04 Jul 2022

LSP and Wheelchair Association go Scooching in

LSP and Wheelchair Association go Scooching inPortarlington

Credit: Denis Byrne

Last Wednesday the Laois Sports Partnership held a Scooch tournament for clients of the Laois
wheelchair association. The event took place at Portarlington community centre Scooch is an Irish
sport which was inspired by the sport shuffleboard. It was created to be played in smaller spaces.
Scooch is designed in such a way that it caters for all competitors of various abilities and is very
much an inclusive sport. It is ideally played on a flat surface and can be played in teams of one V one
or two V two. We went along to the event and while there chatted to Laois sports partnership event
organiser Mary Hurley about the event and the sport of scooch itself

Mary first explained to us the scoring system as well as the equipment used in the sport. “The
the scoring system in scooch is end to end and the four discs are played from end to end. Both the
competitors or teams will have two different coloured discs. Whoever gets closest to the target wins
that set. So it’s a bit like tennis in that regard. The sticks you see being used are called scooch sticks
as such, they are made to fit around the discs. The top is formed in the same shape as the disc
because the aim is to push the disc rather than hit it”

Mary went on to discuss the competitive nature of the participants “We have a great number of
competitors here today. We have a lot of newcomers from the wheelchair association. They seem to
be enjoying it. It’s a very inclusive game, they play against people they know but it gets very
competitive. So there is great excitement at stages”

Finally, Mary told us about some of the other events being run throughout the year by the LSP “LSP continue to run events like this throughout the year for the wheelchair association and also for
any of the disability groups in Laois. It’s all-inclusive. We do lovely outdoor walks during the summer
which was very useful during different stages of Covid in terms of keeping events and engagement
going. We also do chair volleyball which the clients here love. We also do a chair exercise
programme and also Yoga which is great for keeping mobile and the participants feel great from a
health perspective

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