International Mixed Ability Rugby Tournament - Schools  Day 9th June 2022

International Mixed Ability Rugby Tournament - Schools Day 9th June 2022

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Musgrave Park

Tramore Road

Ballyphehane

Ireland

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Come join us at Musgrave Park on Thursday 9th of June for great day of Rugby and Fun.

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The 3rd International Mixed Ability Rugby Tournament (IMART) is taking place in Musgrave Park from the 5th to the 10th of June, the first in Ireland and the largest Mixed Ability Event to take place in Europe in 2022.

Mixed Ability is a social movement within sports, actively promoting inclusion and equality through a sense of belonging and membership to a group, team or club. Mixed Ability enables people of all abilities and life experiences to take part in community sports, without being separated, classified or labeled.

In the region of 1000 players both with and without disabilities, from 28 teams and 14 different countries such as England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Canada, Argentina and Chile will come together for a festival of rugby and sport in Musgrave Park.

This week of Sport and Inclusion in Cork will have three main strands:

1. The Sport Programmes, a 4 Day Rugby Tournament at Musgrave Park (24 men’s teams and 4 women’s teams). The extended sports programme showcases and taster events, will also see the first international mixed ability Rowing Regatta and FAI backed mixed ability Football blitz.

2. The Academic Programme, in which internationally known speakers and researchers from the sport, education, health and advocacy fields will present their studies and research about paths to inclusion in sport for people of all abilities in a participatory and interactive environment at UCC.

3. The Social Strand, in which concerts and post-match events will provide spaces to enjoy and share the best moments with teammates, fellow players and spectators.

As part of the Social Strand we are eager to ensure as many people from the local community get to experience true inclusion at play. We are inviting you as one of our local primary schools to bring some of your classes along on the Thursday 9th of June from 10:30 to about 14:30 to support the teams that are playing and also to experience true mixed ability in action and have a great fun day out.

Our aim is to match each school with a team, in particular teams that have traveled as we know they would appreciate some extra cheering from the side-line. We are encouraging schools to make banners and flags etc. bringing lots of noise and colour to the stadium.

For schools that wish to get involved we can also offer an information session on Mixed Ability Sport and demonstrate a new and inclusive game called Kin Ball which is fun for individuals of all abilities.

We look forward to seeing you and your students at Musgrave Park on the 9th of June.

For more information on IMART 2022 logon to: https://imartworldcup.org/imart-2022/

This tournament is being Co-funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union.

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