People with disabilities
There are not many sports clubs that provide special offers for people with disabilities. For most, inclusion is part of the normal programme. However, there are some groups in the region.
TSV Weingarten was recently awarded the “Bronze Star of Sport” by the German Olympic Sports Association (DOSB) for its social commitment. This particularly pays tribute to the association’s inclusive sports school for children and the free admission for Ukrainian refugees.
However, including sports groups in clubs is still the exception. By the end of 2021, the Federal Statistical Office counted 7.8 million people with a severe disability in Germany.
At the same time, according to the sports development report, only seven percent of the almost 90,000 gymnastics and sports clubs have offers for chronically ill people or people with disabilities in their program.
“However, in many clubs it is normal for people with and without disabilities to play sports together,” says Kim Früh, head of inclusion at the Baden Handicap and Rehabilitation Sports Association. And she confirms that these clubs are not registered in her association, because inclusion works there as a matter of course and is part of club life.
The Brettener Turnverein has 33 rehabilitation sports groups
As with the gymnastics club 1846 Bretten. The large club maintains 33 rehabilitation sports groups. There are 19 orthopedic courses for people with back problems and six for people with lung injuries.
Three groups meet every week for training after cancer, while two courses are held for diabetics. A cardio group and one for people with neurological diseases are also offered.
Every Monday, paraplegics, people with amputations, multiple sclerosis and stroke patients meet in the Rinklinger school’s sports hall for wheelchair sports. Confirmation from a doctor is required to participate in TV Bretten’s rehabilitation programs, while the association checks with the health insurance whether the expenses are covered.
A model project for children runs in Ettlingen
The inclusive sports group “Die Habichte” was founded in 2009 on the initiative of Lebenshilfe Bruchsal-Bretten and the Baden Handball Association. The handball district Alb-Enz-Saal has been a partner since last year.
On Saturday morning, the handball players gather for training in the sports hall at Stirum Skole in Bruchsal. The hawks take part in the round about the “old gentlemen”.
People with disabilities experience participation in social life through sport.
Jessica Frank, Lebenshilfe Bruchsal-Bretten
They also play friendly matches. The next one will take place on November 5 in Ubstadt. “People with disabilities experience participation in social life through sport,” says Jessica Frank of Lebenshilfe Bruchsal-Bretten.
A model project is the Children’s Movement Center (KiBeZ), initiated by the Ettlingen Play and Sports Association and awarded the Future Prize 2022 by the Badischer Sportbund.
Under the leadership of Lisa Lorenz, nine gymnastics and sports clubs from Ettlingen and its districts have come together to offer children aged three to ten a varied program.
These include trial lessons in sports such as tennis, fistball, judo, basketball, football, roller skating, handball, gymnastics, stick fighting, badminton and athletics.
Badischer Verband trains clubs on courses
Since the beginning of September, seven to ten-year-olds with and without disabilities have been able to take part in this diverse range of activities in a spacious course. “There are no framework solutions for planning and implementing inclusive sports offers,” says Kim Früh from Baden’s Handicap and Rehabilitation Sports Association.
Important prerequisites are a culture of welcome in the clubs and among the coaches, as well as opening the existing offers to people with disabilities. The association provides valuable help in this regard.
The starter package contains a 120-hour workshop with a practical and theoretical part, where up to ten officials, teachers and interested members can participate.
In the practical part, exercises and games with simulation and dark glasses should raise awareness of the different living conditions for people with disabilities. A starter set for inclusive sports groups can also be borrowed from the association for four weeks free of charge.