Mixed Ability Week 22

What is MAW22?

MAW 22 is a prestigious and influential event for Mixed Ability clubs and their networks being hosted in Cork in June 2022, supported by the European Commission through their Erasmus+ Sport programme. Central to this is a 4-day rugby tournament supported by educational conferences and workshops underpinned by bonds of friendship, as well as gathering together all the relevant stakeholders who work in their local communities for the expansion of inclusive
sport’s provision.

This week-long event will inform and develop a Transferability Toolkit which will enable community clubs to organise events at every level, to raise awareness about Mixed Ability sports and the opportunity for physical wellbeing and the social capital it provides, creating capacity to meet people’s needs in a much more effective and successful way.


What is the objective of MAW22?

MAW22 looks at the model of social inclusion, sportsmanship and how sports and being part of a community can truly change lives, as well as how it can be transposed into other sports and businesses, redefining what real social inclusion means.

Host to an International rugby tournament (IMART 2022), an international conference, a series of educational workshops for coaches, clubs and volunteers, multi-sport Mixed Ability taster sessions, workshops as well as social events for participants and the wider community.
To raise awareness of and introduce new participants to the Mixed Ability model, increasing participation in sport through the promotion of new inclusive opportunities as well as challenging perceptions around diversity and inclusion.
To inform relevant EU policies in the field of sport and inclusion through new evidence-based research carried out during the length of the project through qualitative data.
To promote broad social change around inclusion by shifting perceptions, attitudes and behaviours towards diversity in rugby and beyond.
To develop a Transferability Toolkit for other clubs to use, enabling them to embed the Mixed Ability model at a grassroots level.

MAW 22 Itinerary

IMART 2022 Tournament

This consists of a 4 Day Rugby Tournament which is taking place at Irish Independent Park (IIP), Cork on Monday 6th, Tuesday 7th, Thursday 9th and Friday 10th June 2022. There will be 24 Men’s teams participating and for the first time ever 4 Women’s teams! With over 1,000 players from over 15 countries taking part, IMART2022 is a true international event.


Wednesday 8h of June will see us welcome over 100 delegates and speakers attend a one-day international conference entitled ‘The Future of Mixed Ability’. The conference will bring together academics, practitioners, policy makers, sports participants and National Governing Bodies, to interact alongside representatives from the disability, advocacy, healthcare, civil society and private sector.

It represents an unmissable opportunity to introduce and discuss the relevance of Mixed Ability for sport and other sectors in light of the recent pandemic, the latest research, share good practice, as well as enabling an effective dialogue between different areas of society which share the same commitment to achieving full social inclusion.

The Eventbrite link to register for this free conference will be available soon!

Exhibition Sports

There will be a series of exhibition sports event taking place during MAW22. These will include the first ever International Mixed Ability Regatta, Boxing, Kinball, Football and Basketball showcases. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals to get involved in other Mixed Ability sports.

Details of dates, times, location and booking system will be updated when confirmed.

Free Educational Workshops

IMAS will be hosting free interactive educational workshops and TedTalk style educational sessions throughout the week at IIP.

Full details will be updated on this site once available.

Tournament Photo Exhibition

During Mixed Ability Week, John Ashton will be capturing imagery which will then be compiled into a photo book that will create a long-lasting legacy. This book will showcase the best of Mixed Ability Week 22 across the world, spreading the powerful message of Mixed Ability and true inclusion.