Inclusive Play and Leisure Activities for Youth (Imrím) 


Click HERE to listen to the i-PLAY interview 

(Limerick's Live 95FM - September 2011)


i-PLAY is a weekly physical activity program designed for children, youth, and young people (ages 5-21) with special needs held within the Physical Education & Sports Science (PESS) Dept. here at the University of Limerick. The main goal of this weekly program is to engage participants in various physical activities such as dance, games, fundamental movement skills, and health-related activity throughout the academic semester. Each participant is paired with one of our pre-service Physical Education students receiving individual attention, support, and encouragement. The focus is on promoting physical activity for young people; incorporating it into their daily life (i.e., school, after school, and at home). The main goals of the program are:

  • To provide children and young people with special needs the opportunity to play and interact socially with peers,
  • To provide pre-service Physical Education teachers with the opportunity to gain experience in planning and assisting youth with special needs as it relates to the physical activity setting, and
  • To provide families an opportunity to connect with one another as a way to support each other and their children with special needs.

Thursday evenings from 4.30-5:30pm for approximately 9 weeks starting the 9th of February, 2023.

  • Session #1: February 9th
  • Session #2: February 16th
  • Session #3: February 23rd
  • Session #4: March 2nd
  • Session #5: March 9th
  • Session #6: March 16th
  • Session #7: March 23rd
  • Session #8: March 30th
  • Session #X: April 6th - CANCELLED [EASTER HOLIDAY}
  • Session #9: April 13th

In the PESS Building (No.19 on the map) on the University of Limerick campus (Campus map)

How much:
An enrolment fee of €20 for the semester is required payable by cash or cheque. If paying by cheque please make it payable to the University of Limerick.

How do we apply?
Currently, due to it's popularity, a waiting list has been created for both our 5-10 year old group and 11-15 year old group. Please contact one of the Co-Directors (Daniel or Brigitte) to see if space is available or to be placed on the waiting list. If space is available we can then email or post an application to you directly. 

Parents and families:
You are welcome to stay and observe during the activity sessions or take the opportunity for a respite.
Periodically throughout the semester we hope to have guest speakers presenting on the challenges and joys of parenting a child with special needs. Parents are encouraged to attend these discussion group sessions at their convenience. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for speakers, or if you would like to speak.

i-PLAY is directed by faculty members within the PESS Dept. at the University of Limerick. For more information, please contact:

Dr. Daniel Tindall at Daniel.Tindall@ul.ie
Ms. Brigitte Moody at Brigitte.Moody@ul.ie
(Or through the PESS Dept. office at 061 202896)