In 2018, Valencia Community Handball Federation (FBMCV) started the programHandball Included‘ for Bringing sport closer to mental health users as a tool to achieve real integration in society. During these four years, the program has grown from a club to a presence in the three states of the Valencia region.
Thanks to the collaboration of handball clubs and mental health associations across the Valencian Community, more than a hundred users benefit from an initiative that adds more assets each season. During the 2022-2023 academic year, the ‘Handbol Inclusiu’ program will be implemented in Alicante, Ontinyent, Alzira, Sueca, Mislata, Sagunt and Castellón. with the support of mental health associations CREAP Valencia, SportSa, AVOCAM, AFDEM, ADIEM, AFARADEM, Mislata Vocational Center and Red Cross.
Mislata Head of Handball Mauro Longariniemphasizes that “there are users who see inclusive handball as the only sport they do, as a way to introduce them to a healthy life”. For Nacho García, president of Morvedre Handball, “having inclusive handball at our club is special because one of our board’s main bets when entering is that anyone who wants to play handball can do it, unhindered”.
There are users who see inclusive handball as the only sport they do, which is a way to introduce them to a healthy life.
Manuel Monfort, Vice President of Handball Castellonassured: “We are very pleased with the welcome we received, because it is a pleasure to be able to open the doors of the mansion every week to more than thirty users from three different associations in the city”.
It is a great pleasure to be able to open the doors of the pavilion to more than thirty users from three different associations in the city every week.
AVOCAM, the collaborating body of BM Morvedre“The participation of the mentally handicapped in these dynamics, the integration of groups, is a very important achievement for physical as well as mental health.”
The participation of the mentally handicapped in these dynamics is a very important achievement for the physical and mental health integration of the groups.
Aroa, CREAP Valencia user and BM Mislata playerI got to know handball “thanks to a friend who encouraged me to try it and now I feel very good because when I play I focus and get in shape”.
Playing handball makes me feel very good because when I play I concentrate and get in shape.
AFDEM, subsidiary of BM CastellónIt gives a positive review of the program because “exercise is considered very important in the routines of people with TGM as it improves certain symptoms such as apathy, lack of initiative, low self-esteem, sleep disturbances and social isolation”.
Exercising is considered very important in the routines of people with TGM as it improves some symptoms.
Carmen Ajado of FBMCV “It aims to take one more step towards reducing the inequality experienced by people with severe mental disorders who are excluded or excluded from doing sports. This is a fight against mass stigma, and that’s why we go to great lengths to normalize that there are inclusive teams in handball clubs. The person responsible for the ‘Handball Inclusiu’ program emphasizes the “great welcome by clubs working with us, encouraging other clubs to incorporate the inclusive line into their sporting structures”.
We are making great efforts to normalize the presence of inclusive teams in handball clubs.
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