On Saturday 4th of October in the Aura Letterkenny Leisure Centre Donegal, Sports Partnership alongside Ulster Council and Donegal County Board hosted a Sports Ability Day for people with disabilities. Given the vast geographical range all areas of the county were represented from as far as Carndonagh and Ardara.
“The groups ranged in ability from hearing impaired, learning to wheelchair users and received an excellent standard of coaching from Gavin Craig, Simon Gillespie, Chris Walsh and Mark Crossan. It is important now that all GAA clubs take onus on becoming inclusive also if you have any players attending your club please contact your county games managers, Gavin Craig and Mick Murphy.”
(Ulster Disability Officer, Una McKay)
Thanks to Mick Murphy, and RDO, Paul Callaghan for their co ordination and assistance on the day.
“These events are very worthwhile as it opens the doors to anyone who wishes to participate at sport’s either on a recreational or competitive basis. Obviously the next step for C.L.G.Dhun na nGall is to encourage clubs to host their own Have A Go Day’.”
(Gavin Craig, Donegal Hurling Development Manager)
Donegal’s next GAA for ALL coach education course will be held in Buncrana, February 23rd 2009. Email Una McKay firstname.lastname@example.org (+44 79 2052 8793) for further information.
Other Sports on offer included; Football, Badminton, Boccia, New Age Kurling, Cycling, Bocce, Athletics, Basketball and Archery. It is hoped that by trying new activities people may find a sport they wish to pursue.
Further support for Donegal can be received from Thérèse Laverty, Sports Inclusion Disability Officer on 074 (91) 16078/16079.