The Inclusive Sport & Leisure Initiative (in Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon)

Disability Sport NI has partnered with Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council to deliver the Sport Northern Ireland funded Inclusive Sport & Leisure Initiative.

Aim – Our aim is to deliver an inclusive sports and leisure programme designed to give disabled people living in the Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon area an equal opportunity to lead a fit and active lifestyle.


ISLI – The Inclusive Sports & Leisure Initiative was established in 2012 as a partnership programme between Disability Sport NI and Council. It is the role of our Inclusive Sports & Leisure Officer, employed by Disability Sport NI through funding from Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, to develop and sustain a programme of disability sports and physical recreation opportunities which help improve the health and wellbeing of disabled people.


Who is ISLI for? – The Inclusive Sports & Leisure Initiative is open to anyone with a disability and also offers support and training opportunities for mainstream schools and sports clubs to help make their programmes more inclusive of disabled people.


ISLI Programmes – The Inclusive Sports & Leisure Initiative offers a range of disability sports and physical activity opportunities for disabled people across a number of venues in the ABC Council area.


South Lake Disability Sports Clubs – multi-sports and leisure club for disabled adults aged 19+.

Physical Disability – Tuesdays 10am-12noon

Learning Disability /ASC – Tuesdays 1.00-2.00pm

Venue: South Lake LC



Wheelie Active Club – inclusive opportunity for children aged 4-12years with a physical disability to take part in a range of multi-sports along with siblings and/or friends. Access to sports wheelchairs also available.

Tuesday 4.15-5pm

Venue: South Lake LC



Autism and Sports Programme – inclusive opportunity for children with Autism aged 7-12years to develop their fundamental sports skills in an environment that suits their needs. Friends/siblings also welcome.

Wednesdays 4.15-5pm (6 week blocks rotating between venues)

Richhill Recreation Centre / Dromore Community Centre



Craigavon Boccia Club – sports club for anyone aged 13years+ with a physical disability, particularly those with Cerebral Palsy and/or other neurological conditions. Opportunities to play in a competitive NI league as well as potential access to Paralympic pathways.

Thursdays 4-5pm

Venue: South Lake LC



Inclusive Gym Programme – a support scheme to help disabled people access their local council gym. We provide initial induction as well as 1:1 support for up to 4 weeks, with the aim of helping clients to develop their confidence in order continue to access the gym independently.

Day/Times/Venues as agreed with Officer

Contact Colleen Connolly for more information.


Inclusive Cycling Programme – cycling sessions for families/small groups/individuals using a range of inclusive bikes (Hand cycles, trikes, side by side social tandems, wheelchair transporter bike). Sessions allow disabled people to build confidence and offer an opportunity for families to enjoy being active together.


Indoor Inclusive Cycling

Fridays 4-4.45pm and 5-5.45pm (Seasonal)

Venue: South Lake LC



Outdoor Family/Small Group Cycling – instructor led family/small group cycles using a range of inclusive bikes from South Lake Leisure Centre during the summer months.

2023 dates TBC


ABC Inclusive Summer Schemes – inclusive summer schemes, providing a range of sports and physical activity opportunities for disabled children aged 7-16years along with siblings and friends.


Richhill Recreation Centre

Tues 18th-Thurs 20th July 2023

Junior (7-11years) 10am-12.30pm



Inclusive Schools Competitions – opportunities for special schools and schools with learning support centres to access inclusive sports competitions outside of school. Venue: South Lake LC

Boccia Competition – Thursday 8th February 2024

New Age Kurling –  Thursday 23rd November 2023

Sports Hall Athletics – Thursday 21st March 2024


How do I get Involved? – for further information please contact Colleen Connolly, Inclusive Sports & Leisure Officer.


Tel: 077 6925 0885