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Winter 2016/17

Jason Smyth pictured with Charlie and Ray fresh with his Olympic Gold from Rio
Winter 2016/17

Inclusive Fitness Training

Management and staff from Westport Leisure Park completed the CARA APA Inclusive Fitness Training Course that was delivered by  SIDO Ray Mc Namara.

Staff of Westport Leisure park who participated in the CARA APA Inclusive Leisure Centre Training

The day long course is one of many course that are delivered through Mayo Sports Partnership to improve disability povision.

Inclusive Fitness Training

 

if you are interested in making your club or facility more inclusive contact Ray at rmcnamara@mayococo.ie or 0949047023 

 

Inclusive Conference

 

Pictured at the Inclusive Conference in Dublin Jason Smyth witth Charlie and Ray

Jason Smyth pictured with Charlie and Ray fresh with his Olympic Gold from Rio

 

Boccia League Winners 2016

Parke Team 2 are Boccia League winners 2016 after defeating Belmullet in the Final, both teams had played well all day and when Belmullet 1 beat Belmullet 2 in the Semi Final we taught they ould go all the way. the ladies from parke had other ideas and they took control of the game in the forth end and rn out comfortable winners.

Parke are Boccia Winners 2016

Parke 2 Boccia Champions 2016‌‌

 Belmullet were Bocia runners up 2016

 Belmullet 2 Boccia Runners up 2016

Prizes for the day were sponsored by Mayo Sports Partnership

Boccia 2016 Prizes

 

Player of the Day

Boccia player of the day 2016

 The next Boccia League date is 6th February 12.30pm in Breaffy Gaa Club Contact Ray for more details rmcnamara@mayococo.ie

Spring /Summer 2016

Pictured at the ParaCycling Programme at Claremorris Athletes track
Spring/Summer 2016

 

Cycle Skills Programme

A very successful Cycle Skills Programme was held in Scoil Raftieri Castlebar over three consecutive weeks in July. The Programme which was ran in partnership with Mayo Sports Partnership, HSE and Enable Ireland was very carefully put togeather and was ran by a very experienced cycle coach in Gerry butler.

Pictured after week three of the Cycle Skills Programme held in Scoil Raftieri Castlebar

Gerry Butler cycling instructor showing how its done during the Learn to Cycle Programme

Cycle Skills Programme in Action

12 participants took part in the progamme which used different methods like turbo training and balance work to improve the participants cycle skills. The next Programme is due to start on 24th August and there is a hugh demand for places on the programme. if you are interested in learning how to cycle and joining a future programme please contact Ray on 0949047023 or rmcnamara@mayococo.ie

 

Inclusive Summer Camp 2016‌‌

The Mayo Sports Partnership Sports Inclusion Summer Camp took place in An Sportslann Castlebar from the 4th -8th July. In parnership with Enable Ireland the camp this year was able to cater for children of varying abilities and proved to be a massive success.

SummerCamp 2016 Group

SummerCamp 2016 Mini Basketball

The Children participated in Basketball, Tennis , Soccer, Little Athletics, Gaa, rounders, Boccia and lots of fun games and activities and a fun and action packed week was had by all.

SummerCamp 2016 Treasure Chest

SummerCamp 2016 web

  If you are interested in Next years camp please contact Ray at 087 6973093 or rmcnamara@mayococo.ie

 

Summer Camp 2016

 

 

 

Target Bowls

A Target Bowls activity day took place on Monday 14th March in An Sportslann Castlebar. James O’ Driscoll from Cork road bowling have developed the game and brought the target up to Mayo to introduce the game to various groups. If your group would be interested in having a go at target bowls contact Ray at 087 6973093 or rmcnamara@mayococo.ie

 Target Bowls

Target Bowls Target

 

Special Schools Little Athletics

 

St Antony’s Special School took part in a six week little athletics programme since the beginning of February. The activities included Long jump, Hurdles, Javelins, Target Throw, Speed Bounce and many more.

St Antonys Sligo 2016

The school  participated in the Sports Partnerships Regional Sports Hall Athletics which takes place every year in Sligo.

 

St Antonys Sligo 2016 Long Jump

 

Soccer Blitz

Mayo Sports Partnership in association with FAI held a Soccer Blitz for people with a learning difficulty on wednesday 6th April, this is one of numerious blitzs held throughout the year.

Soccer Blitz spring 2016 group

 

Soccer Blitz spring 2016

Autumn 2015

Connaught Wheelchair Hurling Team 2015
Autumn 2015

Parke Team 2 Win County Boccia League Trophy 2015

Parke Team 2 Proved two strong for Galway IWA in the County Boccia League Final which was held in Breaffy Gaa Club on the 7th December.

Parke Team 2 Winners of the 2015 Boccia League Trophy

After both teams had strong scores in their group games they were the top two teams on the day.

Galway IWA Runners Up in the 2015 Boccia League

 

in a close final Parke took control of the game in the third end and finish strong to see off the Galway Challenge.

 

Boccia League Action 2015 Final

 

The next round of the new season will be on the 1st February in Breaffy Gaa Centre at 12.30pm

Parke Team 2 Winners of the 2015 Boccia League Trophy 

 

 

Wheelchair Hurling Report Breaffy house Resort

 

The Breaffy House Sports Arena was the venue as Connacht GAA hosted Match Day Three of the M.Donnelly Interprovincial Wheelchair Hurling league on Saturday 18th October.

 Keith Higgins in conversation with Thomas Fleming at Breaffy Sports Arena

The Connacht GAA side came to Breaffy with a strong hand of players, but went down to a stronger Ulster side on a score line of 1-0 to open the day’s proceedings.

 Teams Parade before the start of the Wheelchair Hurling Blitz in Breaffy House Arena

The Westerners later got back onto winning ways later in the day as they went on to beat reigning league holders Munster on a scoreline of 3-1. The final game of the day saw the hosts come from behind to record another 3-1 win - this time over their Leinster opponents.

 

The day’s events were put together by Connacht GAA along with the support of the Mayo Sports Partnership, while the cameras and interviews by Irish TV also brought a sense of occasion to the day.

 Pat Carty in Action for Connaught in Breaffy House Arena

Match Day 4 of the league now moves onto Munster GAA which will be hosted in the Kingfisher Club in Waterford City on Saturday 7th November.

 

 

 

 

 

Summer 2015

Mayo.ie in association with Mayo Sports Partnership Presented Mayo athletes Aoife Beston and Martina Walsh with Sports gear for travelling to L.A. where they are representing Ireland in the upcoming Special Olympics world games which start on July 25th.
Summer 2015

Best of Luck to Mayo Special Olympic Athletes

Mayo Sports Partnership wish Aoife Beston and Martina Walsh the very best of luck as they are representing Ireland at the Special Olympic Games In L.A. The opening cermony is on July 25th the Atheletes Fly out to the states on Tuesday 21st. There are 88 athletes representing Ireland at the games, with Aoife and Martina the only 2 atheletes from Mayo. Mick Fahy from Castlebar Kyack Club is the Irish Kyack coach also heading to L.A. best of luck to all.

Mayo.ie in association with Mayo Sports Partnership Presented Mayo athletes Aoife Beston and Martina Walsh with Sports gear for travelling to L.A. where they are representing Ireland in the upcoming Special Olympics world games which start on July 25th.

 

Inclusive Summer Camp

The Sports Inclusive Summer Camp took place from the 29th June – 3rd July from 10am – 2pm in An Sportslann Castlebar.

 

The camp is aimed at Children with a disability their family and friends. The camp consisted of various sports with each day having a theme of a different sport as well as lots of fun games, Skill, balance, coordination elements to the camp. The participants were aged from 5 – 15 with over 20 children in total attending the camp.

