Every child with special needs can benefit from extra curricular activities and ideally within their own community. More and more clubs are becoming inclusive environments for children with disabilities which is a move in a positive direction. In some cases where more support is needed than can be accessed in a local mainstream club, sporting clubs, activity groups and music groups are now offering classes and activities where extra support mainly through volunteers is provided.

We can’t be everywhere, so we are relying on you and other parents to share local knowledge that might benefit other families, so if you know of any club or activity not listed, please email claire@specialneedsparents.ie to be added to the growing list.

National disability sports and recreational organisations are listed below and we have separate pages for clubs in Dublin and in each region.

Dublin Clubs & Activities





National sports and Social Organisations

Arch Clubs
Friendship clubs providing a social outlet for people with special needs in their local community.
Telephone: 01 295 1081
Email: archclubs@eircom.net


Cerebral Palsy Sport Ireland
Provide sporting opportunities including athletics, boccia, cycling, soccer and swimming for people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities.
Tel: 01 625 1100
Email: info@cpsi.ie


Dyspraxia Association of Ireland
DAI regularly organises activities for members


Football for All
The FFA programme gives players with disabilities between the age of 6 and 14 years the opportunity to get regular football training and competition through a local community club in their area. The training is delivered by qualified FAI coaches
National Coordinator: Oisin Jordan – 086 6079223 or oisin.jordan@fai.ie


Irish Blind Sports
Organise various sports activities around the country
Tel: 01 4547865
Email: office@ibsports.ie


Irish Deaf Sports Association
Email: info@deafsportsireland.com


Irish Disabled Sailing Association
promotes the participation of people with disabilities in the sport of sailing.
Tel: 021-438 3228
Email: sail@sailforce.ie


The aim of IWA-Sport is to develop and promote opportunities for people with a physical disability to participate in sport at their level of choice. A variety of sports are on offer through IWA – athletics (track and field), archery, basketball, bowls, snooker, pool, table tennis, boccia, badminton, tennis, wheelchair rugby and swimming.
Tel: 01-818 6400
Email: info@iwasport.com


Judo Assist Ireland
A national program in the process of development by the Inclusion Committee of The Irish Judo Association
Contact: James Mulroy
Tel: 067 38951
Mobile: 086 061 2544
Email: info@specialneedsjudo.com


Para Equestrian Ireland
Promotes training and competition opportunities for riders with a physical disability.
Tel: 045 850800 .
Email: iblunden@horsesportireland.ie


Riding for the Disabled Association Ireland (RDAI)
The RDAI aims to provide riding and driving opportunities for people with a mental or physical disability.
Tel: 01-287 6498
Email: rdaise@eircom.net


Special Olympics Clubs
Capacity permitting, community based clubs are open to anyone with an intellectual disability within the immediate locality. Service based groups include residential centres, special schools, workshops and day activation units – they usually only provide a Special Olympics programme to people within their service.
Tel: 01-882 3972
Email: info@specialolympics.ie


Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland (SBHI)
SBHI run regular social events for members and their families
Tel: 01 457 2329.
For general enquires – info@sbhi.ie


Spinal Injuries Ireland
Spinal Injuries Ireland run adventure weekends for people with spinal cord injuries. They also organise a variety of sports and activities.
Tel: 01-235 5317
Email: info@spinalinjuries.ie