Basketball Lays Down Inclusion Marker to 2024

Basketball Ireland has published a new Disability Inclusion Policy for 2020-2024.

This policy represents the agreed principles and commitments for disability inclusion, in line with the Cara Sport Inclusion Disability Charter.

Basketball Ireland will implement the policy to support and develop an inclusive environment for children and adults within clubs and programmes, and across coaches, volunteers and players.

It will promote a stronger link to be formed between Basketball Ireland, Special Olympics Ireland and Irish Wheelchair Association – Sport, while also encouraging clubs under these three organisations to create links in order to encourage inclusion.

It is also intended to encourage stronger links between the sport and other disability sport organisations such as Deaf Sport Ireland, Paralympics Ireland and Vision Sport Ireland.

“Basketball Ireland has always been committed to inclusion and this Disability Inclusion Policy rubber stamps that,” said CEO Bernard O’Byrne.

“It’s fantastic to have a policy in place now to help Basketball Ireland continue being a more inclusive organisation throughout our competitions, programmes, projects and events while encouraging all stakeholders to adopt these policies.”

“Cara is delighted to have supported Basketball Ireland on the development of their Disability Inclusion Policy and to their commitment to the signing of the Sports Inclusion Charter,” added Brenda O’Donnell, Sports Inclusion Manager at Cara Sport Inclusion Ireland.

“The policy has been built using the values of the Charter and is one that will provide huge support and guidance to the staff, coaches, volunteers and most importantly their participants with disabilities. We look forward to our continued work with Basketball Ireland in the delivery of their policy.”

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