SEDY2 Final Conference

The three-year Sport Empowers Disabled Youth 2 (SEDY2) project encourages inclusion and equal opportunities in sport for youth with a disability by raising their sports and exercise participation in inclusive settings. At the end of the project, we shared the results internationally and discussed future implications at our SEDY2 final conference on Thursday 8 December 2022 in Haarlem, the Netherlands. 

This conference consisted of Keynote presentations, a round table discussion, as well as interactive workshops on the meaning of inclusion, international inclusion best practices and the use of educational materials.

The programme 

Please find the full programme and workshop information below. 

  • Location: Inholland University of Applied Sciences – Haarlem, the Netherlands
  • Chairman: Dr. Cees Vervoorn – Chief Science Officer Knowledge Centre for Sport & Physical Activity

We are looking back at a very successful event. Take a look at what we accomplished together!

Morning programme (plenary)

  • 09.30 - Welcome with coffee and tea
  • 10.00 - Word of welcome
  • 10.15 - Opening speech: The importance of inclusion: the perspective of the EUPC
    • By Raymon Blondel (NL) – President of the European Paralympic Committee
  • 10.30 - Keynote: Inclusion in sport: the broader context
    • By Peter Downs (AUS) – Founding director of The Inclusion Club
  • 11.00 - SEDY2 project results
    • By the SEDY2 team (FI, LT, PT, NL, EU) 
      • The meaning of inclusion in sports
      • International inclusion best practices
      • Sport Participation and INclusion tool
      • Educational materials
  • 11.45 - Panel discussion: International representatives and experts from sport, policy and practice discuss future implications.

Afternoon programme

  1. Workshop A: Nothing about us without us
  2. Workshop B: International inclusion best practices
  3. Workshop C: Educational material
  • 15.00 - Plenary evaluation and closing
  • 16.00 - Drinks and snacks



Keynote Presentation Peter Downs

"My role is to get you thinking. To give you a slightly different perspective on inclusion in sports, that hopefully generates critical thinking and discussion." At our Final Conference, Peter Downs was one of our guest speakers. Peter is the Founding Director of The Inclusion Club and Manager of Play by the Rules – an Australian initiative to promote safe, fair and inclusive sport. Watch his keynote presentation to learn more about his vision on inclusion in sport.

Workshop information

Workshop A: Nothing about us without us

How to include young people with a disability in research?

  • Aija Saari (FI) – Finnish Paralympic Committee
  • Vera Dekkers (NL) – Inholland University of Applied Sciences
  • Vaida Pokvytyte (LT) – Lithuanian Sports University and Lithuanian Paralympic Committee
  • Anabela Vitorino (PT) - Escola Superior de Desporto de Rio Maior

Workshop B: International inclusion best practices

What are best practices in the international field of inclusion in sport and how can we learn from each other?

  • Nuno Pimenta (PT) – Escola Superior de Desporto de Rio Maior
  • Hugo da Silva (PT) - Federação Portuguesa de Desporto para Pessoas com Deficiência
  • Dos Engelaar (NL) – Gehandicaptensport Nederland
  • Rita van Driel (NL) – Alliance ‘Sports and exercise for everyone’
  • Jurate Pozeriene (LT) – Lithuanian Sports University
  • Tiina Siivonen (FI) – Finnish Paralympic Committee


Workshop C: Educational material

Introduction of the SEDY2 educational materials and guidelines for educators how to use this material

  • Virpi Remahl (FI) – Pajulahti Sports Institute
  • Afke Kerkstra (NL) – Inholland Univeristy of Applied Sciences
  • Louis Moustakas (EU) – European Network of Sport Education

Do you have any questions?

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