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WSP Commits to Sports Inclusion Disability Charter

Published: April 30, 2019


On Saturday 27th April at our SportsAbility Event at WIT Arena we welcomed Doireann Ní Mhuircheartaigh who had traveled from the Cara Centre in Tralee to support the event and to witness Waterford Sports Partnership’s public signing of Ireland’s  first ever Sports Inclusion Disability Charter specific to the participation of people with disabilities in sport and physical activity.

The Charter, which was developed by the Cara Centre in partnership with people with disabilities, clearly outlines the five key areas people with disabilities are asking all organisations to consider in making active and healthy lifestyles possible for them.

Following the signing WSP Co-ordinator Rosarie Kealy said ‘we wanted to use this public opportunity to show our support and formally sign up to the Sports Inclusion Disability Charter,  promote its importance and encourage all organisations to sign up to the Charter too.‘

By signing the Sports Inclusion Disability Charter we have committed to:

1. Openness: Be open to and understanding of all people with disabilities

2. People: Access training for our staff/volunteers to facilitate the inclusion of people with disabilities

3. Activities: Develop and deliver inclusive activities

4. Facilities: Review our facility/venues/equipment to make our organisation more accessible

5. Promotion: Promote the inclusive nature of our activities, in a variety of formats

For more information on the Sports Inclusion Disability Charter and how your organisation can get involved please visit https://caracentre.ie/sport-inclusion-disability-charter/

Waterford SportsAbility Weekend a great success!

Published: April 29, 2019


The Waterford SportsAbility Weekend 2019 took place on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th April and received extremely positive feedback from those who attended. The 2019 event, which was funded by the HSE in association with the WIT Arena, built on the success of the 2018 SportsAbility Day by expanding to a two day event. The event is a key action of the Waterford SportsAbility Forum, an initiative of Waterford Sports Partnership.

The weekend got off to a great start with a well attended and interesting seminar on Friday evening. Our MC on the night was Eoin Breathnach, Waterford GAA Games Development Manager and member of the SportsAbility Forum. The panel discussion was facilitated by Paul Ryan of Irish Wheelchair Association Sport and the panel of Karen Power, Jim Walsh, Hayley Fitzsimons and Niamh Rockett gave their very real, honest and inspirational perspectives and experiences of the impact and importance of sport in the lives of those with disability and the challenges they met along the way.
This was followed by a really energetic and informative presentation from Patricia Hamm of Waterford Warriors on their ethos and approach to fitness, health and inclusion.
Finally, our Keynote Speaker, Paul Ryan of IWA Sport, told his story of acquiring a disability at a young age and of the key role sport and physical activity has played in his life. It was clear from the level of contribution and engagement from the audience that it was a thought provoking and inspirational evening and we thank all of our speakers for their generosity of time and contribution.

The event continued on Saturday from 11am to 2pm with the Come and Try It and Information Day. MC for the day was Karen Power and throughout the day Karen maximised every opportunity to strengthen relationships and develop linkages between the various organisations present. In her opening address, Rosarie Kealy, Sports Co-ordinator, Waterford Sports Partnership , welcomed all participants and representatives from over 20 local sports clubs, national governing bodies of sport, leisure facilities and disability organisations who hosted information stands to provide information, support and advice on the many opportunities for participation in sport and physical activity in Waterford. An informal discussion circle took place between all these organisations during the morning to share information and ideas and this proved extremely useful with many important connections being made for future opportunities.

Rosarie welcomed Doireann Ní Mhuircheartaigh who had traveled from the Cara Centre in Tralee to support the event and to witness Waterford Sports Partnership’s public signing of Ireland’s first ever Sports Inclusion Disability Charter specific to the participation of people with disabilities in sport and physical activity. The Charter, which was developed by the Cara Centre in partnership with people with disabilities, clearly outlines the five key areas people with disabilities are asking all organisations to consider in making active and healthy lifestyles possible for them. Following the signing Rosarie Kealy said ‘we wanted to use this public opportunity to show our support and formally sign up to the Sports Inclusion Disability Charter, promote its importance and encourage all organisations to sign up to the Charter too. ‘

The hall was a hive of activity for the SportsAbility Day which showcased a wide range of Come & Try sessions including Athletics, Wheelchair Basketball, Fun & Run (Waterford GAA), Football for All (FAI), Muay Thai (Waterford Muay Thai), Boccia, and Enjoy Tennis (Mark White) just to name a few. Upstairs in the studio, the Yoga sessions (Tracy Boland) proved very popular with children and adults alike while many took advantage of the opportunity to try out handcycles, trikes and electric bikes which were available on site. For those who needed some quiet time during the day there was also a sensory room on site.

