Last weekend ONCE organized an inclusive-sports event based in Tarragona. More than 140 young people from all parts of Spain, aged between 15 and 17 years, visited the Roman city to learn about the culture and the main monuments of the city.
They had the collaboration and participation of the Castellers de la Ilusió, the inclusive group of Valls, founded through the FM Foundation.
ONCE and Castellers de la Ilusió usually collaborate in other events as they have the same values: to bet on the inclusion of people with some kind of disability. The organized activity had a sporting purpose but there were also two workshops by the Castellers de la Ilusió where they explained what is a colla and what is the origin and purpose of the activity. Most of the young people who attended the day were blind and deaf-mute but showed that this is no impediment to participate and be part of a colla.
Colla de la Ilusió
Another of the objectives of the day was to bring all these young people together so that they could meet and share experiences. The creation of good friendships makes us happier and happier. There is also a flow effect, as the people around us will want to spend more time with us. Thus, social connections generate a positive feedback loop, with a state of social, emotional and physical well-being.
“We have learned a lot during this weekend. How much I learn from my guys and how much we have learned from the young people who have come to visit us. During all these years leading the Colla de la Ilusió I have realized that barriers do not exist. The limit of how far we can go is set by ourselves. Thanks to these kids we learn that nothing is impossible“, explains Joaquín Murillo, founder of the colla.