Last year Fermoy Leisure Centre held their first open day for People with Disabilities. It was a great success with complimentary pool facilities open to all people with disabilities who attended from as far as Dunmanway, Glenville and of course their regular customers from the Fermoy- Mitchelstown Area. There was a variety of fun activities available for children who attended on the day from face-painting, sensory hand painting, and a display from the Dogs for the Disabled. All participants where provided with complimentary drinks and snacks and Mr. Whimpi very kindly provided free ice cream on the day.
Fermoy Leisure Centre is an inclusive leisure centre which welcomes all people with disabilities into their centre and they were delighted to open their new accessible changing room facility also on the day which they now call the “Rainbow Room”. This they feel symbolises “anything is possible at the end of the rainbow”. The day was a great success and all the participants were delighted with the facilities and activities on the day. Fermoy Leisure Centre hopes to hold an open day for people with disabilities at least twice a year and continue to make improvements in striving for a more inclusive leisure centre build on this for the future. Caroline Casey said “We hope to train up our staff on adapted physical activity and hopefully in the future we will have some Paralympics competitors using and training in this facility in Fermoy”.
Caroline would like to thank all the participants who attended the day. She would also like to thank Aisling Drea of the Cork Local Sports Partnership, Paul Ryan of the IWA, The Rebel Wheelers, and Rose Carroll of Cork Co. Council who have assisted in securing funding for Fermoy Leisure Centre facilities in the past. For further information please contact Caroline Casey on (025) 33272 or e-mail Caroline.Casey@CorkCoCo.ie