More sport for persons with disabilities
Better access to sporting activities contributes to social inclusion and a barrier-free Europe.
IF – 06/2019
Council of the European Union is calling on the Member States, the European
Commission and the sports movement to better promote sport for people with
disabilities. This follows on from Conclusions published in June which are part of creating a more inclusive Europe.
recent years, there has been a noticeable increase in public interest in
sporting events for people with disabilities, such as the Paralympics, and
in the media coverage of these events. The EU has used this as an opportunity
to raise awareness of the exclusion that still exists. Disabilities and
diseases are still often cited as obstacles to participation in sport.
is now to be progressively changed in order to achieve the best possible social
inclusion of people with disabilities and to create a stronger and more
positive awareness of sporting activities.
order to achieve these goals, Member States should provide financial support to
encourage conventional sports organisations to cooperate more with
organisations specifically dedicated to providing support to sports for persons
with disabilities. In addition, statistics and indicators will be developed to
provide information on participation rates, barriers and improvements in sport
Erasmus+ funding in the field of sport can also be used to promote national and European
cooperation, social inclusion and equal opportunities in sport. Further financial
assistance can be raised through the European Regional
Development Fund for the development of sports
infrastructure and better vocational training for sport through the European Social Fund.
Commission is also being invited to continue supporting future actions and to
regularly consult social partners in the field of sport within the framework of
the social dialogue in order to further accelerate the creation of an accessible
and more inclusive Europe.