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C: Activities to stimulate participation in sports: by providing guidance in finding the right sports activity and in taking the first steps towards sports participation, and facilitating sports providers

15. Promotional activity 15 – Personal advice and guidance to participating in sports

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

Title of activity

Personal advice and guidance to participating in sports (MEE)

Type of activity

Personal advice and guidance of the person with disabilities when choosing a sports or physical activity

Target area

Regional/local

The goal of the activity:

Find a suitable sport or physical activity for children, young people, or adults with a disability or chronic condition.

Target group

People with a disability or chronic condition who have questions about sports and physical activity and prefer guidance in taking the first steps to participation in sports.

Duration, scope of the activity

This is different for each person; it is customised guidance. On average the programme lasts a few weeks.

General description of the activities

The programme starts with an intake interview. The sports consultant discusses with the children (and their parents), young people, or adults what they like, want, and are capable of. They also talk about possible obstacles such as finances or transport. On the basis of the intake and possibly in consultation with community sports coaches, the sports consultant gives advice on a suitable sport or physical activity. The consultant joins the client on a trial lesson or training, consults with the trainer, and sees how things are going. When everything is established, the consultant finalises the programme. If the selected activities do not match, the sports consultant will look for another suitable activity. When relevant, the sports consultant provides trainers with advice on important aspects of providing assistance. 

Partners

Sports consultants and community sports coaches and their network in the region work closely together to find a suitable sport or physical activity. 

Required facilities, location

A room for the intake interview. Any other facilities depend on the wishes of and possibilities for the client.

Required materials

If necessary, adapted sports, game material, or sports aids.

Supervisor competencies

Real interest in the children, young people, adults who come to play sports or be physically active. Preferably the consultant is trained in ‘Motivational Interviewing’. Be prepared to tailor the training, instruction, and type of guidance to the needs of the participants.

Specific focus point

MEE Rotterdam Rijnmond’s offering of sports mediation is illustrated and explained with short clips.

Links

Sports mediation Mee Rotterdam Rijnmond

16. Promotional activity 16 – Sports buddies

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

Title of activity

Students as ‘Sports buddies’

Type of activity

Guidance of the person with a disability in choosing a suitable sports activity

Target area

Local

The goal of the activity:

Helping people with disabilities to find a sports or physical activity that matches their interests and possibilities.

Target group

People with a disability 

Duration, scope of the activity

10 weeks

General description of the activities

A student is deployed as a “personal coach for adapted sports” to help find an active, athletic hobby. There will be an intake interview, 4-6 weeks of supervision with trial lessons in sports activities and a final evaluation, in which a plan will be drawn up for regular participation in a sports or physical activity.

Partners

(What kind of partners?)

University of Applied Sciences – students participate as sports buddies as part of their study (it is obligatory in certain studies)

Regional ‘sports & exercise counters’ (sports information points for people with disabilities) – they have insight into available suitable sports activities in the region

Special education schools, rehabilitation centres

Required facilities, location

Relevent accessible sport facilities.

Required materials

Overview of suitable sports activities locally/in the region

Intake checklist

Evaluation list

Supervisor competencies

Students of sports related studies like physical education, sports management, social work, social pedagogical assistance

Specific focus point

Facilitate supporting relationships between the participant with the disability and their buddy.

Links

sonc.net

17. Promotional activity 17 – Resources Center for Adapted Sport

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

Title of activity

Resource Center for Adapted Sport

Type of activity

Diversification of the sports offer for people with disabilities, through the training of human resources and the increase of material resources in different contexts.

Target area

Local

The goal of the activity:

Development of sport for people with disabilities and adapted sport through the provision of materials, equipment and technical support to teachers, trainers and sports assistants.

Target group

People with disabilities, trainers, teachers and sports assistants in school, club and / or associative.

Duration, scope of the activity

Available throughout the year.

General description of the activities

Provide a resource center for adapted sport, which is available for the community to develop specific/ regular adapted sport activities, through: ensuring the provision of materials (eg. boccia balls, goalball balls, etc.), in different contexts and different professional groups with an interest in promoting adapted sports activities – as if it were a library. When the materials are no longer needed, the entities must return them to the resource center. Ensure technical support to the different groups of professionals involved in promoting physical activity in schools, clubs and institutions.

Partners

(What kind of partners?)

All entities that develop adapted / inclusive sports activities

Required facilities, location

A space to store material and equipment

Required materials

All materials and equipment specific to do sport (and try to meet the emerging needs of the local community)

Supervisor competencies

Sports technicians, who carry out protocols with the entities (in order to regulate the conditions for the provision of material and technical support)

Specific focus point

It is important to disseminate the service to all potential entities (schools, clubs, municipalities, etc.) in order to optimize the use of materials and human resources.

Links

www.youtube.com

18. Promotional activity 18 – Meaningful Sport – Increase knowledge to develop or adapt sports activities

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

Title of activity

Meaningful Sport – increase knowledge to develop or adapt sports activities

Type of activity

Preparation of materials, with knowledge, strategies and methodologies that promote and provide inclusive sport

Target area

National

The goal of the activity:

Promote the inclusion of children and youth in schools and in the community through the development of tools that promote the knowledge of (adapted) sports, with a strong awareness in the educational and sports domains

Target group

People with disabilities, trainers, teachers and sports assistants in school, club and / or associative.

Duration, scope of the activity

Available throughout the year.

General description of the activities

Preparation of the necessary tools to stimulate the inclusion of children and young adults in schools and community. An example: a collection of 21 handbooks that will lead to a better understanding of the possible adaptations in every sport (so that the PE teacher at school can adapt the exercises in PE class); easy to read handbooks which focus on important contents and will contribute to the improvement of the knowledge and the sports practice of people with disabilities. The essential thing is the production of practical guides and tools so that professionals are able to develop more activities in adapted sports and improve their performance.

Partners

(What kind of partners?)

Funding partners for the elaboration of the bibliography; authors for specific publications in the field of adapted sports; later on partnerships with all entities that develop and provide adapted / inclusive sports activities

Required facilities, location

Required materials

Paper/online

Supervisor competencies

Sports technicians

Specific focus point

It is important to disseminate the service to all potential entities (schools, clubs, municipalities, etc.)

Links

www.youtube.com

www.youtube.com

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