The development of a new ‘Disability Sports Hub’ is on track in Mid Ulster.
The hub, to be one of 11 established across Northern Ireland, will be in Cookstown’s Mid Ulster Sports Arena, with specialist equipment and a programme of activities designed to encourage and support people with disabilities to participate in sport and physical activity.
Being developed by Mid Ulster District Council in partnership with Disability Sport NI, the project is the first of its kind locally and will open up opportunities to people with disabilities who traditionally find it more difficult to access leisure facilities and programmes.
Chair of the Council’s Development Committee, Councillor Trevor Wilson, has welcomed progress towards the new hub:
“This initiative will make specialised equipment available from multi-sport and track wheelchairs to adapted adult and children cycles, together with Boccia sets and sensory items, such as flashing bounce balls and low compression tennis balls, all of which will help to increase the options to participate in sport for people with disabilities.
“At the same time, trained coaches will be devising and delivering organised activities, from taster sessions for particular sports to inclusive cycling programmes.
“This is an important addition to our sports development work and I look forward to seeing the hub becoming operational”.
Disability Sport NI are providing equipment to the value of £45,500 for the project, with the Council funding training and operational management costs.