First summer camp of its kind for Limerick children with disabilities

Petula Martyn

Reporter:

Petula Martyn

A SUMMER camp for children and young people with physical disabilities will take place at Mary Immaculate College next month.

A SUMMER camp for children and young people with physical disabilities will take place at Mary Immaculate College next month.

The Irish Wheelchair Association is running the summer camp which will provide children living in Limerick, and across the Mid West with the opportunity to make new friends and develop new skills through activities such as; sailing, hand-cycling, hurling, archery, table tennis and other games.

It is one of the first camps in the region which has been established to meet the needs and requirements of young people with disabilities, and the aim of the camp is to encourage participants to take part in various activities in a fun environment.

The camp is open to boys and girls who are between eight and 18 years old and it will run daily from 10am to 4pm.

Thirteen-year-old, Dale O’Sullivan, attended a similar IWA summer camp in Cork last year and will be enrolling again for this summer’s activities. “Dale benefited greatly from these camps in many ways; namely they gave him the opportunity to try sports and to mix with others,” said his mother, Jean. “I believe the social inclusion aspect is as important as the sports skills he learned. Both camps were very well organised. There was a great variety of sports for the youngsters to participate in.

“All ages mixed well and everyone felt included,” she said. 

The IWA summer camp costs €70 for the three days of camp, or €30 for one day.

Further details and application forms are available from the IWA Limerick office on 061 313691 or limerick@iwa.ie.