With well over 200 participants in attendance over the weekend, the event was a huge success and showcased all the exciting opportunities for people with a disability to participate in sport and physical activity in Waterford.

Here is some of the great feedback: ‘Excellent networking opportunity for the different organisations and clubs, a really well organised event, we gained a number of new Club members over the weekend and we were delighted to launch our Teenage Club at the event. – DCDynamos. ‘Particularly enjoyed the Panel Discussion on Friday night, made contacts and we were able to offer advice to other groups in attendance. – Cill Barra Sports Centre. ‘Great to discover other support organisations and potential for linking up in the future.’ – Active Connections

Well done and thank you to all our partners who contributed to the organising and hosting of this event. For more information on this event please contact Pauline Casey on 0761 10 2682 or email pcasey@waterfordsportspartnership.ie.

CARA | Fit for All Week 2019

Published: April 24, 2019

Cara Sport Inclusion Ireland have announced that their National Fit For All week will take place from the 5th May to the 11th May 2019.

Fit for all week is a national campaign which is aimed at increasing awareness among people with disabilities their families & carers and disability services on the benefits of regular exercise, healthy lifestyles and opportunities to participate within the local community. Fit for all week also aims to increase awareness and build the capacity of leisure & fitness professionals in providing accessible programmes and facilities within their local community.

This year we are delighted to partner with Ireland Active; Leisure, Health and Fitness Association. Our partnership with Ireland Active will ensure a national promotion and coverage of fit for all week and also get the support from their many members.

We are delighted to partner with Cara for their National Fit For All week and we look forward to working with our members and their facilities in providing opportunities for people with disabilities to be more active – Conn Mc Cluskey Ceo of Ireland Active

“Throughout fit for all week, we are inviting leisure Centres, fitness facilities, community halls, professional trainers etc. around the country to open up their centres and invite individuals with disabilities to participate in their programmes and to try out everything within their facility”
– Brenda O’Donnell, Inclusive Sport & Fitness Coordinator Cara.

This year Cara are working very closely with each of the Local Sports Partnerships in every county to promote the week. Each LSP will provide support and guidance to all leisure centres and fitness professionals within their county and will promote the activities on offer both locally and county wide.

We are calling on leisure centres and fitness professionals in County Waterford to register their centres and programmes for fit for all week and to showcase the facilities and programmes that they have. We want individuals with disabilities in Waterford to know that there are centres, facilities and programmes being provided for them and to highlight how easy it is for them to access them.

Any leisure Centre, fitness facility or fitness professional in County Waterford that are interested in participating in fit for all week are encouraged to register their details HERE
Individuals wishing to take part during the week can check out the list of active centres on the CARA Website

Cycle Training for Children with Dyspraxia

Published: April 4, 2019


Let’s Cycle Kidz is a six week cycling programme for children with Dyspraxia.
Teaching children how to cycle in a fun, safe environment

Wednesday 1st May to Wednesday 5th June
(6 week Block)
at the Regional Sports Centre | Cork Road | Waterford

GROUP 1 : 6.30 to 7.15pm
for Children aged 6 to 11 with Dyspraxia

GROUP 2 : 7.15 to 8pm
for Children aged 11+ with Dyspraxia

Bring your own bike & helmet or borrow one of ours!

€30 per person | LIMITED PLACES
Book HERE now!

For more information please contact Pauline Casey on 0761 10 2682 or email
pcasey@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

Waterford SportsAbility Weekend 2019

Published: March 20, 2019

Waterford Sports Partnership is delighted to be organising the Waterford SportsAbility Weekend on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th April. This event which is funded by the HSE is being run in association with WIT Arena.  After listening to feedback from last year’s inaugural SportsAbility Day this year’s event has been expanded to two days giving you more opportunities to take part.

