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Inclusive Walking Programme

Disability Sport NI deliver the Inclusive Sport and Leisure Initiative in the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council Area. The aim of the project is to develop new and existing sports and leisure programmes to give people with a disability an equal opportunity to lead a fit and active lifestyle.

Through consultation with local groups, it was agreed that walking would be the most accessible opportunity for people with a disability to get out into the fresh air and enjoy active recreation in a social setting.

In 2013 an Inclusive Walking Group was established at Lurgan Park, with the help of a number of volunteers. The group was open to anyone with a disability, as well as family and friends and a number of routes were offered to accommodate all walking abilities. We worked alongside the Parks Development Officer to ensure that scooters would be available to participants who were unable to walk unaided.

The delivery of this programme encourages more people with a disability to be active in our local parks alongside other groups and individuals. For many, it has been their only outlet for exercise and for others it has provided the motivation to transition into other sporting and active recreation programmes such as Boccia. However, aside from the physical benefit it has been a great outlet for social interaction.