The Swiss Paraplegic Association (SPV) and the People’s Sport Foundation (PSF) are forming a partnership to support wheelchair athletes of all sporting levels. After the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF), the SPV is the second organization to benefit from the PSF’s support for paralympic wheelchair sports.
Both organizations have the same values and pursue similar goals in supporting wheelchair athletes in order to provide them with the best facilities to succeed. Nicolas Hausammann, sports marketing executive, in describing the new alliance, says: “We both believe in the inclusive power of sport, which puts people on the same level, whether they be on foot or in a wheelchair.”
Swiss Paraplegic Association (SPV)
The Swiss Paraplegic Association (SPV), founded in 1980, is the national umbrella organization for paraplegics and has more than 10,000 members. It promotes, represents and coordinates the concerns of para- and tetraplegics and other members throughout Switzerland. It also supports 27 regional wheelchair clubs throughout Switzerland.
The Association has 70 permanent employees and 170 freelancers as well as more than 2,000 volunteers, many of whom are committed to the social, political and personal interests of members. They are also committed to their reintegration and to improving the quality of members’ lives.
The SPV’s range of services includes legal advice, wheelchair sports facilities and leisure activities. The promotion of top and popular sports is high on the association’s agenda and they also have their own travel agency exclusively for members. The center is of obstacle-free construction and the business area provides a hub for life-enhancing advice. SPV regularly publishes a members’ magazine, Paracontact, and a sports newsletter, GoAhead. It also lists wheelchair-accessible hotels on the paramap.ch website.
Further information: www.spv.ch
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