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Active School Communities
Start date: Jan 1, 2016, End date: Dec 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Active School Communities project will equip community sport organisations with an adaptable toolkit they can use to collaborate more effectively with schools on physical activity initiatives for primary school children. The toolkit will also assist them in establishing contact with and advocating toward governments to drive the impact of their initiatives. The knowledge base used to develop the toolkit will be drawn from an experienced group of partners from research institutions, the education sector and non-profit sport organisations from nine countries in West, East, North and South Europe.The overall objective of the Active School Communities project is to build the capacity of community sport organisations to harness potential partnerships in the primary school setting for the promotion of sport and physical activity for healthy lifestyles and better learning outcomes.The project has the following specific objectives:1. To convert knowledge and experience from cross-sector stakeholders in HEPA promotion into a toolkit community sport organisations can use to work with teachers, local authorities, national governments – all of whom can have a significant influence on the target group’s (primary school children) access to health-enhancing physical activity. The toolkit would include a self-assessment tool for the organisations to gauge their capacities to work in these settings and identify areas for improvement.2. To build the capacities of community sport organisations to deliver more effective initiatives in school settings by using the toolkit and to drive impact by advocating the value of their work to policy makers 3. To test the adaptability of the toolkit to different national settings by trialling a pilot version in six European countries and arrive at a resource that can be rolled out Europe-wide4. To foster interaction between the community sport, education and government sectors to establish more cohesive networks of stakeholders in HEPA
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