The CARA Adapted Physical Activity Centre and the Institute of Technology Tralee in association with the National Council for the Blind, the National Learning Network Tralee (Sporting Chance Programme) and Vision Sport Ireland will host the 5th CampAbilities Ireland this year in Killarney Co Kerry.
The dates for the camp is the 13th of April to the 17th of April. Preference will be given to new campers and places are limited. Closing Date for Camper Applications is Monday 17th of February.
Please Note: Campers must be aged 10-14 years ( Born on or after 01/01/2000 and on or before 31/12/2004)
This year we are encouraging previous campers who are not eligible to apply for the Leader In Training or volunteer options. Leader In Training is available to previous campers aged 16-17 years ( born on or after 01/01/1998 and born on or before 31/12/1999)
Previous campers who are 18 years old can also apply to become a volunteer at camp.
To find out if you are eligible for camp, obtain an application form and get more information, contact David Lyons on 0667144233
A 5 day residential sports and recreation camp for children with vision impairments (aged 10-14 years).
Five action packed days for 25 children with vision impairments ended with a drumming performance and awards ceremony to mark all of the sporting achievements of the campers as well as the efforts of 50 volunteers that made up CampAbilities 2011.
Organised by the CARA National Adapted Physical Activity Centre, the Institute of Technology Tralee, the National Learning Network and the National Council for the Blind the camp was held this year in Fossa Killarney where all campers and staff stayed in the majestic An Oige hostel. The decision was made to hold annual sports camps for children with vision impairments as sports participation rates among people with vision impairments is particularly low in Ireland so a camp which introduces children to various sports in a supported way will hopefully result in many of them becoming more active in future years. The camp also serves as a learning opportunity to sport, health and leisure students from the Institute of Technology Tralee and National Learning Network. It is also hoped that these future physical education teachers, sports coaches and instructors will have the knowledge and skills to include people with vision impairments in their mainstream classes and sessions.
The organisers were overwhelmed this year by the local support for the camp including transport provided free by Kennedy coaches, Buckleys and Enterprise car rentals as well as the local jarveys and their trusty horses. A number of local supermarkets, butchers and food suppliers donated much of the food. As well as this local clubs such as Kingdom Archers, Kingdom Waves, Kerry Green Sox baseball club, Fossa Scouts and Dr. Crokes helped out with the coaching. Fossa Community centre, Coral leisure centre, hotel Europe, the SEM, Fossa GAA and O’Sullivan horse riding stables provided facilities.
One of the challenges for the organisers will be to make sure that the campers have opportunities to continue their sports when they return to their communities and schools. This will be done by linking the local sports partnerships in with each of the campers as well as with national governing bodies of sport to ensure more regular opportunities are available to young people with vision impairment
Cycling – All who participated in this event excelled. Most notably were Conor (CARA) and Sean. “They were just brilliant together. Conor cycled and Sean was on the front in his chair with a massive smile on his face
For further details contact:
Phone: 066 7144233/0667145646
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