The Rafa Nadal Foundation, thanks to the support of Banco Santander, has launched a research project together with the University of Navarra entitled 'Adapted Sport as a Tool for the Well-being and Inclusion of Athletes with Intellectual Disabilities'
The Rafa Nadal Foundation has participated in an academic conference organized by the Faculty of Education and Psychology of the University of Navarra with the aim of promoting spaces for debate around adapted and inclusive physical activity and to make visible the importance of Physical Education in people with functional diversity and intellectual disabilities.
“We want to promote and help promote knowledge within the field of adapted sport, since sports practice in groups with functional diversity helps to face with a positive mindset all the challenges that athletes and their families face on a day-to-day basis. We want to encourage debate among professionals, athletes, families, educators and the general public to continue generating a deeper knowledge about adapted sports ”, explains Apolinar Varela, professor of the Sports Mention of the Degree in Primary Education at the University of Navarra.
Apolinar and his team are in charge of the research project that the Rafa Nadal Foundation is carrying out together with this academic institution, with a case study of the “Más Que Tenis” program, a project co-directed with Special Olympics.
The start-up of this research becomes a reality thanks to the support of Banco Santander, a collaborator of the Rafa Nadal Foundation, which has wanted to take a further step in this important alliance by betting on adapted sport as a tool for social inclusion.
The conference has elapsed from 9 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, in the Siemens Gamesa classroom of the University of Navarra, in Pamplona, and has been aimed at students and professionals of the education, families and anyone interested.
The Rafa Nadal Foundation has been in charge of opening this conference and the first block of presentations, together with the dean of the University, Concepción Navarro and Apolinar Varela, the professor in charge of the research project.
Xisco Mercadal, project technician at the Rafa Nadal Foundation and Isa Pérez, head of communication, have made their intervention around sport as a tool for social transformation, and an approach to the More Than Tennis project that we carry out together with Special Olympics.