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“Sports for All”—An Evaluation of a Community Based Physical Activity Program on the Access to Mainstream Sport for Children with Intellectual Disability.

  • Access to club sports is still not a given for children with ID. Parents and children report numerous structural and social barriers to accessing mainstream sports. Sports clubs, on the other hand, want to include this group of people, but often do not know how to do it. Using a community-based approach, children with intellectual disabilities (8–15 years) and their parents were given the opportunity to participate in an 8-week sports program in four mainstream clubs organized by a self-help organization for people with intellectual disabilities. Focus groups were conducted with all participants (parents, children, and club representatives) before and after the program and evaluated by means of a thematic analysis. The children rated participation very positively and only very occasionally reported that they had been excluded. The parents confirmed this experience, but were nevertheless more critical in their assessment. Outside the research context of this study, the sports clubs hardly provided good support, which can also be deduced from previous negative experiences of the parents. The sports clubs themselves received valuable information about what their failings were: sufficiently available and qualified staff, better access to sports facilities, and a wider range of inclusive groups are needed. On the other hand, there was hardly any prejudice on the part of the non-disabled club members towards the new members with ID, which was evaluated extremely positively, albeit surprisingly, by the sports clubs

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Author:Florian Pochstein
Document Type:Working Paper
Publishing Institution:Pädagogische Hochschule Ludwigsburg
Release Date:2022/10/13
Year of Completion:2022
Tag:physical activity; intellectual disability; mainstream sport; perceived barriers
GND Keyword:Inklusion; Kindheit; Sport
Issue:International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2022, 19(18)
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Faculties:Fakultät für Sonderpädagogik
DDC class:300 Sozialwissenschaften / 370 Erziehung, Schul- und Bildungswesen
Open Access:Ja
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International