Improving Para-Athlete Coaching and Training Caree..
Improving Para-Athlete Coaching and Training Careers in Sport
Start date: Jan 1, 2016,
End date: Dec 31, 2017
The IMPACTS project aims to extend the careers of disabled athletes by improving their opportunities in accessing coaching and training careers with disabled and/or able-bodied athletes. Up to now the sporting career of a disabled sports person is limited to active participation in sports, as no career opportunities and learning pathways are present for disabled athletes: this is an obstacle in their career and personal development and hinders their full (societal and personal) inclusion.The IMPACTS project aims to:*Provide stepping stones, to mainstream disabled athletes into coaching and training positions*Improve the image of disabled athletes and coaches*Empower disabled athletes to become role models for people with disabilities and promote their inclusion through participation in sportIMPACTS will:*Research existing education and training pathways for disabled athletes in 5 partner countries*Conduct a gap analysis in sport organisations to identify the gap between provision and the wants of disabled athletes*Conduct a needs analysis with disabled athletes related to a future possible career in training and coaching*Set up a stakeholder network in each partner country to bring together education & training organisations, sport clubs and sport associations and disabled athletes*Develop a competence library, related to EQVET, of competencies required by disabled athletes to become qualified coaches and trainers*Test the competence library with disabled/able bodied athletesDevelop a Hnadbook of Good Practices for sports organisations to improve the career opportunities of disabled athletes
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