 

 The degrees of ability ranged from physical, learning and behavioral disabilities.  Volunteers from both the Sports partnership and Enable Ireland helped out for the week and made sure that every child got the best out of the week. The camp has proved to be huge success with lots of variety and activities for Children to participate in.

 

 

 

St Antony's Sports Day

 

Mayo Sports Partnership ran a little athletics work shop during St Antony's Special school sports and activity week.

 

The day was very enjoyable for all pupils who participated in the activities.

 St Antony's Sports Day 2015

 

 

 

Belmullet 2 Piped by Gweegore in Regional Final

Belmullet team 2 were norrowly beaten in the final of the Sports Partnerships inter County north west tournament. Belmullet 2 who played so well throughout the day were beaten in the final by raining champions Gweegore from Donegal. 5 teams from Mayo participated in the regional event held in Sligo IT with all teams showing well throughout the day.

 

Belmullet 2 had reached the final by scoring 25 points in their matches but dispite playing well in a closely faught final were unable to beat Gweegore.

 

County Boccia League

Ballina team 1 came out on top at the recent July boccia league held in Our Lady's Secondary School Sports Hall. the annual trip to belmullet was made by 11 teams. Inver who started playing Boccia in the last year with help of Sports Inclusion Officer Ray Mc Namara participated in the Boccia League for the first time, they had 3 teams who all faired well on the day and they were delighted with thier first outing in the league.

 

 

This round of the league was on points scored in all matches with Ballina 1 coming out on top with Belmullet1 and Parke 2 close in joint second. the next round of the league will take place in Breaffy Gaa club on 7th September at 12.30.

 

 

Sunshine Club

A new activity Club For children with a disability has been set up by the Irish Wheelchair Accociation in Belmullet. A come and try day was held in accosiation with Mayo Sports Partnership to launch the Club and give parents and children a taste of activities that they will be able to participate in during the club. If you are interested in coming alone to the club contact Clare in the IWA centre in Belmullet on 097 81728

Autumn/Winter 2014/2015

 Participants at the County Boccia tournament held in Breffy Gaa Club on 5th March 2010
Boccia League

 

Xccessible Tag Rugby Initiative

The xccessible Tag Rugby initiative got place in Mayo in association with Connaught Rugby.

The two clubs that were involved in the programme were Castlebar Rugby Club who sent a coach in to St. Antony’s Special School and Ballina Rugby Club who send a coach in to St. Dymhpna’s Special School in Ballina.

The programme started the week of the27th January and continued for 8 weeks in both schools. The feed from the schools and the coaches was excellent the pupils really enjoyed the programme. The coaches also got a lot out of the programme and gained valuable experience working with children of varying abilities. Over 70 pupils took part in the programme with 12 teachers and assistants also took part in delivering the programme.

Both Rugby Clubs are hosting activity days in their clubs for the schools in May to further develop the programme.

 

Spinal Injuries Ireland Activity day

Spinal Injuries Ireland had there Christmas meeting in the Ballina Family Resource Centre on the 11th December where they were intoduced to some popular games and activivties by Mayo Sports Partnership.

 Spinal Injuries Ireland Activity Group

 

Spinal Injuries Ireland Group

 

The group took part in Boccia and the new Go For Life Games which are very inclusive and the group really enjoyed.

 

Spinal Injuries Ireland Group

 The Sports Partneship is working closely with organisations and sports Clubs and groups to provide oppertunities for people to participate in sport and physical activity at all levels. If you would like to get involved in any of our programmes please contact us at 094 9047023 or email rmcnamara@mayococo.ie .

 

 

 

 

Ballina 3 take the honours in December Boccia League for the Mayo Sports Partnership Boccia trophy

members of the Ballina 3 Boccia Team, Boccia Champions 2014

Ballina 3 were the winners of the December meeting of the county Boccia league held in Breaffy Gaa Club on Monday 1st December

Members of the Ability West 1 Team who were runners up in the December Boccia league

They upset the odds by winning their group and beating one of the favorites Ballina 1 in the semi final before beating Ability West 1 in the final. Ability West came through a really tough group on score differance after they were level on points with Belmullet 1 and Ballina 2 after the group stages. This was their first time getting to the final and a great achievement as they beat Parke in the semi finals.

Members of the Parke Team who were joint third place in the December Boccia League

 

Members of the Ballina 1 Team who were joint third place in the December Boccia League

 

Ciara from Galway City IWA who had Shoot of the day at the December Boccia league

 

Michael form Tuam IWA was player of the day in December Boccia league

Eillen from Galway IWA won best score at December boccia league

 

This was the first time that the Mayo Sports partnership trophy was played for and the above pictures are of some of the players that were rewarded for their play during the day.

The next round will take place on Monday 2nd February.

 

Soccer Blitz at An Sportslann Castlebar

A soccer blitz for adults with learning disabilities took place on Wednesday 26th November in An Sportslann Castlebar.  Rehab Care national Learning Network and Loughrea Training Centre attended and played out  a round robin competition.

participants of the Mayo Sports Partnership Soccer Blitz Held on the 26th November in An Sportslann

 

Soccer Blitz at Sportslann Castlebar

 

Raymond Costello celebrates after scoring against National Learning Network

 

The Next Soccer Blitz will be held in February 2015. if you or your group would like to get involved contact Ray at rmcnamara@mayococo.ie ‌‌‌‌

Summer 2014

Inclusive Summer Camp

A week long ‘Inclusive Camp’ was held at An Sportlann Castlebar and was attended by 15 participants The Summer Camp is in its fourth year and is hosted by Sports Inclusion Disability Officer Ray Mc Namara. It is organized on the back of a very successful summer camp last year and a Children’s Saturday Club that runs throughout the year.

Pictured at the Inclusive Summer Camp held In an Sportslann Castlebar

The Camp took place from the 14th – 18th July from 10am – 2pm in An Sportslann Castlebar. The camp is aimed at Children with a disability their family and friends.

The camp consisted of various sports with each day having a theme of a different sport as well as lots of fun games. Participants concentrate on Skill, balance, coordination, concentration, confidence building and fun. The participants were aged from 5 – 15 years of age.

 

UISCE Disability Sailing Day

UISCE Outdoor Centre held a disability sailing evening on Tuesday 14th July in conjunction with Mayo sports Partnership. Members of IWA Belmullet enjoyed a fantastic evening of sailing with Ciaran and his Staff at UISCE.

 Rosealeen Lally IWA coordinator said ‘It was an outstanding success from the point of view of the service users who had an absolute ball, and for the Uisce staff and our staff, because it was very much a trial and error situation. But to say it went well would be an understatement. Our members were assisted onto the catamaran and had a trip each around the bay and learned about the boat and how it works, Nicolle also had a spin on the power safety boat which she loved.

 

The staff couldn’t do enough for us and were more than accommodating to our needs.

One service users said “it was the best experience of my life” Noel Cawley said “Man what a BLAST” they truly loved every second of it’.

 

Surf2Heal Mayo

The first Surf2Heal Programme to be held in Mayo has been in progress since the middle of June, the programme which is run by surf Mayo on Carrownisky strand in Louisburgh in conjunction with Mayo Sports Partnership takes place every Saturday at 1pm.

Surf2 Heal Carrowniskey strand

This programme gives children with autism the opportunity to participate in an activity that they can engage in and enjoy. If you would like to join the programme or learn more about surf2heal call Ray on 094 9047023 or rmcnamara@mayococo.ie 

Surf2 Heal Carrowniskey Strand

 

Wheelchair Hurling

Acknowledgement by the Connacht GAA Council of the Connacht GAA Wheelchair Hurling team Progress to date took place at this year’s Connacht GAA Football Finals in Mc Hale Park Castlebar.  It is very much appreciated by all involved.

