This publication was envisaged as a response to the many barriers young sports leaders face in promoting participation for all abilities. As long as young people face hurdles in accessing sport, participation for all is not a reality and we as a society have failed to create a world of Sport for All.
YOUth can open doors to all abilities through sport was inspired by the conclusions, expertise and discussions of three educational events aspiring to remove prejudice and ensure participation for all:
ENGSO Youth study session Youth voices through inclusive sports, July 2010
EPAS training for young leaders working with people with intellectual disabilities, February 2011
ENGSO Youth study session Towards all inclusive Sport for All – youth opening doors to all abilities, October 2011
The combination of these activities brought together over 70 young leaders from 30 different countries across Europe. Together they exchanged experiences, identified barriers, shared examples of good practice and used their diverse knowledge to contribute to making ‘Sport for All’ in its real sense accessible and inclusive. The content was inspired from the events and has been included with the purpose of creating a common basis of understanding from which the reader is encouraged to adapt or build upon to fit their local reality.
Due to the varying dimensions of the European participants and leaders engaging in sport, the publication has been written with an understanding that it is targeted towards a heterogeneous audience varying in age, language and ability, which therefore requires the reader to hold a sense of flexibility in the definitions used throughout.