UCC P.E. Students Promote Physical Activity at Glen Resource Centre

18 Jan 2012

UCC P.E. Students Promote Physical Activity at Glen Resource Centre

UCC P.E. Students Promote Physical Activity at Glen Resource Centre

American actor, playwright and poet Neil Marcus suffers from a rare neurological disorder called generalised dystonia and he once commented that “disability is not a brave struggle or courage in the face of adversity. Disability is an art. It is an ingenious way to live.” For the past three months students of B.Ed. Sports Studies & Physical Education from University College Cork have augmented their professional development by gaining a practical insight into the Neil Marcus philosophy.


Sport has the potential for people with disabilities to discover new strengths, experience self-efficacy and achieve success. However, its function as the conduit for building confidence, forming friendships and having fun is just as important and these are the values that underpinned a recent initiative delivered by the students under the guidance of UCC lecturer Dr. Susan Crawford and Ms. Aisling Drea of the Cork Local Sports Partnership. The COPE Foundation in Montenotte, the Aisling Day Centre and children from Scoil Padre Pio in Churchfield were beneficiaries as the students designed and implemented exercise promotion activities appropriate for individuals with disabilities.


To complement the programme the Sports Studies & Physical Education students recently held a series of fundraising activities in aid of the Irish Wheelchair Association and Cork Simon. This culminated on Saturday 3rd December with a “Physical Activity for All” day at the Glen Resource Centre. This was an ideal day for children to fine tune their skills with support from experienced sports coaches while having plenty fun. During the day Director of B.Ed. (Sports Studies & P.E.) Dr. Fiona Chambers, as well as Ken O’Connell and Duncan Williams of Muster Rugby called to offer encouragement to the children and this was greatly appreciated. Finally, the U.C.C. students of the B.Ed. Sports Studies & Physical Education programme extend sincere gratitude to the staff of the Glen Resource Centre for permitting access to their facilities and expertise.



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