NLN Kerry Programme Nominated For European Diversity Award

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NLN Kerry students from the Sporting Chance course who were volunteers on Camp Abilities, a residential sport and recreation camp for children with vision impairments which takes place in Kerry each year.

THE work of the students and staff on the Sporting Chance course at National Learning Network Kerry has been recognised internationally this week with the news that the programme has been nominate for a European Diversity Award.

The programme has been nominated under the Social Mobility initiative and recognises the work carried out in the area of inclusive sport, physical activity and exercise.

The programme has been nominated in the prestigious Awards alongside many of Europe and the world’s biggest companies including the BBC, Spotify, Vodafone, the Lego Group and the Premier League in other categories.

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This is not the first time the Sporting Chance course has been recognised having won the Nutramino Health and Fitness Award for Inclusion in 2018.

The Sporting Chance, course which is funded by Kerry ETB, provides training and qualifications in the area of sport, fitness and physical activity to individuals with additional support needs including physical disabilities, learning difficulties, mental health challenges and individuals with ASD.

As part of their course, students are supported in organising a number of sport and physical activity programmes for children and adults of all abilities in the local community.

Among these are an athletics coaching programme with children from Nano Nagle school in Listowel; A swimming programme with children from the autism unit in Killahan National School; an Easter activities camp with teenagers from Kerry Intervention Disability Services; Activity sessions with adults from Rehabcare in Blennerville and providing personal training and fitness classes for students from other courses within National Learning Network.

The group have also organised sports days for primary schools in Killarney and Limerick.

Students have progressed to a variety of jobs in the fitness, health, sport and leisure industries and obtain qualifications in areas such as Fitness Instruction, Pool Lifeguard, Swim Teaching and Sports Coaching.

The course is open for applications throughout the year. For further information or to apply, please contact 066 7122533,, or NLNTralee Facebook.

The winners of the European Diversity Awards will be announced at a ceremony in London in the coming weeks. Further information on the awards can be found at

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