 Pictured at the Connaught Football Finals 20114 in Mc Hale Park Castlebar

 This is the first time such an acknowledgement ever took place at any of the Provincial Finals to date.  Page 15 in the match programme also paid tribute to all involved with the Connacht GAA Wheelchair Hurling team. The team is going from strength to strength and if you are interested in getting involved or would like to give it ago call Adrian Hession on 087 9316286 or Ray mc Namara on 094 9047023 or rmcnamara@mayococo.ie.

 

County Boccia League

The County Boccia League was held in Belmullet on Monday 7th July teams from alover the county traveled to Belmullet to participate in the league. The July Round was won be Parke. the next Round take place in the Glassgow kennedy Centre in Ballina on the 8th September.

 

Para Cycling

Hand and Tandum Cycling is running every Monday from 4.30 - 6pm at the Athletics track in Claremorris if you are interested in either of these sports please come along and give it ago or call Ray on 094 9047025.‌

Disability Inclusion Training

Mayo Sports Partnership host National Disability Inclusion Training Course

The new Disability Inclusion Training (D.I.T.) which is a nationally recognized course came to Mayo for the first time on the 17th May. It is a theory and practical course that covers terminology, barriers to participation, legislation and guidance and an introduction to disability sports and ways of adapting activities to make them inclusive. This course has been designed for a range of audiences including National Governing Bodies, Coaches, Volunteers, Teachers/SNA, Administrative staff, Leisure Personal and Sports Development Officers. The course can also have a ‘sport Specific’ focus based on demand. 20 participants took part in the course which was held in Davit College Sports Hall.

Pictured at the recent Disability Inclusion Training Course held in Davitt College Sports Hall

Theory Module includes:

  • Perceptions and experience
  • Disability awareness
  • Barriers and potential solutions to participation
  • An introduction to the inclusion spectrum
  • Where to go for further support and opportunities

 

Practical Module covers:

  • The principles adapting (Tree Concept)
  • How to adapt activities to include all
  • How to create a strategy for the inclusion of all sports whatever their ability level
  • How to develop fun warm up activities, games and specific sports ideas to ensure coaching methods and delivery style to provide maximum participation from all ability levels.

 

On completion of the course all participant received a Coaching Ireland /CARA APA Centre Certificate of Attendance and a range of course material. The next National Disability Inclusion Training Course is on 8th November in Castlebar for bookings log on to www.caraapa.ie or for more information contact Ray Mc Namara Sports Inclusion Development Officer on 094 9047023 or rmcnamara@mayococo.ie

News and Events

 

Sports Hall Athletics Programme Mayo

The programme started on Wednesday 15th January and continued every Wednesday in St Antony’s Special School Castlebar and St. Dympha’s Special School Ballina for 8 weeks with the programme finishing up on 5th Mach with the two schools coming together for a jamboree.  A total of 62 pupils took part in the eight week programme with 45 pupils participating in the jamboree.

The programme was very well received in both schools with both teachers and pupils really enjoying the programme and finding it very beneficial. The programme has had a huge impact on the pupils from improvement in balance, coordination and skill to developing new skills that they had not developed before.   The programme was backed by Ballina athletic club who helped with the coaching over the eight weeks.

Group photo at the Sports hall athletics jamboree in St. Dympha's School in Ballina

The teachers taught that the programme was brilliant and that it created such a buzz with the pupils as well as the learned outcomes.

 

What a jump Taken during the Sports Hall Athletics Jamboree in Ballina

Another out come from the programme is that a Sports Hall athletes/little Athletes programme is now running in 14 schools in north Mayo with a coach visiting each school twice over a 12 week period to introduce athletes to the schools. The schools will then come together on the 10th June to participate in a jamboree in Belmullet community centre.

Having Fun at the Sports Hall Athletic Jamboree in Ballina

 

 

Castlebar Inclusive Tennis Programme

An inclusive tennis programme is currently running in Castlebar Tennis Club from 3pm - 4pm every saturday afternoon if you are interested in coming along or learning more about Tennis call Ray on 094 9047023 or email rmcnamara@mayococ.ie

Participants at the Castlebar Tennis Club Saturday coaching session

 

Rehab Care enjoy Sligo Rovers inclusive soccer day

 Rehab Care Castlebar enjoyed a soccer outing between themselves and National Learning Network from Sligo that was hosted by Sligo Rovers FC.

Rehab Care Pictured at the Show Grounds Sligo

 

 Members of Rehab Care pictured with the FAI Ford cup

 

 

 

Ballina Active 55 Win December meeting of County Boccia League

Ballina Active 55 end 2013 as boccia league champions when they won the December meeting of the county boccia league in Breaffy Gaa Club on the 2nd December. It was their first win having come close in November they made no mistake this time. They were made fight hard all the way with impresive showing from Turlough and Ability west team 1 from Galway. The next round of the league is on February 3rd in Breaffy Gaa Club if you or your group oare interested in coming along or learning more about Boccia call Ray on 094 9047023 or email rmcnamara@mayococ.ie

 Ballina Boccia group December 2013 winners of the county Boccia League

 

Para Cycling Time Trail

Click on the link below to find out all the details of the upcoming para cycling time trial on the 30th November 2013 at Claremorris Athletes Track.

Para Cycling Time Trial Details

 

 

New Connacht Wheelchair Hurling Team off to a flying Start

The first ever Wheelchair Hurling team played their first competitive blitz in Actlone IT on the 2nd November. The team coached be Adrian Hession with the help of John Hopkins (Mayo Gaa), Denis O Boyle (Connacht Inclusion and Integration Officer) and ray Mc Namara Sports Inclusion Development Office (Mayo Sports Partnership).

Pictured at the Wheelchair Hurling Blitz in Athlone

Dennis O Boyle Said 'On behalf of the Connacht GAA Inclusion and Integration Committee I wish to express our sincere gratitude to Adrian Hession and John Hopkins and to Ray McNamara, Sports Inclusion Development Officer for Mayo Sports Partnership, for the provision of Sports Wheelchairs for use by our Connacht GAA Wheelchair Hurling team over this year. They were very much appreciated by all involved and greatly helped our team in their preparations for, and in their participation in the inaugural M Donnelly Interprovincial GAAWheelchair Hurling Tournament, which was held in Athlone Institute of Technology on Saturday last. The Connacht team played extremely well and finished runners up to Munster in the Final. A special word of thanks also to Neil Sheridan, Mayo Co. Council for all his support and assistance throughout the year'.  

 Wheelchair Hurling Team Talk at the Wheelchair hurling Blitz in Athlone

If you would like to get involved in wheelchair Hurling contact Ray Mc Namara in Mayo Sports Partnership on 094 904 7023 or rmcnamara@mayococo.ie 

 

 

Galway City Iwa win November meeting of the county Boccia League

Galway IWA  came out a winners of the November round of the county boccia league held on the 4th November Breaffy Gaa Club. they went through the day with out loosing a game and beat Turlough in the final. Galway City Iwa have only joined the Boccia League in the last couple of months and were trilled with their win. The last two rounds of the Boccia league have been won by Galway teams with Tuam Stars winning the October meeting.

Galway City IWA winners of the November meeting of the county Boccia league

 

 

 

Para Cycling Going Strong in Claremorris

Pictured at the ParaCycling Programme at Claremorris Athletes track

The Hand Cycling programme that was set up by Mayo Sports Partnership in conjunction with Claremorris Athletes Track,  IWA Sports and Paracycling Ireland is proving to be a very popular programme. The  programme is run by Gerry Towey. A hand cycling programme will continue every second Monday at 5.30pm at Claremorris athletics club. If you are interested in hand cycling in the Mayo area or for more information call Ray Mc Namara (Sports Inclusion Development Officer) on 094 9047023 or Gerry Towey on 087 8717656‌

 

Pictured at the ParaCycling Programme at Claremorris Athletes track 

Pictured at the ParaCycling Programme at Claremorris Athletes track

 

Pictured at the ParaCycling Programme at Claremorris Athletes track

 

If you are interested in hand cycling in the Mayo area or for more information call Ray Mc Namara (Sports Inclusion Development Officer) on 094 9047023 or Gerry Towey on 087 8717656‌

 

 

Summer Camp 2013

The Camp took place from the 22nd – 22h July from 10am – 2pm in An Sportslann Castlebar.

