A multisport program developed with support from a certified Sports Instructor, ideally during spring-summer time, with children/teenagers/youngsters from educational centers or special schools/structures for disadvantaged children and teenagers. The program can be an additional outdoor activity for the target group concerned.
The program can be developed within the premises of the educational centers/special schools or structures for an average period of 2 weeks, with a 4 hour total of activities each day. Breaks should be considered in the schedule of the program and a group formed out of minimum 10 and a maximum of 30 children/youngsters for a proper implementation of the planned activities.
Types of sports that can be organized: Relay races, Aerobics, Gymnastics (including elements of artistic gymnastics), Running, Basketball, activities from the sphere of Athletics (full jumps, long jumps, jumps over fences etc.).
Successful factors could be:
The methodological approach should consider: sports, games and activities with a non-formal character for a proper engagement of the target group concerned.
PBE (Preparing the body for effort) and SIMS (Selective influence of the musculoskeletal system) working sessions are highly encouraged as a preparation and warming-up form of activities, so that the participants can handle the physical effort, especially if they are not used with similar activities or do not undertaken sportive activities regularly and have a general poor physical shape.
The weak aspects of the program could be:
This pilot activity can be a special tool for educational centers/special schools or structures working with disadvantaged children/teenagers or youngsters with fewer opportunities to both diversify their activities and engage in non-formal educational activities based on sports. Also, it can represent a form of therapy for the youngsters since the activities can boost their self-confidence and develop new abilities that might be useful for them in the future, to overcome the current challenges they are facing.
For the youngsters with fewer opportunities and their families such a pilot activity represents an extra educational context, which they might not afford otherwise, since most Sports Clubs request a regular or a one-time fee for participating in their sportive activities. Given their low financial possibilities, such children are excluded from such contexts.
For the development of the Multisport program, several actions need to be considered:
This multisport model can be conducted by teachers with a degree (or a specialized training) in physical education and sport. The skills required are:
Educational centers/special schools or structures working with disadvantaged children/teenagers or youngsters or with children/teenagers or youngsters with fewer opportunities.
The materials and resources needed for the development of the activities are the following:
The participants can be selected based on personal interest and motivation, by the Sports Instructor/Teacher together with the educators and the other representatives and responsible persons from the educational centers/special schools or structures.
Data from the participants can be collected under the form of a presence list listing their names, surnames, country and other general data that may be relevant. Additionally, a parental consent can be requested directly from the parents under the form of a signed declaration, for minors.
Other medical documents can be requested from the medical doctors/family doctors of the kids in order to understand the medical health conditions of the kids and their availability for sports activities.
Permission to take photo-video materials should also be requested from parents and the representatives of the educational centers/special schools or structures so as to not bring them or their families any harm whatsoever.
The communication with the participants can be done through:
In this program several types of stakeholders can be engaged:
The evaluation of the Multisport program can be conducted through:
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