IMART – A True International Event

With over 14 countries being represented by 1,000 players, IMART 2020 promises to be a remarkable international rugby tournament.

To showcase the real international event that is IMART, below see various regional and national media coverage secured by one of the participating teams in their home country of Spain.

Well done El Salvador and we are really looking forward to welcoming you to Cork in June!

Permanent TSB – Headline Sponsor

Speaking at the launch of the partnership, Permanent TSB’s Retail Banking Director, Patrick Farrell, said: “A fundamental element of the Bank’s Responsible Business agenda is building strong community partnerships that enable us to have a positive and meaningful impact on the communities where we live and work. Permanent TSB is delighted to be able to support IMART 2020 as Headline Sponsor and look forward to championing resilience, determination and world class competition this summer at the games in Cork.”

Permanent TSB team – headline sponsors of IMART 2020 at the launch of launch IMART 2020 (International Mixed Ability Rugby 2020) and MAW 20 (Mixed Ability Week 20). Photo Joleen Cronin

He continued, “We are proud to play a part in this world tournament, celebrating diversity and inclusion in a meaningful way”.

Cork stands shoulder to shoulder with mixed ability rugby players as world cup is launched

Cork stands shoulder to shoulder with mixed ability rugby players as world cup is launched. The fantastic event took place in Cork City Hall with several headline sponsors and other businesses attending .

A huge fundraising effort is now underway with the event attracting up to 1,000 players from 28 teams from 14 countries including Argentia, New Zealand, Ecuador, Italy, Spain, UK and Ireland….

Read more here: https://bit.ly/37CEubo

IMART Team Members – Annette Cullen, Alan Craughwell, Liam Maher, Diarmaid Hallissey, Sean Loftus, James Healy, Ruth Fuller at the launch of launch IMART 2020 (International Mixed Ability Rugby 2020) and MAW 20 (Mixed Ability Week 20). Photo Joleen Cronin

IMART – The Story of Us

James Healy and teammate Alan Craughwell sharing some great stories and memories they’ve had playing on the Sundays Wells Rebels Mixed Ability team.

Alan Craughwell, IMART; James Healy, IMART and Ian Flanagan, CEO Munster Rugby at the launch of launch IMART 2020 (International Mixed Ability Rugby 2020) and MAW 20 (Mixed Ability Week 20). Photo Joleen Cronin

“We wanted to demonstrate that someone with a disability could play sport, but not only that, they could also play with someone who does not have a disability”, Alan Craughwell, co-founder of Ireland’s first mixed ability rugby team.

To read more about James’ story and how playing rugby has had a significant impact on his life, check out this article via the Irish Independent https://bit.ly/2V0VFki

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Cork is set to help break down the barriers on the rugby field

In June, 2020, 750 rugby players with and without disabilities will come to Cork for IMART. Manager of Sunday’s Well Rugby Club Liam Maher tells us about the upcoming event

The Mixed Ability Model removes barriers to participation for people who feel unable to join mainstream grassroots clubs or groups due to physical or learning disabilities, mental health issues, size, shape, age, prolonged inactivity, or a perception of ‘not being good enough…

Source: Cork is set to help break down the barriers on the rugby field