ParaVolley Europe has been included in a Erasmus + small-scale partnership project that started with a kick-off meeting held in Cannes between 3rd and 5th February 2023. Together with Athlitiki Enosi Neon Panoramatos (GRE), Sporting Club Das Caldas (POR) and Racing Club de Cannes (FRA), the four organisations launched a social inclusion project through the practice of sitting volleyball.
Differentiated Engaging Volleyball (DEV) is a project with the aim to improve knowledge and skills related to sitting volleyball, an adapted form of volleyball that allows people with special needs to play and compete in volleyball. DEV is based on the experience of volleyball partners and their willingness to collaborate in innovative practices that will bring physical activity closer to individuals of mixed abilities.
The working sessions and meetings took place at the Palais des Victoires, famous headquarters of RC Cannes, where the participants of this project shared different experiences, including the trying out the proposed games and exercises in the pavilion of the host club. During the kick-off meeting, the basic structure of the project was discussed, outlining how it will work, how it is financed and what responsibilities each partner will have.
DEV intends to promote sitting volleyball, allowing clubs with no experience in this type of game to have coaches and staff learning how to train and implement it. DEV includes a in-person course on sitting volleyball, will also promote local competitions and the exchange of knowledge and skills between the partners.
The participants were then invited to watch a League A game between the Senior Women’s Team of RC Cannes against Mulhouse on the Saturday night. It was then followed by a meeting in the presence of the FF Volley federation president – Eric Tanguy together with managers and representative of the RC Cannes club.
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