Friday 26th April | 6-9pm @ WIT ARENA
SEMINAR EVENING
6 to 7pm Panel Discussion & Questions/Answers with  . . .

7 to 8pm Waterford Warriors Present:
‘The importance of Strength, Conditioning and Flexibility’.

8 to 9pm Keynote Speaker: Paul Ryan IWA Sport

FREE EVENT | BOOK HERE NOW!

Saturday 27th April | 11am-2pm @ WIT ARENA
COME & TRY IT/INFORMATION DAY

Come along & try: Basketball, Soccer, Muay Thai, Tag Rugby, Yoga, Cycling & much more . . .

REPRESENTATIVES FROM LOCAL SPORTS CLUBS, LEISURE FACILITIES & DISABILITY ORGANISATIONS WILL BE ON HAND TO PROVIDE INFORMATION, SUPPORT & ADVICE.


This event is suitable for people with a disability of all ages, their families, parents, teachers, sports coaches, youth club leaders and anyone interested in sport.

FREE EVENT | BOOK HERE NOW!

For more information on this event please contact Pauline Casey on 0761 10 2682 or email pcasey@waterfordsportspartnership.ie.

Disability Calendar 2019

Published: December 7, 2018
  Date /Time /Location   Description/Cost/Bookings  
WALK FOR LIFE
Tuesday 28th May  @ 10.30am
Clonea Beach
Meeting at Dungarvan Rugby Club.
PAN Disability
Walk for Life is back this September – Waterford Sports Partnership is hosting a series of walks for people with a disability, all which are fully accessible but be sure to check out the details before travelling. The aim of the series is to give people the opportunity to create links with others in their locality and experience some of the wonderful Waterford Walks.

€5pp (includes tea/coffee & scone and souvenir reusable water bottle).Booking Essential
Please contact Pauline
(Details Below) or Text Organisation Name & Numbers Participating to
086 783 7385

Tuesday 4th June @ 10.30am
Tramore Beach
Meeting in the car park opposite the Majestic Hotel.
Tuesday 11th June @ 10.30am
Anne Valley Walk Dunhill

Meeting at Fishing Hut.
Tuesday 18th June @ 10.30am
Waterford Greenway Kilmacthomas
Meeting at the Workhouse Carpark.
BOCCIA
Wednesday 22nd May
11am – 12.30pm

WIT Arena
Pan Disability
Boccia is a target ball game similar to bowls or petanque. Boccia is ideal for mixed ability participants. Boccia can be played by individuals, pairs, or teams of three. All events are mixed gender. The aim of the game is to throw leather balls — coloured red or blue as close as they can to a white target ball, or jack.€2pp
Booking Essential
Please contact Pauline
(Details Below) or Text Organisation Name & Numbers Participating to
086 783 7385
Wednesday 11th September
11am -12.30pm

WIT Arena
KICK TO RECOVERY – SOCCER
  Wednesday 1st May to
Wednesday 29
th May
(5 week block)
11am – 12pm
Kingfisher Club Waterford
People in Mental Health Services
We are working in partnership with the FAI to deliver a six week block of soccer for participants in mental health services. Participants will have the opportunity to experience 60 minutes of quality soccer training instruction provided by an experienced FAI coach.€3pp Booking Essential
Please contact Pauline  (Details Below)
or Text Organisation Name & Numbers Participating to
086 783 7385
SOCIAL SOCCER
  Thursday 30th May
Thursday 27th June
Thursday 26th September
1-2pm

Dungarvan Sports Centre
PAN Disability
Social soccer offers something for all participants. Two groups will be formed based on the participants’ ability. Those with mild to moderate disabilities take part in a competitive match on the astro pitch and those with moderate – severe take part in fun activities and games.€3pp Booking Essential
Please contact Pauline
(Details Below)
or Text Organisation Name & Numbers Participating to
086 783 7385
TAG RUGBY
Wednesday 15th May
2.30-3.30pm

Dungarvan Sports Centre
Mild to Moderate Intellectual Disability

 We are working in partnership with Munster Rugby to roll out Monthly tag Rugby Sessions for adults with a mild intellectual disability. Tag rugby is a
non-contact team game in which each player wears a belt that has two velcro tags attached to it, or shorts with velcro patches.

