THE European Congress of Adapted Physical Activity (EUCAPA) takes place in the Malton Hotel, Killarney from May 6-8. The congress, which will welcome delegates from around the world, aims to present interventions, programmes and projects across Europe that facilitate people with disabilities to participate in physical education, physical activity and sport.
As part of an overall drive by the GAA to increase participation in Gaelic games among a wider spectrum in the country, the Kerry County Board recently launched its Inclusion and Integration committee and will be exhibiting some adapted games at the conference, including wheelchair hurling and Gaelic skills for children with dyspraxia and autism.
An exhibition of hurling and football will also take place at the Dr Crokes Club grounds as well as Music and Dancing by SCOR winners and this will also take place next Sunday evening between 6.30 and 8.30pm.
The conference provides an opportunity to demonstrate that Gaelic games can be adapted for people of all abilities. In addition, Kerry GAA will be exhibited to delegates with sporting interests and backgrounds from throughout the world.
The County Board are currently in the process of developing a number of new initiatives to ensure that all members of our community have an opportunity to play our games. The first of these initiatives saw a number of members of the Tralee International Resource Centre attending their first ever Gaelic football match as guests of the Kerry County Board at the recent Kerry V Mayo game. In addition, coaches will be visiting the centre in the coming weeks to provide further information on our games.
This is an exciting development in Kerry and it is hoped that a number of other events will be planned throughout the summer which will see greater numbers of people of all abilities and backgrounds playing our games.