2017 in partnership with the HSE disability team, Chamber House.
- Sports Programmes for Children with Disabilities
At present, information on all programmes in South County Dublin that are open to people with disabilities to attend is being gathered and will be circulated on a regular basis. This is a List of Programmes currently open to children with disabilities in South Dublin.
If you require further information on the programmes below or would like to add a club/programme to the list please contact Aine Coogan, Sports Inclusion Disability Officer, South Dublin County Sports Partnership on 01-41492000 ext: 4220 or email email@example.com
Upcoming Training and Education Programmes
- Disability Awareness Training
The next Disability Inclusion Training Course is taking place on Saturday 25th February in Brookfield Community Centre from 10am-4pm. This 6 hour introductory course is designed to give participants ideas and inspiration on how to adapt their sport and physical activity programmes. Open to coaches, volunteers, teachers, parents and development officers. Cost €45. Register at www.caraapacentre.ie
- Inclusive Fitness Training
This 6 hour course is aimed at Fitness Industry CEO’s, managers, fitness professionals, receptionists and administration personnel working in the fitness sector. It is an excellent opportunity for those looking for a Continuous Professional Development Opportunity (CPD) in the area of disability and fitness. This course is endorsed by REPS Ireland. Inclusive Fitness Training is designed to increase the confidence and awareness of fitness managers, fitness professionals and all front line staff to work with people with disabilities in the fitness sector. The course covers a wide variety of topics including disability and perceptions, communication techniques, Planning and Teaching the TREE Adaptation Tool, Pre-screening, assessment and auditing and facility access plus much more. South Dublin County Sports Partnership will be running the training over a number of dates in 2017. Cost €50. Please register your interest for this training by contacting Aine on 01-41492000 ext: 4220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org