Climb your mountain

Nominated 2021

Country: Croatia

Region: Zagreb County

Sector: Civil Society / Social Economy

Fields of action: Disability, Health, Youth welfare

Project owner: Judo klub osoba s invaliditetom "Fuji" / Judo club for people with disabilities "Fuji"

Responsible person: Marina Drašković

Website: Weblink

Challenge

There are very few programmes for youth and children with disabilities, while few sports clubs have the necessary skills to serve people with disabilities. Climb your mountain (“Osvoji vlastitu planinu”) is the first judo club in Croatia founded to bring together children and youth with and without disabilities.

Idea

Building new friendships is not a new idea, but it may be a new answer. Youth with disabilities are paired with a youth peer without a disability to play judo and learn from one another. When the young people without disabilities become assistants to their peers with disabilities, we build inclusion through sports.

Actors

Children and youth with disabilities and their peers without disabilities are the focus of the project. We also work with coaches trained to assist people with disabilities, 5 assistants, a sports manager, and volunteers who support the programme.

Impact

We connect children with and without disabilities to build understanding and empathy. Climb your mountain won the first prize in the #BeInclusiveEU Sports Awards by the European Commission. Yet, in our eyes, the project’s biggest success is that most of its initial participants are still involved.

Transfer

Building inclusion through new friendships is possible in sports clubs, cultural and art organizations with a bit of goodwill and creativity. Equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities should be the aim and action of all organizations, irrespective of the organization type or region.