Following the formal launch of the Virtus Academy last week, we are now pleased to announce a major new research project undertaken in partnership with the Sport Industries Research Centre based at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK.
The project aims to provide a review of how sport for athletes with an intellectual impairment is funded around the world – both for elite athletes and Virtus member organisations – so that we have a better understanding of how this varies globally, how it compares to other areas of sport and – importantly – how this has been affected by the ongoing pandemic.
Earlier this week, Virtus President Marc Truffaut called on governments around the world to ensure that people with an intellectual impairment – who have been affected profoundly by the coronavirus pandemic – are not left behind as the world rebuilds. This research will give Virtus the evidence-base we need to understand more about how sport is funded now and to assess changes in the future.
We would like to call on all Virtus Member Organisations to complete the survey, which will be sent by email, no later than 30th June 2021. It is available in English, French, Spanish and Simplified Chinese. Data will be held by Virtus and may be used in future reports and press releases in an anonymised way.