Groomsport Inclusive Beach

Groomsport beach has taken delivery of the first phase of beach mobility equipment, making it the first inclusive beach in Ards and North Down.

Thanks our work in partnership with Ards and North Down Borough Council, Hippocampe all-terrain wheelchairs that can move easily over sand and offer support to both adults and children can now be pre-booked for use, free of charge. Click on our website link below to find out how!

This is just the start of the scheme which will be completed next year and will eventually include walking frames suited for beach use as well as temporary beach matting and a supported beach buggy for infants.

This innovative development in the Ards and North Down borough has been made possible thanks to funding received from Sport Northern Ireland (through the National Lottery) and the Department for Communities.

Jayne Moore, Capital Sports Development Officer, Sport NI said:

“Sport Northern Ireland is pleased to have funded this project through money awarded by the Department for Communities, which was identified as a result of Ards and North Down Borough Council’s Community Planning process. The project will provide equipment to help people with disabilities to help them move freely around the beach and encourage people from the Ards and North Down area to get active and involved in physical activities with their families and carers.”

A Department for Communities spokesperson, said:

“The Department is delighted to be part of this initiative. The specialist changing facilities and equipment will provide people with better access to Groomsport beach than had been previously possible. It will help to open up opportunities for those people with a disability to share new experiences with friends and family and make the most of the beach. It all helps to encourage a more active lifestyle and promote Active Living: No Limits.”

Mayor of Ards and North Down, Alderman Bill Keery, said:

“I’m delighted that Ards and North Down Borough Council has supported the delivery of these vital services in partnership with the Mae Murray Foundation charity. Groomsport now has the first inclusive beach in the borough and the facilities available are first class.”

“The all-terrain wheelchairs and ramp onto the beach make it accessible for everyone plus the nearby upgraded ‘Changing Places’ disabled toilet facilities are an excellent resource. This will encourage more people to visit Groomsport and enjoy a day at the seaside.”

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