FC Barcelona Foundation announce partnership with IPC and Agitos Foundation

Ceremony at the Camp Nou marks the beginning of collaboration, which will start with synergy between I’mPOSSIBLE and FutbolNet programmes

Sport is a great tool to achieve social inclusion for people with an impairment. This is the vision shared by the FC Barcelona Foundation, the Agitos Foundation and the International Paralympic Committee, which have signed a partnership agreement to develop sport projects with this common goal.

The collaboration for the first year includes the development of material on sports for the inclusion of people with an impairment based on the experience and materials of the I’mPOSSIBLE program of the Agitos Foundation, which will be launched globally this Sunday (3 December). The new content introducing five Para sports will be implemented within the FutbolNet methodology and gives recommendations for the inclusion of people with impairment to eradicate and minimize the barriers to their active participation.

The new module, called “Enhancing inclusion of children with an impairment through sports” will complement the FC Barcelona Foundation’s FutbolNet methodology. This year, the organisations will in work coordination to adapt the content to the actual needs of the implemented projects.

The agreement was signed by First Vice-President of FC Barcelona and FC Barcelona Foundation Jordi Cardoner, IPC President Andrew Parsons and IPC Chief Executive Officer Xavier Gonzalez, in a signing ceremony this Saturday morning (2 December) at the Camp Nou’s Presidential Box.

Jordi Cardoner, First Vice-President of FC Barcelona and Fundació

"I am very happy to sign this agreement, so the three organisations can improve the lives of boys and girls with an impairment through sport. This agreement will also allow us to complement our FutbolNet methodology and achieve better results to integrate people with an impairment within our programmes”.

Andrew Parsons, IPC President:

“I am delighted to see the partnership kick-off with this synergy between I’mPOSSIBLE and FutbolNet education programmes. Thanks to the global reach of the Barça Foundation, youngsters from around the world taking part in FutbolNet activities will also learn more about the Paralympic Movement and the Paralympic values of courage, determination, inspiration and equality.”

Xavier Gonzalez, IPC’s Chief Executive Officer:

 “The Agitos Foundation is very pleased to announce this partnership with FC Barcelona Foundation as both organisations share the vision that sport is a powerful tool to promote a more inclusive society. We look forward to this fruitful collaboration and we are sure that this exchange of knowledge will help continue changing society’s perceptions toward people with impairment.

Social inclusion is one of the main strategic lines of the FC Barcelona Foundation, which has several programs, among which is the Program for children with an impairment. This program is developed under FutbolNet, which uses football as a tool to promote values among young people through an innovative teaching methodology.

The objective of FC Barcelona Foundation is to provide support to children and young people by fostering Integration, inclusion and social cohesion and by creating favourable conditions for violence prevention by using sport as an educational tool. It is a tool designed to make a big difference in the communities where it is implemented. The dimensions of its social impact vary in each context, depending on each specific disposition and the cultural context of the community where it is being implemented.

The International Paralympic Committee is the global governing body for the Paralympic Movement. Its purpose is to organize the Paralympic Games and the Paralympic Winter Games as well as to act as the International Federation for ten sports, supervising and coordinating World Championships and other competitions. The vision of the IPC is ‘to enable Para athletes to achieve sporting excellence and inspire and excite the world’. Its’ aspiration is ‘to make for a more inclusive society for people with an impairment through Para sport’.

The IPC’s development arm, the Agitos Foundation supports its vision and aspiration by implementing projects to develop sport and change lives of thousands of people. It’s priority themes are: providing sustainable pathways into grassroots and competitive Para sport; using the power of sport to help the world to understand impairment and embrace inclusion; encouraging worldwide representation amongst competing athletes and greater diversity; and empowering athletes to maximize their talent, living the Paralympic values in a way that inspires the next generation.