“to develop and promote sport and recreational opportunities for people with a physical disability to participate in sport at a level of their choice”
Our vision is to create and support more opportunities for participation at all levels in our sports through a sustainable programme of activities on a fully national basis.
IWA – Sport is a recognised National Governing Body of Sport by the Irish Sports Council our statutory funding agency. The Association is a company limited by guarantee, under the name of I.W.A. Limited, since January 2002.
The Board of IWA has delegated its power to manage the affairs of the sports section to the National Sports Executive Committee (NSEC).
The NSEC is responsible for setting the strategic direction of IWA – Sport with approval of the IWA Board while ensuring that all requirements of company law are fully discharged. The Director of Sport is responsible for the implementation of all NSEC decisions and the management of all aspects of IWA – Sport operations.
Current term Committee members are;
IWA employs approximately 2300 people, organized into different service divisions, each headed up by a Director. The national service areas are Sport, Community Support Services, Assisted Living Servics, Finance, Fundraising and Human Resources.
The staffing structure of IWA – Sport is as follows;
IWA – Sport is funded in a number of ways;
The Irish Sports Council is our primary funding agency. The Irish Wheelchair Association also provides funding to the sports section for a variety of programmes in addition to funding five posts.
Additionally we also receive funding from Paralympics Ireland towards high performance programmes, other NGB’s towards jointly run programmes, various grant schemes, sponsorship agreements, fundraising events and activities and athlete and member contributions.
IWA is rooted in a tradition of volunteerism. The Association values the volunteer’s role and is committed to its further development within the organisation. In keeping with improving standards in volunteering, IWA has developed a charter which underpins the role of the volunteers within IWA. This charter recognises the two way nature of the volunteering relationship. (IWA Volunteer Charter)
IWA – Sport has benefited enormously from the support of volunteers since its foundation in 1960. Quite simply we could not deliver our vast range of programmes were it not for the support of our volunteers. The role of the IWA – Sport volunteer varies and includes, sports section coordinators, sport specific officials and coaches, tutors, administrators, bus drivers and officials.
As was the case in 1960 when our athletes were assisted greatly by a reliable team of volunteers we are very fortunate to retain a vibrant network of volunteers throughout all regions.
We aim to constantly support our volunteers in the form of training and education.
IWA – Sport is based in the Oliver Murphy Sports Centre at IWA headquarters in Clontarf, Dublin 3. The Sports Centre which down through the years has received funding from Capital Sports Grants is a benchmark sports facility in terms of accessibility and it plays host to numerous IWA sports events in addition to being frequently used by the local community.
The facility has also hosted numerous international sporting events down through the years including wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair table tennis events. Housed within the sports centre is a dual use gym which again equally serves our members as well as the needs of the local community. Our sports and activities take place in all parts of the country and we avail of many local sports facilities as required.