On Friday 24th of September the “Sporting Chance” students from the Tralee National Learning Network made the short trip to IT Tralee for a six hour Disability Inclusion Training (DIT) course. This is the second of these courses to be held in Tralee in the last few months with further courses planed for Killarney in the near future.
Following the massive success of the Irish Paralympics team, there is now a greater emphasis on promoting sport and physical activity among people with disabilities. Students of the Sporting Chance course hope to play their part in increasing participation and became the first training course in Ireland to complete the Disability Inclusion Training.
The DIT training gave these students the Ideas and inspiration to adapt their sessions to make them more accessible for participants with a disability. “The Students will be putting this new knowledge in practice straight away in a number of programs they are involved with” Say Kevin Smith, Sporting Chance Course coordinator “including GAA for all, Surf 2 Heal, assisting FAI development officer Darren Aherne with the Football for All programme and CampAbilities”
Joe Browne, a student on the Sporting Chance course who is also involved in coaching soccer and hurling in his local community in Lixnaw outlined how the course will help him “Previously, I would have been unsure on how to include people with disabilities in my sessions. After this course, I would be more confident when working with people with disabilities and how to adapt my sessions. I would recommend this course to anyone, as it helps to understand how to get people with disabilities to participate in sport and will help to make sports more enjoyable for people of all abilities”
“This course will help the students in their future pathways” Says Liam Mc Donough, CARA training officer “This is a standardized course and will ensure future employers or training institutes will know exactly what these students are capable off after completing the DIT course”
Further DIT course will be delivered through the National Training and Education Working Group and their partners in the Local Sports Partnership Network in the near future.
If you would like more information on the DIT course visit www.caraapacentre.ie
For more information on the “Sporting Chance” please contact Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org
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