2013 summer camp in an Sportslann Castlebar

The camp is aimed at Children with a disability their family and friends. The camp consisted of various sports with each day having a Theme of a different sport as well as lots of fun games, Skill, balance, coordination elements to the camp. The participants were aged from 7 The degrees of ability ranged from physical, learning and behavioral disabilities.  Volunteers from both the Sports partnership and enable Ireland helped out for the week and made sure that every child got the best out of the week.

 

 

‌Mayo Sports Partnership and GMIT Celebrate

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2012

 

The Mayo Sports Partnership and GMIT hosted a talk on ability and outdoor activities on Monday 3rd December in GMIT Castlebar to Celebrate International Disability Awareness Day.  The day organized by Ray Mc Namara (sports Inclusion Officer with the Mayo Sports Partnership) and Nigel Jennings (Sports Officer in GMIT) was launched by Mayor of Castlebar Brendan Heneghan, he spoke about the importance of sport and physical activity to people of all abilities and welcomed Dennis Toomey to Castlebar. The talk was given by Dennis Toomey, Irish Para Cycling Manager and Chairman of the Para Cycling Commission. Dennis who brought Para cycling from nothing to the success of the London Para Olympic games where the Irish Team returned home with 2 gold 1 silver and 2 bronze from the games.Ireland had never won a medal in cycling in the Para Olympics beforeLondon. His talk was inspirational and gave great hope for future young athletes.

International Disability Awareness Day GMIT 3rd December 2012

After a very successful hand cycling programme in Kilmovee Mayo Sports Partnership received funding for a hand cycle from the Department of Children and youth affairs play and recreation week 2012 through Mayo County Council and aim to promote the sport and give people the opportunity to participate and nurture futureParaOlympic athletes.

Xccessible outdoor day in lough lannagh Castlebar

As part of the National event  Xcessible - "Inclusive Outdoors Initiative” organised by the CARA National Adapted Physical Activity Centre in cooperation with local Sports Partnerships around the country, there was an outdoor adventure day in Lough Lannagh Castlebar following the talk in GMIT. The xcessible outdoors initiative aims to heighten the benefits of an active healthy lifestyle and participation opportunities for people with disabilities within the outdoor environment. Activities included Hand Cycling, Walking, Open boating and Tandem Cycling. A special thank you to GMIT outdoor education students and tutors who ran the activities.

 Xccessible outdoors on the lake in lough lannagh Castlebar

If you would like more information on hand or tandem cycling or outdoor activities please contact Ray Mc Namara in Mayo Sports Partnership on 094 904 7023 or rmcnamara@mayococo.ie

 Play and Recreation Week 2012

After a very successful hand cycling programme in Kilmovee Mayo Sports Partnership received funding for a hand cycle from the Department of Children and youth affairs play and recreation week 2012 through Mayo County Council and aim to promote the sport and give people the opportunity to participate and nurture futureParaOlympic athletes.

Pictured at the come and try skills balance and coordination workshop as part of Play and Recreation wekk 2012

 Pictured during play and recreation week 2012

If you would like more information on hand or tandem cycling please contact Ray Mc Namara in Mayo Sports Partnership on 094 904 7023 or rmcnamara@mayococo.ie

 

 

Children's Come & Try

Skill, Balance & Coordination Inclusive Workshop for Children of all abilities goes down a treat

The Work shop held in kiltimagh/Knock United on the 31st October 2012 in conjuntion with the Goal to Work Programme went down a treat with participants and coaches. The weather held off and childern of varing abilities were able to practice their skills and enjoyed a fun day of activity.

Skills balance and coordination work shop 31st october 2012

 Skills balance and coordination work shop 31st october 2012

Physically Active Come & Try Day

After the success of the physically Active Conference in 2011 Mayo Sports Partnership are running a come and try day for people with a disability to sample different sports and activities.

Date: 6th November 2012

Venue: Breaffy House Resort

Time: 9.30 - 3.30

Cost €10

This day is not to be missed for more info click on the brochere below

 

Physically active come and try day 2012  

 

 

Children's Come & Try

Skill, Balance & Coordination Inclusive Workshop

For Children of all abilities

 

Date: Wednesday 31st October

Venue: Knock/Kiltimagh United Fc

 Time :11am – 1pm

 

For more information or to Register contact: Ray on 094 9047023

Text: 087 6973093 or

email: rmcnamara@mayococo.ie

Skills Work shop  

 

Inclusive Saturday Club and Wheelchair Hurling

Click on the link belw to see dates for Wheelchair Hurling and Inclusive saturday Club til the end of 2012

  Inclusive Saturday Club and Wheelchair Hurling Dates  

 

Hand Cycling and Tandem Cycling programme a huge success in Kilmovee

The Hand and Tandem Cycling eight week programme that was set up by Mayo Sports Partnership in conjunction with IWA Sport, Spina Bifida HydrocephalusIrelandand Cairdeas, Kilmovee Family Resource centre and supported by Mayo County Development Board proved a huge success. The The programme run by Gerry Towey and Donal Harington from Ballaghaderreen Cycling club, giving instruction and showing lots of young cyclists and Para-Cyclists the way forward. Gerry who has been involved in setting up the programme and who is a Para-Cyclist himself has made giant strides in the past year to challenge the top Para-Cyclists in the country and is certainly a name to watch out for in the future. A hand cycling programme took place every Thursday over the summer months.

Pictured at the launch of the Hand and Tandum Cycling programme in Kilmovee  

 If you are interested in hand or tandem cycling for more information call Ray Mc Namara on 094 9047023 or Gerry on 087 8717656. well done to all our Paralympics athletes who competed in London this summer.

 

Inclusive Summer Camp 2012

This years summer camp will run from the 23rd - 27th July in an Sporslann Castlebar

from 10am - 2pm

see application form below or for more information contact Ray on 094 9047023 or rmcnamara@mayococo.ie

 

  Summer camp 2012 application form  

Arthritis Mayo win Belmullet round of the County Boccia league for the second year running

Arthritis Mayo team winners of the belmullet round of the mayo county boccia league  

Arthritis Mayo came out as winners of the belmullet round of the county boccia league held on the 13th june. they went through the day with out loosing a game and beat Tuan Stars in the final. Tuam stars have now reached the final on the last 2 rounds of the league

Tuam Stars runners up in the belmullet round of the county boccia league 2012  

the next boccia league will be held in Breaffy Gaa on Monday the 9th july from 12noon - 3pm

Tuam Centre and Erris 1 locked in battle in a tight boccia game  

 Special Olympic Golf Classic

Special Olympics connaught held their annual golf classic in Ballinrobe Golf Club a great day was had by all

Special Olympic Golf Classic  

  

Ballina Boccia takes off

Pictured in the Kennedy Glasgow Centre Ballina during the Boccia come and try day in association with Moyvalley Resource centre  

Moy Valley Resourse Centre in association with Mayo Sports Partnership have hosted two come and try boccia events in the kenneddy Glasgow Centre in Ballina. as a result of these come and try days they now have a regular boccia session every thursday from 12 noon in the active 55 club on catederal road in ballina. This activty is open to anyone that would like to participate in an inclusive game and meet new people.

Pictured in the Kennedy Glasgow Centre during the Boccia come and try day in association with Moyvalley Resource Centre  

 

If you are  interested in participating contact Corina in the Moyvalley resource centre

 

Children's Come and Try Sports Day

Mayo Sports Partnership in Association with Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland  hostied A Children's Sports Day in

Breaffy Gaa Club House on Saturday 14th April 2012 from 11am - 1pm. The event proved to be a great success with children participating in boccia, Wheelchair hurling, wheelchair basketball and fun games.

a possitive outcome from the come and try sports day is that a wheelchair hurling session has started every second saturday and it is hoped that the first Mayo Gaa wheelchair hurling team will be established in september to participate in a all ireland competition in UL Limerick in November this year.

If you are interested in joining this session contact Ray on 094 9047023 or email rmcnamara@mayococo.ie

 

 World Autism Activity Day

A fun Activity Day took place on Sunday 1st April to celibrate International  Autism Awareness Day

 

a fun and enjoyable day was had by all with Mayo sports partnership providing activitys for all children to participate in. 

   

 

Erris Mens Team are North West Regional Boccia Champions

Erris mens team won the regional Boccia competition held in Sligo IT on 3rd November. 20 Teams from Mayo, Sligo and Roscommon took part in the event.

Erris Boccia team who won the Regional Boccia tournament held in Sligo on the 3rd November    

After a closely matched final Erris got the better of Sligo team 1 and were deserving winners on the day  it is hoped that the event will be an annual event and will complent the county boccia league which has gone from strenght to strenght.

Erris Boccia team and colleuges who won the Regional Boccia tournament held in Sligo on the 3rd November  

 

 

 

Sport & Disability Conference‘Physically active’ goes down a storm 

Despite the weather the ‘Physically Active’ Themed Conference which focused on Activity, Accessibility & Healthy Lifestyle themed conference which was held on Thursday 6th October 2011, in the TF Royal Hotel, Castlebar proved to be a huge success.

Pictured at the Physically active conference held in the TF Royal Hotel on the 6th october 2011  

The day is aimed at all People with a disability as well as their parents, carers and organisations so that all can understand the value and the benefits of being ‘Physically active’.

pictured during the physically active Kyacking session  

The Day kicked off with some presentations from Sports Inclusion Development Officer Ray Mc Namara, Niamh Daffy Manager of the Cara APA Centre Tralee, Barry Robinson duty manager and Disability Officer fromWestportLeisureParkand Martin Salmon Kyaction Kayaking Club Castlebar.

Physically Active Conference Wheelchair Basketball session  

The day when burst in to activity with a number of different workshops, this included Kayaking, Soccer, Tennis, Wheelchair Basketball, Nutrition and Healthy Eating, Boccia, Tips on getting started byWestportLeisureParkand Beep Baseball.

Physically Active Conference Beep Baseball Session  

Mayo Sports Partnership would like to thank everyone who helped in making the day such a huge success.

If you are interested in any of the activities that took place on the day log on to www.mayosports.ie or call Ray Mc Namara Mayo Sports Partnership on 094 904 7023 or email: rmcnamara@mayococo.ie

Latest News

Inclusive Leisure Centre Inititive

 To celebrate International Disability awareness Day On December 3rd there are two leisure centres in Mayo taking park in a national initiative which runs from 28th November to 11th December.

 Claremorris Leisure Centre will run an open day on Monday 28th November from 9.30 -4pm with a special activity class at 11am and an Aqua aerobics Class at 1pm

 Westport Leisure Park will run its open day on Wednesday 30th November from 9.30 -6pm with active 55’s and activity class on at 11.30am, Boccia at 12.30pm, Water Zorbbing at 12.30pm and Boccé at 4.30pm

 

Please let as many people know as possible that these activities are been held and try to support where possible

If you need any more information contact the centre directly or contact the office on 094 9047023

 

Wheelchair basketball

Wheelchair basketball will be held on Tuesday 29th November 2011 in An Sportslann Castlebar

if you are interested in coming along please do so or contact Ray on 094 9047023 or email rmcnamara@mayococo.ie

 

Visually impaired Regional Sports Day for all ages to now take place in February 2012

Activities will include:

Soccer

Archery

Tandem Cycling

Goal Ball

Athletes

Date: TBC

Time: 12.30-3.30pm

Venue: An Sportslann Mc Hale Park Castlebar

Free Admission

If you are interested in coming along please contact Ray on 094 9047023 or email rmcnamara@mayococo.ie

(Pre-Registration is advised)

 

Sport and Disability 'Physically active’ Conference

Pictured at the launch of the Sport & Disability Conference ‘Physically active’

Conference launch Group  

 Activity, Accessibility & Healthy Lifestyle themed conference, Thursday 6th October 2011, in the TF Royal Hotel, Castlebar, 9.30 –4pm

The day is aimed at all People with a disability as well as their parents, carers and organisations so that all can understand the value and the benefits of being ‘Physically active’.

With the Sports Inclusion Disability  Programme going from strength to strength and participation level increasing all the time the day is an opportunity to sample some of the activities that are now accessible to people with a disability and to also move to the next level of understanding the benefits of exercise and the value of being ‘physically active’ 

Conference launch participants  

If you are interested in attending download an application form or call Ray Mc Namara Mayo Sports Partnership on 094 904 7023 or email: rmcnamara@mayococo.ie

 

Click Below to view Calender of events from  April - August 2011

Calender of Events April - August 2011

Tennis Programme

Tennis Programme takes place every Monday evening at Castlebar Tennis Club at 6.30

A very successful tennis programme has been running in Castlebar Tennis Club over the last 6 weeks where participants has recieved coaching in how to play tennis. the programme will continue for another 12 weeks so if any is interested in the programme please come along on monday evenings at 6.30 or call Ray Mc Namara on 094 9047023.

Derek shows off his skills in one of the new sports wheelchairs as Lusy puts his through his paces

Arthritis Mayo team two win first outdoor round of the county Boccia league

Arthritis Mayo had there Second victory in the July round of the county Boccia league on 11th July in Párc Bheo Belmullet. After joining the league at the beginning of the year their play has improved no end and they came through the day with flying colours as they seen off some stiff competion from Tuam, Belmullet and Arthritis Mayo team one in the final by 8 - 1. 

County Boccia League 11th July 2011

This was the first time the league has gone outdoors in the newoutdoor Boccia court in Párc Bheo Belmullet. Basking in the glorious sunshine Arthritis Mayo proved to Strong for thier rivals and ran out easy winners in the end.

Members of Arthritis May teams one and two who contested the final of the county Boccia league in Párc Bheo Belmullet on 11th July 2011

The next round wil be held in tuam on the 29th August 2011

Belmullet IWA and NoName Club play first competition on the new Boccia Court in Párc Bheo Belmullet

Members of the IWA and No name Club play for the first time on the new outdoor Boccia court in Parc Bheo belmullet

a great afternoons fun was haad by both young and old as Belmullet IWA and NoName Club play first competition on the new Boccia Court in Párc Bheo Belmullet. The event organised by Ray Mc Namara had been rescheduled a couple of times because of the weather went ahead on Wednesday the 6th July 2011.

Parc Bheo belmullet boccia court

Mayo Sports Partnership also presented a set of Boccia balls to the No Name club so they could fully enjoy the new facility.

Outdoor Adventure Day makes a big Splash

Mark is Standing Tall taking a wave at the Outdoor adventure Day 2011

The second Outdoor adventure day was held on the 4th May at Achill Outdoor Education Centre. 55 Participants with varying degrees of ability took part in activities such as Surfing, Kyacking, Archery Hill walking and much more.

On the crest of a wave

The day oganised by Mayo Sports Partnership with the help of GMIT and PWDI went down a treat  and left participants wanting more.

Kyacking on Keel Lake

If you are interested in Outdoor Activities Contant Ray at rmcnamara@mayococo.ie for more information.

 Soccer Blitz

 

Due to the success of the Soccer Blitz programme the next blitz will take place on the 30th June 2011 at 11am - 2.30pm in Castlebar Celtic Astro Turf. All teams are invited to come along by contacting Ray Mc Namara on 094 9047023.

