22 Workplaces for people with disabilities in sports
Inclusion in and through sports has long been an important topic for nonprofit sports. It is already practiced in sports clubs and sports associations in a variety of sports offerings, campaigns, concepts, measures and programs. Nevertheless, the equal participation of people with disabilities in exercise, games and sports activities and in the structures of organized sports is not yet a matter of course everywhere and across the board.
In order to further promote inclusion in and through sports, severely disabled people in non-profit sports are to be qualified and deployed as sports inclusion managers. The long-term goal is to sustainably increase the proportion of full-time employees with severe disabilities in sports associations and clubs. Severely disabled people are to contribute their personal and general expertise on the topic of inclusion and accessibility to nonprofit sports in member organizations of the DOSB. At the same time, non-profit sports should be sensitized to recognize the potential of severely disabled people - also as potential employees - and to live inclusion in the workforce. The aim of this project is to raise awareness of the issue and to generate best practice examples and experience for the further implementation of inclusion in and through sport.
Starting in July 2016, the German Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs is funding a four-and-a-half-year project to create sustainable workplaces for people with severe disabilities in non-profit sports using funds from the equalization levy. Sports organizations and sports clubs can apply as project partners and then receive two years of financial support to hire people with severe disabilities as sports inclusion managers. In two phases, ten positions for sports inclusion managers will be created in sports associations and clubs.
During these two years, the sports inclusion managers will be further qualified within the sports sector. They have the choice of further training to become an exercise leader, club manager or association manager, as well as the opportunity to participate in two further training courses to be designed in the DOSB within the project. The goal of the training is the acquisition of competencies in the field of inclusion in sports clubs. In the first training module, the focus will be on addressing management competencies in the field of inclusion. The second module is aimed at the area of sport-specific, didactic and personal competencies.
Since the training courses are inclusive, i.e. carried out jointly by people with and without disabilities, this should be taken into account in the design of the training module, in particular also the didactic preparation of the course. The accessibility of the offers has a central role.
For the first phase, the following sports organizations have been selected by a jury as sub-projects, in each of which a person with a disability is to work as a sports inclusion manager* from January 1, 2017:
together with the Landessportbund Berlin
From Lower Saxony:
Disabled sports department of the Verein für Heilpädagogische Hilfe Bersenbrück e.V.
Schützenbund Niedersachsen e.V.
Turn-Klubb zu Hannover
Based in Hesse:
Deutscher Motor Sport Bund e.V.
Deutsche Turnerjugend im DTB e.V.
Badischer Behinderten- und Rehabilitationssportverband e.V.
Based in North Rhine-Westphalia:
Turnverein Ratingen 1865 e.V.
Stadtsportbund Aachen e.V.
The following sports organizations have been selected by a jury as subprojects for the second phase, in which they will be involved from 1. July 2018 and August 1, 2018, respectively, one person with a disability is to work as a sports inclusion manager*:
Kieler MTV von 1844 e.V.
Based in Hamburg:
From Lower Saxony:
KSB Grafschaft Bentheim e.V.
Based in Saxony-Anhalt:
VfB Hellerau-Klotzsche e.V.
Based in Hesse:
Deutscher Schützenbund e.V.
Deutscher Leichtathletik-Verband e.V.
Based in Baden-Württemberg:
Special Olympics Baden-Württemberg e.V.
Württembergischer LSB & WBRS e.V.
Further information and updates can be found on the homepage: https://inklusion.dosb.de/sport-inklusionsmanager
Update on the end of the project in December 2020:
As a result of the project, one can state: A total of 22 sports organizations have filled positions for people with disabilities in sports, a website to address the uncertainties of hiring people with disabilities and a curriculum "Qualification for Inclusion - 2.0", among others, were created in the four and a half years and now have a sustainable impact beyond the project duration. Of the 22 people with (severe) disabilities, at least 16 are employed full-time in the primary labor market in December 2020. Some of the positions in the model project have been changed into permanent positions at the respective end of the project, others have also initiated new projects.
From the experiences on the so-called first labor market and the partly existing uncertainties in hiring people with disabilities, the information website PASS (Participation and Work in the Sports System: https://inklusion.dosb.de/pass
) was created. The website presents the success stories of sports inclusion managers* and provides tips for people with disabilities as well as employers on how to make their team inclusive. Short accessible videos present statements on the topic of "working in sports" by the sports inclusion managers.
The blended-learning training courses developed in the sub-project for the target groups of trainers and exercise leaders as well as for club managers and youth leaders on the topic of inclusion in sport have been permanently installed and the framework concepts are available to DOSB member organizations and all other interested parties in the brochure "Qualification for Inclusion - Curriculum 2.0", published in the DOSB Knowledge Network and on inklusion.dosb.de. Not least during the current Corona pandemic, a look at the brochure helps and gives impulses on how qualification measures in the topic area of inclusion can be digitally thought and implemented.
The project for the sustainable creation of workplaces for people with severe disabilities in non-profit sports was funded by the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS
) with funds from the equalization levy and came to a successful end in December 2020.
Detailed information on the project and on the scientific evaluation is available at: https://inklusion.dosb.de/pass