IKF is very proud to present the IKONS project: “Inclusive Karate: a new perspective to decrease sedentary lifestyle and increase self-confidence in DownSyndrome”
IKONS is an European project, funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European union and will be coordinated
by the sports university of Rome Foro Italico. Participating countries are Belgium, Italy, Hungary, Austria and Romania.
IKONS project will transfer and implement innovative practices at European, national, but also at regional and local levels.
In particular, the project, by means of its activities directed towards disabled people will:
support the implementation of the EU Disability Strategy;
support the implementation of the EU Physical Activity Guidelines, to encourage participation in sport and physical activity.
The goal of the project intends to exploit the special role that sport can play for people with Down syndrome as an important
contribution towards social cohesion and more integrated societies, supporting the ‘sport for all’ principle by increasing people with Down syndrome participation in sport at noncompetitive level and paying special attention to social inclusion in sports of
Considering this, and in order to support the implementation of the Guidelines, IKONS wants to spread in Europe the adapted
teaching methodological approach developed in recent years by the IKF I-karate GLOBAL whose specific aim is stimulate the
integration of physically and mentally disabled persons via inclusive karate as part of their personal development. In this proposal, we would like to extend this methodological approach and its applicability and efficacy also to Down syndrome individuals.
About the Erasmus+ sport programme
According to the ERASMUS+ SPORT programme, IKONS project wants to promote social inclusion, equal opportunities and awareness of the importance of health-enhancing physical activity, through increased participation in, and equal access to sport for all.
More info about the Erasmus+ program can be found here: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/about_en