The project "Inclusive Playgrounds: Teacher Training Programme" (PINC), aimed at students in Education and Sports Sciences, has as its main objective to design and develop training that provides them with skills to facilitate inclusion in recreational environments during childhood. With the PINC training we want to encourage all teachers to leave their initial training with the necessary skills to feel and perform as teachers of all students.
This training will be materialized in the following intellectual products:
At present, education, training and youth systems are required that are more in line with the needs and opportunities offered by the labour market (Erasmus+ Programme Guide, 2019). Career opportunities for students in Education and Sport Sciences are related to profiles of leisure and recreation educators in sports clubs or associations, or profiles of teachers in primary or secondary schools. In all these areas they will develop actions with children with disabilities and, at that time, it will be their responsibility to make the necessary adjustments to favour the inclusion and healthy enjoyment of leisure of these children.
However, the university curricula of the Degrees of Education and Sports Sciences in different European countries do not provide sufficient compulsory training to enable future educators to develop skills to address the problems they will encounter in the labour market in relation to caring for diversity and social inclusion in periods of childhood recreation. The competences of the teachers trained in PINC (Inclusive Playgrounds) will allow them to facilitate accessibility to active play for children who have barriers to participation and to apply strategies to facilitate their inclusion and prevent the emergence of aggressive or exclusionary behaviour in recreational environments. To this end, the project will gather good practices and experiences from each of the participating organisations, developing a joint intervention model that will strengthen the European dimension and allow for the permanent implementation of successful educational models that will last over time.