Aimed at children with intellectual disabilities, the Ahalegina Programme is made up of a number of multi-sport training and psychomotor improvement sessions.


The children taking part, who are aged between 12 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. 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 50 children have taken part in the Ahalegina Programme so far.

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  • Promotes physical activity and healthy habits.
  • Prevents diseases and unhealthy behaviour.
  • Improves interpersonal relationships.
  • Increases self-esteem, self-confidence, empowerment and independence.
  • Improves emotional stability, concentration, handling frustration and taking responsibility.
  • Promotes self-improvement, motivation and resilience.
  • Promotes equal opportunities and the participation of women in sport.
  • Raises the visibility and awareness of gender equality in society, particularly in the field of sport.
  • Ensures that there are equal conditions for personal development, social integration and productive employment.
  • Ensures the equal right to sport and participatory leisure.
  • Promotes the participation of all groups in society.
  • Provides opportunities for people with functional diversity to take part in sporting activities and competitions.
  • Promotes social development and improves stereotypes about people with functional diversity.
  • It raises the visibility and awareness of functional diversity in society, thereby reducing discrimination.