IWA Summer Camps for All Abilities
The Irish Wheelchair Association Summer Camps were featured in the Irish Times last month, praising the benefits of the camps for both children who are wheelchair users, as well as able-bodied children. The camps, which cater to children ages 4 - 12 and are a fantastic way of offering the opportunity for children of all abilities to enjoy activities together.
A statement from the IWA regarding the camps in the article online;
“The very definite benefit for [children who are wheelchair users] is that the camp is tailored to suit their needs, but these same opportunities don’t exist in other sports camps for this level of inclusion,” notes Nicky Hamill, director of sport at the Irish Wheelchair Association.
“Not only does it raise awareness of Paralympics sport, but the local children have a fantastic time getting into the chair and have fun as its very basic level. It’s a real leveller. You find the experience will resonate with them and they understand what it means to be in a wheelchair. It’s a good way to expose to children what people in wheelchairs can do.
“Ultimately, the parents of able-bodied children want to expose their children to a programme that is somewhat different to what their child is exposed to in soccer or GAA camps. It’s a much more enriching, learning experience.”
There are still places available on the four remaining camps this Summer 2019.
- Week 3: 22nd - 26th July
- Week 4: 29th - 2nd August
- Week 5: 6th - 9th August
- Week 6: 12th - 16th August
Those interested can register online at www.iwasport.com. Prices are €80 per child, €155 for 2 x family members and €225 for three. Prices for Week 5 are lower due to Bank Holiday Monday.