To make Parallel Play more successful and independent in the future I applied for the new four-year IOC Young Leaders program. However, if my application is not successful, I hope the project sustainable and independent through strong collaborations between the badminton clubs and the Parasport federation, which offer grants that we can apply for to cover the cost of our events. To get involved or to learn more, please visit here.
Parallel Play has taught us that you only need one strong passionate person to start a change, but you need more than one person to actually succeed in making the change. We never thought we would be able to reach out so quickly in just one year but it confirmed that the need for inclusion especially in badminton actually exists, including the joy of playing badminton. The first year has helped us to find the right strategy to succeed. We have tried different strategies and methods but managed to arrive at a successful way, which is to get to the target group itself instead of waiting for the target group to find us. We also learned the value of having an international network, ie the IOC Young Leaders family. In difficult times we have been able to give each other support, ideas and solutions for our problems that occurred during the project year for which we are very grateful.
Cooperation is the key to real success and only together can we make a real difference and create an obvious inclusion in all sports. Parallel Play's goal is to have an inclusion in every city in Sweden in ten years. We are looking forward to the coming years.
The future for Parallel Play is bright. We are currently planning to open up Para and special badminton training centers in 5 more places in 2021. A plan for 6 more camps and 3 competitions is currently taking place in Sweden. In about 5-10 years Parallel Play is looking forward to introduce Sweden's National Team in badminton for the next Paralympic Games.