Sport for people with disability
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Topic: Sport for people with disability
Request: Concept Note
Duration: one day, 6 h
Brief Description: One day long online training for volunteers/coaches/trainers in sport clubs in the field of grassroots sports.
The training provides knowledge and tools to work with children and youngsters (in sport hobbies) who are diagnosed with ADHD/ADD, autism spectrum, learning problems and/or mild developmental disorders.
Focus on not-competitive groups. Type of sport doesn’t matter!
Training is implemented virtually.
Amount of children who are needing extra help, care and attention, is getting bigger all the time. In finland this kind of children don’t usually get enough help in school, because classes are so big and schools does not have enough teachers and other adults. Nowadays children with extra needs are put in normal big classes where they can not keep up. This is a huge problem and affects negatively to children. They often think they are dumb or that there is something wrong with them.
In TUL we want to offer these kind of children place to feel supported and loved. We want to help and support these kids and their families by keeping them in sports and giving them self-confidence and other skills they need to face the world. Sadly this kind of children are dropping out from sport clubs and teams cause they don’t get the extra help they would need and again they feel like they don’t fit and can’t keep up. This is why we want to train coaches and volunteers, who teach sports to the kids, to face special need kids the right way. How to support them right and keep them in teams. Feeling included and supported in sport club makes huge difference in childrens life. It also helps the family. Happy children makes happy adults.
Although add/adhd/autism are really common nowadays, there is still huge amount of people who doesn’t know about these and huge amount of people who has something like this and feels ashamed of it. This training increases awareness about this kind of things. It also normalizes it with showing people who for example has add and telling how common is it.
This kind of training gives volunteers self-confidence. Volunteers often feel like they are not professional enough. Working with children for example adhd, it can feel like nothing you do is enough. Training gives volunteers the right tools, makes them feel more confident about their coaching and improves their commitment to their own voluntary work. When you have coaches who loves what they do, recruiting new ones isn’t so hard because they may already have heard good thing about the sport club.