Laois GAA new centre of excellance gym kit out to cater for people with disabilities

Conor Ganly

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Conor Ganly

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Laois GAA

Laois GAA centre of excellance is under construction in Portlaoise.

Laois GAA has invited tenders for the fit out of a gym at its new centre of excellence at O'Moore Park in Portlaoise which will  have an emphasis on catering for people with disabilities.

Intended primarily for GAA use the tender invite adds that the 'pilot project' would be adapted to broaden the range and quality of sport and physical activity opportunities for people with disabilities so that they have equal awareness, access, choice within their community.

The GAA say they hope to achieve this by constructing an accessible facility and investing in appropriate fitness equipment which is compatible with use by both able bodies and disabled users.

The GAA tender invite says it intends engaging with disability groups to market the facility and to attract participation.

The tender will be divided into two separate but tenderers are invited to quote for one or both lots together. 

Lot one includes the supply of equipment for the gym. Nearly 130 items are listed. These include: weights, treadmills, spinning bike, rowing machine, nordic ski machine  and an air bike.

Lot two is made up of the supply and fit of specialist gym flooring. A durable 390m2  rubber floor is planned with two actor turf strips (covering 60m2 in total) to accommodate areas for sleds and polymetric training.

The GAA hopes to award the contract this year.