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 campaigns for a sporty, active society. The main aim of recreational and leisure sport is to ensure that all children, teenagers and adults have access to sport, regardless of their different conditions and skills.
Whether it’s in a club, at school, during the holidays, with your family or individually in your leisure time, PluSport provides a wide-ranging and attractive programme for every taste. With or without a partner, the programmes can be structured in all manner of ways. Separate, integrated or inclusive.
Our strength is a cohesive chain of advancement from recreational sport to youth development, and through to to competitive sport.
- Beginners get the chance to learn about a particular sport on discovery days.
- Talented athletes are supported with targeted youth development training.
- Squad athletes train inclusively and are professionally guided to success.
PluSport observes the Swiss Olympic FTEM development concept and, together with the Swiss Paraplegics Association, established the Swiss Paralympic Committee (SPC). The focus here is on sending ambitious athletes to national, international and Paralympic competitions.
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.
Together for healthy, respectful, fair and successful sport
The Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect create the global basis for fair and sustainable sport. The Code of Ethics of Swiss Olympic and the Federal Office of Sport (FOSPO) builds on these values.It is a compulsory part of the statutes of each Swiss Olympic member association.
The associations are also obliged to appoint a person responsible for ethics who ensures that the code is enforced and takes care of the ethical challenges in the association.
The person responsible for ethics at PluSport is Hanni Kloimstein.
Swiss sport has a clear foundation and PluSport stands behind it too:
...for the SPIRIT of SPORT is the highest guiding principle in Swiss sport. Wherever it appears, it reminds people that the spirit of sport lives in sport.
.. for the SPIRIT of SPORT sums up the tenets of the ethics charter for Swiss sport. Its nine principles for healthy, respectful, fair and successful sport are an obligation for everyone in sport.
... For the SPIRIT of SPORT, Swiss Olympic and the Federal Office of Sport (FOSPO) are getting involved where the spirit of sport is visibly put into practice.
The nine principles of the Charter for Ethics in sport of Swiss Olympic:
- Equal treatment for everyone. Nationality, age, gener, sexual orientation, social background, religious and political affiliation do not lead to discrimination.
- Sport and social environment in harmony. The demands in training and competition are compatible with education, career and family life.
- Strengthening personal and shared responsibility. Athletes are involved in decisions that affect them.
- Respectful encouragement rather than excessive demands. Measures to achieve sporting goals do not damage either the physical or psychological integrity of the athletes.
- Educating on fairness and environmental responsibility. Behaviour towards others and towards the environment is characterised by respect.
- 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.
- Rejecting doping and drugs. Ongoing information and immediate intervention in the event of consumption administering or distributing substances.
- Abstaining from tobacco and alcohol consumption during sport. Demonstrating the risks and consequences of consumption at an early stage.
- 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.
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.