“Kids in touch” is an Erasmus+ SPORT Project. It is financed by the European Commission, promoted by the Istituto Comprensivo di Spoltore (Pescara) for the school years 2018-2019 and intended for students of secondary school and 4th-5th year of Primary School. The Project has 4 partners: the Istituto Comprensivo di Spoltore (Leading Partner), the sports association Old Pescara Rugby and two transnational partners, a school from Belgium and an association from Portugal.
The practice of touch-rugby aims to enhance the socializing and inclusive aspect typical of teamwork. Touch Rugby is a variant of Rugby that does not involve physical confrontation and is considered an effective way to improve the relational and social inclusion for all children, especially for those who have learning or behavioral difficulties.
The project began on 1st January 2018 and will end in June 2019 with a final event, that includes a conference and an international tournament with the teams from the 3 partner countries involved. The project provides, in addition to sports practice in the field with federal coaches, an activity of study and research-action that will observe and assess the positive consequences (in the areas of behavior, motivation, inclusion) that Touch Rugby may have both for children with difficulties and in the whole group (team and class group). The observation activity is carried out by teachers, coaches and families, in collaboration of the Child Neuropsychiatry Unit from Pescara, coordinated by Dr. Renato Cerbo, scientific supervisor of the Project, who has prepared observation cards based on the international ICF model.
A fundamental aspect of the project is the composition of mixed teams, that include representatives of all types of pupils (male and female, different skill levels, etc.). Working on fair play (both on the playing field with the coaches and in the classroom with the teachers), they develop social skills of great value. The activity of rugby, based on the principle of mixed abilities and gender equality, allows children to double their curricular hours of Physical Education in a highly socializing and inclusive context and gives them the opportunity to carry out international tournaments and to work in close contact with Belgian and Portuguese peers, enhancing the use of the foreign language and experiencing an active and conscious European citizenship.