Association Footura realized in the months of June and July 2019 open motor trainings for children with special needs (a total of over 30 children participated – 7-14 years old). The specialized activities were carried out twice a week together with the club “Active Sport” Sofia, and the children had the opportunity to use the well-equipped hall of the club, as well as to be guided by qualified instructors.
Among the main goals of the therapeutic work was for the children to develop in motor and social terms, as well as to increase their coordination and communication through various games and exercises.
The activities are a continuation of Footura’s commitment on the topic of childhood autism, which began in 2017, continued through the implementation of activities under the Ministry of youth and sport program and the current activities of the SPID-AP project, including analytical, seminar, scientific and practical activities. Even more specific activities are forthcoming until the middle of 2020, as all major activities take place in synchrony with European organizations from Italy, Sweden, Greece and Portugal. The SPID-AP project aims to support both the inclusion of young people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in sport, contributing to improving equal access and equal opportunities in sport, and social inclusion through sport, strengthening the inclusive participation of young people from the spectrum of autism. Sport and physical activity can not only improve general well-being, but can also develop social skills and communication and increase self-esteem, helping young people with autism to benefit from participation in society and increase their independence, according to the European Strategy for people with disabilities 2010-2020.