Performance Pathways

Performance pathways are a vital component in the performance structure of sport. They create progression for talented athletes in their chosen sport to develop from participation level to elite level. Disability Sport NI works closely with each focus sport to create mass participation, then further the development of talented athletes to create world class performers.


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Disability Sport NI and Ulster GAA have been working in partnership since 2013 to develop Gaelic Games for people with physical and learning disabilities specifically in Wheelchair Hurling and Learning Disability Gaelic Football.

Wheelchair Hurling

Three regional Wheelchair Hurling clubs have been established in Belfast, Fermanagh and University of Ulster Magee for players with physical disabilities. Players from these clubs form an Ulster Squad which plays in the Irish Inter-Provincial Championship against Munster, Leinster and Connacht.

Learning Disability Gaelic Football

Opportunities exist in Ulster for players with medium and severe learning disabilities to take part in Gaelic Football with coaching sessions taking place across the province in Schools, Clubs and Community Groups. Demonstration games take place annually during the Ulster Senior Football Championship and it is hoped that a Special Schools Gaelic Football competition structure will be established in the near future.

Further information on Gaelic Games opportunities for people with disabilities can be obtained from:

Shane McCann, Ulster GAA, Email:

Paul Callaghan, Ulster GAA, Email:

Odhran Doherty, Disability Sport NI, Email: