5-7 October 2016: Interregional event of PODES

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INSPORT+ PODES – Associação Promoção Desenvolvimento Sustentável
(Portugal)

After the Municipality of Prato and Aurora (Italy) and OFIS (France), PODES –  Associação para a Promoção do Desenvolvimento Sustentável (Portugal) welcomed INSPORT+ partners for its interregional event from 5th to the 7th of October 2016. 7 countries took part in the 3 day-event (Spain, France, UK, Italy, Germany, Hungary and Portugal of course).

During the morning of the first day of activities, PODES organised the seminar Increase of Quality of Life of People with Disability through Sport in Oeiras, a town at the outskirts of Lisbon. This seminar was focused on the introduction of the INSPORT+ project to the Portuguese stakeholders and the presentation of the Portuguese best practices to the general public. We counted with the presentation from 4 different Portuguese associations in the field of disability and social integration through sport and 3 key testimonials from Paralympic athletes.

The next day was dedicated to the sport activity. During the morning the participants had the chance to get to know associations that implement sport activities for people with disability, the AHT – Adapted Horse Back Riding and Cascais Naval Club – Adapted sailing.

After a traditional Portuguese lunch, the afternoon was spent at the CMRA – Rehabilitation Medicine Centre Alcoitão where the international partners had the chance to practice sports as boccia, archery, seated volleyball, traditional Portuguese games and judo together with the users of the Medicine centre.

At the morning of the final day the participants were taken to Cerci Oeiras, a reference centre for the support of people with mental disabilities from Oeiras. At Cerci Oeiras, an effort is made to keep this population healthy, active and integrated in the community.

For the final afternoon, the participants, together with the LUCAS project group, celebrated the 2nd European Day of Awakenings in Cascais. A study visit was organised to the Association Novamente, that work with people with acquired disability, and from there all the group participated on a walk through Cascais streets, distributing balloons and flyers with the intention to raise awareness for the INSPORT+ project and the European Day of Awakenings.

At the end of the day, we closed the event with the launch of the balloons.

 

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