New ‘Wheelie Active Club’ for children & young people with a disability

2nd September 2019

Children and young people with a disability will have the opportunity to try a range of multi-sports with their siblings and friends with the launch of a pilot ‘Wheelie Active Club’ in the Fermanagh and Omagh district.

The pilot ‘Wheelie Active Club’ is a 6-week programme organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in partnership with Disability Sport Northern Ireland and will take place at the Fermanagh Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen and Omagh Leisure Complex as part of both centres’ Disability Hubs.

Starting at Fermanagh Lakeland Forum on Monday 16 September 2019 and at Omagh Leisure Complex on Tuesday 17 September 2019, the one-hour sessions, taking place from 5pm-6pm, will be delivered by fully qualified sports coaches. Specialist sports chairs and equipment will also be available thanks to funding from the Department for Communities and Sport NI.

Speaking about the pilot ‘Wheelie Active Club’, Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Siobhán Currie said:

“One of the key outcomes of the Fermanagh and Omagh Community Plan 2030 is to ensure that all the people of the district are healthy and well. The Council recognises the importance of leading an active lifestyle and is pleased to be working with Disability Sport NI to provide this opportunity for our young citizens with a disability to try new sports and to have fun.”

Kevin O’Neill, Chief Executive Officer for Disability Sport NI said:

“We have been delighted to see how Fermanagh and Omagh District Council have developed a range of sports and recreation opportunities for people with disabilities based around two new Disability Sports Hubs in Fermanagh and Omagh. This is following a fantastic investment into specialist equipment by the Department for Communities and Sport NI, as part of a plan to get more disabled people active across Northern Ireland.

“The new Wheelie Active Club in particular will make a fantastic difference to lives of young disabled people in the area”.

Places on the ‘Wheelie Active Club’ programme are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Participation on the programme costs £12.00 for 6-week programme.

To book a place on the ‘Wheelie Active Club’ please visit the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council website. Alternatively please contact Billie-Jo Irwin, Leisure Recreation and Sport Officer, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council by telephone at 0300 303 1777 (calls charged at local rate), Text phone 028 8225 6216 or email billie-jo.irwin@fermanaghomagh.com.