aim of the "TRAINING FOR LIFE" project is to enable young disabled
persons to enter the athletic labour market. The project is a response
to the growing number of athletic initiatives, which take place
at a European and International level, to promote sports (especially
Wheelchair Basketball) among disabled persons. These initiatives
are not accompanied by adequate training curricula for coaches and
trainers for such sports, even though it should be evident that
there is a potential -especially for disabled persons, who are excluded
from the athletic market- to find employment in such activities.
project will develop a pilot application on the training of disabled
persons who wish to become Wheelchair Basketball trainers. Wheelchair
basketball is chosen because it is becoming more and more popular
at a European level. At the moment 26 European nations are members
of IWBF (International Wheelchair Basketball Federation). Wheelchair
basketball plays an important role in the rehabilitation of persons
with disabilities and provides both physical and psychological benefits
to those who take part. Additionally, the partnership will use the
experience gained during the project, to develop a model curriculum
for the training of disabled persons, who wish to enter the athletic
market as coaches.
partnership includes three European training organizations for
disabled young persons (E.Ë.Å.Ð.Á.Ð. from Greece, CEJAC from Spain,
C.A.F.A. FORMATION from France), Ellinogermaniki Agogi (a leading
educational organization, which organising athletic activities
for disabled persons), the University of Koeln (a leading academic
institution in athletic matters), the University of Lubjiana,
the "Oldam Owls" (a well-known team of disabled Wheelchair basketball
athletes) and EPINOIA S.A. (a sowftware development company with
expertise in electronic publications and web-based tools). The
partnership is composed in such a way, as to aggregate expertise
in four areas:
Expertise in the training of disabled persons
Expertise in athletic matters
Expertise in modern technologies
Expertise in practical aspects of coaching
project will be implemented in 4 phases.
During the first phase, Ellinogermaniki Agogi will design the
training material under the supervision and guidance of the University
of Koeln and University of Lubjana. The material will be published
both conventionally and electonically on the Web.
In the second phase, training seminars (including both theory
and practise) will be held in Greece, Spain and France, while
the "Oldam Owls" will follow up the development of the program
via open distance training.
In the third phase the project gets evaluated and redesigned by
In the fourth and final phase, the project gets disseminated to
institutions and training centres all over Europe.
summary, the outcomes of the project will include
state of the art Web site that will include the whole material
along with Web enabled multimedia, interactive video, databases
of Wheelchair basketball resources, personal perspectives etc.
a conventional handbook, that will be used by the trainees,
guide of good practice for institutions who intend to introduce
the products' outcomes into their regular training activities
DVD with practical lessons, which will make use of the medium's
storage capabilities to provide interactive movies, exercises
beneficiaries of the project will be primarily young disabled persons,
who are up to now excluded from a market with a big growth potential.
Nevertheless, even persons without disabilities will be able to
access and benefit from the whole range of materials produced.
project is expected to have a significant impact, especially on
the training programs of institutions that specialize in the initial
training and rehabilitation of young disabled persons. It will provide
a complete and evaluated "package" to every such European institution
that has started to understand one major principle that underlies
this project: Athletics is not merely a means of recreation for
disabled persons, but furthermore a promising field for their professional