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Cork Sports Partnership Special Schools Sportshall Athletics 2019

Tuesday 07 January 2020

Cork Sports Partnership Sportshall Athletics Programme 2019

2019 saw Cork Sports Partnership and Cork Athletics County Board renew their relationship and coordinate a Little Athletics programme for special schools in Cork. The goal for this programme was to introduce special schools to running, jumping, throwing and general mobility exercises.

This funding provided by the Cork County Athletics Board gave the schools the opportunity to partake in a 4 week sportshall athletics initiative with a qualified athletics tutor. The tutor delivered the session each week while passing his/her knowledge onto the teachers and SNA’s within the school.

The schools involved in this year’s programme were Scoil Eanna, St Killians and Holy Family. On Completion of the programme the schools travelled to Cork Institute of Technologies Sportshall to partake in a fun Athletics Blitz.  This was held on Wednesday 11th December 2019.

Cian O’ Neill (CIT Head of Department, Sport, Leisure and Childhood Studies) “Well done to all involved– I caught the tail end of the event and it looked to be a superb initiative. Please let me or any of my colleagues know if we can help with any future collaborations in this space.”

The blitz was broken up into 6 stations: Speed Bounce, Obstacle Course, Javelin, Target Throw, Standing Long Jump and Shuttle Run. Each station lasted 15 minutes. On completion of the stations Santa Claus himself was on hand to present each child with a certificate.

A massive thank you to the students of Cork Institute of Technologies Athletics Club who coordinated each of the athletics stations on the day of the blitz.

All schools were provided with an athletics equipment pack so the teachers and SNA’s can continue to participate in athletics activities after the programme has concluded.

Our students in Scoil Bernadette loved it! Niamh Walsh (Teacher, Scoil Bernadette).


Kate Feeney Sports Inclusion Disability Officer highlighted ‘This programme has offered worthwhile and meaningful opportunities for special schools in Cork to engage in athletics. The Little Athletics event allowed the students to showcase their ability and skill level following on from the training programme which was a huge success. Thank you to Cork County Athletics Board for supporting this valuable programme’.

The aim of this programme is to increase participation opportunities in athletics for people of all abilities in Cork. Following the success of this programme and the great feedback from the schools, the Cork Sports Partnership would love to repeat this programme in 2020 with the support once again of Cork County Athletics Board.


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