Sport and disability

Sport connects people, motivates and encourages them, strengthens and integrates them. Sport is culture that moves people, thrills them and puts them on the same level. Sport fosters respect and releases endorphins that make people feel good. disability sports is no different in this regard.

Sport knows no disabilities

Sport, regardless of the setting, promotes good health, improves physical fitness and strengthens feelings of self-esteem and self-confidence. In disability sports especially, physical activity and exercise have a very positive effect on the body, mind and soul.

Sport and the encounters it enables offer disabled athletes new ways to meet people, participate in leisure activities, make new friends, integrate themselves into schools and in professional settings and achieve greater acceptance in society.

We are dedicated to seamlessly linking recreational sport, competitive sport and youth development in order to ensure integration and inclusion through sport throughout Switzerland.

PluSport conducts it work on the basis of the principles of the Swiss Olympic Code of Ethics and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

PluSport is working to ensure that integration and inclusion through sport become a matter of course in society at large. Other interesting related aspects and ideas can be found in German or French.  

PluSport makes it possible for anyone who wants to participate in sport to do so. Our recreational sports programmes offer a great variety of trendy, traditional and popular sports in sport clubs and sport camps. Each PluSport sport year features numerous highlights. Further information and programme descriptions can be found here in German or French.

We utilise systematic advancement chains in our competitive sports programmes. Youth development and the promotion of talented athletes is particularly important in competitive sport. Our focus here is on supporting the athletes in our squads in order to enable them to achieve athletic success in international and Paralympic competitions. Complete information on our competitive sports programmes and activities can be found in German or French here.

PluSport focuses strongly on the development of young athletes and sport clubs. Here, targeted measures are taken to develop new sports programmes, create networked partnerships and new events, and recruit new members, talented individuals, programme directors and executives. Further information on youth development can be found in German or French here.

  1. Equal treatment for everyone. Nationality, age, gener, sexual orientation, social background, religious and political affiliation do not lead to discrimination.
  2. Sport and social environment in harmony. The demands in training and competition are compatible with education, career and family life.
  3. Strengthening personal and shared responsibility. Athletes are involved in decisions that affect them.
  4. Respectful encouragement rather than excessive demands. Measures to achieve sporting goals do not damage either the physical or psychological integrity of the athletes.
  5. Educating on fairness and environmental responsibility. Behaviour towards others and towards the environment is characterised by respect.
  6. Rejecting violence, exploitation and sexual abuse. Physical and psychological violence as well as any form of exploitation are not tolerated. Raising awareness, maintaining vigliance and rigorous intervention.
  7. Rejecting doping and drugs. Ongoing information and immediate intervention in the event of consumption administering or distributing substances.
  8. Abstaining from tobacco and alcohol consumption during sport. Demonstrating the risks and consequences of consumption at an early stage.
  9. Opposing all forms of corruption. Encouraging and stipulating transparency in decisions and processes. Dealing with conflicts of interests, gifts, regulating financing and gambling, and consistent disclosure.

The PluSport Code of Conduct is based on the Olympic values of “Excellence – Friendship – Respect”, as well as the Charter for Ethics in Sport. The Code of Conduct also defines principles for private and professional conduct at PluSport. The Code of Conduct is a practice-oriented and contains specific examples and tips. Its content is also based on recommendations issued by Swiss Olympic for all sports associations.

Code of Conduct of PluSport

Art. 30: Participation in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport

1. States Parties recognise the right of persons with disabilities to take part on an equal basis with others in cultural life, and shall take all appropriate measures to ensure that persons with disabilities:

  • enjoy access to cultural materials in accessible formats;
  • enjoy access to television programmes, films, theatre and other cultural activities, in accessible formats;
  • enjoy access to places for cultural performances or services, such as theatres, museums, cinemas, libraries and tourism services, and, as far as possible, enjoy access to monuments and sites of national cultural importance.

2. States Parties shall take appropriate measures to enable persons with disabilities to have the opportunity to develop and utilise their creative, artistic and intellectual potential, not only for their own benefit, but also for the enrichment of society

3. States Parties shall take all appropriate steps, in accordance with international law, to ensure that laws protecting intellectual property rights do not constitute an unreasonable or discriminatory barrier to access by persons with disabilities to cultural materials.

4. Persons with disabilities shall be entitled, on an equal basis with others, to recognition and support of their specific cultural and linguistic identity, including sign languages and deaf culture.

5. With a view to enabling persons with disabilities to participate on an equal basis with others in recreational, leisure and sporting activities, States Parties shall take appropriate measures:

  • to encourage and promote the participation, to the fullest extent possible, of persons with disabilities in mainstream sporting activities at all levels;
  • to ensure that persons with disabilities have an opportunity to organise, develop and participate in disability-specific sporting and recreational activities and, to this end, encourage the provision, on an equal basis with others, of appropriate instruction, training and resources;
  • to ensure that persons with disabilities have access to sporting, recreational and tourism venues; to ensure that children with disabilities have equal access with other children to participation in play, recreation and leisure and sporting activities, including those activities in the school system;
  • to ensure that persons with disabilities have access to services from those involved in the organisation of recreational, tourism, leisure and sporting activities.