Playing sports fulfils two essential functions for people with intellectual disability: it represents a space for social relations and encourages healthy living. TEB has 4 sports clubs (hockey, boules, football and cycling) and we have helped to set up bodies to foster sport and leisure for people with intellectual disability.
The Asociación Catalana de Deporte y Ocio para personas con discapacidad intelectual [Catalan Sports and Leisure Association for people with intellectual disabilities] was set up in the seventies, the first collective body to back day-to-day sports, starting with daily training, offering a full professional service for people with intellectual disabilities. Until June 1982, when powers were officially transferred from the central to the regional government, it was not legally recognised by the government of Catalonia. After that, in accordance with legislation in force, it was considered a Sports Association until finally, in 1997, it gained the status of a Federation.
Special Olympics Catalunya
This body, which sets out to promote sport and leisure for people with intellectual disability, was set up on 9th February 2005 and presented in public on 14th March 2005. Special Olympics Catalunya is part of the international Special Olympics movement, founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver and based in Washington. This movement is recognised by the International Olympic Committee and adheres to the principles of the European Social Charter adopted by the Council of Europe and signed in Turin (Italy) on 18th October 1961, ratified by Spain on 29th April 1980.