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SW-UP First Multiplier event - Sport as tool for women social inclusion



On June 21st, SW-UP partners along with local stakeholders in the field of sport gathered for the SW-UP first multiplier event. The event took place in Bassano del Grappa, Italy with the support of the local municipality represented by Mr Oscar Mazzoccini, Councilor  for Childhood Policies, Youth Generations, Education and Sports. The multiplier event in Bassano del Grappa was the first dissemination event of large scale aimed at strengthening the role of sport as a tool for social inclusion. 40 local participants and 20 international participants, representing organisations active in the field of social inclusion, community development and sport had the opportunity to meet and share their experience.

During the public conference, Mihaela Onofras, project manager at ALDA, presented the project and its main objectives. SW-UP project partners also presented their good practices in the field of inclusion through sports.  For instance, the Portuguese city of Guimarães joined the SWUP project and it is now promoting activities specifically designed for pregnant women. Invited guests from Slovenia, Mrs. Vernig shared her experience as a member of the handball team in Novo Mesto.
The meeting  was a great opportunity to present as well the results of the SW-UP questionnaire on the experiences and needs of women to practice outdoor sport and recreational physical activities.  “According to the survey results, women have many barriers due to social, safety and experience factors which don’t permit them to do sport”, stated Vicky Dellas, researcher from Mullier Institute. She concluded by explaining that women are willing to practice outdoor activities, at least in theory, but they require certain conditions such as the creation of safe and well maintained facilities, better if close to their home or work place, with no or low costs, and for young women, to go with friends.

The conference was followed by a demonstration of Baskin game where the project partners could participate at. Baskin is a new sport invented in Cremona in 2003 whose objective is to create an activity literally everyone – girls, boys, the able and those with physical or mental challenges to overcome – can participate in and enjoy to the fullest extent of their abilities. Baskin currently represents one of the most innovative sports offer as far as global accessibility and inclusion of all types of people are concerned.

The multiplier event in Bassano del Grappa was preceded by a coordination meeting in Milan, where project partners discussed the latest evolutions of the project and planned for the further activities to be implemented.

SW-UP - Sport for Woman in Urban Spaces, is a one-year project started in February 2018, which aims at improving social inclusion of woman through participation in outdoor sport activities, thus creating equal opportunities and promoting gender equality. The project is funded by the European Commission Erasmus + Programme, Sports, Youth and European Aid Volunteers.

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