 

 

St Antony's School Soccer Programme

Mayo Sports partnership along with the Goal to Work programme set by the FAI and Mayo County Development Board are running a 8 week Soccer programme for students of St Antony's School Castlebar. The programme organised by SIDO Ray Mc Namara is offering participants to learn new skills and get quality coaching sessions from new coaches, it also gives the coaches experience in working with children of varying abilities and make them aware of how to make thier soccer sessions more inclusive.

St Antony's Soccer Programme

 

 

IWA Team 1 Win January County Boccia League

The IWA team 1 put togeather a great run of results and emerged victorious in the January round of the County Boccia League. Having had a slow start in the group stage of the competition on the 17th of January they soon got in to stride and saw off some strong competition by dispatching of raining champions Charlestown in the semi final and Belmullet ladies who were also back in form in the final. The league has now attracted some new teams from Arthritis Mayo who have two teams competing and Tuam IWA who have one team now participating in the league. the next round will take place on 14th February 2011 in Breaffy GAA club house.

Rehab win first in - firms Mayo Soccer game

 

 

Rehab Castlebar                 4                 Westport Utd Western Care        1

 

 

 

 

Sean Sammon 3 & 5                                 Mary Henry      25

 

Raymond Costello 10

 

 

Gerard Mc Greal 56

 

 

 

 

 

A large crowd turned out to watch the first ever in – firms game between Rehab Castlebar and Westport Utd Western Care and they were not disappointed. The game took place on Tuesday 5th October on Castlebar Celtic new astro turf pitch. After a tense start the game burst to life when Sean Sammon ran on to a loose ball and fired a shot into the back of theWestportnet.Westportwas still getting to grips with loosing a goal when Sammon struck again. A lovely move between Martin Murray and Raymond Costello put Sammon one on one with the Westport Keeper which he coolly slotted away. It was 3 -0 after 15 minutes when Raymond Costello broke from midfield and finished to the back of the net with the aid of the post.Westportthen started to come in to the game and were awarded a dubious penalty by referee Pat Foley (who has been watching two many champions league matches). Mary Henry stepped forward and sent keeper Raymond Connelly the wrong way which left a half time score 3 -1 to Rehab.

Sean Sammon Takes a shot which is saved by the Westport keeper with Paul kavenagh in close attendance

 

Rehab looked comfortable in the second half and should have added to their tally with Sammon, Gerard Mc Greal and Paul Kavanagh all going close. Rehab almost paid for not taking those chances whenWestportmissed chances of their own and were awarded a second penalty again for hand ball in the 55 minute. Paddy Mulroys shot was brilliantly saved by keeper Raymond Connolly, and from the clearance Gerard Mc Greal went clear and his shot left the stranded Westport keeper with no chance as he lifted the ball over the approaching keepers head and made the final score  4 – 1. Gerr Deere Mayor of Castlebar Town Council presented the perpetual cup to rehab Captain Raymond Costello to a rapturous applause.

Group Photo Soccer 5th oct 2010

 

Teams: Castlebar Rehab: R. Connolly, P. Mc Ellin, G. Mc Greal, R. Costello, M. Murray, M. Loftus, K. Joyce, M. English, S. Sammon, P. Diskin, N. Keane, D. Loftus, D. Ginly, P. Kaanagh and J. Corcoran Westport Utd western Care: M. Henry, M. Roache, M, Mc Donagh, P. Mulroy, S. Burke, U. Kearns, B. Keane, B. Faherty, D. Gannon, F. Reilly and J.Stack. The game was organised by Ray Mc Namara Sports inclusion Disability Officer (SIDO) from mayo Sports Partnership with the Help of Jarlath Cunningham from Carrowbeg Enterprises Western Care Westport and James Durkin and Melessa Walsh from Rehab Care. Thanks to Castlebar Celtic, Westport Utd, Castlebar Order of Malta, Western Care, Rehab Care and all who turned up on the day to support the two teams.

Pat Foley and Mark Roache exchange a warm hand shake before kick off

 

 

 

 

 

Westport Leisure Park win gold Standard Disability Award

Westport Leisure Park (WLP) continue to head the field in Accessibility and Disability provision with another national gold standard award from ILAM Ireland and is recognised nationally as one of the leading leisure facilities in Disability provision in the Country. Mayo Sports Partnership works very closely with Dermott and the staff of Westport Leisure Park in developing programmes and oppertunities for people with a disability to participate in exercise and activities in the Leisure Park. Activities include Gym, Swimming Lessons, Yoga, Inclusive Gymnastics and more.

Westport Leisure Park Gold Ilam Award 2010

Pictured at the presentation of the award was Dermott Langan (General Manager WLP), Brenda O'Donnell (CPSI), Colette Sweeney (Duty Manager WLP), Barry Robinson (Duty Manager WLP) and Mark Barry (IWA Sport).

 

Claremorris Tennis Club Development day for people with a disability

Claremorris Tennis Club are hosting an open evening for people with a disability on Wednesday 13th October from 6.30pm - 7.30pm.

A 10 week Introduction to tennis programme for people with a disability will run every Wednesday at 6.30pm - 7.30pm for those who come along and are interested in playing tennis.

If you are interested in participating click on hte link below.

Claremorris Tennis Openday

Belmullet B win September Round of County Boccia League

The September round of the county Boccia league took place in Belmullet Sports Complex  on Monday 20th September. 8 teams participated on the day. IWA had a big representation on the day with seven of the teams from all over the county representing Castlebar, Westport, Claremorris, Ballina and Belmullet. As the day progressed through the group stages IWA were well placed Belmullet B and IWA 2 in the semi finals against Charlestown . Charlestown  were looking to regain their tital that they had lost to Belmullet A in April, and reached the final where they were defeated by Belmullet B who had looked very strong all through the day and won a close final by 6 - 5.

Belmullet B winners of the September round of the County Boccia league 

 

 

The next round of the County Boccia League will be held in Charlestown Sports Complex on Monday 18th October 2010 were the home teams will be looking for a big performance. if you would like to enter a team in the Boccia league contact Ray Mc Namara on 094 9047023 or rmcnamara@mayococo.ie   

Pictured at the belmullet round of the County Boccia League on the 20th September 2010

 

 

 

 

Inclusive Summer Camp for Children with a disability and their friends

The 2010 Summer Camp was held in De la Salle Sports Hall from 19th - 23rd July. a great week was had by all that attended the Camp as they got to participate in Sports and Activities which included Basketball, Soccer, Balloon Volleyball, Cúlí, Crazy golf, Tennis, Badminton, Tab Rugby, Rounders and fun Games.

Darragh Conway with Thomas Fleming and Patrick Bree during the 2010 Summer Camp

The week consisted of different Sports and activities every day which provided Children with a variety of tasks and challenges throughout the week. Children completed tasks and learned new skills which improve Balance, Coordination, Consentration, Social skills and fitness. Children are incorraged to take what they have learned during the course of the week and participate in these activities at home in their own community.

Having fun duing the 2010 summer camp

 

A great week was had by all and energy levels they extremly high with everyone joining in the fun games that were played during the week. Look out for the Children's Saturday Club coming up in September in Castlebar and Ballina it you are interested in gettig involvedfor more information contact Ray Mc Namara on 094 9047023 or rmcnamara@mayococo.ie   

 

 

 

Achill Outdoor adventure Day a Huge Success

The first Outdoor Adventure Day for people with a disability organised by Mayo Sports Partnerships Disability Officer Ray Mc Namara took place on the 21st April 2010 inAchill.

 

 

 

 

 

The day started off wonderfully as the 61 participants descended on the Achill Outdoor Education Centre theAchillsunshine brightened up the already excited faces of the participants. There they were greeted by staff of the Centre and students of GMIT. Participants had then a choice of activities to choose from Surfing, Sailing, Open Boating, Kayaking and Hill walking.

