Carlow Sports Partnership Inclusive Easter Camps

As part of Carlow Sports Partnership’s (CSP) inclusion plan, the Sports Inclusion Disability Officer (SIDO) organised three inclusive camps over two weeks for Easter 2023.

These camps saw over 110 participants of all abilities enjoy fun and physical activity and were held in conjunction with local sports clubs and National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs).

A range of physical activities were catered for which included Cycling and our multiactivity camp which included activities such as Tae Kwon Do, FAI, Tag Rugby, Golf, Pound Fitness & Arts & Crafts.
For the first time we held a muti activity camp for both children and adults.

Each camp was sold to capacity and completely enveloped the ethos of inclusivity where all activities are for all people with all abilities.

"My son did the multiactivity camp at Easter and loved it. These camps are vital to increase confidence, inclusion and offer the opportunity to try new things.  You have a superb team that are so friendly, kind & considerate. The rapport they have with all the kids is amazing. We cannot wait for the summer camps!"

"We cannot recommend the learn to cycle camp enough. Our daughter went from a very hesitant cyclist with stabilisers to a confident cyclist with no stabilisers after the 1st morning. She loved the camp and her confidence grew so much over the course of the few days. She is thrilled with her new found skill and cycling every day since. The teachers were excellent, so patient and were able to recognise quickly when children were ready to move to the next stage in cycling and help them with it. Thank you so much for providing this excellent service!"

For more information on the sports inclusion programme contact Teresa on


Safeguarding 1 - Online via zoom

Safeguarding 1 Online Training


Online Safeguarding 1 Training Course

Tuesday 10th October 2022

Tuesday 11th October 2022

This course will be run on ‘Zoom’ an interactive video conferencing platform.
Participants will need a tablet/laptop & a good internet connection.
The ‘Zoom’ access link for the course and relevant course materials will be emailed to participants in advance in word and PDF formats.

To gain accreditation, it is required that participants complete the full course.
A must for anyone working with children!!!

To get your Club Certified in Safeguarding click your prefered date.


Inclusive Summer Camps Review 2022

As part of Carlow Sports Partnership’s (CSP) inclusion plan, the Sports Inclusion Disability Officer (SIDO) organised seven inclusive camps over five weeks for Summer 2022.

These camps saw over 210 participants of all abilities enjoy fun and physical activity and were held in conjunction with local sports clubs and National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs). 

A range of physical activities were catered for which included Cycling, Rugby, Basketball, GAA, and Soccer.

  Each camp was sold to capacity and completely enveloped the ethos of inclusivity where all activities are for all people with all abilities.

For more information on the sports inclusion programe contact Teresa on 


Carlow Sports Partnership are Hiring Tutors

We are seeking to recruit suitably qualified candidates to add to our existing panel of tutors. Tutors will be required for occasional work to deliver a range of sport and physical activity programmes. Please note that:

  • Applicants must be 18+
  • All posts are subject to Garda Vetting
  • Safeguarding through Sport Ireland will be provided prior to any engagement

If you would like some more information about tutoring opportunities/requirements, please contact Teresa via

To apply for a tutoring position with Carlow Sports Partnership, please send your CV and cover letter to Teresa via

The closing date for tutor applications is 5:00pm 7th March 2022.

Applicants may be short listed for interview.

Join the Nationwide Operation Transformation Walk 2022 in Carlow.

When: Sunday 16th January 2022

Time: 11:00am

Where: Ballinkillen Hurling Club

This year, Carlow Sports Partnership will facilitate a 5k walk/roll in conjunction with Ballinkillen Hurling Club, Ballinkillen to celebrate the launch of the club's new walking track.

The new track surface is fully accessible for all levels of mobility including wheelchair users and prams. The walk will consist of a group warm up, a lap of the new track followed by a road walk and concluding with a final lap of the track.

Please note that the road is quite hilly with uneven terrain and may not be suitable for all levels of fitness or persons with limited mobility. In this case, participants are welcomed to walk/roll 5 laps of the new track which will equate to the 5k distance.

The walk will be led by trained tutors who will set the pace and spread out among the group to ensure everyone is supported and encouraged. The route will be marshalled and signposted at each junction with first aid responders on site.

Carlow Sports Partnership will also provide hi-visibility jackets and snoods to participants. There are however a limited number of each available so they will be administered on a first come, first serve basis.

Please Note:

  • The most up-to-date Covid-19 guidelines will be adhered to throughout this event.
  • A photographer will be onsite throughout the programme, please let any staff member or volunteer know if you do not wish to be photographed.
  • If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Deborah via

To book your space and register your interest, please click here: 

Pre Swim For A Mile County Carlow 2022

Pre Swim For A Mile County Carlow 2022

Swim For A Mile programme runs annually, starting in January, and involves 12 weeks of training, followed by a timed mile or a half-mile swim.

You have the option of training in your own time or registering for SFAM coached sessions at one of the SFAM associated pools.

The programme progresses participants from being able to swim 2 lengths of a swimming pool, to completing a full mile on the 7th April 2022 at St Fiacc's Swimming Pool Graiguecullen.

