"Show that badminton is accessible to everyone, everywhere." This was essentially the political message that Florent Chayet, president of FFBad and Nathalie Huet, board member and head of the commission B4ALL project, who wanted to convey to the public that attended to Friday, where exchanges were dedicated to inclusion of Disabled people in French Badminton Clubs.
After an introductory word repositioning of federal action in the context open to all audiences (badminton for the elderly, badminton in the districts of city politics, outdoor badminton and badminton for people with disabilities), National Technical Director Philippe Limouzin also talked about remembering that Badminton For All (B4ALL), beyond the social question to which he responds, could also mean a high level, as shown by the French athletes who experience many people came to compete against their opponents in the Championships of Europe. He also wanted to show the will of the federation to go to a totally inclusive badminton, without taking into account the valid / invalid differences, even in the competitions (which is now possible thanks to the Promobad meetings).
Finally, Gilles Castillon, member of the Board of the Occitan League, recalled the history of the League in terms of reception of the disabled public.
Testimonies and good practices:
Julia Santi, hostess of the evening, gave the floor to two great witnesses on the subject. Catherine Naudin, a Parabadminton player who was fired at the Joué-Les-Tours club (37), who suffered multiple sclerosis, spoke for the first time to talk about the course of her life. The player also clarified the interest of badminton practice for her, particularly in terms of positive effects on health: improved displacement, balance ... and stabilization of the disease.
Philippe Mole, chairman of the Badminton Club of St Herblain (44), then took the floor to explain to the public the process of his club in including: 7th house for the players and section players, the inclusion of disabled players in the intermediate clubs ... He recalled the importance of the posture of reception in clubs, the need to stop internally, educate the disabled about disability and communicate about the accessibility of our sport to lift the barriers of the public. Philippe Molé ended with a surprising anecdote, explaining that the practice of badminton to leave the social isolation of one of his licensees who, although he was totally withdrawn, gradually took control of his life thanks to sport.
An environment of partners to request.
The last part of the afternoon was dedicated to a round table, which brings together Brigitte Montero (disability reference within the DDCSPP Aveyron), Willy Villerel (chairman of the wheelchair committee of the department of Aveyron) and Philippe Solanet (responsible commission parabadminton to the Occitan badminton league).
Speakers discussed the institutional environment around the badminton clubs, and the importance of soliciting partners to build hospitality projects within the clubs. Among the interlocutors: the departmental committees and sports adapted chair, of course, but also to the decentralized bodies of the State (DDCSPP / DRJSCS), which are able to provide tools to training clubs, employment and accompanying the development of the project. Brigitte Montero recalled that DDCSPP sports and disability referrals can be facilitators of links with local partners.
It was also recalled that medical clubs (physio, occupational therapists, for example) can be requested by clubs because they are in contact with the disabled public. Finally, the social and medico-social institutions, some dependent on national associations (APF France Handicap, UNAPEI, APAJH) can also be partners to sensitize people with disabilities about the practice of our discipline.
If you want to check the tournament results, see the link below:
European Para - Badminton Results
If you want to see pics of the event, see the link below: