Equal Sport For All - Development and evaluation of mass-sport athletics for sports students with special needs (ESFA)

Project number: 579917-EPP-1-2016-2-EL-SPO-SCP


The kick off meeting, held on January 24th 2017 in Athens, officially opened the work for the Equal Sport For All (ESFA) project. The project is coordinated by the University of Patras and is funded by the European Union under the Erasmus+ Programme for education, training, youth and sport. The project partners will work together to implement the ESFA project over the next three years.

The aim of the project is to tackle exclusion from sport of people with special needs, especially the obese and disabled youth. For this reason, project partners will develop and evaluate an intervention model, which will provide deliverables to be used in sport organisations around Europe.

The project addresses the objective above by focusing on the following four specific objectives:

1. Establish a European network between universities in research, national athletic federations, organisations, athletic sport clubs, young athletes as well as the European Athletics Association on the topic of guidelines in young track and field athletes.

2. Develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate an intervention program, which combines “in person” experiential learning sessions with a subsequent online training program to be used for training of obese and disabled students in specific sports at the grassroots level in European track and field clubs.

3. Provide a comprehensive review of existing guidelines and research with regard to special needs students in English, which upon completion will be made available as an open-access document via the project’s website.

4. Communicate project results via several channels in order to inform local, regional, national and European policies on the issue of equal sports for

Project partners are:

  • University of Patras, Greece (project leader)

  • University of Shumen, Bulgaria

  • Rijeka sports association for persons with disabilities, Croatia  CUS Padova, Italy

  • Gabriele D'Annunzio University of Chieti- Pescara, Italy

  • HEAT - Health Exercise and Activity Therapy, UK

  • Association of Disabled Persons HALCYON, Greece

  • UCAM - Universidad Catolica San Antonio de Murcia, Spain  CUS Palermo, Italy 

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