Getting it right before taking to the water

 

 

 

 

 

The groups with their leaders and helpers went in different directions to take part in activities of their choice. Participants then came together for lunch and could choose from Archery, Climbing Wall, Environmental Beech Combing and Hill Walking for the afternoon. Participants with disabilities such as physical, learning, visually impaired all took part and had a great day.

Enjoying the Outdoor Activities in Achill

 

 

 

 

Special thanks to PWDI for their support in funding the event. Tim Daly and staff of the Achill Outdoor Centre and to Kevin O Callaghan and all the Students of GMIT who helped out on the day. GMIT added a disability module to its course where students completed disability awareness training, training on how to deal with people with a disability in an outdoor setting. They also had to help organise the Outdoor Adventure Day and helping people take part in the activities on offer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disability helpers Award

Disability Helpers Award Ballina 5th march 2010

Disability Helpers course took place on the 5th March 2010 in Ballina Swiming Pool and Sports Complex. 22 participants attended the course and are now certified by Swim ireland to assist people with a disability in the water. Many of the participants will now go forward to complete thier disability assistant swim teachers qualification which takes place in April and again in May.

 

 

County Boccia Competition

Irish Wheelchair Accosiation (IWA) A Team win County Boccia Tournament

The County Boccia tournament continued in Breffy Gaa club house from 12noon - 3pm on wednesday the 5th March 2010

 Participants at the County Boccia tournament held in Breffy Gaa Club on 5th March 2010

 

 

Charlestown A and Irish Wheelchair Accosiation (IWA) A team contested a very competitive final. Charlestown A came in to the competition as champions of the last competition held on the 3rd February 2010 and were keen to hold on to their title. after the first two ends Charlestown A lead 4-0 but IWA A won the next three ends and lead the match 11-4 heading in to the last two ends, Charlestown took the last two ends but it was the IWA A team the triumpted on the day with an 11 - 6 victory to rain as champions until the next competition in May.

 IWA A Team Boccia Tournament Champions 5th Marct 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disability Awareness Training

St Louis Secondry School Kiltimagh Disability Awareness Programme

42 Transition year Students from St Louis Secondry School in Kiltimagh took part in a Disability Awareness Programme delivered by Sports Inclusion Disability Officer Ray Mc Namara. The Programme is aimed at creating awareness amoungst students about disability and giving them the confedence to volunteer to include people with a disability in their local clubs. One such club is the local Basketball club that plans to have one evening every second week that includeds people with a disability.

St Louis Kiltimagh Disability Awareness Programme

The training consisted of two lessons about being more inclusive, getting over our fear factor, and understaning disability and practical lessons where atheletes with a disability came in to the school and took part in some basketball activity where students got the chance to help assist atheletes in developing their skills and getting involved in some inclusive activities.

 

Autumn Events 2009

Sport and Physical Activity opportunities for people with a disability

Mayo Sports Partnership have a number of oppertunities for people with a disability to get involved in Sport and Physical Activity in the coming months.

Click on the link below to view upcoming eventsIf you want to take part in any of the events below contact Ray Mc Namara Sports Inclusion Development Officer on 094 9047023 or at rmcnamara@mayococo.ie   

 

Fri, 11 Sep 2009 15:45:00 BST

Physical Disability Outdoor Adventure Weekend

 

Sports Inclusion Disability Officer Ray McNamara from the Mayo Sports Partnership in association with Tim Daly and Achill Outdoor Education Centre are hosting an Outdoor Adventure weekend for people with  Sensory and physical disabilities. The weekend is  supported by PWDI, IWA Sport, CPSI and Irish Blind Sport. Accommodation is available for wheelchair users  The weekend will include a variety of activities.

For more information click on this link - Adventure weekend - Achill (pdf)

New Programmes

   

Inclusive Gymnastics for Children

 

Mayo Sports Partnership In association with Westport Leisure Park working together has established inclusive Gymnastics classes for Children.

 

 

The programme takes place in Westport Leisure Park every Friday with three different classes on offer depending on age. The first Class is from 3.30 – 4.30 ages 5 - 8 years, the second class is 4.30 – 5.30 ages 9 – 12 years and the last class is from 5.30 – 6.30 ages 5 - 8 years. There are 25 participants in each class with all three classes full.

 

 

This Programme has a positive impact on the lives of participants and is going from strength to strength.

 

 

 

Inclusive Summer Camp 2009

 

 

Mayo Sports Partnership Hosted a Children’s Inclusive Summer Camp for Children with a disability their friends and family.

Enjoying the fun at the Inclusive Summer Camp 2009

The camp was run by Sports Inclusion Disability Officer Ray Mc Namara and included help from regional sports development officers who came along and showed off their sports and skills to the children.

Inclusive Summer Camp 2009

Some of the sports children participated in included Athletics, Soccer, Football, Hurling, Camogie, Tennis, Rugby, Fun games and loads more fun activities. A fun packed week of sport and Physical Activity was had by everyone. The camp took place in July, one week in Castlebar and one week in Claremorris.

 

 

CPSI (Cerebral Palsy Sport Ireland) National Boccia League

 

 

 

 Congratulations to the Three Boccia teams from Erris Irish Wheelchair Association and Charlestown H.O.L.D. group who competed for the national Boccia championships in Athlone recently. While the Erris B Team and Charlestown put up a great fight they were knocked out in the second round, but Erris A team fought tooth and nail all the way to the final against a fine Limerick team and won the national championships. The league began in February with 29 teams entering the league from around the country. It was the first time Mayo was represented in the Boccia league with three teams making it through the regional division to the finals. It is hoped to start a county Boccia league on the back of this success. 

 

 

Gym Programme

A very successful gym session has gone down very well in the Westport area. The gym session is on once a week in Westport Leisure Park on a Wednesday afternoon and has attracted lots of participants with varying abilities.

 Westport Leisure Park Gym session

 

There are up to 15 participants that attend the session which has gone from strength to strength participants with MS, physical and arthritis having there own personnal programmes as well as some group activities during the session.

It is hoped to extend the programme to two days a week with a Friday session. The  IWA are providing transport on a Friday to encourage people in the area to participate in the programme.

Westport Leisure Park Gym Group Session

 

Other Gym opportunities have also been set up with participants that can come in their own time. They have got their own personal programmes and attend the gym when it suits them to do so. The staff of Westport leisure Park has contributed to the huge success of the programme and have to be complemented in the way they the sessions have been run.

 

 

 

 

Disability Awareness Training

 

 

 

 

 

The training ‘The Inclusion of people with a disability in Sport’ was held on the 10th June 2009 in the community centre in Ballyheane.

 

 

Participants were representatives of their clubs who received funding under the Mayo Sports Partnership Special Participation Grant Scheme.

 

 

30 participants took part in the training and it is hoped that clubs will create more opportunities for people with a disability to participate in their local clubs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helper Disability Award

 

 

 

 The first disability helper’s course set up by Sports Inclusion Disability Officer ray Mc Namara took place on the 2nd July 2009 in Westport Leisure Park. 23 participants from various leisure centres and organisation from all over the county completed the course. The course was a one day helper’s course and consisted of activities such as correct entry and exit techniques, supporting techniques in the water and various activities that can be done during a session in the water.

 

 

 

Participants who completed Disability helpers course in westport Leisure Park in July

Sports Inclusion Project

After the resounding success of the Sports Taster day in the Lakeside Centre in Ballinrobe at the end of May a programme of further taster days and events are being worked on. Further details will be posted on this page or you can contact Ray Mc Namara Sports Inclusion Development Officer at 094-9047023.

Sports Ability Day in Belmullet a Huge Success

The opening day of the festival of Sport in Belmullet which took place from the 3rd - 5th October in the Sports Complex in Belmullet was a huge success. the day consisted of a host of activities for both children and adults.

