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On the occasion of the National Day of School Sports, an agreement was signed this Wednesday, September 21, between the representatives of the National Education, the National Union of School Sports and the Handisport Committee of Gers with the aim of creating the first section of the ÚNSS Handisport of the Occitanie region.
In the parking lot of the Mouzon area, two handbikes are not riding very straight this Wednesday, September 21. They are guided by young children who try out these three-wheeled machines for the first time on the occasion of National School Sports Day. Almost 300 students from Jean-Jaurès School, Mathalin College and Garros d’Auch High School are taking part in nine morning activities to discover sports with disabilities during this day of inclusion. all of them.
Laser Run (a multi-sport competition consisting of running and shooting laser weapons), table tennis, tennis, basketball and even fencing are among the disciplines offered for testing. “The aim of this day is to allow students to discover these different activities,” explains Julien Pellicer, director of the National Union of School Sports (UNSS) in Gers. At the same time, it opens the sports season.”
This Wednesday morning, young people take turns and rotate through various workshops offered by Gers clubs. Two teenage girls in wheelchairs practice fencing. Right next door, four high school students in wheelchairs are participating in a tennis doubles match.
These sports are usually reserved for people with disabilities. By offering young people the opportunity to practice these activities, the organizers want to “acquaint them with sports with disabilities and all the values of sports, such as respect, tolerance and perseverance,” adds the director of the National Education Services Gers. Farid Djemmal. These are the values that we would like to apply in the school environment.”
And to go further, an agreement was signed between the UNSS, National Education and the Departmental Handisport Committee to create the first UNSS Handisport section in the Occitanie region. “With 2,000 students, we are the first department in the region in terms of license holders, explains Julien Pellicer. We therefore want students with disabilities to be able to participate and perform physical activities.”
Thus, one concentration per quarter will be organized so that students with disabilities in middle or high school can participate in physical activity. A system launched before the Covid-19 crisis that had to be suspended. “We had around fifty students, but we hope to increase the number of participants,” indicates UNSS director Gers.
The initiative underlined by Clément Lafitte, president of the Handisport Committee of Gers, signatory of the convention: “This measure will hopefully make it possible to attract young people to practice sports, he is happy. It is the concretization of the cooperation that should be to ensure that young people know about disabilities The Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris in 2024 are also on the horizon.
Towards the generalization of 30 minutes of daily physical activity
Farid Djemmal also wishes to generalize daily thirty minutes of physical activity in all classes. “This half hour is added to the time of physical and sports education, Dasen clarifies. It can take place during breaks or even during extracurricular hours.” A kit has already been delivered to schools wishing to implement this measure. “These are, for example, games that can be organized during breaks,” says Farid Djemmal, who is organizing a meeting this Thursday, September 22, to raise inspectors’ awareness of these issues.