Updates from "Play'In Together"

Updated: Oct 6, 2020

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 (OPE) values in sport games. The initiative is led by Play International, and ENGSO is a member of the consortium, along with 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.

Play International has recently published the 2019 Annual Report for the project, which highlights the achievements to date.

During the first year, substantial outcomes were reached in terms of creating and establishing the partnership and implementing the project activities. The focus was on ‘Changing the mindset on disabilities’ and ‘Play beyond disability’. The foundations for these two phases were shaped at the start of the project, in September 2019 in Paris, where the partners were able to train the trainers in project socio-sport methodologies, co-create the pedagogical content of the first phase and determine the partnership management and project dissemination flows.

Following on from this, 13 training sessions were held which benefitted:

  • 323 trainees, of which 170 were female. Out of all the trainees, 43% were teachers, 35% animators and 22% coaches.

  • 6,250 children, of which 45% were female. 2,906 children were aged between 6-9 years old and the remainder were 10-12 years old.

Participants of project activities. Browse through the gallery by clicking on the arrows.

In order to co-create the pedagogical sessions, the University of Leuven-Limburg started their diagnostic study which has highlighted the lack of scientific literature on this topic and the difficulties in establishing a common lexicon of terms across the participating countries. This project element is being extended into late 2020.

Finally, in terms of policy impact, 3 promising developments have taken place:

  • The partnership between PLAY International and Paris 2024 has grown significantly and PLAY International was officially selected as the service provider for the Education Legacy Programme of the 2024 Paris Games.

  • The partnership set up by PLAY International Kosovo with the Faculty of Physical Education of the University of Pristina has enabled Play’In Together to conduct training sessions as part of the curriculum of 3rd year students.

  • The National Olympic Committee of the Czech Republic has become more involved in the project due to their growing interest and this will lead to significant dissemination and capitalisation potential.

The 2019 Annual Report of Play’In Together can be accessed here. More information about the project can be found here.