Aimed at children with intellectual disabilities, the Ahalegina Programme, in collaboration with the Down Syndrome Foundation, Gorabide and Ulertuz associations, is made up of a number of multi-sport training and psychomotor improvement sessions.
The children taking part, who are aged between 9 and 18, do so absolutely free of charge and are supervised by professionals from associations for people with intellectual disabilities in Bizkaia and volunteer coaches from Athletic Club, in facilities provided by Bilbao Kirolak and Barakaldo Kirolak. The aim is to contribute to the psychomotor improvement of the users, and to help them acquire day-to-day skills (hygiene, commitment, effort…).
Support activities, such as training with Athletic Club players or visits to San Mamés, also take place during the season. In June, a final party is held in which the children receive a diploma or trophy acknowledging their work during the year. Launched in 2012, about 80 children have taken part in the Ahalegina Programme so far.