S4P’s partners met for the first time in Fuerteventura

The first transnational meeting of S4P project took place from 19th to 21st of May 2021, in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, with the participation of all European partners, local Spanish associations working with Parkinson’s patients and volunteers

The Sea, Sail, and Surf for Parkinson is a project funded under Erasmus Plus Program (Sport), aimed to encourage social inclusion and equal opportunities in sport by sharing good practices and knowledge about the role of sea sports, especially sailing and surfing, in the rehabilitation of people affected by Parkinson’s disease and by creating multilevel synergies and networks between sea sports clubs and associations dealing with PD patients.

Among the main activities to be carried out, there are also three transnational meetings, inside which specific activities will be held with concrete objectives to accomplish.

Despite all difficulties met during traveling, a lot of Covid restrictions, and caution measures to respect during organizing and coordinating those three days of meetings, we are happy to declare that WE DID IT!

The mobility was active, full of positive emotions, lots of activities and amazing outputs.

The first transnational meeting of the S4P project has been an excellent opportunity to get to know all the partners and the professionals from their different organizations. In the case of the Spanish Parkinson’s Federation, as the responsible organization for the online Survey on Sport and Parkinson’s, it was very satisfactory to work collaboratively on the finalization of the final version of the online survey. On the other hand, this first meeting has allowed us to learn about the good practices carried out by the other project partners and local associations in the field of adapted sport for people with disabilities. Finally, I would like to highlight the quality of the Fuertetribu Sports Club in the organization of the event, which made us feel at home and facilitated the teamwork between us. (Spanish Parkinson’s Federation)

What did we do during the three days meeting in Fuerteventura?

As we met in person for the first time, all the European partners presented their associations, talked about the project management features, reviewed and approved the Survey Template addressed to Parkinson’s patients, which in the nearest future will be launched in English, Italian, Spanish and Turkish.

The next day the European partners, together with local partners and local associations, participated in the Live Streaming “Presentation of the Project S4P in Fuerteventura“.

During the entire third day, an OPEN DAY took place for people with movement disorders. Besides the representatives of European and local partners, local coaches, teachers, social/youth workers, and representatives and specialists of associations dealing with patients affected by Parkinson’s disease were involved in this open day. All of them took part in practices such as surfing, psychomotricity, and qi-gong.

This was the first time when, the representatives of all partners finally met in person after countless online meetings, since we started this extraordinary collaboration. During the entire mobility, we had a feeling just like we had known each other since a long time ago. It was so natural to discuss together our experiences and to carry out the first output of the project. The enthusiasm, the willingness to improve, and the life experience testimonies were the main features that made the event particularly motivating and exciting. The Open Day was the perfect conclusion of this “emotional journey” because it allowed us to better understand how water sports, in our particular case surf, are essential for the rehabilitation and well-being of disabled people, by experiencing it along with them. ( Associazione Mariolé)

In these three days we had the possibility to exchange good practices and proceed with the presentation of deliverables and results to the local community. We experienced surfing, psychomotricity, and qi-gong in the first person and we felt the positive emotions from the people with movement disorders who tried surfing.

We bring our sincere congratulations to our Spanish partner Fuerte Tribu for their hard work, great organization, amazing hospitality and atmosphere we found in Fuerteventura. Furthermore, we thank all our partners for their active involvement and interest in carrying out this project!

We are really happy and proud that we had the chance to organize the first transnational meeting on our beautiful island, in Fuerteventura. It is the first experience for us, as a partner in an EU sports project, but we are happy that we managed to organize the 3-days event, especially now in these hard Covid times. Each day was really interesting, in particular, the 2nd when each partner presented their organization and good practices. However, in our opinion, the best experience for all of us was on the 3rd day – the Open day for PD patients and people with disabilities that was organized at Playa Blanca, Fuerteventura. We asked all European partners to join our volunteers of Fuerte Tribu Surf Club and help with the sports activities on the beach. With the help of the local Parkinson association Fuerte es la Vida Parkinson No Limits we organized Psychomotricity, Qi gong and Surfing. It was an incredible experience as we shared different approaches to work with PD patients and people with disabilities. It was interesting to see how Neurologist Nicola Modugno and Physiotherapist Elena Garín Pérez were explaining how we should adapt our work approach to work with PD patients. I think we all have learned a lot from this experience. (Fuerte Tribu)

This is not the end, but only the beginning! See you next time in Turkey!

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