Over 100 school children took part in the Camogie for All workshop in Athlone IT on Thursday October 18th with President of the Camogie Association Aileen Lawlor and Acting CEO Mary O’Connor also attending.
Pupils from Drumraney N S, Ard na Graith N S, Oliver Plunkett N S, Moate, St. Peter’s National School Senior, St. Hilda’s and Scoil na gCeithre Máistrí took part in the initiative which is co-funded by the European Union’s Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity- PROGRESS (2007–2013).
The Camogie Association have designed, developed and are currently delivering workshops nationwide on Adopted Physical Activity in Camogie, entitled Camogie for All to cater for players with physical, learning and sensory disabilities.
Speaking about Camogie for All President Aileen Lawlor said:
“The Camogie Association is proud to roll out this initiative supported by the Equality Authority and the European Union. Our Association strives to be an inclusive organisation inviting people of all abilities and backgrounds to be involved in camogie, whether it is on the playing fields or in a voluntary capacity off the field. We are delighted to have had such a positive response to Camogie for All and we look forward to the continued involvement of all who will take part in Camogie for All in Athlone IT and the other events around the country.”
Camogie for All is designed to give coaches ideas and inspiration to adapt their Camogie sessions to include girls with a disability. Participants learn the theory behind Adapted Physical Activity and Disability Sports; how to develop fun warm up activities and drills to include all ability levels and discuss the barriers and solutions for participation.
The Camogie Association would like to thank most sincerely Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) for the use of their facilities; Midlands SIDO Orla Dempsey of the Irish Wheelchair Association for her valuable assistance on the day. Sincere thanks also to the Midlands IWA and Midwest Spina Bifida Association for the use of their equipment and finally to Sarah Flynn, co-ordinator of Camogie For All.
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