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Monaghan / Cavan launch disability sports review and plan

This event has been re-scheduled to take place on Monday 24th January 2011 at the Errigal Country House Hotel, Cootehill, Co. Cavan.

On Monday 24th January 2011, Minister Brendan Smith will launch the Monaghan and Cavan Sports Partnership review document on the work of the Sports Inclusion Disability programme.
The review outlines the work undertaken from 2008 – 2010 in the areas of sports and physical activity for people with a disability throughout both Counties.

Some of the key points of the review include;

In 2008, Pobal (through the Department of Health and Children) made funding available through the Dormant Accounts Fund for the provision of a Sports Inclusion Disability Officer (SIDO) to work in conjunction with Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs). Monaghan Sports Partnership joined forces with Cavan County Council in making a joint submission for this funding and was successful in being awarded significant funding towards a two year contract for the delivery of a wide ranging

programme of sports activities. The main aim of this funding was to assist in helping to address the

imbalance in opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in sport

and physical activity, which has become an important national goal. The funding awarded is to support the employment of a network of Sports Inclusion Development Officers (SIDO).

It was intended that these SIDO’s will be actively involved on the ground in the development and implementation of accessible sporting oppurtunities for people with disabilities. The SIDO

programme is co-ordinated on a national basis by the CARA Adapted Physical Activity Centre based in the Tralee IT.

A wide and varied range of prorammes has been delivered in Monaghan and Cavan over the past two years and these are outlined in detail in the review;

GAA Skills Coaching Programme

Soccer Skills coaching Programme

Adapted Aerobics
Horse Riding
Outdoor Pursuits
Wheelchair Ice Skating

Come & Try It – archery, badminton, wheelchair sports


Minister Brendan Smith will formally launch the document on Friday 3rd December at 10.30am in the Errigal House Hotel, Cootehill, Co. Cavan.


Disability Awareness for Leisure Centres / Sports facilities

A training module for the staff of leisure / sports facilities has been developed to increase knowledge in the area of disability. The awareness raising programme is aimed at ensuring that the staff of leisure centres and sports facilities feel confortable welcoming people with a disability into their facility, have a basic understanding of the special needs of the individual and can ensure that the person can be accommodated in the pool, gym or studio classes.

The staff of Monaghan Leisure Centre undertook this training and many individuals with a disability and disability services use the facility regularly and are made very welcome.


Disability Awareness for Sports Clubs

37 people representing 27 sporting groups attending this 2.5 hour awareness raising evening organised through the Sports Partnership and the feedback from the sessions has been very positive with participants reporting that they now know more about the general area of diability and feel more confident in including people with a disability in their activities and learning how to adapt activities for people with a disability.

Some clubs have proactively worked to bring this awareness a step further like the excellent work being carried out by the members of Emyvale Cycling Club.

(Taken from Cycling Ulster website)
Case Study

Paul and Stephen Cassidy of Emyvale CC took the opportunity last year to participate in a Disability in Sport Awareness Course organised by the Monaghan Sports Partnership. This group are very proactive in the Monaghan area and provide training and courses in a wide range of topics. Both men were so fired with enthusiasm following the course that they decided to become actively involved in working with Disability groups and lending their knowledge of cycling to promote healthy living styles. The began working this year with the Truagh Special Needs group providing cycling activities for people with special needs.

Paul Cassidy said, “The uptake has been fantastic and everyone loves it. There are members of the group who don’t participate in other activities but who really enjoy the cycling. We have turbo trainers and tricycles for use and we carry out simple skills programmes in the hall. It is great craic and both Barry and I love helping out. We get so much out of it ourselves when we see the enjoyment on everyone’s faces. Currently we are raising money to buy some additional bikes which we can use and then we may be able to extend the programme.”

Monaghan Sports Partnership would like to congratulate Emyvale Cycling Club and in particular, Paul and Stephen Cassidy for their vision and hard work in proving inclusive activities to the people of the area with special needs.

Disability Awareness training is available for sports clubs on an ongoing basis – register your name now with Monaghan Sports Partnership at 042-9755126


Disability Awareness for Schools Programme

The Disability Awareness programme provides transition year students with an understanding of what the term disability means. The main aim of the programme is to provide teenagers with an understanding of the difficulties faced by individuals who may sufferer from a disability. It is hoped that this experience will help them develop a more positive, respectful and understanding attitude towards the issues faced by individuals with a disability.

The Programme consists of an one and half hour theory session including disability awareness practical’s, followed by a two hour wheelchair practical session, where the pupils get to participate in games and activities aimed at individuals in wheelchairs. The Session can be split in two or run over one day.

This program is free of charge and is run in conjunction with the IWA Sports Project. We are now taking bookings for this programme for the Autumn term from September to December 2010.

Training has taken place in schools as follows with over 100 students gaining knowledge about disability;

Date                         School
22nd March 2010       Largy College, Clones
16th April 2010          St. Louis Secondary School, Carrickmacross
22nd April 2010         Monaghan Collegiate School

If you are interested in finding out more about this programme, please contact
Monaghan Sports Partnership on 042-9755126

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