Sign up for the Coleraine Cougars Special Olympics

COLERAINE Cougars Special Olympics Club is a newly formed club offering children and adults with an intellectual disability the opportunity to train and compete in basketball.

Coleraine Cougars Special Olympics Club will start at Loreto College Sports Hall, Castlerock Road, on Tuesday, August 28 from 7pm to 8.45pm. The cost on your first night of training will be £8 (£5 annual athlete registration fee and £3 club fee) and £3 per night thereafter.

Head Coach, Jonathan McFadden, said: “In time the club aim to form both male and female teams at junior and senior level who will compete at Ulster regional games. There may be an opportunity to represent their province at national level and possibly represent Ireland at international level every four years at the world games (the next world games are in Los Angeles in 2015).

“The club is open to anyone with an intellectual disability with the emphasis on participating and enjoying basketball in a fun and safe environment no matter what your ability.

“We want the club to have a warm friendly atmosphere where both children and adults can come along each week to have fun, meet new people and learn the skills of this fast-paced exciting sport and promote a healthier lifestyle but ultimately be part of something they can be proud to say is their club.”

“Any athlete who wishes to join the club must have completed an Athlete Participation Form, with section 6 signed off by their doctor to say they are fit to participate in the club.

“Completed forms should be returned to Coleraine Cougars Special Olympics Club, c/o Coleraine West Community Centre, The Rope Walk, Coleraine, BT51 3EZ. Interested athletes are advised to return completed forms as soon as possible as participation in the club’s activities cannot commence until the registration process has been completed. Forms can be downloaded from www.specialolympics.ie or can be obtained from the club at the contact details below”.

The club is also looking for people who wish to volunteer their services to help with training and club games etc. For further information or to request an Athlete or Volunteer pack please contact Coleraine Cougars Special Olympics Club, c/o Coleraine West Community Centre, The Rope Walk, Coleraine, telephone 028 7032 0022/ 07754724124 or email: coleraine.specialolympics@yahoo.co.uk or find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsColeraine.