Sports activities for Easter at Home for adults with mental disabilities, Banya
On 05/04/2018, Bulgarian sports development association organized sports activities for residents in the House for adults with mental disabilities in the town of Banya, Karlovo. The sports session that took place in the home is a final workout for the participation of representatives of the institution in an international sports event, which is going to be held in Berlin, Germany, between 19-22 April 2018. The sports activities were held jointly with the students of the specialty "Adapted Physical Activity and Sports" at the National Sports Academy "Vasil Levski" and the Confederation "Health Protection". Local community members also took part in.

BSDA has been working for the second year with this institution, with sports activities being held in 2017 and a promotional video clip "In Sport We Are All Equal!", Which carries the message that:
Sport has the power to improve social inclusion. He does not discriminate against any sign. No one is different! In sport we are all equal!

The video campaign aims to portray the power of sport as an integration tool, as well as the opportunities for equal inclusion of all social groups. You can watch it and share it with the following link, and we will be happy to be supported by as many people as possible to show the strength of the sport:

"The opportunity to communicate with these ladies is unique because we see how through sporting activities they get a positive emotion that is extremely important to their daily lives. On the field of sport, we are all equal and this is a unique tool that we must increasingly use to reduce social imbalances in our society. There are five representatives of the institution and one social worker to go to Berlin, Germany, where they can enjoy the magic of sport together with representatives from Italy and Germany. The group will be accompanied by sports coaches and qualified specialists in adapted physical activity that will take care of their full involvement in the international environment. We believe that this will be a unique experience for them and we hope that the European Commission that finances the implementation of these activities will continue to support such initiatives in the new budgetary framework beyond 2020 because inclusion in society is a complex process and complex efforts are needed to happen. We are grateful for a House for adults with mental disabilities in the town of Banya, Karlovo, in whose face we have found a devoted partner who is focused on securing a complete life for its residents, said Joanna Dochevska, chairwoman of BSDA.
"The cooperation that we have established with the House for adults with mental disabilities in the town of Banya, Karlovo in recent years has been a wonderful result and one of the good examples we see in the sphere of institutional care in Bulgaria. Adapted physical activity and sport course enjoys increasing popularity in both forms of education - Bachelor's and Master's degrees, and in this field we are approaching the standards that apply in the most developed countries. The students we prepare have a very good basis for realization after going through the theoretical modules and then applying what they have learned in practice with real groups they are going to work with after completing their education and we will be pleased that these methods will be more and more recognizable and more institutions will attract sports professionals who work purposefully for integration through sport added Stefka Djobova a lecturer in the specialty and a world-renowned expert in the field of integration through sport.
The SpeeCh - Sports Psychiatric Community project is a project that starts on January 1, 2017 and will carry out a variety of activities in the next two years.

Its main activities are:

  • Creation of 3 integrated sports associations in Italy, Germany and Bulgaria. Members of the associations: patients with psychiatric disorders and young people. Goal of Associations: to promote the social inclusion of patients with psychiatric illnesses in society through sporting activities;
  • Publication of a manual "Methodologies and techniques for managing sports activities related to the social inclusion in the local communities of people with psychiatric illnesses".

The partner organizations will be part of the European Integrated Soccer Network, which was created under a previous project funded by the Erasmus + program. Identifying and linking policy-makers in this field, sharing good national practices on methodologies and techniques for managing sports activities to support the social integration of patients with psychiatric illnesses will be part of the project's results. Several international meetings will be held to prepare a public campaign for the active inclusion of the target group in social life.
In each of the partner countries, a campaign will be launched to present the project and the future creation of sports associations whose members will be patients from community psychiatric communities and youth from local communities. A sporting event will also be organized for 8 representatives of the target group to take part in an international sports tournament in Berlin, Germany. As a product of the project, "Methodologies and techniques for managing sports activities related to the social inclusion in the local communities of people with psychiatric illnesses" will be published.
The project is co-funded by the European Commission's Erasmus + Program - Small Joint Partnerships and will be implemented within 24 months. Partners: Italy, Bulgaria and Germany. The bulgarian partner is Bulgarian sports development association