A Great Success!!!

The Special Schools Sportshall Athletics programme began with dlr Sports Partnership on Wed 22 January. The programme ran for 6 weeks in two schools in the County. The programme is coordinated nationally by the Cara APA Centre with funding from the Dept of Justice and Equality.

All of the children engaged in the athletic events held in the sports halls. The coach placed a particular emphasis on having fun and taking part in the activities as part of a team. Obstacle courses, relays, throwing and jumping events were taught. The programme developed the fundamental movement skills of agility, balance and coordination.

 0016802DLRSP Xcessible Sports 05 Mar 2014All participants benefited both physically and socially; both schools’ participants engaged in fun sporting events which contributed towards the development of fundamental movement skills and social interaction. Feedback from teachers, the coach and the children participating in the programme was all very positive and full of praise for the programme.

The jamboree event provided, by far, the most enjoyment for all involved.  This special event saw both schools join together for an activity-packed day in which all the children participated together in 8 events on Wednesday 5 March. The final event of the day was the obstacle relay, which aroused much excitement and fun from everybody involved on the day. After completion of all the events the awards ceremony took place. This saw each participation win a medal for specific achievements from the 6 week programme and on the final day. The delight of everybody who participated and attended highlighted the success of the programme.

Overall the Special School Sportshall Athletics programme provided the opportunity to participate in a range of athletic events which developed the fundamental movement skills of agility, balance and coordination in a fun environment.

For information on the Sports Inclusion Disability Programme please contact Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Sports Partnership at 01 271 9506 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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