It is called “Step in for inclusion” and is the toolkit of the European project COME In (Creating Opportunity for sports Members at grassroots level to Enable Inclusion). In Nantes, in front of an audience of 300 young French students, OPES, Engso Youth, ANESTAPS, SPARC and Special Olympics presented this tool that will be useful for sports professionals, managers, coaches, educators, volunteers and young people to improve inclusive sport opportunities. The world of sport can now count on a model that will enable people, with and without disabilities, to implement and take part to inclusive sports activities.
The presentation of the interactive toolkit and the final conference of “COME In” represented the last steps of a project supported by the European Erasmus + Sport program. OPES, the lead organization of the initiative, was represented by the director of the International Relations Department, Sara Massini, and the project manager Linda Rombolà. Linda Rombolà explained the project path to the audience, highlighting its main steps and the goals achieved both in the training phase and during the implementation of the pilot activities. “COME In comes to an end – the project manager reported – but the most significant aspect is that the project, in a sense, will continue. I’m glad to hear that many kids are interested and willing to carry on the activities. Sara Massini and I will remain in Nantes until Sunday, because the calendar of activities still includes appointments, comparisons and workshops. Moreover, we will use this weekend to answer the questions of all the people who want to deepen the issues related to our initiative “.
In Nantes, in addition to the volunteers and managers of the 5 associations, a group of participants to the project was invited. Among them, people with and without disabilities who shared with the audience their experiences, pointing out the impact of COME In on their activities as well as in their lives.
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