Sanitas Foundation celebrates milestone for inclusive sports

10 September 2019 . Spain

At Bupa, we believe that diverse and inclusive societies are essential to helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives.

Sanitas Foundation Inclusive Sports

The Sanitas Foundation, established by Sanitas, Bupa’s business in Spain, is dedicated to the cause. This summer, the Foundation celebrated the first time the Spanish National school-age championships made competitions such as Athletics, Triathlon, Cross Country and Badminton accessible to athletes with and without disabilities. More than 260 children participated in the seven inclusive sports categories in 2019.

As part of its founding purpose to promote health and wellbeing, The Sanitas Foundation’s flagship project promotes the benefits of ‘inclusive sports’. Increasing inclusivity through the practice and culture of sport both improves quality of life and increases social inclusion, providing benefits to both physical and mental health for all who participate.

During 2019, the Foundation has focused on driving the introduction of inclusive sports in national competitions and encourage young people with and without disabilities to play sports together. Last year was the first time the Higher Sports Council (CSD) introduced an inclusive category to its school age championships in Spain, with Table Tennis, Rugby and Swimming.

Yolanda Erburu, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Global Practice Lead at Sanitas said: “The Sanitas Foundation has been working for 10 years to promote inclusion, and these championships for regional school-age teams are proof that inclusion in sports is possible. It’s the perfect environment for children from different communities to see that inclusion can be a reality for them and to encourage more to participate.”

In addition to its work promoting inclusive sports in schools, each year the Foundation hosts Inclusive Sports Weeks to raise awareness and spread the values of inclusive sport. Now in its tenth year, these events create a space for debate and discussion on the need for inclusion within all competitions and sports. The Foundation also funds a dedicated Chair in Inclusive Sports Studies at the Polytechnic University of Madrid.

The Sanitas Foundation’s 10th Inclusive Sports Week is taking place in Madrid (Plaza de Oriente) in October.

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