Goal of the event:
The goal of the event is to promote mobility, to raise awareness among Erasmus and local students of how easy or difficult paralympic games are. So, the students can get a sense of having a disability while playing sports such as goalball and sitting volleyball. Finally, we wanted to make ESN accesible by showing to other sections how easy it is to organise accessible events.
Short description of the event:
The event consisted of two paralympic games, the goalball and the sitting volleyball. First, we started playing goalball. For the preparation of the game, we used paper tape and cables on the outside volleyball lines to mark the goalball court. Because it was the first time for all participants to play goalball, a brief and simple instuction of the rules was given to them with the help of a goalball coach, and a trial took place so that the players could understand the fundamentals of goalball. Before the game started, participants had to wear blindfolds and take their posititions to the goals. After that, the game started with two teams of four players each, and the winner would be the team who scored most goals in 30 minutes. The teams played three times so after one and a half hour of play, we removed the tape and got ready for sitting volleyball. After placing the tape to the desired sitting volleyball dimensions and installing the net in the middle of the volleyball court, we started playing volleyball 5 vs 5. After the game, which lasted 90 minutes, medals were awarded to the winning teams of sitting volleyball and goalball.
How did your event go?:
Pretty good. The number of participants was satisfactory, with 14 people taking part in the Paralympic games. The students who played these two games, goalball and sitting volleyball, had a great time. In addition, thanks to Red Bull, the sponsor of our event, we had free energy drinks for our participants.