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Rowing For All Programme



2019 Rowing For All Programme includes: 

6 Week Indoor Rowing Programme for teenagers with autism. The aim of this programme is to increase physical activity levels of young people with autism through a fun active indoor rowing programme.

When: Commencing Thursday 13th June

Time: 8.15-9pm 

Where: Cork Boat Club 

Cost: €40 for 6 weeks 

How to register: Click here to download registration form or contact Kate on kfeeney@corksports.ie or call 021-4347096








Rowing For All Programme Background: 

2018 saw Cork Sports Partnership and Rowing Ireland collaborate to establish an indoor rowing programme for teenagers and adults with a disability. 

Cork Sports Partnership said “we were delighted to add indoor rowing to the portfolio of programmes coordinated by Cork Sports Partnership for people with a disability. Following a meeting with Rowing Ireland it was agreed to establish two pilot programmes to increase opportunities for people of all abilities to try rowing in a safe social environment”.

The first programme began during Cork SportsAbility Week and was held at the National Rowing Centre, Farran. A total of 9 participants from three disability services including Enable Ireland, Cope Foundation and Brothers of Charity took part. For all participants it was their first time participating in indoor rowing and they really enjoyed the weekly sessions delivered by Rowing Ireland coach Ellen.

The second programme was held in association with Cork Boat Club who provided their facility and a volunteer coach Martin Kalbane to support the rowing programme. Teenagers on the autism spectrum improved their technique and distance during the 6 week programme. Rowing Ireland coach Stephen O Sullivan said “The programme was a huge success for all involved the highlight being that all participants got on the water for the final session”.

2019 has seen the continutaion of this programme, 8 teenagers with autism have taken part in a 6 week indoor rowing programme in Cork Boat Club. Cork Boat Club provided their facility and a volunteer coach Martin Kalbane to support the rowing programme. Martin Kilbane from Cork Boat club said “the club were delighted to support this programme, the feedback from parents was very positive and since the programme completed we have had two participants attend our summer camp with another joining our weekly club sessions”.

Parents said 'My daughter LOVES it. Martin and Colm are super coaches, they have such awareness and as a result make this lovely sport accessible for my daughter and the other teens.  It’s difficult to find such understanding when seeking out suitable sports for children/teens on the spectrum. They are so good at what they do and they provide meaningful training sessions.'

'The coaches are fantastic with the kids.My son is a happy child going in every Thursday and told me last night that he really likes it and wants to continue it, which is great as that is coming from himself.I think Rowing really suits teenagers on the spectrum in many ways. It is in a group team setting, but they can work individually.' 

Cork Sports Partnership are excited for the future of Rowing For All as they hope to increase the numbers of people with a disability participating in rowing in Cork and look forward to working with Rowing Ireland and Cork Rowing Clubs to achieve this into the future.












Participants at the National Rowing Centre Farran with Olympic medallist Garry O’Donovan and Rowing Ireland Coach Ellen O’Mahony.    

Rowing For All participants in Cork Boat Club with Kate Feeney Sports Inclusion Disability Officer and Rowing Ireland coaches Colm and Martin Kilbane. 

For further information on any of the above, please contact Kate Feeney at kfeeneycorksports.ie or call 021-4347096


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