The eighteen Adeps centers that the FWB currently has are currently designated by their simple geographical location only.
The resolution validated on Wednesday proposes to rename these with the name of (disabled) sportsmen or (disabled) sportswomen known and having a link with the region where the center is established.
The attribution of these new names should be operated by a jury comprising members of the Sports Committee of the Parliament, a representative of the Minister in charge of Sports, the directors of the Adeps centers, a representative of the Interfederal Association of Francophone Sport (AISF) as well as a representative of the Association of Sports Establishments (AES).
Several criteria should be taken into account when making choices: the regional, national or even international aura of the (disabled) athlete, the diversity of the disciplines, the involvement of the athlete with young people, and the high-level disciplines practiced in the center concerned.
“By associating the names of renowned athletes with these Adeps centers, by setting them up as examples for young people, we will increase their aura of attracting more people to sports,” said MP Philippe Dodrimont (MR), originally of the proposal.
The 18 Adeps centers in Wallonia and Brussels organize more than 4,000 holiday courses each year in more than 80 disciplines, for some 32,000 participants.