“We do not cease to play because we grow old, we grow old because we cease to play.”
George Bernard Shaw
“Every human being has a fundamental right of access to physical education and sport...”
International Charter of Physical Education and Sport
"When everyone is given equal opportunity to transform their life through sport... then we help define our social fabric…"
Mary Davis, Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia
“Sport has the power to change the world…it has the power to inspire.”
Mainstreaming Diversity through Physical Education
Read Ken Hardman's account of how inclusive PE can impact lives
The UNESCO Chair in Inclusive PE, Sport, Recreation and Fitness brings a part of UNESCO, the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, to Tralee. The UNESCO Chair programme encourages international collaboration and networking to advance towards creating better societies, and help UNESCO achieve its global goals relating to pressing challenges that can contribute to the development of societies.
The guiding principle of inclusion is commonly discussed in context of education. However, which steps need to be taken in order to ensure inclusive sports in sports clubs, schools, and in less formalised contexts in the community at large, is a question that remained so far unanswered, arguably often even unasked. Please join us in our endeavour to collectively and inclusively work on the encouragement and promotion of participation, to the fullest extent possible, of persons with disabilities in mainstream sporting activities at all levels.