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Active and healthy life for youth through introduction of new sport in Zemgale and Siauliai regions (TouchBall-TouchLife)
Start date: Oct 31, 2009, End date: Nov 29, 2010 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Sport has been chosen as a way for promoting a healthy and socially active way of life for school youth. The institutions involved in this project are tackling common problems that youth have in the border region, including smoking, low rate of physical activity and underage drinking. Touch rugby was selected as an ideal sport to be introduced in Lithuania and Latvia because of its non-contact nature, helping to avoid injury. By means of sports children can learn the principles of fair play, compliance with the rules, respect for others and discipline. In order to involve youngsters and sport teachers in the project, a lot of information was communicated directly to the schools, through seminars for sport teachers and internet. Interactive methodology was prepared (video, brochure) to explain the rules of the game, demonstrate it in action. Practical exercises were included in the seminars to introduce the sport to the teachers. Further support to the school teams was available in the build-up to competitions – coaches regularly visited the schools and provided on-the-spot advice. Interest of school children was facilitated by their sport teachers. Dynamic internet portal was created. Information on sport events, results of the competitions, information on seminars on this webpage was regularly updated. The portal captured youths attention (800 unique visitors) with its up-to-date content and attractive visual presentation. These activities resulted in increased interest about the project. The total of more than 2,000 children participated in the qualification rounds of the Joint Sport Competition, called the Sun, and 239 children from Latvia and Lithuania reached the finals. Joint Sport Competition, Sun Cup, became the highlight of the project and ensured a high level of motivation for the teachers and youth, pushing them to train, learn and practice sports. In addition, school buildings in the towns of Eleja and Joniski were equipped with modern teaching tools that can be used for teaching sports and school sport fields have been improved. Achievements: Within the project:• 135 schools in Lithuania (Siauliai and Joniskis regions) and 68 schools in Latvia (Jelgava, Dobele, Bauska regions) were informed on the project. 40 schools in Lithuania and 39 schools in Latvia agreed to participate in the project and are actively involved in the project activities. In order to introduce Touch Rugby in schools sport education resource base is established - sport demo classes established in Joniski and Eleja, Training Programme for Touch Rugby, including DVD and training methodology as a supporting teaching materials for sport teachers are prepared. • Two workshops on Touch Rugby training methodology for sport teachers of Zemgale region schools were organized. • In Lithuania 216 trainings for the local schools were realized where professional rugby coaches from Siauliai Sport School Klevas teach children and sport teachers how to play Touch Rugby. • Project and competitions logo and visual identity (design of balls, T-shirts, badges for players, competitions cup) are prepared. • Inventory (balls, inventory for referees and players) is purchased for the organisation of Joint Sport Competition Sun Cup that will be held in autumn and qualification games. • T-shirts with programme, project logo are purchased for participants of competitions. • Joint Sport Portal is created in internet, where information on competitions will be published and communication among neighbourhood rugby players will be promoted.Sport Portal of the Project:

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