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Cork SportsAbility Week 2018




SportsAbility Week

Cork SportsAbility Week was launched at the SportsAbility Day and its purpose was to encourage SportsAbility Clubs to host open sessions during the weeklong festival of Sport for all abilities. A full timetable of activities was published in the SportsAbility Day programme. The schedule included over seventeen events throughout the week, including come & try sessions, integrated blitz & competitive competition. Below is a snapshot of the weeks highlights. Plans have already begun to make SportsAbility Week 2018 an even bigger success.   

Cathal Lynch shows Special Guest Packie Bonner his rowing skills with Rowing Ireland Development Officer Emily Dulohery at SportsAbility Day 2017.


Wheelchair Rugby

Munster Wheelchair Rugby held a come & try session on Monday March 27th at Scoil Bernadette, Montenotte. Activities from the event were broadcasted through Cork SportsAbility and Cork Sports Partnership social media channels with the live video attracting lots of attention. 


Table Tennis

Beech Hill Table Tennis Club held an open night between 7.00 and 9.00 pm on Monday 27th March. The event was marketed on social media, in print media and via fliers in local retail outlets. The event attracted a total of 10 people to the Club premises. All ages were represented with the youngest at 8 years. Club coaches, Philip Shaw and Margie Hadden, were on hand to put our visitors through their paces. Some visitors were returning to the game after some years away from it and they were soon back in the swing!

Based in the sports facilities at Cope Foundation, Bonnington, Middle Glanmire, Road, Beech Hill Table Tennis Club is an integrated sports club that caters for all categories of players, mainstream, paralympic and intellectually impaired. The objective of the Club is the organization, promotion and development of an integrated approach to the game of table tennis, providing an opportunity for our members to play table tennis in a normal community setting



On Tuesday March 28th Fermoy Karate Club held a wheelchair/mixedability karate open session. A number of participants who had tried wheelchair karate at the SportsAbility Day the previous Saturday attended to have an opportunity to sample a session with Fermoy karate Club.


Wheelchair Basketball TY Blitz

The weeks activities continued on Thursday March 30th with Irish Wheelchair Association Sport hosting a Transition Year Wheelchair Basketball Blitz at Neptune Stadium. Coordinated by IWA Sports Development Officer Paul Ryan, schools from all over Munster travelled to Cork for what was a fantastic day of fun competition. This was a fantastic opportunity for able bodied and students with a disability to play wheelchair basketball and help increase awareness of the sport.  


Multi Activity Sport Club (MASC) held an open session also on Thursday March 30th at Colaiste Stiofain Naofa. This is a Multi-Sport Club for young adults with intellectual disability and autism. The event was a great success with some new participants attending on the night to join in the activities. Well done to all the parents who supported the start-up of this club in recent months. The group meet each Thursday evening for a multi-sport fitness session that is enjoyed by all involved. 

Inclusive parkrun

Saturday April 1st was a very busy day for Cork SportsAbility Week with a wide range of activities taking place. The day began with the launch of Inclusive parkrun in association with Cork Sports Partnership, Special Olympics Munster & Ballincollig parkrun. A number of Special Olympics athletes participated in a parkrun for the first time. The event was a great success with participates really enjoying the experience. Moving forward we hope to encourage more Special Olympic athletes to get involved in weekly parkruns around the county.     


Football For All

Carrigaline United Football For All hosted an open day as part of Cork SportsAbility Week schedule. Five new participants attended the event and enjoyed their first experience of the Football For all Programme. The committee established an information stand at the event where parents could ask questions and get information about the Carrigaline Football For All programmes.      


Wheelchair Basketball

Fr Mathew’s wheelchair basketball club had a busy weekend of games as part of Cork SportsAbility Week. They played fixtures on Friday evening March 31st, Saturday morning and evening April 1st. With mixed results over the weekend the squad represented Cork with pride and already looking ahead to the 2017/2018 season with plans to bring the league title Lee side.  


Integrated Badminton Blitz

Cork Special Olympics Badminton Club hosted an integrated badminton blitz at the Nagle Community College, Mahon during Cork SportsAbility Week. The club have seventeen members and a total of sixteen played in the integrated blitz, this displays the level of enthusiasm shown by our club members for the event.

Sixteen mainstream players participated from a variety of clubs including Melbourn/Bishopstown Badminton Club and Carrigaline Badminton Club. In addition, there was one from Centenary and one from Rossmore. The event was a huge success with all players really enjoying the experience. Players and supporters enjoyed refreshments and especially commissioned Cork SportsAbility medals were presented to the winning teams. A huge congratulations to all the volunteers who coordinated and participated in this event.


Wheelchair Basketball Junior Blitz

Rebel Wheelers Multi Sport Club hosted the Irish Wheelchair Association Sport junior wheelchair basketball blitz on Sunday April 2nd at the Ursuline Secondary School, Blackrock. Teams travelled from all over Ireland with some fantastic skills displayed on the day by the young players in attendance. This was the closing event for the very successful Cork SportsAbility Week and brought the curtain down on a fantastic week of activities.

The Cork SportsAbility Week photo of the week was captured at this event where player Cormac O’Brien is congratulated by his coach Jerry O’Regan. This photo captures all that is great about being involved in sport and physical activity. The photo reached over 14,000 people on Facebook and we hope that many more children, teenagers and adults will get involved in a SportsAbility clubs and get as much enjoyment from sport as Cormac has.  



A snapshot of Cork sportsAbility Week coverage





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