Keeping Cork Active
Keeping Cork Active

Inclusion Training & Education

Welcome to the Inclusion Training and Education Section of Cork Sports Partnership.

This section includes information on training and education opportunities for people with disabilities and for any coaches, parents, teachers, sports leaders or anyone who has an interest in supporting people with a disability to take part in sport and physical activity. 

New Sports Inclusion and Disability Awareness Webinar

Cork Sports Partnership in conjunction with Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are delighted to join forces to host a Sports Inclusion and Disability Awareness Webinar. 

This is a FREE 90minute interactive webinar, designed to create a greater awareness on the area of disability and how to include people with disabilities in sport and physical activity.  

Topics include:

  • Understanding Disability
  • Perceptions
  • Communication: Language and Etiquette 
  • Barriers to Participation
  • Inclusion: Intro to TREE and The Inclusion Continuum

There will be discussion elements throughout the webinar to ensure all participants have the opportunity to share your experience and time to ask questions. This Webinar is aimed at people who are interested in taking the first step in making their activities inclusive. 

Next Course Details: 11th November Click Here 

Autism In Sport Online Workshop

This New Online Autism in Sport workshop will provide participants with an understanding of autism focusing on the delivery of sport. The course content is designed to help participants to recognise and understand key areas of consideration and to look at practical strategies which will help to include people with autism in sport.

Who is this workshop for?

Sports leaders, coaches, volunteers, teachers, principals, special needs assistants (SNAs), parents or anyone who has an interest in making their sport accessible and inclusive for people with Autism.

Topics covered include:

  • Autism and The Autism Spectrum
  • Understanding Behaviours & Senses
  • Communication & Environments
  • The Autism Passport
  • The TREE Model 
Disability Awareness in Sport Workshop

The Disability Awareness in Sport Workshop is an awareness building workshop aimed at anyone involved in sport or physical activity that would like to learn more about offering opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in their school, club or organisation. It is also targeted at those in management and supervisory roles, and who may or may not be involved in the direct delivery of physical activity opportunities for people with disabilities.

Overview of course:

Disability Awareness in Sport Workshop: This workshop (contact time: 2 hours) is designed to build awareness around people with disabilities participating in sport and physical activity. It is an interactive workshop that covers perceptions, communication and etiquette, understanding disability and inclusion and readiness along with local initiatives for people with disabilities. It will also be a pathway for those who wish to participate in further learning opportunities. These include Disability Inclusion Training, Inclusive Fitness Training, Autism In Sport, and other courses offered through the National Training and Education Framework. 

On completion participants will receive a Sport Ireland & CARA Centre endorsed certificate of attendance.

  • Would you like to book a Disability Awareness In Sport Workshop for your club, organisation or community group?
  • Please contact Cliona Horan, Sports Inclusion Disability Officer with Cork Sports Partnership on 021-4347096 or email:
Disability Inclusion Training
  • Are you a sports coach/teacher/club leader/parent/SNA/volunteer?
  • Would you like to improve your knowledge on disability sport & inclusion?
  • Would you like to learn how to make your coaching sessions accessible to include participants with disabilities?
  • Why not sign up to the next Disability Inclusion Training Course in Cork
  • 1 day 6 hour training course, including 3 hours theory and 3 hours practical

This course is designed to provide attendees with the knowledge, skills and ideas on how to adapt and modify your sport, physical activity or physical education sessions to make them more accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities.

Attendees will be engaged through interactive group work, theory content and will be introduced to adaptation tools which will be applied to a variety of games and activities on how to make these inclusive for all ability groups.

On completion of the course all attendees will receive a CARA Sport Inclusion Ireland Certificate of Attendance endorsed by Sport Ireland, a resource manual and a games booklet full of fun inclusive activities.

Check out Cara’s Disability Inclusion Training Video here.

For further training event details visit: CARA Disability Inclusion Training

Sports & Recreation Course, National Learning Network
CO 804 Sports and Recreation - FETAC level 4 Major Award

This programme has been specifically developed to enable students to develop specific skills on the pathway to employment in the fitness and leisure industry in Cork, leading to progression to level 5 courses in the leisure, fitness, sports related sector, the active holiday tourism industry and health retail sector

Duration: 1 year
Learning hours: 30 hours per week

Course Structure - Extra Support for Students

This is a full-time course leading to a Major Award on the National Framework of Qualifications. We are now also providing a summer program, the National Certificate in Exercise and Fitness (NCEF) Foundation course, which will provide students with a certificate recognised by the University of Limerick, therefore from our course students can go directly to U.L and complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Health Fitness.

Students learn at their own pace and level of ability and have up to 1 year to complete the course.
– Individual assessment of each student before course begins and personalised plan introduced to ensure all support needs are met.  
– Instructors trained to manage Learning Difficulties (e.g. ADHD, Autism, dyspraxia, dyslexia) 
-Auditory and visual problems supported
– Extra support reading and writing if required

Modules on the course - Enrolment details

– Health & Safety
– Health Related Fitness
– Communications
– Personal Effectiveness
– Work Experience
– Food and Nutrition
– Human Biology
– Tennis
– Information Technology Skills
– Time Management & Study Skills
– Stress Management, Relaxation and Coping Skills
– Self Advocacy
– Literacy & Numeracy Support
– Literacy & Numeracy Support

Applicants must be at least 16 years old, have a disability or long term injury or illness and be registered with the DSP Employment Services. Applicants do not require any formal entry requirements but should meet the participant profile relevent to the particular programme being applied for. Candidates should possess good english, maths and communication skills and have an interest in and motivation towards a specific vocational or employment sector along with a good understanding of acceptable work practices to meet the demands for training on the job.

Applicants seeking entry to the programme must have previously achieved a minimum of a FETAC level 3 qualification, or its equivalent.


On completion of the course students will be awarded a FETAC level 4 Major Award / Level 4 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Full details on the National Learning Network Site click here

For further information contact NLN model Farm Road on 021 434 1028

Football For All Workshop
Coaching players with a disability

This free 3 hour workshop will be delivered by the FAI FFA Munster Development Officer.

We are inviting clubs to send their coaches on a free course that will help prepare them to work with players of all abilities, this  ties in with The FAI’s visit to Cork this summer and will be held in the meeting room and on the brand new full size 4G astroturf pitch at Lakewood Athletic FC, Ovens, Ballincollig on Tuesday 14th August 2018 from 6pm to 9pm.  

To register your place please call or email Nick Harrison on 0860472051 or at

National Learning Network - Sporting Chance

For more information on the any of the above, please contact Sports Inclusion Disability Officer Cliona Horan on 021 4347096 or email

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