ITT PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR SIXTEEN MILLION EURO INTERNATIONAL SPORTS ACADEMY CREATING 150 CONSTRUCTION JOBS AT TODAYS' EUCAPA CONFERENCE
President of The Institute of Technology, Tralee Dr. Oliver Murphy today announced plans for sixteen million euro international sports academy building creating one hundred and fifty construction jobs. Dr. Murphy made the announcement at the European Congress of Adapted Physical Activity Conference (EUCAPA) which was launched today in Killarney by Minister for State, Department of Health and Department of Justice, Equality & Defence Kathleen Lynch. Construction on this two phase development, with a combined investment of sixteen million euro, will begin in 2013 and will represent an example of universal design and best practice in terms of both physical amenities and operation services for adapted physical activity. The EUCAPA conference, which will focus on areas such as physical education, physical activity and rehabilitation services for people with disabilities, is taking place from today until the Tuesday May 8th. The Institute of Technology Tralee won the bid to host this prestigious European event in Kerry back in 2009. Three hundred delegates and presenters from thirty one countries are attending this international event with an impressive line-up of world famous speakers including Mary Davis of The Special Olympics and internationally recognised experts in the area of adapted physical activity for individuals with disabilities.
Dr. Oliver Murphy, ITT President noted that these plans will further Ireland, and the IT Tralee's, achievements in the area of APA and the provision of state of the art facilities for people with disabilities. As a number of speakers at today's conference adhered to, IT Tralee is to the fore nationally in terms of the teaching, research and development work that is undertaken in the area of Adapted Physical Activity. The IT Tralee also offers a number of successful courses in the area of Health and Leisure. The announcement of the Sports Academy Project marks a further milestone in the growth and development of the Institute. This new development will provide an exceptional teaching and learning facility for IT Tralee students and staff and a valuable resource to the sporting and voluntary sector both regionally and nationally. This develop further enhances the Institutes deserved reputation for excellence in the APA arena. The Institute, in conjunction with the Irish Sports Council, has led a number of significant developments in the area of adapted physical activity (APA) in Ireland and Europe over the past decade and the innovative programme at IT Tralee has been recognised by the European Federation in Adapted Physical Activity and by UNESCO.
Minister Kathleen Lynch, launching the conference at Leinster House on Friday 20th April noted that; "Sport has the physical and mental attributes to improve the quality of life for all participants especially for the disabled for whom club and friends and social life combines with healthy competition in a favourite sport. It is, by its nature, inclusive of players and spectators, provides role models and excitement and a seamless participation in the social and cultural life of the nation be it local, national or international where success is measured by inclusion and empowerment as well as prowess on the field."
Further information on EUCAPA can be found on www.eucapa2012.eu.