In order to deliver its aspirations, the Agitos Foundation has several core programmes that we deploy on a global or sub-regional basis. They are either administered and delivered directly by Agitos Foundation staff, in conjunction with partners, or enabled via the granting of money to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) membership so that they can build resource and deliver development activity locally.
• Grant Support Programme
An annual pool of funding that IPC member organisations can apply for in order to deliver projects that develop athletes, raise awareness about the Paralympic Movement or develop Para sport.
• Organisational Capacity Programme
The OCP aims to empower National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) with the knowledge, support and motivation to spread the Paralympic Movement across their countries. Training courses and other cascade-based learning are delivered with the support of the IPC Academy around the world for volunteers leading the OCP implementation within NPCs.
• Road to the Games
Multi-year programmes that aim to develop additional organisational capacity in countries and sub-regions where a Paralympic Games or major event is due to be held. For example, our Road to Rio 2016 programme has focussed on improving Para sport coaching, sport management and classification in the Americas. Programmes normally feature a partnership with the Organising Committee of each Games as part of their legacy commitments.
• Proud Paralympian
Athletes are at the heart of everything we do. Proud Paralympian provides education about Paralympic values and practical support throughout an athlete’s career – as young talent, as seasoned competitors and as they transition towards retirement.
Our aim is to maximise their talent and to develop committed ambassadors capable of inspiring the next generation. We deliver courses at international competitions and via the internet.
The Paralympic Movement aspires to change perceptions and bring about social inclusion through Para sport experiences, including the accomplishments, stories and experiences of Para athletes. Aimed at young children in schools, we provide a toolkit of resources for teachers to share the Paralympic values and inclusion through Para sport to the next generation.
• NPC Development Programme
The NPC Development Programme aims to build capacity within National Paralympic Committee’s around the world. Supported by the IPC’s Worldwide partnership with Toyota, the programme will run until 2024 and will reach over 140 countries.
• Other initiatives
Our WoMentoring programme, which was launched in 2014, is part of the IPC’s goal to see many more women in positions of influence within the Paralympic Movement. Experienced mentors were partnered with an emerging female leader from within our NPCs and sports federations for an 18-month long mentoring relationship. Participants in this programme came from Southern, Central and Eastern Europe.