Introducing

METER MATTERS IN SPORTS

An estimated 1.3 billion people experience significant disability.

This represents 16% of the world’s population,

or 1 in 6 of us.

Let's open equal opportunities!

WHAT WE DO

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Meter Matters project will explore the field of social inclusion in and through sports with the aim of a) proposing appropriate criteria for co-funding sports programs involving people with intellectual impairment and other more vulnerable people (due to various circumstances), primarily in mainstream sports organizations and b) proposing a model for co-funding social inclusion in and through sports at the national level.

Based on some research in the field of social inclusion in sports and the successful Erasmus project Promoting Social Inclusion of Persons with Mental Disabilities through Sport, some important facts are already known:

(1) which are the groups of people involved in various inclusive sports programs (people with diverse abilities, people with mental health challenges, former elite athletes, senior athletes – veterans, etc.),

(2) what types of inclusive sports programs exist (rehabilitation, recreational, competitive) and

(3) the different implementation areas of inclusive sports programs (sports, social clubs, health centres, business environments, etc.).

Equal involvement of all people in sports activities is, in terms of national and international guidelines, enshrined in some conventions and strategies in the field of sports, as well as human rights, social security, physical and mental health, architecture, environment and public administration (White Paper on Sport, United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 etc.).

In practice, we already recognize the providers of inclusive sports programs. We also find national legislation that supports inclusive participation. In 2018 an interesting research has been conducted and published in EU Publications titled Mapping on access to sport for people with disabilities[1]  where we find much useful information for our project among which we can read: … “the complex range of sources and varying governance and management structures across the member states, have made it difficult within the limits of this small-scale research to identify overall funding levels dedicated to sport participation for people with disabilities. The country reviews however suggest that across the EU there is a strong variation in levels of funding allocated to sport participation programs.”

[1] European Commission, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, Mapping on access to sport for people with disabilities : a report to the European Commission, Publications Office, 2018, https://data.europa.eu/doi/10.2766/061635

We note that there is a gap between the practice and EU guidelines in terms of sustainable support for socially inclusive sports programs in the form of co-funding by state and local (municipal) resources. We observe considerable opacity in the regulation of the field. Given that there are both, (1) relevant programs and (2) inclusive legislation and policies, we believe that the reason for the missing article is reflected in the undeveloped criteria for measuring social inclusion in sports.

Major sports programs are usually co-funded based on crowds (number of involved athletes) and performance (sports score). In the field of social inclusion in sports, the criteria cannot be the same, as it is a smaller population.

An estimated 1.3 billion people experience significant disability. This represents 16% of the world’s population, or 1 in 6 of us.

The goals of inclusion in sports are not focused on competitive results, but on opening equal opportunities for all, regardless of their psychophysical abilities.

In the Meter Matters program, we will search for criteria for co-funding social inclusion in sports through focus groups (1) with coaches of inclusive sports programs in regular sports clubs and (2) with athletes and their parents or guardians. We will also include interviews with 2 or 3 experts in the field of social inclusion in sports. And finally, we will work with an expert in the field of mathematics and statistics to determine the most appropriate, realistic and, above all, measurable parameters.

All our action steps mean an upgrade or continuation of the here mentioned projects. Based on the proposals for measuring social inclusion in sports, we will also make a model for co-funding socially inclusive sports programs at the national level.

PARTNER INSTITUTIONS

ACTIVITIES

KICK OFF MEETING IN LJUBLJANA

METTER MATTERS PROJECT START IN LJUBLJANA
The Kick-Off Meeting for Erasmus+ project Metter Matters happened on June, 1st 2022 in Ljubljana, hosted by Faculty of Sport, University of Ljubljana, the coordinator of the project. Partners from Slovenia and Portugal were introduced to the project, being active till the end of May 2024. The University of Coimbra, Portugal, APPDA Coimbra – Associacao Portuguesa para as Perturbacoed do Desenvolvimento u Autismo de Coimbra and Special Olympics Slovenia overviewed the project content and structure together with the coordinator as partners from Hungary – University of Physical Education and Special Olympics Hungary were already introduced in the beginning of June.
The Meter Matters project will explore the field of inclusion in sport with the aim of a) proposing appropriate criteria for co-financing sports programs involving people with intellectual impairment in mainstream sports organizations and b) proposing a model for co-financing inclusion in sport at the national level.
Based on some research in the field of inclusion in sport and the successful Erasmus + project “Promoting Social Inclusion of Persons with Mental Disabilities through Sport”, some important facts are already known as: 

(1) which are the groups of people involved in various inclusive sports programs (people with diverse abilities, people with mental health challenges, former elite athletes, senior athletes – veterans, etc.),
(2) what types of inclusive sports programs exist (rehabilitation, recreational, competitive) and
(3) the different implementation areas of inclusive sports programs (sports, social clubs, health centers, business environments, etc.).

