Bias – Building an Inclusive Attitude in Sports
The operational part of the BIAS project, the international project financed by the European Union*, began in January 2024!
The first meeting was on the 1st of February in Portugal between the 3 partners in which it will be the opportunity to share the methodologies and contents to be developed together in the following months.
The 3 project partners, ASD La Comune (Italy), Judo Assist Ireland (Ireland) and Sport Evolution Alliance (Portugal), will be involved in study and comparison groups in the coming months, both through videoconferences and in presence in Ireland and Portugal, during which the trainers and coaches of the three countries will meet to experience inclusive practices open to families, able-bodied children and those with disabilities.
The purpose of these practices is to create a truly inclusive sports environment where children with intellectual disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder can experience the benefits of physical activity, social interaction and personal growth.
THE KEY PRINCIPLES OF THE BIAS PROJECT
The BIAS project aims at experimenting inclusive sport practices to be integrated in groups in which one or more children with disabilities are present in order to make these practices a model for teachers, coaches, parents who are or will be involved.
To reach the goal the 3 partners decided to adopt An approach to the sport based on the child and their real needs, proposing activities and materials accessible to all and increasing the difficulties gradually and only when the group as a whole proves to be ready. It will also be crucial that the instructor encourages interaction between children and collaboration to promote a sense of belonging and community.
We are excited to start this project concretely and to share practices and ideas that can be an inspiration for us and for others who work with children in the field of sport.
*Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.