Adapted sailing for people with disabilities

Fundación Repsol collaborates with Monte Real Club de Yates de Bayona so that children with behavioural or personality problems can enjoy a sailing experience at their Adapted Sailing School.
Alumnos del CEE de Panxón en la Escuela de Vela Adaptada

With the objective of making the sea more inclusive, Fundación Repsol and Monte Real Club de Yates de Bayona have renewed their agreement to collaborate for another year. The new addition for 2019 is the creation of activities directed specifically at children with behavioural or personality problems and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD).

Sport has always been considered a very effective prevention and treatment method for these types of disorders as it helps reinforce positive behaviour and suppress bad habits. Because of this, a new activity has been developed by the Adapted Sailing School coaches, accompanying eight students between the ages of 10 and 17 years old from the Panxón Special Employment Centre (SEC) and their educators. They boarded a motorboat to tour the Bayona bay and then participate in a number of educational activities.

After spending years working hand in hand with associations of people with functional disabilities this is a new challenge, where inclusive sport serves as a means to educate, strengthen, and offer new resources and tools to people with behavioural disorders.