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Let's Play and Sensory Bottles

Let’s Play is a Canadian initiative that gives children with physical disabilities access to activities and resources so they can develop the skills they need to confidently participate in play, sport and physical education with their peers.

Here are some ideas from Autism Northern Ireland on how to create Sensory Bottle for parents with children on the ASD spectrum.

Get Active: Sports Inclusion Disability Programme (SIDP)

The Sports Inclusion Disability Programmes (SIDP) helps to address the imbalance in opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in Sport and Physical Activity, through working in partnership with all stakeholders in Clare. The programme is led by James Murrihy.

For any further information on our SIDP contact James: 065 6865434 / 087 9627696

Activities For All 

Clare Sports Partnership is one of 29 Local Sports Partnerships in the country who have come together to roll-out a 4-week physical activity plan for people with a disability ahead of “Fit for All”.

Fit for All is a national initiative aimed at increasing awareness among people with disabilities, families/carers and disability services on the benefits of regular exercise, healthy lifestyles and opportunities to participate within the local community.

The resource has been developed by Sport Ireland and a working group of LSP Sports Inclusion Disability Officers (SIDOs) in conjunction with Cara. Ireland’s National Physical Activity plan recommends children are active for at least 60 minutes a day and adults for 30 minutes a day, the Activities for All resource is a fun and inclusive way of getting in your daily activity. This resource aims to improve people’s fitness, skills and balance as well as helping build confidence to regularly participate in sport and physical activity.

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Clare Sports Partnership has been working hard to ensure the people of Clare remain physically active.

As part of a national network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships (LSP) Clare Sports Partnership has adapted by using online resources, printed booklets and other innovative means, to ensure that everyone in their community has the opportunity to share in the enjoyment as well as the mental and physical health benefits of sport and physical activity.

The Disability Clare plan can be downloaded here.


Special Olympics Clubs

Brothers of Charity Ennis
Sports: Athletics, Aquatics, Basketball, Bocce, Football, Golf, Motor Activities, Table Tennis
This club is service based and cannot accept members from the general public

SO Golf Club Ennis
Sports: Golf
Contact: Pat O’Reilly 065 6829532 /

Ennis Eagles SO Club
Sports: Bowling
Contact: Sue Cave 087 9740397 /

Shannon Flyers SO Club
Sports: Athletics
Contact: Carmel Peacock 086 8312085 /

St. Clare’s Special School Ennis
Sports: Athletics, Gymnastics Artistic, Gymnastics Rhythmic
This club is service based and cannot accept members from the general public.

Sports Clubs

Banner Spokes
Sports: (Emphasis on wheelchair based sports) Basketball, Boccia, Athletics Wheelchair Hurling
Contact: Sharon Whelan 087 2764019
Suitable For Children and Young Adults

S Club
Sports: Multi Sports (non compedative)
Contact: Frank Fitzgerald 086 2557001
Suitable For Children and Young Adults

Derg Athletics Club Inclusive Athletics
Sports: Athletics, Multi Sport Games
Contact : Deirdre Geary 087 6838599
Suitable for Children with Autism and Whellchair Users


Ennis Voices For Autism
Ennis Voices fo Autism  (EVA) is a support group for parents of children with Autism. EVA  offers cycling , movement skills courses and 1:1 swimming lessons for children with autism and other additional needs. They  also run camp activities during school holidays.
Contact: Gearoid Mannion 086 8120055
Suitable For Children

Clare Crusaders
The Clare Crusaders Children’s Clinic provides free therapy and specialist treatment to over 450 children with Special Needs in County Clare.
As part of therapy Clare Crusaders operates a number of groups that gives physical activity opportunities for children with disabilities.This includes a weekly Summer Camp that runs throughout the summer months as well as Halliwick swimming sessions.
Contact : Ann Norton 065 6896015
Suitable For Children

Dyspraxia/DCD Support Group
Sports: Multi Sports (non competitive) other non sports activities
Contact: Niamh Ryan 0876771461
Suitable For Children and Young Adults

Mainstream Participation

Clare LSP’s SIDP supports individuals and groups to participate in events such as parkrun, Operation Transformation and Tour De Burren. Contact James, 065 6865434 / 087 9627696.

This is a form of bowls. At an international and compeditive level it is a Paralympic sport aimed at people with physical disabilities in wheelchairs.
In Clare it is played by people of all ages. Disability Services in Clare play on a weekly basis through internal leagues while they come together to play a county league regularly. Contact James, 065 6865434 / 087 9627696
Outdoor Activities
Clare’s SIDP offers basic and fun orienteering to different groups. However for those seeking more outdoor activities the Burren Outdoor Education Centre offers Rock Climbing, Kayaking, Hill Walking, Snorkelling, Raft Building and Camping . All staff at the centre have completed the CARA Centre’s Inclusive Adventure Training to become more disability friendly. Contact Joanna 065 7078066
Handcycling and Off Road Trike Chairs
Coming  post Covid 19 
Inclusive Watersports
Coming post Covid 19

Swimming / Gym
Working with Leisure Centres , Swim Teachers  and Gym Instructors in County Clare. Clare LSP help organise  Swimming and Gym opportunities for people with disabilities Contact: James 065 6865434 / 087 9627696

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