Armenian National Disabled Sports Federation (ANDSF)
The project aims to promote disabled sport in Armenia by creating a network of disabled sport clubs in different cities. These sport clubs will be a major step towards the social inclusion of disabled persons in Armenia; they will provide a means for disabled persons to become active in sport, as well as boost inter- connectivity with other disabled athletes. The project will introduce new ties between Armenia and Europe, strengthening cultural and experiential cohesion through sport.
In Armenia, disabled athletes face discrimination. There is a gap of opportunity between disabled and non-disabled sport. The public is unaware of the rights and capabilities of disabled persons in sport; the government turns a blind eye towards its progression, resulting in an environment which does not foster opportunity for disabled persons to excel. Consequently, cohesion between disabled persons and society in Armenia is not strengthened through sport, falling behind the rest of Europe.
The project aims to:
• Promote disabled sport in Armenia by creating a network of disabled sport clubs in different regions.
• Research and suggest improvements to the federal laws that regard sport and disabled persons.
• Raise awareness in communities of the importance and effects of disabled sport.
• Exchange experiences with European partners to strengthen the connection between Armenia and Europe regarding the progression of disabled sport.
Project aims will be reached by:
• Creation of 8 sport clubs in different cities; 4 for boccia and 4 for wheelchair-basketball. Around 100 athletes and 8 coaches will be gathered and 1 seminar, 2 sporting-sessions and 2 competitions will take place. • Researching of laws, legislation, and agenda regarding sports and disabled persons, a consequent public discussion. • Public awareness campaign: creating an informative website, collaborating with mass media, creating a short clip on disabled sports, hosting a BarCamp and a public showcase. • An experience exchange with our partner expert, who will provide the team with European disabled sport experience, assist in coach training, and speak at the BarCamp.He will also create new ties with European disabled sport organizations.
The project beneficiaries are: disabled persons throughout the regions of Armenia, coaches, and journalists who will cover project implementation. The target groups are: local governments, The Ministry of Sport and Youth, and society as a whole. The audience will be very broad, as project coverage will be broadcast throughout Armenia.
We are glad to receive any comments which give constructive criticism to our project; especially those from individuals/groups involved in disabled sport.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
The salaries of the main 4 project employees will cost €9000. The creation of the 8 sport club-network and the implementation of 2 sporting sessions, a seminar, and 2 competitions will cost €24,000. The 8 coaches’ salaries will cost €10,800. The researching of laws and a public discussion will cost €1200. The awareness campaign (BarCamp, public showcase, website, short clip) will cost €3000. The experience exchange with a European partner will cost €2000.
Disabled sports clubs have never been seen in Armenia and there is currently no work being done in the country to progress disabled sports. The clubs will be fit into a disabled sport network -- this will yield a new environment which will foster connectivity for disabled athletes and those involved in disabled sport. The project will introduce new ties between Armenia and Europe which will provide great opportunity for the strengthening of cultural and experiential cohesion through sport.