Newly opened Kerry Sports Academy at IT Tralee will promote inclusion

REPRO FREE . An Tánaiste Simon Coveney Officially Opens €19 million Kerry Sports Academy at IT Tralee. Pictured L/R Jim Finucane , Chairman of the IT Tralee Governing Body, Mr. Lionel Alexander , Catherine Carty IT Tralee , Simon Coveney , Minister Brendan Griffin , Mayor of Kerry Norma Foley , Mr Dick Spring KSA , Brid McElligott IT Tralee and Ogie Moran KSA . Photo By Domnick Walsh © Eye Focus LTD Tralee Co Kerry Ireland Mobile Phone : 00 353 87 26 72 033 Land Line : 00 353 66 71 22 981 E/Mail : [email protected] Web Site : www.dwalshphoto.ie ALL IMAGES ARE COVERED BY COPYRIGHT © PRESS INFO — Wednesday May 15th, Tralee, Co. Kerry - The Institute of Technology, Tralee is delighted to welcome An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade Simon Coveney TD to officially open the €19 million Kerry Sports Academy (KSA) at the Institute of Technology Tralee. The Kerry Sports Academy enables sports people, able and disabled, to enjoy, prepare and compete to the highest standards and has been designed to address the needs of Paralympic level athletes, as well as opening up a world of opportunities and accessibility to sports and recreation for people with disabilities in our society. Construction began on the Kerry Sports Academy in 2017 and the then Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D., turned the first sod on 27th March 2017. The KSA is located in the North Campus at IT Tralee and will provide state-of-the-art facilities for the following: • Health and Leisure Programmes at the IT Tralee; • UNESCO Chair in Inclusive Physical Education, Sport Fitness, and Recreation; • National Centre for Adapted Physical Activity – CARA; • Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann – Traditional Irish Music Headquarters; • Kerry GAA. Welcoming An Tánaiste the Chairman of the IT Tralee Governing Body, Mr. Lionel Alexander expressed his thanks to the Minister and the government for its ongoing support to enhance facilities for students and stakeholders

The newly opened Kerry Sports Academy at Institute of Technology, Tralee will promote inclusion.

The €19 million new-building was officially opened by Tánaiste Simon Coveney today.

This facility will enable sports people, able and disabled, to take part and compete to the highest standards.

It will be used for a range of groups including the UNESCO Chair in Inclusive Physical Education, Sport Fitness and Recreation, the National Centre for Adapted Physical Activity, Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Eireann, Kerry GAA and by students.

The facility has been designed to address the needs of paralympic level athletes, and will also create opportunities and accessibility to sports and recreation for people with disabilities.

Chairman of the IT Tralee Foundation Dick Spring says it all promoting inclusion within society.