Woudenberg – Everyone should be able to exercise and exercise, including people with disabilities. To make this possible, the municipality of Woudenberg has been working with Amersfoort, Baarn, Bunschoten, Leusden and Soest since 2017. Agreements about this cooperation are contained in the covenant ‘Grenzeloos Atief’. Last Wednesday (December 14), the 6 participating municipalities signed for the continuation of the cooperation for the period 2023 – 2026. The current agreement expires at the end of this year.
Appropriate sports and exercise for all Woudenbergers
Alderman De Kruif signed up for Woudenberg: “We want all Woudenbergers to be able to exercise and exercise appropriately. That is having fun and being able to let off steam, but it is also a means of meeting other people and staying healthy. But if you have a disability, you may need assistive devices or adapted training. It is also sometimes quite difficult to find where you can go to practice your favorite sport. We therefore think it is important to also commit ourselves to this group; they also need to be able to exercise.”
Thanks to regional cooperation, the range of sports for people with a disability has been mapped out, among other things. This makes it easier and faster for them to find out what the options are and where they can go. New in the region is participation in ‘Unique Sports Lending’. This offers the opportunity to let people with disabilities experience that they can also exercise with (borrowed) aids.
In the coming years, appropriate sports will feature prominently on the agenda of the Woudenberg Sport Agreement core team. Because sports and exercise should be possible for everyone; also for the elderly, people with a language barrier, people with a low income and people from the lhbtiq+ community. To pay extra attention to this, a physical activity broker has been appointed and a working group for appropriate sports has been set up. The regional coordinator from Grenzeloos Actief also participates in this working group.
In 2017, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport introduced an incentive scheme to set up regional partnerships in the field of adapted sports. A joint application was then submitted and granted by the 6 municipalities in the Eemland region (Amersfoort, Baarn, Bunschoten, Leusden, Soest and Woudenberg). This meant that in 2018 money was available (from the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport) to appoint a regional coordinator for adapted sports. There is no longer a budget from VWS for the years after 2018 and the municipalities will fund this together.