This online conference held on 14 May about “European Dimension in Sport and Physical Activity with Young People” – #EDSPAA [613355-EPP-1-2019-1-BG-SPO-SSCP]) project aimed at providing opportunities for fruitful exchange of good practices, interesting examples among the project partners from 4 different countries which have been collaborating on for the last one year. It further stressed the importance of strengthening social inclusion and promoting voluntary activity among youth through the project initiatives.
Association “Sport Club Comac Sport”, Bulgaria, presented the developed in partnership with the other organizations Handbook and the Survey Results, assessing the need for additional sports activities, and the opportunities for organizing and implementing ETSG.
The partners further discussed the Local Traditional Sports and Games events undertaken in relation to the project and inclusion of young people in these initiatives.
A special attention was devoted to the up-coming event “EWoS2020” planned for early summer in Braga, Portugal. The list of themes and topics for the content preparation included, but was not limited to:
• Sport and culture – how does the sport help us to overcome stereotypes and to build a common European culture and identity;
• Sporting values and European values for more inclusive European society;
• New technologies and their impact on culture change and sport;
• Promoting health and well-being and cultural enrichment through sport;
• Examples of Sports players as role models.
Association “Sport Club Comac Sport” welcomes submission of ideas from the interested in the project activities parties. So, please do not hesitate to drop us an e-mail with your suggestions on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Key findings of the project products stress on importance for the adolescents to gain key skills and competences through playing European traditional sports and games (ETSG). According to the Survey results (conducted among 102 participants), 99 % of them agree, that gaining key skills is achievable through the application of new forms of sport activities, combining different ETSG elements, in both formal and non-formal education.
At the same time, as digitalization has changed many aspects of people’s everyday life, and keeping youth motivated to regularly practice sports is by no means an easy task. Therefore, increased level of interest in sport among young people in the 4 project countries could not be seen. This, however, could be changed and affected by fostering sport as a tool for social inclusion and development of Human values. Sport is generally seen as a universal language, uniting people, accepting differences and overcoming stereotypes. Last but not least, the survey has demonstrated a very high rate of approval (over 96 %) for introducing European traditional sports and games into new organized non-formal forms of activities for young people. In this way, adolescents’ interest in ETSG, as part of the European intangible heritage and symbol of cultural diversity, will greatly increase.