Equal involvement of all people in sports activities is, in terms of national and international guidelines, enshrined in some conventions and strategies in the field of sports, as well as human rights, social security, physical and mental health, architecture, environment and public administration (White Paper on Sport, United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 etc.).
In practice, we already recognize the providers of inclusive sports programs. We also find national legislation that supports inclusive participation. In 2018 an interesting research has been conducted published in EU Publications with a title Mapping on access to sport for people with disabilities where we find many useful information for our project among which we can read: … “the complex range of sources and varying governance and management structures across the member states, have made it difficult within the limits of this small-scale research to identify overall funding levels dedicated to sport participation for people with disabilities. The country reviews however suggest that across the EU there is a strong variation in levels of funding allocated to sport participation programs.”
We note that there is a gap between the practice and EU guidelines in terms of sustainable support for inclusive sports programs in the form of co-financing by state and local (municipal) resources. We observe considerable opacity in the regulation of the field. Given that there are both, (1) relevant programs and (2) inclusive legislation and policies, we believe that the reason for the missing article is reflected in the undeveloped criteria for measuring inclusion in sport.
Major sports programs are usually co-financed based on crowds (number of involved athletes) and performance (sports score). In the field of inclusion in sports, the criteria cannot be the same, as it is basically a smaller population. There are currently more than 2 billion disabled people in the world, that is 37.5% of the world’s population. The goals of inclusion in sport are not focused on competitive results, but on opening equal opportunities for all, regardless of their psychophysical abilities.
In the Meter Matters program, we will search for criteria for co-financing inclusion in sports through focus groups (1) with coaches of inclusive sports programs in regular sports clubs and (2) with athletes and their parents or guardians. We will also include interviews of 1 or 2 experts in the field of inclusion in sport. And finally, we will work with an expert in the field of mathematics and statistics to determine the most appropriate, realistic and, above all, measurable parameters.
All our action steps mean an upgrade or continuation of the here mentioned projects. Based on the proposals for measuring inclusion in sports, we will also make a model for co-financing inclusive sports programs at the national level.
The next meeting will be in January 2023 in Portugal.

ZOOM MEETINGS

SECOND MEETING IN COIMBRA

Second meeting of Meter Matters project took place in Coimbra, Portugal, from the from the 31st of January until 2nd of February 2023. All partners have attended the meeting (12 participants).

The main topics were:

Review article and the definition of social inclusion in sports,

Preparation for interviews and Preparation for workshops/focus groups.

1. Review article and the definition of social inclusion in sports

Together, we have worked on some names in the process of creating the definition and agreed on an abbreviated publication. The shortened version of an article will be published in the journal Kinesiologica Slovenica in April 2023.

2. Preparation for interviews and implementation plan

Each country conducts 2-3 interviews with national experts in inclusion and sports politics. Each country is responsible for analysing content based on developed questions.  

3. Preparation for workshops/focus groups and implementation plan

We have upgraded the number of focus groups from planned 2 to 3 groups: (1) club managers/directors, (2) coaches, social workers, psychologists, other technicians and parents /guardians and (3) athletes with intellectual disabilities and development disorders. Number of estimated participants is 60 (in all 3 countries).

4. Dissemination

We have set a project webpage where all the results will be presented. The FB profile is also planned.  

Next planed meeting will be in Budapest from the 5th-6th of June 2023.

THIRD MEETING IN BUDAPEST

The third meeting of the Erasmus+ Meter Matters project took place in Budapest, Hungary from June 5 to 6, 2023.

The meeting was attended by all partners, 10 participants from Hungary, Portugal and Slovenia. The work was focused on the processing of data obtained in interviews with decision-makers and in focus groups with athletes, coaches, social workers, parents, volunteers, club leaders and leaders of inclusive sports programs. The next project meeting will be held in Ljubljana in January 2024.

Until then, the publication of two articles and a booklet with proposals for relevant criteria for co-financing programs of social inclusion in sport and a model at the national level, which can be adapted to the situation in EU countries, will be prepared.

 

FOURTH MEETING IN PLANICA

Fourth meeting of Meter Matters project took place in Planica, Slovenia, from the 8th until 12th of January 2024. There have been 11 participants, 7 in person and 4 online. The main topics were: Proposing a model for funding social inclusion in sport at the national level, making a booklet, discussion about the Original article on criteria, preparation of National and final on line Round Tables.

The Criteria for Proposing a model for funding social inclusion in sport at the national level are: (1) SUSTAINABILITY, (2) PERFORMANCE, (3) SOCIABILITY (Attitude), (4) ATTITUDE TOWARDS INCLUSION, (5) COMPETENCES, (6) GOOD GOVERNENCE

The booklet of the project will have 20 pages in total. All the content will be translated into all four languages.
Partners agreed on INDEX:
1) About the project
2) Research work with definition
3) Criteria proposal
4) Proposed funding model of inclusion in sport on the national level
5) About the partners:

Original article on criteria will have a tittle: Listening to stakeholders’ voices about funding social inclusion in sport (for people with disabilities)
The round tables will be performed from 8th to 12th of April 2024 and the EU final ONLINE RT is planned in April 2024 (22nd of April).

Fourth meeting in PLANICA

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