Lakers is a Sport and Recreation Club for people with intellectual disabilities. Lakers runs a vast array of sports and activities for its members. You can be thumping to a beat at our drumming class one day and then swishing down a ski slope the next. Arts, Drama, Cookery, Music Therapy and Pottery classes are also available for anyone wishing to get in touch with their inner self.
Our membership is open to any individual with an Intellectual Disability, our members can join the club from 5 years of age.
Please return both to the office with the membership fee ASAP.
We are affiliated to Special Olympics Ireland and compete at Area, Regional and National Special Olympic Games. We have also had members successfully represent Ireland at European and World Special Olympic Games. To compete in a Special Olympics sport a member must be registered with Special Olympics, please contact us for the form.
At Lakers we organise family trips both in Ireland and abroad. These have proven to be very popular with our members with numbers participating increasing each year.
Lakers provides an invaluable community and support network, both for members and for their friends and family. Participation in the various activities as part of a team or group also develops social skills in a supportive environment, bringing out individual personalities and helping to build a rapport with peers.
For children and adults with special needs, finding out that they are “good at” something and that they belong to a community provides a huge affirmation of themselves against a background where frequently life has been about disability or inability, and exclusion or isolation.