The project "Runners and bikers for a more inclusive and welcoming Europe – “SPORTGIVECHANCE” (590518-EPP-1-2017-1-IT-SPO-SNCESE) wants to promote voluntary activities in sport, together with social inclusion, equal opportunities and awareness of the importance of health-enhancing physical activity through increased participation in, and equal access to, sport for all. The organisations involved, with the Municipality of Spoleto - head of the project - are: 11 local municipalities located along the bike path, a regional/national network of 8 sports and cultural associations, a Umbria Region and a promotional organization, 31 foreigner body from 16 European Countries. The aim of the project ,that will be organized in the most beautiful Italian bike trail (Assisi-Spoleto-Norcia) and in his cities, is plan and organize a European sporting event of run, bike ride and hand-bike, involving diabetics athletes and disables, to raise awareness of fair sport and physical activity in promoting health, well-being and social inclusion.

Specific objectives:

1. Promoting voluntary work in sport associations of runners, bikers and hand-bikers to spread sport among people with difficulty of access to sport (diabetics, with other physical disabilities too)

2. Promoting access to sports/tourism/cultural route, developed between nature and medieval towns, suitable for special targets,

3. Encouraging participation in sporting activities for everyone, such as running and cycling (and handcycling), for better social integration and personal development of two special target: diabetics athletes and/or people with physical disabilities,

4. Creating a participatory planning rural laboratory (Sports Rural Lab) aimed at developing sports itineraries suitable for diabetics people, sustainable after the end of the project,

5. Developing a participatory planning urban laboratory (Sport Urban Lab) aimed at planning integrated activities and initiatives for and with the project targets.

6. Creating a (educational/informational) sustainable laboratory (Sports Skill Lab) aimed, after the end of the project, at creating and maintaining a network of specialists, doctors, tour guides, administrators, about social impact of itineraries suitable for everyone. Experts, also international experts, will be involved in educational activities.


The event is planned for a total 320 diabetics athletes from 16 European countries as well as 700 other participants belonging to local and national associations. The main activities of the initiative will be: a presentation of the project and implementation of the communication plan, the management of the sports week with non-competitive events, three laboratories (Lab Rural, Urban Lab, Sports Skill Lab), free medical check-up for athletes, including disabled, for the prevention of diabetes, medical conferences on the relationship between sport and prevention of diabetes, conference on sport and access to quality itineraries in Europe for disabled people, think tank with experts, officials and politicians, in order to promote vertical mainstreaming actions and generate an impact on local policies, on the following issues: facilities for diabetics athletes, common regulations on rural and urban bike lanes, qualitative upgrading according to new European standards for the tourist routes.

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