Paralympic & Disabled

In the Netherlands, sport for people with disabilities is integrated into the regular sport structure. Since 2000, sports for people with disabilities are no longer separate from other organised sports. This signalled the green light for ‘organisational integration’. Since then, sports for people with disabilities have used the regular sport infrastructure, such as unions, associations, facilities and supporters, from amateur to elite sport. This is captured in the motto: ‘Normal as much as possible, and special as needed’.

Frank Jol/OIM kinder blade dag
Breaking boundaries – Frank Jol
Image Paralympic sports policy in the Netherlands
Paralympic sports policy in the Netherlands
Special Heroes Image
Special Heroes – sports promotion programme
Professor Marije Deutekom
The Power of Sports – research team