Sport and Disabilities in Europe
Journal n°12, by the Think tank Sport and Citizenship
Our review will now be in three parts. The first will be dedicated to an analysis of European sports policy and introduce the key figures in this sector. This quarter, for example, we have exclusive interviews with Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of citizenship questions and Philippe Muyters, Flemish Minister of Sport representing the current Belgian presidency of the EU.
At the end of the review, columns categorised by theme will give you the chance to follow up issues raised in previous editions on subjects of major importance to society such as education through sport, combating violence and discrimination, or the relationship between sport and the media.
The central part of the review will still concern a key issue for society, which will be explored by numerous European experts. In this edition we are looking at the question of sport and disability in Europe. Although article 26 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights recognises the many rights of persons with disabilities (who make up 10% of the European population), it is clear that access to sport is still very patchy for these people. A lack of qualified staff, lack of access to facilities, discrimination, lack of information about the sports on offer…: there are still many barriers, even though public authorities and specialists (doctors, sociologists, anthropologists and so on) all agree about the benefits of sport in terms of health, social integration, independence and combating exclusion. It is a difficult situation which needs to be addressed through the new legal powers introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon
Table of Contents:
Damien Abad, Member of the European Parliament.
Viviane Reding, European Commission.
Philippe Muyters, Flemish Minister of Sports.
Jason Smyth, Olympian.
Patrick Gasser, UEFA.
Mary Davis, Special Olympics Europe/ Eurasia.
Béatrice Hess, Olympian.
Enrique Sanchez-Guijo Acevedo, Olympian.
Special Feature – Sport and Disabilities in Europe
“Sport, Disability and the Media”
Charles A. Riley, Baruch College.
“The PRN for Sport and Handicap: an innovative tool”
Philippe Bissonnet, National Resource Centre for Sport and Handicap.
» The use of public sports facilities in England «
Tailor & S. Ping Kung, Sport Industry Research Centre & Sheffield Hallam University.
“Paralympic success as a measure of national social and economic development”
Dr Ian Brittain, Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies, Coventry University.
“Sport, a form of therapy”
Dr Dominique Pailler, French Handisport Federation.
“A History of wheelchair basketball: from spectators to protagonists”
Carlo Di Giusto, Santa Lucia wheelchair basketball team.
“The use of sport by and for disabled people”
Anne Marcellini, Montpellier 1 University.
“The sporting Ethic should celebrate Difference”
David Howe, Loughborough University.
“The Fanprojekte in Germany: an example for Europe”
Guillaume Robin, Université Paris Descartes.
“The cliché ‘thieving gypsy’ is hard to eradicate on football grounds”
Simon Bérnad, Sport and Citizenship.
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