Norway’s Florø SK Handball has announced this week a plan to create a weekend program for children, young adults and adults with disabilities. This follows the club successfully holding an event this pass weekend at the club, which included 11 people with disabilities. Nine of the people at the event were playing the sport for the first time, while two others had tried it before.
Efforts to create an inclusive team were pushed by a number of people inside the organization. They have received support for their efforts from the municipal government in Florø, who themselves have been pushing people in their community to create more accessible events for all.
In recent years, development efforts for handball for people with intellectual disabilities have been increasing. The biggest example has been Inas stepping in to govern the sport, and try to organize international competitions. Last year was the first time the Inas European Handball Championships were held. Three countries participated in the competition: Portugal, Poland and France.