The day began with an inclusive games session for children. Pupils from a variety of classes from Glencastle primary school participated in a variety of sports and games that were both challenging and fun. They were assisted by transition year students from the convent secondary school who helped out and joined in the fun. Teachers and students got alot of good ideas to take back to their school to make sports and games more inclusive on a regular basis.

Pictured after the Children's Sports Inclusive Games session at the festival of Sport in Belmullet

The afternoon session was for adults. People from the Irish Wheelchair Association, Western Care and transition year students from both the convent and St. Brendans secondary schools participated in a variety of activities which included, Adapted Dance, Boccia, Kurling, Bowling and an Outdoor Activities demonstration from Ciarán Ó Murchú from Uisce Sport trí Ghaeilge Courses and Activity Centre.

 Surfing demonstration by Ciarán Ó Murchú at the Festival of Sport in Belmullet

There was 75 participants on the day, 33 of those had a disability.

A special thanks to all who helped out on the day in making it a huge success.

Children's Saturday Club

After the success of the Sports Ability Day for Children in Breffy International Sports Arena on the 6th September a Children's Saturday Club have been formed. The Club takes place every third Saturday in the Dela Sal Sports Hall St Geralds College Castlebar from 11am -12.30pm and proved a huge success. The starts back on 19h September 2009, and will run every second Saturday until the new year

Aimee Conroy participating in Activities at the Children's Sports Ability Day in Breffy International Sports Arena on the 6th September 2008

The Club is open to Children with a disability, their family and friends, There is no charge for the activities which include Basketball, Football, Fun Games and much more. The club is organised and ran by Ray Mc Namara Sports Inclusion Disability Officer so if you are interested in coming along, helping out or know of anyone that would like to join our club either contact Ray at 094 9047023 or just come along on any of the above dates and join in the fun.

Mon, 16 Feb 2009 16:12:00 GMT

Local and National News

Accessibility Showcase

Westport Leisure Park in association with Mayo Sports Partnership held an accessibility show case on Monday 16th March 2009.

The Accessibility Showcase proved to be huge success with over 50 participants participating in a variety of sports and activities over the course of the day. The day consisted of workshops of activities and programmes that have been set up by Sports Inclusion Disability Officer Ray Mc Namara, Manager of Westport Leisure Park Dermott Langan and Westport Leisure Park Access Officer Barry Robinson.

 Adapted Dance workshop during the Assessibility Showcase in Westport Leisure Park

The Programme of Events Started at 10am with Special Olympics Boccé Session. This was followed by Inclusive Gymnastics at 11am, Aqua Aerobics at 11.45am. Adapted dance at 12.15 and a second Adapted Dance session for wheelchair users at 12.45.

Jarrleth Cunningham gave some participants a feeling of what it’s like to walk on water with the giant inflatable sealed ball that you get into and move around in on the surface of the water.

The feeling of walking on water during the workshop at the Accessibility Showcase in Westport Leisure Park

 

There was an excellent turn out on the day with over 50 participants sampling the activities that were on offer.

 

Dermott Langan Manger of Westport Leisure Park welcomed everyone and thanked people for coming along to sample the activities and hoped that they would avail of what the Leisure Park has to offer. He also praised his staff and said the achievement of the Leisure Park would not have been possible with out them. He went on to say that he was delighted with the programmes that had been set up in cooperation with Sports Inclusion Disability Officer Ray Mc Namara and looks forward to working with Ray in setting up even more participation opertunities in the future.

 Martin Keane Cathaoirleach of Westport Town Council praised the staff of Westport Leisure Park and Mayo Sports Partnership for the variety of activities and programmes on offer to people of all abilities and congratulated the Leisure Park on the Awards they have won in making the facility more accessible. The awards included National Disability Athority ‘Excellence through Access’ Award, 8 Times Winner of ILAM White Flag and ILAM Overall National Award Disability Provision 2008/2009.

Warrm up during the Gymnastics workshop at the Accessibility Showcase in Westport Leisure Park

Ray Mc Namara Sports Inclusion Disability Officer said staff plays a key role in the success of new programmes and activities, making them sustainable and having a good relationship with participants. He also thanked Dermott and his Staff for working with the Mayo sports Partnership in creating new programmes and looked forward to creating many more in the future.

 

The day was supported by western care, Rehab Care,IWA and people within the local community.

All the workshops on the day are currently offered by Westport leisure Park for times and dates of when these activities take place please contact Westport Leisure Park on 098 29160 or Ray Mc Namara Sports Inclusion Disability Officer on 094 9047023 or at rmcnamara@mayococo.ie  

Westport Leisure Park Win Ilam White Flag Disability Category Award

Westport Leisure Park has won another award for its dedication to making their facility the most accessable in the country. Last year they were the first leisure centre in the country to be awarded the accessiability award from the NDA, and this year they have claimed the Disability Category Award for 2008 -2009 at the annual Ilam White Flag industry awards a head of 110 other leisure centres. Congratulations to Dermott Langan and all the staff on their achievements.

There are a  number of projets progammed to start in Westport Leisure Park in coming weeks, with some projecjs already under way. If you are interested in getting invoved in Swimming, Gym sessions, Bocce or Inclusive Gymnastics either call the Leisure Park direct on 098 29160 or the Mayo Sports Partnership Disability Officer on 094 9047023

Disability Awareness Training Courses

The first set of Disability Awareness Training Courses have been roled out by Sports Inclusion Disability Officer Ray Mc Namara. The Training 'The Inclusion of People with Disabilities into Sport' consists of two modules 'Introduction to Coaching' and 'Level 1'. 42 people completed the 'Introduction to Coaching ' module with 26 of those completing the 'Level1' module. The Training has been developed by the National Coaching and Training Centre who has recently changed its name to 'Coaching Ireland' and is part of the National Coaching Development Programme.

The first of the Autumn '08 programme was a Teacher Training course held on the 20th August in the Lakeside Health and Fitness Club in Ballinrobe were 16 people completed the 'Introduction toCoaching' module.

The second course was held in Achill in conjunction with Corr Acla Teo on the 30th September were 15 people completed both the 'Introduction to Coaching' and the 'Level 1' modules as well as training in New Age Kurling.

The final course of the Autum programme took place in Westport Leisure Park on the 10th October were 11 people completed both modules.It is hoped that all those that completed the training will get involved in some of the Disability Sports Activities in their local communities. Upcoming Disability Training Course for CoachesThe next disability awareness training course will take place on the 18th february 2009 from 6pm -8pm in Castlebar.

Disability Awareness Training Application Form 

If you would like to get involved in Disability Sports Activities or take part in Disability Awareness Training contact Ray Mc Namara on 094 9047023 or rmcnamara@mayococo.ie  

National Adapted Physical Activity Centre

The CARA Adapted Physical Activity Centre main aim is to facilitate an increase in the number of people with disabilities participating in sport and physical activity, through increasing oppertunities to participate, improving access, providing information on and organising/delivering training. For further information on the CARA Centre click on the link below

www.CaraApaCentre.ie

Mon, 16 Mar 2009 16:41:00 GMT

Accessible B&B

Accessible B&B in Mayo

A purpose built B&B to cater for people with a disability is now open in the heart of the Mayo countryside.

Furnace B&B also has activity oppertunities such as fishing, nature walks, art and much more, click on the link below to find out more details.

www.cloonriver.com

Wed, 17 Sep 2008 10:04:00 BST

Annual Report

 Sports Inclusion Disability Officer (SIDO) Annual Report 2008 - 2009

Mayo Sports Partnership is delighted to present the Sports Inclusion Disability Officer (SIDO) Annual Report for April 2008 –April 2009.

The Report is a summary of the first year of the SIDO programme which has proved to be a very exciting and successful year.

Click on the link below to view the report.

SIDO Annual Report 2008 - 2009