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Polha Varese - Associazione Polisportiva Dilettantistica per Disabili

description of organisation

Polha Varese is a multisport un-professional volunteering organization, founded in Varese in 1982 by some disable people willing to practice sports as their friends of the same age The association aim is to streghte the ability of people, instead of their impairment, and to foster the sport attitude and the value of sport in life . It is a nonpolitical and no-profit organisation, and it has been funded to promote, to develop and to coordinate sports, recreational, cultural and social-health initiatives for disabled people. These actions aim to improve the psycho-physical, social and cultural education as alternative of traditional rehabing forms. The sports practiced are boccia, kayak, swimming, handbike, sledge hockey, table tennis, sport shooting. Athletes train both for compete (someone even in major paralympics competitions), just for fun or to stay healthy. The association provides the full equipments for sports free of charge for its members, in order to guarantee the accessibility to sport activity to everyone. Our activities are entirely funded by fundraising and contributions. As from 1984, 25 users of the association took part to Paraolympic games, 4 athletes were in Sochi in 2014 with the sledge hockey and in the Swimming Paraolimpics in London in 2013 one Polha athlete got 3 bronze. Moreover one of the Polha swimmer has now the world record. In 2015 the association has 161 members ( disable people practicing one sport discipline): 30 competitors, 86 amateur athelts, 36 coaches, 52 volunteers supporting athletes, 2 doctors, 2 sport masseurs. Through physical activity Polha wants to reach general objectives: equal opportunity and inclusion, socialization and fun, increase health and conditioning-coordinating abilities of athletes, increased self esteem, involvement of young volunteers with disability as self-educational process. Polha headquarter is a two floor space in the city of Varese and is the core center of organization's activities. The well equipped gym (dedicated to disabled athletes) and other spaces given for free usage by local government - permit to train inside but evenmore some sports are performed in dedicated sports facilities in Varese: handbike in the cycling/soccer stadium, swimming in many swimming pools, sledgehockey in the ice rink. Activities of the association are scheduled all week long, usually from 13.30 untill 22.30. Activity in schools take place during the morning. Competitions are on Sundays.Polha has a competition team for each sport and its users compete almost every week during season in national and international events; sometimes teams sustain long distance transfers in Italy and in Europe. Polha is affiliated to the major disabled people sport federations such at national and international level, and the association collaborates with other local and european NGOs on projects regarding the topic of sport in general and sport for disable people( technical development of sports for disabled people, healthy and sport life style) but is also involved in projects regarding raising awareness and disability in generalMain focus is sport as mean of facilitating people to feel themselves sportman and athletes, for this reason we look for evs volunteer interested and involved in sports, and willing to share this with people with disability.The project environment is challenging but safe so volunteer enrich himself with competences and knowledge in the field of sport and coaching as well as get familiar with the topic of inclusion of disabled people. Furthmore the volunteer will have the possibility to develop the 8 key-competences, and decide a learning goal.EVS volunteers will help in regular activities, they will do: help staff and disable users in regular training activities, support the team during competitions, promotions of POLHA via web/social, sensibilization campaign about POLHA's activity, office and backoffice helping administrative staff, logistic work.We look for volunteers interested in the social engagement and solidarity and deeply interested in sport , with a proactive and positive approach. Italian language proficiency will be valued positively. With support of CESVOV - sending, hosting, coordinating organization- the requirement for EVS project, activity plan, environment are well planned and organized to carry out a full filling project.

Participants with fewer opportunities

  • This organisation has additional mentoring or other support suitable for young people with social obstacles, educational difficulties, cultural differences or similar.

inclusion topics

This organisation is willing to involve volunteers who face situations which make their participation in activities more difficult, from the following categories for different types of project:

Inclusion categoryReceiving projectsSending projectsCoordinating projects
Educational difficulties
Health problems

Volunteering project

Project name Project Dates Deadline Status
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Oct 2018 to Sep 2019
01/10/2018 - 30/09/2019
20/04/2018 closed
Solidarity in practice 2019
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Jan 2019 to Sep 2019
10/01/2019 - 30/09/2019
10/09/2018 closed