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B: Activities to stimulate participation in sports: through one-time events that create awareness and inspire

10. Promotional activity 10 – Paralympic Talent Day

Description of an example of activities aimed at stimulating participation in sports/physical activity for people with disabilities.

Title of activityParalympic Talent Day
Type of activitySports day
Target areaNational/regional
The goal of the activity:Discovering different sports and recognising talent
Target groupAthletes between 12 and 35 years with impaired motor skills and/or visual impairment
Duration, scope of the activityOne day with four rounds of sports, each lasting an hour
General description of the activitiesA wide range of paralympic sports activities is offered. During the day the athlete can intensively discover four different sports. Training is provided for one hour (per sport). Sometimes specific tests are also conducted. At the end of training the impossibilities and possibilities are discussed in relation to the sport.

Partners

(What kind of partners?)

Organised by NOC*NSF with coaches, talent coaches, and paralympic professional athletes.

Multiple sports – depending on how it is organised in the country. Possibly by multiple federations or by a National Paralympic Committee.

Required facilities, locationSports facilities where the different sports can be played. For example, a national or regional sports centre.
Required materialsAids and sports equipment for the various sports.
Supervisor competenciesGood technical and medical knowledge and/or experience of the specific Paralympic sport. Preferably coaches, talent coaches, or Paralympic professional athletes. Event management and coordination.
Specific focus pointPay attention to the follow-up: provide information on locations throughout the country where the specific sport is offered
Linkswww.paralympisch.nl

11. Promotional activity 11 – Discovering sports while in rehabilitation

Description of an example of activities aimed at stimulating participation in sports/physical activity for people with disabilities.

Title of activityDiscovering sports while in rehabilitation
Type of activityClinics and/or sports days provided to rehab patients and former rehab patients by the rehabilitation institution, so that they can discover various (adapted) sports.
Target areaRegional, target area of the rehabilitation institution
The goal of the activity:Discovering different (adapted) sports and possible referral to sports club/organisation.
Target groupPatients and former patients of the rehabilitation institution
Duration, scope of the activityA few hours (clinic), half-day or full day (sports day)
General description of the activitiesThe rehabilitation institution organises a clinic or sports day together with sports and physical activity providers from the area, to which they invite their patients and former patients. They can then try out various (adapted) sports and, if they like something, directly contact the club/organisation that offers this sports activity.

Partners

(what kind of partners)

Sports and physical activity providers from the region, who will offer their sports activity on the sports day of the rehabilitation institution. If people like this and want to continue with it, they can register directly with this sports club/organisation.
Required facilities, locationSports hall/sports field of the rehabilitation institution or of one of the participating sports providers.
Required materialsMaterials from rehabilitation institutions and sports providers themselves.
Supervisor competenciesKnowledge of the target group and of the provided sports activities.
Specific focus pointPrivacy legislation: make sure that you ask permission from the patients during the treatment, whether you can send them a message about a sports day or clinics. You can only e-mail them or send them messages personally about these activities with their permission. Emphasize the positive impact sport can play in rehabilitation, where possible via case studies and personal stories.
Links

www.adelante-zorggroep.nl

www.dehoogstraat.nl

12. Promotional activity 12 – Together for Gold

Description of an example of activities aimed at stimulating participation in sports/physical activity for people with disabilities.

Title of activitySamen voor goud – Together for Gold
Type of activityUsing paralympic athletes as ambassadors.
Target areaNational/regional
The goal of the activity:Encouraging people with disabilities to participate in sports on a regular basis.
Target groupPeople with disabilities who want to play sports (again).
Duration, scope of the activityAt least three months, the recommendation is to have contact at least twice a month. Intensity also depends on the participants and athletes.
General description of the activitiesTogether for gold is a stimulating activity in which people who do not (yet) play sports are connected with a Paralympic athlete (independent of the kind of sport). The matching takes place during a kick-off where several participants come together. In the following months the participants and the Paralympic athletes will be in contact with each other by mail, messages, and telephone. They will play sports together too. The athlete stimulates the participant to take part in sports or physical activities, answers questions about practical matters, about the importance of sports and being physically active, and how to persevere. The participants set a goal to achieve. At the end of the programme, it is evaluated whether the participant needs any more help. The programme can be extended if both the participant and the athlete want so.

Partners

(What kind of partners?)

Paralympic athletes, National Paralympic Committee
Required facilities, locationA room for the kick-off, preferably a facility where you can play sports. Widespread dissemination via social media, local media, networks and communities.
Required materialsSports aids and materials
Supervisor competenciesExperience with sports. Communication and dissemination skills.
Specific focus pointGenerate publicity and raise awareness among the general public and people with disabilities of the broad range of health and social benefits of inclusive sport.
Linkswww.paralympisch.nl

13. Promotional activity 13 – ‘Athlete of the year’ contest

Description of an example of activities aimed at stimulating participation in sports/physical activity for people with disabilities.

Title of activity“Athlete of the Year” contest
Type of activityOrganising a contest to elect the best athlete with a disability of the past year.
Target areaNationally / locally (best athlete in the municipality)
The goal of the activity:Creating awareness for sports for people with disabilities, increasing recognition, and providing inspiring examples.
Target groupEveryone, people with and without disabilities
Duration, scope of the activityCollect nominations; organise a contest by public vote or set up a professional jury to decide who wins, and organise an award ceremony.
General description of the activitiesOrganising a contest, which is concluded by presenting an award (having people vote or setting up a professional jury to decide on the winner). Later organising an award ceremony (afternoon or evening), with guests, press, etc. Can be linked to the “general” contest for election of the sportsman/ sportswoman of the year.

Partners

(what kind of partners)

At local level: all local/regional sports providers are invited to nominate candidates for the election and to stimulate voting, municipality (organisation and subsidising the election), local media.

At national level: ask sports federations for nominations

Both: local/national media, national sports association (organisation and subsidising the contest), national media.

Required facilities, locationA hall or theatre hall for the award ceremony
Required materialsContest promotional materials, rules, award criteria and award prizes.
Supervisor competenciesCommunication and dissemination of contest. Coordination and event management.
Specific focus pointIdeally, this award ceremony should be linked to the “general” award ceremony of the sports prizes in the municipality or nationwide. This way, the top performance of athletes with disabilities is placed at the same level and receives equal attention as the performance of athletes without disabilities.
Links

Nationwide: nocnsf.nl

www.facebook.com/apcas

14. Promotional activity 14 – Famous People also do Sports…

Description of an example of activities aimed at stimulating participation in sports/physical activity for people with disabilities.

Title of activityFamous People also do Sports…
Type of activityUsing celebrities (famous people) as ambassadors
Target areaNational/regional
The goal of the activity:Inspiring people with disabilities to participate in regular sport, being inspired by idols / personalities from television / radio / sport / etc. from your country
Target groupPeople with disabilities & families
Duration, scope of the activityA few hours / Making presentation videos and interviews available and accessible to the whole community.
General description of the activitiesChallenge one (or more) personalities at national level that are associated with the promotion of sport for all, being able to carry out together the following activities: lecture and practice of the sport together; online interviews; videos promoting the modalities; etc.

Partners

(What kind of partners?)

Famous people who are available to join the campaign
Required facilities, locationA room for the kick-off, preferably a facility where you can play sports.
Required materialsSports aids and materials
Supervisor competenciesExperience with sports
Specific focus pointGenerate publicity
Linksdefcon.paralisiacerebral.pt

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