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Adapted Physical Activity Conference 2011

The Insititute of Technology Tralee in conjunction with the CARA National APA Centre Ltd and the Irish Sports Council is delighted to announce dates for the next (4th) National Adapted Physical Activity Conference.

The conference which is aimed at professionals involved in the provision of sport, physical activty and physical education for people with disabilities will take place on the 6th and 7th of May 2011.

The venue for the conference is the Institute of Technology Tralee.

Download Conference Brochure here

For more information contact:

Niamh Daffy
National Manager
CARA Adapted Physical Activity Centre
C/O Institute of Technology Tralee
Clash Rd, Tralee, Co Kerry
Ph: 0667145646 Email:

APA Conference in 2008

“Conference was one of the best organized I have ever been too!”
Prof. Martin Block–University of Virginia, (A leading expert in the field of APA )

I found it really excellent, one of the best conference I have been to in a long time and that’s a few” Mr Peter Downs–Project CONNECT Australia

“Magnificent coordination of the APA Conference….. it was an extremely professionally run conference” Mr Liam Harbison–Paralympic Council of Ireland

Countdown to the European APA Conference May 2012

The Institute of Technology Tralee and the CARA APA Centre are honoured to announce that the European Congress in Adapted Physical Activity (EUCAPA) will take place in Kerry in early May 2012. Following a lengthy and detailed application process, the European Federation of Adapted Physical Activity approved the IT Tralee/CARA bid to host the conference and now its full steam ahead for this massive international gathering of many of the worlds leading practitioners, educators and researchers in the area of APA.

Being awarded the conference is a great acknowledgement of the rapid growth and development of APA in Ireland in recent years. The leading role of IT Tralee and CARA in a number of European APA/APE projects highlighted the interest level and high quality of work being done in the area of inclusion of people with disabilities in Ireland. We hope that the staging of the conference here will promote and facilitate the continuous growth of the area throughout Ireland and indeed Europe.

Hundreds of researchers from around Europe and beyond will apply to present at this prestigious event, with all papers being vetted by the conference scientific committee. Presentations will be organised into similar strands as the previous national APA conferences which we organised, namely, Physical Education, Sport, Physical Activity and Rehabilitation. Keynote speakers with expertise in each area are already invited. Key Note speakers confirmed include:

• Donna Goodwin, Associate Professor, Faculty of Physical Education and W1-67 Van Vliet Centre Recreation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

• Mary Davis, Managing Director of Special Olympics Europe Eurasia (SOEE)

• Vicky Tolfrey, Senior Lecturer & Director of the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport

• David Carless Senior Research Fellow (Mental Health and Physical Activity), Carnegie Research Institute

The great variety of areas and topics being addressed means that there will be something of interest for everybody who is involved in APA. We are particularly keen that people with disabilities, their families and people who work in the APA/ disability sector attend.

It is expected that over 400 delegates from all over the world will attend this 4 day conference. Previous European APA conferences in Finland (2010) and Italy (2008) were hugely successful. Both of these were attended by IT Tralee and CARA staff. Their experience, coupled with that of our organising committee and the support from the EUFAPA board should result in a ‘not to be missed’ event in Kerry. We also hope to build a range of sporting and cultural activities around the conference so as to promote Kerry and Ireland as an attractive destination.

For more information relating to EUCAPA, visit our stand at the national conference or contact Niamh, Liam or Michael at the CARA APA Centre 066 7145646/7145672 or email

Pat Flanagan,

Chair of organising committee, EUCAPA