Close to 700 children and young people have benefitted from the inclusion project the FC Barcelona Foundation has been implementing in Japan with Konami since 2019
'For All Capabilities' provides sports associations and entities with socio-educational tools to promote the integration of children and adolescents with disabilities, through the application of the SportNet methodology developed by the FC Barcelona Foundation
The project promotes the participation of girls and boys on equal terms, regardless of their individual skills and abilities, in order to create fully inclusive spaces for children and young people with or without functional diversity. It aims to provide participants with an opportunity to play, share experiences and express themselves freely without anyone being excluded, thus helping to create a more equal and inclusive society.
FC Barcelona Foundation ambassador, Àlex Roca, recently had the opportunity to visit the project and was able to share his own story with the program participants and their families.
With the support of KONAMI, the FC Barcelona Foundation has been working for the Inclusion of Diversity in Japan since 2019, when the For All Capabilities project was launched. The initiative, based on the use of the SportNet methodology as a social inclusion tool, involves the organisation of activities and training sessions for different sports organisations and social entities that work with children and teenagers with disabilities.
Since its launch, a total of 682 children and young people in Osaka, Tokyo, Kobe and Fukuoka have participated in the SportNet methodology-based socio-educational activities organised as part of the program. Through the FC Barcelona Foundation and Konami project, 646 instructors have received training in the application of this methodology and a variety of associations and entities that use sport to promote inclusion have been provided with relevant educational tools. Overall, more than 150 organisations have participated in the various SportNet methodology seminars organised and around 50 have received support on how to adapt this methodology to their relevant context or reality.
In addition to the training program, two festivals have also been hosted to celebrate the project’s successes since 2019, involving the participation of more than 300 children and young people and 100 instructors. The most recent of these events took place in March this year, bringing together 120 children with and without disabilities to promote inclusion and cooperation and strengthen the bonds that are often impeded by the social exclusion experienced by children with disabilities.