News from Play’In Together

The Erasmus+ Sport project, "Play’In Together", aims to encourage European societies towards a greater inclusion of people with a disability through the promotion of Olympic, Paralympic and European values in sport games. The initiative is led by Play International, and ENGSO is a member of the consortium, responsible for the dissemination activities. The other project partners are the Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games – Paris 2024, the European Paralympic Committee, Academie Creteil (France), the Bulgarian Sports Development Association, the National Olympic Committee of the Czech Republic, University Colleges Leuven-Limburg (UCLL, Belgium) and Play Kosovo.

In the past two years, the project has been focusing on developing the games and activities that form the pedagogical element of the project. Currently, we are working on turning this into a Dissemination Toolkit.

On 18 November, Sara Massini, ENGSO’s Secretary General and Sallie Barker, Project Coordinator had a productive online meeting with Play International’s Tristan Thomas about the dissemination activities. Based on that meeting, the development of the Dissemination Toolkit has started in December, with support from the Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games – Paris 2024 and the European Paralympic Committee.

The team will be mapping and collecting the organisations that will be interested in implementing and promoting the toolkit in order to extend the impact of the project. This will include people and organisations at both national and European levels.

The key aspect of the Dissemination Toolkit will be a series of play activities, with guidance notes, which include play adaptations for classes which involve mixed ability children. These adaptations have been informed by research and modified following development sessions with children across Europe.

The Toolkit will be available in the summer of 2021.