€3pp

Booking Essential
Please contact Pauline
(Details Below)
or Text Organisation Name & Numbers Participating to
086 783 7385 

 

Wednesday 19th June
2.30 – 3.30pm

Dungarvan Sports Centre

Contact Pauline Casey our Sports Inclusion Disability Officer
by phone on 0761 10 2682 or by email pcasey@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

 

Walk for Life 2019

Published: December 4, 2018

We host our Walk for Life series regularly throughout the year, typically in Autumn, Spring & Summer. Each series consists of four accessible walks for over 50’s and people with a disability.

The aim of the series is to give people the opportunity to create links with others in their locality and experience some of the wonderful Waterford Walks.

WALK FOR LIFE | SUMMER 2019

Walk for Life is back this Summer – Waterford Sports Partnership is hosting a series of walks for over 50’s and people with a disability, all which are fully accessible but be sure to check out the details before travelling.

The aim of the series is to give people the opportunity to create links with others in their locality and experience some of the wonderful Waterford Walks.

Tuesday 28th May @ 10.30am
Clonea Beach
Meeting at Dungarvan Rugby Club

Tuesday 4th June @ 10.30am
Tramore Beach
Meeting at the Car Park opposite the Majestic Hotel.

Tuesday 11th June @ 10.30am
Anne Valley Walk Dunhill
Meeting at the Car Park beside the fishing hut.

Tuesday 18th June @ 10.30am
Waterford Greenway Kilmacthomas
Meeting at the Workhouse Car Park.

Cost: €5 per walk: includes tea/coffee/scone & souvenir reusable water bottle

Booking Essential:
Please contact Pauline on 076 1102682 or Text Org Name & Participating Numbers to 086 7837385

For more information please contact:
Peter Jones on 0761 10 2191 or email pjones@waterfordsportspartnership.ie
or
Pauline Casey on 0761 10 2682 or email pcasey@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

**Please Note: Toilet Facilities may not be available at meeting point, please contact WSP for details in advance

Tag Rugby

Published: December 4, 2018

We are working in partnership with Munster Rugby to roll out Monthly tag Rugby Sessions for adults with a mild intellectual disability. Tag rugby is a non-contact team game in which each player wears a belt that has two velcro tags attached to it, or shorts with velcro patches

Tag Rugby 2019 @ Dungarvan Sports Centre

Wednesday 15th May | 2.30-3.30pm
Wednesday 19th June | 2.30 -3.30pm

Cost:
€3 per person | Booking Essential!

If you or your organisation is interested in taking part please contact:
Pauline Casey on 0761 10 2682 or email pcasey@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

Handcycles available on loan!

Published: December 3, 2018

A handcycle is a type of human powered land vehicle powered by the arms rather than the legs, as on a bicycle.

Waterford Sports Partnership has handcycles that are available to the public on loan.

For more information please contact Pauline on 076 110 2682
or email pcasey@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

 

VI Soccer

Published: November 29, 2018

On Wednesday 21st November Waterford Sports Partnership in conjunction with the FAI ran a Come and Try it VI Soccer Session. VI Soccer is targeted at children and adults with a visual impairment. The sixty minute session was held in WIT with Nick Harrison (FAI Inclusion Officer).  The session went extremely well with participants having the opportunity to improve their dribbling, passing, shooting and ball control skills. Participants also had an opportunity to experience some game time in a fun and safe environment. WSP and the FAI will be running more VI soccer Sessions in 2019 and we look forward to more new members joining us.

If you are interested in taking part in VI Soccer, please contact
Pauline on 0761 10 2682 or email pcasey@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

 

Waterford Sports Partnership

Waterford Sports Partnership (WSP) was established in 2002 by Sport Ireland (formerly the Irish Sports Council) as part of the Local Sports Partnership initiative with the aim of increasing participation in sport and physical activity in County Waterford.

 

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Waterford Sports Partnership Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG)
CRO Number: 378713

Registered Office –
Civic Offices
Dungarvan
Co. Waterford
Ireland

 

Contact Details

County Office:
Civic Offices
Dungarvan
Co. Waterford
Tel: 0761 10 2194

City Office:
Regional Sports Centre
Cork Road
Waterford
Tel: 0761 10 2682

Email: info@waterfordsportspartnership.ie
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