Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD, officially launched Cara’s new three-year strategy at the organisation’s new offices at state-of-the-art Kerry Sports Academy at the Institute of Technology, Tralee.
Cara is a leading pan-disability sport organisation providing a collaborative and partnership platform to increase sport and physical activity opportunities for people with disabilities across Ireland.
Speaking at the launch on Friday 25th January, Minister Griffin said: “I am delighted to launch Cara’s first strategy here in the fantastic surrounds of the new Kerry Sports Academy at Institute of Technology Tralee. Everyone, no matter what their background or circumstances, should have the opportunity to engage in sport and physical activity at a level of their choosing. This is one of the key priorities of the new National Sports Policy 2018-2027. The publication of this strategy is welcome and timely as it clearly articulates how Cara will support the implementation of the National Sports Policy through an ambitious programme of work. I would like to congratulate all involved with the development of this strategy.”
It is the view of Cara that all people with disabilities deserve to have equal opportunities to experience the benefits that participating in sport and physical activity can bring. The new strategy provides a route map to guide and focus Cara’s work over the next three years.
Cara’s strategy sets out four key goals:
• Provide strategic leadership and support
• Represent the needs of people with disabilities
• Enhance the quality of sport and physical activity opportunities
• Build effective organisation capabilities
Cara has worked hard to ensure it has an important role and purpose in Ireland. Chair of Cara, Pat Flanagan indicated that “this strategy is the start of a new journey for our organisation, most importantly people with disabilities are placed at the heart of our work, to ensure what we do is influenced by their needs, also ensuring their needs are shared with the wider sport and physical activity sector”.
Through the implementation of this strategy Cara will continue to work with its partners, funders and stakeholders to enhance opportunities available to people with disabilities to experience the joy and benefits of participating in sport and physical activity throughout Ireland.