Training & Education Education Projects

5 Star Disability Sports Challenge

The 5 Star Disability Sports Challenge offers primary school children an opportunity to take part in a range of disability sports.

This initiative has been running since March 2009 to promote and highlight the success of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. To date, a total 37,063 children from 253 Schools and Community Groups have participated in the 5 Star Disability Sport Challenge.

The project is two-fold, beginning with a 30 minute awareness raising presentation about disability sport and the Olympic and Paralympic Games which is delivered to all pupils Primary 1-7. Presenters have included four times World Disabled Waterski Champion, Dr Janet Gray MBE and Michael McKillop Paralympic gold medal winner along with Disability Sport NI staff. The presentation is designed to be both educational and fun including a quiz and video clips.

Following the presentation Primary 5-7 take part in the practical part of the day, the ‘Challenges’, a circuit of 5 activities, each based on a Paralympic sport. Each sports challenge is designed to give children a better understanding of disability sport and the abilities of people with disabilities, and are each ‘challenging but achievable’ to ensure that all children have a positive and enjoyable experience.

To enquire about the 5 Star Disability Sports Challenge please contact Mark Montgomery, Disability Sport NI Community Sports Development Officer on

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