Disability: Sports Inclusion Disability Programmes

Education Opportunities

Inclusive Fitness Training:   

This workshop is designed to increase the confidence and awareness of fitness managers, fitness professionals and all front line staff to work with people with disabilities in the fitness sector.

The training will provide access to resources that will increase the knowledge of fitness managers and fitness professionals to create inclusive environments and programmes in the fitness sector for people with disabilities.

This workshop is accredited by REPs Ireland.


Autism in Sport workshop: 

This workshop will provide attendees with an understanding of Autism focussing on the delivery of sport.

It will help participants to recognise and understand key areas of difference as well as looking at practical strategies which will help to include people with autism in sport sessions.

Disability Inclusion Training: 

This workshop is designed to provide participants with the knowledge, skills and ideas on how to adapt and modify your sport, physical activity or physical education sessions to make them more accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities.

Attendees will be engaged through interactive group work, theory content and will be introduced to adaptation tools which will be applied to a variety of games and activities on how to make these inclusive for all ability groups.

On completion of the workshop all participants will receive a Cara Certificate of Attendance endorsed by Sport Ireland, a resource manual and a games booklet full of fun inclusive activities.

Enhanced Access to Facilities 

 Trail Access with the  Hippocampe All Terrain Chair!   

Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership is delighted to purchase a Hippocampe All Terrain chair for use on trails in Kilkenny with the support of Kilkenny Local Community Development Committee.  The Hippocampe offers individuals with disabilities accessibility to difficult terrains, impossible in a standard wheelchair: sand, swimming area, hiking trails, snow or mountain!  The Hippocampe can be towed, pushed or self-propelled, and offers autonomy to its user.  The chair is also suitable for those unable to self-propel, with a third party.  The seat is composed of a thick and hydrophobic foam that does not absorb water and dries quickly.  It is lightweight, collapsible, and easily transportable.

The Hippocampe is now available for use in Castlecomer Discovery Park, at no cost to the user.   For use outside of Castlecomer Discovery Park, please contact KRSP on 056 77949914.


Children with Disabilities

Football For All

Evergreen FC, Saturdays Afternoon, Kells Road.

This football sessions are going from strength to strength with approximately 30 children participating.  Please contact Evergreen directly if you wish to try out a session.    info@evergreenfc.ie   0879882225



Supported Swim Lessons for Children with a Disability

Tuesdays 5.30pm St Patricks

Tuesdays 6.15pm The Watershed

Wednesdays 3.30pm, 3.30pm (advanced, main pool) 4.10pm and 4.50pm The Watershed

The lessons are run in blocks of 10 at a cost of €60 for 10 lessons. The sessions are tailored to ensure your child is in an appropriate group. If you are unsure about what lesson would suit your child, please contact me or you are more than welcome to bring your child to the pool by arrangement to meet the swim teacher.  KRSP work with local schools and transition year programmes to provide volunteers for these swim classes. Contact Caitriona 056 7794991 / 087 9750501


Special Olympic Club – Swimming

4 pm on Wednesdays

This club is for older children and adults who can already swim.

Contact Brenda Whitely for more information 087 2802418.


Kilkenny Kats Special Olympics Clubs

Thursday 6 – 7pm The Loreto

Kilkenny Kats is a sports club for children with a learning disability, open to children from 6 upwards. The club meets weekly in The Loreto but also takes part in Aquatics, Athletics, Bocce, Athletics and Kayaking at different times of the year.  Contact Brenda Whitley 087 2802418 bmwhitely@eircom.net


Kilkenny Multi Sport Club for Children with a Physical Disability

Wednesday 6.30 – 7.30pm The Loreto

This is a sports club for children with a physical disability, try athletics, unihoc, basketball and lots more.

Contact  Caitríona on 056 7794991/ 087 9750501.


Learn To Cycle, Mid Term Break

April 17th, 18th 7 19th ,              2pm to 3.30pm & 3.30 to 5.00pm

Children should bring their own bike in good working order (Brakes working and tyres pumped!!!) and helmet.

Cost FREE.  This event can be booked here.



Adults with Disabilities

 Football for All for Adults Kilkenny

3pm, The Watershed, Every 2nd Monday

The Team trains once a fortnight in the Watershed at 3pm and  participate  in the FAI Football Blitzes.  All adults with an intellectual disability are welcome to join the sessions.  Contact Caitríona 056 7794991  (087 9750501)


Football For All Castlecomer

Multi-Sport Club for Adults with An Intellectual Disability

Wednesday mornings 11.15-12.30.



Special Olympics Club: Boccia and Athletics

The Watershed/St Canices Hospital 5.45pm to 6.45pm

The Senior Special Olympic Club meets on Tuesday in the hall in St Canices Hospital for Boccia or the track in the Watershed for athletics. Please contact Brenda Whitely beforehand for more information. This club is for adults and older children with a learning disability.


Multi-Sport Club for Adults

This is a sports and social club that meets every Friday in The Watershed at 11.30am.  The sessions cover basketball, badminton, volleyball, football and lots more inclusive games! €2 per person if possible!


Walking for Wellness

This is a walking group, led by walk leader, Margaret O Keefe, contact Caitriona for more details 087 9750501.

All abilities catered for!  KRSP have lots more walks around the county that people may also wish to join!


Introduction to Gym/Promoting Lifestyle Change

KRSP have arrangements in place with local gyms and leisure centres to facilitate users with disabilities or chronic illness.  Up until now, this has been a gym or swim based programme but we are looking at expanding this to include several class based activities too.  If you are interested in joining this programme please email sports2@krsp.ie or contact Aine.


Learn to Cycle

KRSP can organise Learn to Cycle courses for small groups.  Please contact me if you have 2 or 3 adults that may be interested in learning to Cycle or wish to improve their confidence.  KRSP’s Inclusive Cycle will resume in the Spring!


New Activities

We are currently looking at the following areas:

  • forest schools days for children
  • handcyling for all ages (Friday afternoons, The Watershed)
  • dance classes and
  • adult spinning classes (cycling in the gym) for the winter.

If you are interested in any of the above, please contact me and I will keep you informed.


  • Department of Education: Great little resource focusing on the fundamental movement skills, look at activity cards about half way down the page.
  • Participating in Sport Australia: More great stuff form Pete Downs in Australia, download free cards.
  • European Inclusive Physical Education Training: Full  online inclusive physical education training course but also a great resource for those of you that want a little more information.   
  • The Inclusion Club: Free resource with great ideas from all across the world.
  • Youth Sport Trust(UK):The Youth Sport Trust is an independent charity devoted to changing young people’s lives through sport. Established in 1994, we are passionate about helping all young people to achieve their full potential in life by delivering high quality physical education and sport opportunities. 


The Inclusion Club: – PDF File: TIC_TOPSportsability

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