EMCA promoting World Diabetes Day
14 November is World Diabetes Day. This day commemorates the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, the scientist who first discovered, isolated and administered insulin in one of the greatest medical breakthroughs in history.
In the light of the World Diabetes Day that is marked on November 14th EMCA would like to share and promote our and our member clubs activities connected to this topic.
A few years ago, in 2020, from within EMCA specifically the clubs HAŠK Mladost and TSV Bayer Leverkusen a project “Sports&Diabetes - Tackling Diabetes with Sports” was started.
In this project the stress was put on enabling children with diabetes to do sport by educating all stakeholders how to handle risk concerning diabetes and reduce fears that lead to exclusion of children with diabetes.
In collaboration with IDF Europe (International Diabetes Federation region Europe) as well as Lazio, Olympiacos and WSC a comprehensive handbook “Tackling Diabetes with Sport” and a comic book for children “Super D tackling sport” that quickly educates all stakeholders and enables all children with diabetes to do or continue sport activities was created. These two publications are part of the EMCA Studia which is an initiative created by EMCA to gather knowledge and recommendations in the field off sport that were created either by EMCA or our member clubs.
The huge success of this project in terms of interest being shown to translate the handbook to approximately 20 languages and the comments received from within the diabetes family prompted us to continue working on this topic.
Project “Diabetes Digital Peer S(up)port” came as a result, a further milestone of the previous Sports&Diabetes project where it was identified that:
- more in-depth, tailored training of coaches is required to optimally support people living with Diabetes type 1 (PwD), and
- that PwD would very much benefit from a place where they could ask for support of their own peers.
Idea of this project is to create a digital solution where knowledge and experiences of doing sport with diabetes can be found and shared. This digital community would be a place where people living with diabetes, coaches, parents, and experts from the fields of diabetes, sport, medicine, nutrition… could offer peer support: meet, share and get knowledge, experience, tips&tricks, help with problems and answer specific questions to help with encouraging and keeping people living with diabetes in sport.
The goal is to offer a tool where they can seek the knowledge on their own finding the basic and additional resources on doing sport with diabetes, but also share the knowledge in between.
EMCA as a partner in this new project will continue to promote sport as a toll for inclusion of all.
Follow our activities on the DiaPS project at sportsanddiabetes.eu.