With the participation of the Hungarian University of Sports Sciences (HUSS), the kick-off meeting for Erasmus+ project named Meter Matters was organized in Ljubljana. The Faculty of Sport of the University of Ljubljana, the coordinator of the project, along with other partners from Slovenia and Portugal were introduced to the project that will be completed at the end of May 2024.
The Hungarian team
The University of Coimbra, Portugal, APPDA Coimbra – Associacao Portuguesa para as Perturbacoed do Desenvolvimento u Autismo de Coimbra and Special Olympics Slovenia overviewed the project content and structure together with the coordinator as partners from Hungary, the Hungarian University of Sports Sciences and Special Olympics Hungary were already introduced at the beginning of June. The project is led by Prof Dr Mojca Doupona from University of Slovenia, while HUSS is represented by Dr Szilvia Perényi and Dr Judit Farkas.
The Meter Matters project will explore the field of inclusion in sport with the aim of
- a) proposing appropriate criteria for co-financing sports programs involving people with intellectual impairment in mainstream sports organizations and
- b) proposing a model for co-financing inclusion in sport at the national level.
Based on some research in the field of inclusion in sport and the successful Erasmus+ project called Promoting Social Inclusion of Persons with Mental Disabilities through Sport, some important facts are already known as:
- which are the groups of people involved in various inclusive sports programmes (people with diverse abilities, people with mental health challenges, former elite athletes, senior athletes – veterans, etc.),
- what types of inclusive sports programmes exist (rehabilitation, recreational, competitive) and
- the different implementation areas of inclusive sports programmes (sports, social clubs, health centers, business environments, etc.).
The next meeting will be held in Portugal in January 2023.