Swim Ireland coaches have written swimming programmes that will enable those who can swim a little to swim a mile in just 12 weeks.

Swim Ireland programme aims to get adults and children, from age 12, back in the pool and swimming regularly. The event is aimed at anyone who can swim at least 2 lengths of a 25m pool.

Details of the 12- week programme

places are limited for each location it is advised to book early.

1. St Fiacc's Swimming Pool Graiguecullen

2. Mount Wolseley Hilton Hotel

3. Talbot Hotel Carlow Full details and to Book your space click here

For any further queries contact Majella Fennelly at

or call Carlow LSP on 059 9172472.

Disability Inclusion Training - Fit for All week

Disability Inclusion Training.
As part of Fit for All week we are delighted to be able to offer this training.

This is a 3 hour introductory level workshop, designed to give participants ideas and inspiration to adapt their sport and physical activity sessions, to make them more accessible and inclusive for children and adults with additional needs.

Suitable for Coaches, sports leaders, teachers, special needs assistants (SNAs), third level students, development officers, volunteers, parents or anyone who has an interest in making their sessions more accessible and inclusive.

Tuesday October 12th

7pm-9.30pm (online via zoom)

Bookings through eventbrite:

Carlow Sports Partnership Inclusive Summer Camps.

Carlow Sports Partnership Inclusive Summer Camps.

Carlow Sports Partnership organised 8 inclusive camps over 6 weeks with over 200 participants in conjunction with local sports clubs and national governing bodies of sport.  Activities included Learn to Cycle, Rugby, Basketball, GAA, FAI and Water sports.

We were delighted to be able to offer a packed summer of inclusive camps across the County.  All camps operated in strict adherence to Covid19 protocols.

A total of 212 children, teenagers, and adults with additional needs participated over the course of the 6 weeks.
Our most popular camp was the Learn to Cycle camps, where 62 children learned the life skill of cycling a bike.

Cycling Camps: Our first 2 cycling camps were held in St Pat’s College, Carlow from 14th – 16th July. The third cycling camp took place in the Queen of the Universe NS in Bagenalstown from 21st – 23rd July. There were 62 children over the 3 camps.

Rugby Camp: Building on the success of the Bee’s Inclusive Rugby team we were delighted to support Carlow Rugby Club with their camp which was held in Carlow Rugby Club from 21st – 23rd July. There were 22 participants in attendance.

Basketball Camp: Carlow Sports Partnership’s first ever inclusive basketball camp was held this year in association with the Camp of Champions Basketball Development Academy in Tyndall College Carlow from 23th – 30th July. There were 20 participants with additional needs in the morning camp with 10 in the afternoon camp.  We were delighted to have Basketball Ireland attend this camp on the final day to record a video which will be released on September 12th for international disability awareness day.

GAA Cul Camp: We were delighted to support Carlow GAA for the 3rd year in holding an inclusive cul camp at Netwatch Cullen Park from August 2nd-6th.  There were 25 participants with additional needs taking part in both the half and full day camps.

Water Sports Camp: Working alongside Pure Adventure we offered Stand up paddle boarding and Kayaking to teenagers and adults with additional needs from Carlow Town Park up along the River Barrow from August 10th-13th.  16 participants took part in the Kayaking and 16 took part in the paddle boarding.

Football for All FAI Camp: Our final camp of the summer, we worked alongside Carlow FAI for a second year to offer this camp in St.Patricks in Graiguecullen from August 16th-19th.  The aim is to start a football for all team in Carlow before the end of the year.  We had 38 participants with additional needs over the week.

We would also like to acknowledge our fantastic team of tutors without whom the camps would not have been possible!

See below for a testimonial from a parent of one of the camp participants:
"Just a note to say thank you for the two camps that my daughter attended-Basketball and FAI. She thoroughly enjoyed both and they were run very well. The facilities at both were excellent and the staff/tutors involved were so kind, friendly and welcoming that she settled right in and had a great time. The camps came at a critical time for us as she was really missing social interactions with her peers and these camps allowed her to mix safely with her peers and make new friends. Both camps introduced her to new sports and hopefully she will continue to show an interest in them. Teresa, please keep doing what you are doing as I don’t think you realise what a difference to are making to both children and parents lives".


On Thursday 12th August 2021 Carlow Sports Partnership ran the first of our #HEROutdoors week programmes.

This event saw 20 women take on a 16km kayaking trip from Goresbridge to Graiguenamangh. This trip involved several weirs, some loughs and a beautiful picnic beneath the breath-taking spectacle that is Borris House. It was a hugely enjoyable experience as most of the participants had never been on a kayak before, the age demographic ranged from women in their early twenties to retirement age.

The staff of Pure Adventure, the providers of the trip, adapted to and encouraged each participant and have encouraged us all to #FindYourOutdoors.


Inclusive Watersports Gallery

We were delighted to be able to offer inclusive watersports this week in Carlow Town on the River Barrow.

For most participants this was their first time out on the water.

Huge thank you to Patrick from Pure Adventure for facilitating all four sessions for teenagers and adults.

If any groups would like more information about our inclusive watersports please contact Teresa on