Mikel Antizar, Social Action Councillor presented the pilot plan for inclusive development in Barakaldo with Porfirio Hernández Chairman of GaituzSport Fundazioa Foundation.
The aim of this project designed by GaituzSport is to encourage and facilitate the practice of physical activity and sport among the disabled in Barakaldo in equal conditions with the rest of the population.
The programme will be carried out at the sports centres of Lasesarre, Gorostiza and Civic Centres of Cruces and Clara Campoamor.
The local government of Barakaldo has launched a pilot programme to achieve inclusion via sport. The Social Action Councillor, Mikel Antizar,presented the Inclusive Plan for sports in Barakaldo with Porfirio Hernández Zubizarreta, the GaituzSport Fundazioa Foundation Chairman to be executed in the sports centres of Lasesarre, Gorostiza and Civic Centres of Cruces and Clara Campoamor. According to Antizar: “Our aim is for everyone with or without disability to be able to do sports in the municipal installations; and this project’s going to help us adapt the sports offer, articulating complementary resources required for the same as well as training for our instructors”.
Designed by GaituzSport
The priority of the 2019-2020 Pilot Plan for inclusive development in Barakaldo through sport, is to guarantee disabled collective’s right to do physical activity and sports in equal conditions, without limits or barriers to improve their quality of life.
The plan designed by GaituzSport Fundazioa Foundation, a reference body in sport, inclusion and disability. Hernández stated that: “An advanced society like ours should guarantee inclusion and health for all collectives and avoid the risk of social exclusion. Sport is a great integration channel.”, adding that “The practice of physical-sporting activity is an important tool to foster health, creative use of free time and social relations acting as a core inclusion hub, both socially and educationally”.
Advice, support and training
The plan will enable Barakaldo to have 3 essential pillars when reaching inclusive sport, i.e. advice, support and training.
Thus, an inclusion customer service will be set up at Lasesarre Sports Centre to attend, assess and derive those interested in doing physical activities. The staff attending will be qualified in Physical Activity and Health. There will also be an inclusion support instructor who will act as a support resource for conventional sports offers to facilitate inclusive participation of people with functional diversity. Furthermore, training classes will be provided for the sports instructors to learn how to impart classes should they have a disabled participant.
Antizar explained that: “For instance, there are disabled people who are reticent about doing sports at the municipal installations since they lack sufficient autonomy in the changing rooms. This Inclusive Plan will enable us to have changing room support staff. The councillor added: In addition, we’ll have specialised instructors and technical aids to improve accessibility of these spaces, professional advice as to appropriate activities for each person as per the case in hand.”
Antizar also pointed out the need to fight against sedentarism “one of the main risks of premature death worldwide, according to WHO”, and to this effect they’re going to encourage sports practice amongst the disabled elderly to foster active aging.
Our THANKS to Barakaldo Town Council for their awareness and work in favour of social inclusion.