The Sports Week at the Rafa Nadal Foundation Center in Palma de Mallorca has been a resounding success. We organized various sports activities with the aim of promoting physical activity among children, encouraging motor skills, and working on different values associated with each sport.
- ADAPTED SPORTS DAY
On the first day, we organized activities related to adapted sports. The objective was to raise awareness and visibility of adapted sports for people with intellectual disabilities. With sports such as wheelchair basketball, adapted volleyball, and exercises where participants had to guide their peers, we emphasized the importance of teamwork, empathy, and awareness.
We had the collaboration of the Tramuntana Basketball Club and Xisco Maestre, its responsible, who provided us with adapted wheelchairs so that the children could experience and better understand the difficulties involved in this sport.
- IMPLEMENT SPORTS DAY
The second day focused on implement sports, specifically tennis and badminton. These activities promote motor skills and allow us to work with children on some basic concepts of these disciplines.
Implement sports encourage the development of motor and coordinative skills, as they require precise and specific body movements in combination with the use of an object. They also contribute to the development of endurance and muscular strength, as well as improving balance and flexibility.
- INDIVIDUAL AND ARTISTIC SPORTS DAY
The third day focused on individual and artistic sports. With sports that favor bodily expression, we promote self-improvement, perseverance, concentration, self-esteem, and self-awareness.
These sports focus on the mind-body connection, which can help reduce stress and anxiety.
- TEAM SPORTS DAY
On the last day, we prepared a proposal for activities related to team sports, with the example of volleyball. The objective of this activity was to promote the most notable values of team sports, such as teamwork, camaraderie, and sacrifice.
The children enjoyed the different activities proposed in this special week in which the main focus has been on sports and their enormous transformative power.
This Sports Week has been an opportunity to significantly promote physical activity among the children we serve. Sports practice not only improves the physical health of children but also contributes to their emotional, social, and cognitive development. Good healthy habits are essential in the prevention of long-term illnesses and health problems.
Through these initiatives and all the work we do during the course, we provide children with tools that help them improve their self-esteem, self-confidence, and social skills while having fun and acquiring healthy habits that they can maintain throughout their lives.
The combination of sports, educational activities, and psychosocial support demonstrates the commitment we have at the Rafa Nadal Foundation Centers to positively impact the development of children through a comprehensive intervention.