Project Description

Diverse and Inclusive teams for children under 12 (DITEAM12)

The participation of children and teenagers in sport is often encouraged for the acquisition of important values for their development. However, sports is also an environment in which disrespectful and violent behavior happens. It is needed to define young athletes in a way that is appropriate to their needs, as children first and athletes second, which become complicated in competitive environments. A focus on the competitive aspect can produce under pressure on children to achieve high performance, causing anxiety and mentality of “a win-at-all-costs” that can lead to attitude problems, including violent behaviors. 

In order to provide a safe environment for children in sports, some federations have changed their coaching methods from competitive to more educational, where participants are encouraged to risk error, to learn and master the basic skills the sport. Apart from creating a non-violent environment for the children, this type of coaching also leaves more room for diversity, as all players can develop their skills according to their abilities, therefore giving more space for children with disabilities to participate. 

The project DITEAM12 aims to raise awareness on the positive aspects of non-competitive sports for children under 12, including the teaching of transversal skills. It seeks to create inclusive and diverse clubs as well as to use inclusion and diversity those sports clubs as tools to prevent violence and intolerance. This will be done by providing online pedagogical tools (Web Educational Tool) for coaches and club directors to allow them to focus on skills development and on self-improvement of children rather than on achieving the highest performance and reaching the best results. Also, the Material for the School of Parents together with the guidelines for the implementation will be prepared as the main training material allowing parents to be trained on diversity in the sports clubs. The great importance, as well as the inclusion, will be given to children with disabilities (physical, mental and/or sensorial) while creating the training material and the guidelines. 

During the course of the project, there will be four planned face-to-face meetings: one meeting in Spain, Las Palmas, one meeting in Austria, Vienna, one meeting in Slovenia, Ljubliana and the other one in Germany, Berlin. The piloting will take place in 4 partner countries (at least 5 clubs per country), resulting in the testing of the material on 40 couches and 100 parents. More than 500 children will benefit from the new approach implemented in their clubs.

Period of project implementation: 1.1.2020 – 31.12.2021

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

The project is carried out in partnership with:

  • Asociacion Mi Hijo Y Yo (Spain) 
  • International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (Germany)
  • European Paralympic Committee (Austria)
  • Pedagoski Institut (Slovenia) 
  • Informa Psichologia y Deporte (Spain)