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TeamUp!

What is TeamUp! ? 

The TeamUp! project aims thus to promote social inclusion and equal opportunities in sport by improving access to sport for PWID in mainstream structures. Raising awareness, training activities and community building process are therefore needed to stop discrimination and stigma that PWID faces in the sports sector and facilitate their access to mainstream sport. The project activities are then designed to support the correct implementation of European policies on sports, in particular the White Paper on Sport, the EU Physical Activities Guidelines, the Council's Recommendation to promote health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA) and the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020.

This main objective will be reached through the following activities:

  • Development of a tool for community mapping at local level to facilitate legal frameworks for inclusion
  • Development of a joint training for sports professionals
  • Creation of a community of practice at national level to link PWID and persons without disability to team up.

Funding 

European Union's Erasmus+ Programme
 

Activities 

Kick-off meeting in Brussels

The Kick-off meeting of TEAM UP! project took place in Brussels, Belgium, hosted by EASPD on the 22nd and 23rd of January 2019.

In the meeting, the partners established a joint work plan, ensuring a shared vision of the project and a thorough consensus and understanding of project management tools, agreement on the plan and requirements to be used during the project. Partner exchange ideas and practices of the different countries regarding inclusive maintream sports for persons with intellectual disability.

 

Transnational Project Meeting #2 in Gandia (Spain)

On 10 and 11 October 2019, a Team Up! transnational partners meeting was held in Gandia, Spain hosted by Fundacio Espurna. On the first day, the consortium discussed the final version of the first intellectual output on sports stakeholder analysis in Spain, Greece, Romania and Croatia. Partners have also agreed on the draft content and structure of the training course for sports professionals. On the second day, the consortium visited the day centre of Fundacio Espurna. The next meeting will happen in Trikala, Greece hosted by the University of Thessaly, in April 2020.

 

 

Transnational Project Meeting #3 - online 

On 27th April 2020, due to the Covid-19 crisis, the meeting happened online, instead of being held in Trikala (Greece). During this meeting, the University of Thessaly presented the IO2 training course and the partners shared their inputs regarding this course. This was also an opportunity to discuss and organise the IO3 and the multiplier events, who will take place in the fall 2020. The next TPM will happen in September or October 2020, in Pula, Croatia, hosted by Health Life Academy. As the Covid-19 crisis remains, it is possible that this meeting will be organised online.  
 

Final Transnational Project Meeting - online 

On 24 and 25th September, due to the Covid-19 crisis, the final meeting also happened online instead of being held in Pula, (Croatia). This was the opporunitity to check the first training results of the IO2 training who started over the summer. We then discussed the organisation of the Multiplier Events who happened in Spain and Croatia. We also exchanged on the implementation of IO3, which is a Roadmap for Community of Practice, with two tasks: the Awareness Raising Strategy and the Lobby Roadmap. As a final meeting, it was the moment to prepare the closure of the project and share relfections for an eventual follow-up of the project. 

  

 

Duration

From 1st January 2019 to 31 December 2020.
 

Results

IO1 - Community Mapping Tool

In this present document, we develop the tool for community mapping at local level.

In order to create an effective collaboration with stakeholders, we need to assess the local community’s strengths, weaknesses and needs. Therefore, the IO1 aims to show the most relevant items for sports community collaboration and build a positive impact at local level thanks to the Community Mapping tool. Indeed, the identification of what is done so far in the field of inclusive sport and what needs to be improved is a way to obtain a fully inclusive mainstream sport for persons with intellectual disabilities.
 

IO2 - Training Course 

This intellectual output was lead by the University of Thessaly, developed a training pack for sports professionals to support the creation of an inclusive sports environment that will lead to an increase of access to mainstream sports for persons with intellectual disabilities. This is available in D-lot, in English, Croatian, Romanian and Spanish versions.
 

IO3 - Roadmap for Community of Practice 

this IO was divided into two tasks: the first is an Awareness Raising Strategy, made by EASPD and the second one is a Lobby Roadmap, organised by Health Life Academy. 
 

Multiplier Event in Rovinj, Croatia

The Multiplier Event happned on 11th and 12th of September 2020. In the specific pandemic time, the event was held on a smaller scale, respecting the recommendations of the competent epidemiological service and all competent institutions.

 

On the first day, PWID attended a handball tournament and had the opportunity to watch young handball players compete. The aim of the activity was to encourage PWID to take an active part in sports, but also to draw the attention of young athletes to the importance of their role as facilitators of sports lifestyle and the importance of including vulnerable groups in sports.

 

On the second day, a sports event of PWID was held on the football fields in Rovinj. More than 80 children participated in the match and each team played 2 games of 30 minutes each. At the end of the tournament, the Secretary General of Health Life Academy association, Dario Jagić, provided trophies and gifts for all participants. Afterwards, people with intellectual disabilities together with young handball players played an inclusive match of handball and football with the goal of ultimate impact on social inclusion. 

 

Also, an educational seminar on the topic of Social and Sports Integration of Children with Developmental Disabilities with current topics was successfully completed; "Experiences of sports organizations from the region in working and functioning with people with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic".

For more details, you can consult this event report
 

Multiplier Event in Arad, Romania


 

Because of the Covid-19, the multiplier event has to be adapted to the restrictions, so it has been split into smaller events from November to December 2020. 50 persons has been present in total. The participants agreed that there is no training for sport teachers regarding how to specifically train and teach ID students. One of the participants a local sports teacher told us that one of her children has autism and how difficult it was for her to cope with the situation. She needed to tell the other teachers how to communicate with her son by simplifying the communication in order for her child to understand basic concepts. For more details, you can consult this event description

 

Partners

Belgium  - EASPD - Project coordinator
Croatia - Health Life Academy 
Spain - Fundacion Espurna 
Greece - University of Thessaly
Romania - Experienta Multisport 
 

Contact

Domenico Manente
+32 2 233 7722
domenico.manente@easpd.eu 

The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsi­ble for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.