Blended Intensive Programmes (BIP) are intensive programs that use innovative learning and teaching methods, including online cooperation funded by Erasmus+. The programmes may include challenge-based learning where transnational and transdisciplinary teams work together to tackle challenges for example those linked to the United Nations’ sustainable development goals or other societal challenges identified by regions, cities, or companies.
The BIP in “Inclusive and Adapted Physical Activities” was held in the Faculty of Sport Science and Physical Education, in Coimbra, Portugal, from 13th to 17th March. During this activity, more than 18 students of different levels (bachelor, master, and PhD) participated in a program dedicated to physical activity and inclusion strategies through sport. The program includes the participation of teachers and students from the University of Coimbra (Portugal), Charles University (Czech Republic), Latvian Academy of Sport Education (Latvia) and Miguel Hernandez University (Spain).
Different topics related to the field were explained including:
-Prescribing and monitoring exercise and training in athletes with disabilities” – Dr. José Ferreira, University of Coimbra.
-The role of PETs as influencers to improve attitudes towards inclusion in physical education. – Dr.Raúl Reina, Miguel Hernandez University.
-Medical issues in adapted physical activity for people with intellectual disability. – Dr. Klará Dadová and Marketa Krivankova, Charles University.
-Collaborative teaching approaches (peer tutoring). – Dr. Aija Klavina, Latvian Academy of Sport Education.
The BIP was finalized with a sporting event for people with intellectual disabilities in which the students support the different activities planned for more than 100 participants from different institutions of the city of Coimbra.