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European Partnership Building for Education Through Sport
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Dec 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Lisbon Treaty is actively promoting sport and physical activity at all policy level – not only with a view to improving health and physical well-being across the EU, but also to enhance the role that sport can play in boosting social cohesion and for its educational value. According to the Eurobarometer survey (2010) on sport, 40% of EU citizens say that they play sport at least once a week, men in the EU play more sports than women overall. Health is directly linked to healthy lifestyles and physical activities, and health plays an important role in well-being of citizens. Youth work and sport for all can provide a lot of potentials in involving more young people into physical activities that also provides citizenship education. Public health gained ground in the European policy agendas in the past years, and this is reflected in the Erasmus+ Programme through the specific priority of promoting healthy lifestyles among young people through physical activities, including sports. Looking beyond the concepts of health, physical activities and sports, through youth work we explore the concept of Education through Sports (ETS), using physical and sport activities in order to transfer competences to young people, thus contributing to the emergence of ETS as a clearly defined youth work methodology that has a potential of involving young people into community life as well as developing social and life competences for better employability. As such this partnership building seminar will be a milestone event in the process of developing and disseminating education through sport methodology in youth work and in sport for all. As a result of an initial long term training course for trainers for ETS and Physical Activities in 2012 a European informal network of experts and practitioners (supported by a Facebook community with 400 members) were founded and a specific pedagogic approach was designed and described. Members of this network of youth organisations and sport associations have been implementing several projects since 2012 that all contributed to improving the quality and diversity of youth work and youth projects in Europe. Throughout these activities members of the network developed the specific methodology of ETS and also published a Handbook Move and Learn. A coalition of different partners from different sectors (formal education, youth work, sport) have decided to bring together a good mixture of partners for a Partnership Building Seminar in order to work together on a closer and more focused cooperation in order to bring the methodology to many young people and youth workers, PE teachers, sport coaches. The conditions of a stronger and more focused collaboration involving all three sectors and researchers will also be discussed, besides several youth projects that can also support the dissemination of the innovative approach. The Seminar will bring together 30 representatives of partner organisations for 5 days to see the potentials of cooperation and design youth projects and strategic partnership for the near future in order to reach many young people with the approach of Education through Sport in the coming few years. As such, the seminar is meant to contribute to developing the quality of support systems for youth activities and the capabilities of civil society organizations in the youth field, to promote European cooperation in the youth field and to foster mutual understanding between young people in different countries. There will be a 5 working day seminar in Budapest, Hungary the beginning of May 2016. The methods of the seminar will be based on non-formal education, experiential learning and project planning. Participants will bring their organisational expectations and project ideas with a mandate to build partnerships for common projects based on ETS for young people. Participants will discuss and develop educational projects for young people or youth workers as well as work on the idea of a strategic partnership for long term cooperation in order to further develop the pedagogic approach and better disseminate it to youth workers, PE teachers and sport for all coaches.The project ideas and plans will be presented to all members of the network and will be open for joining by other interested partners both from youth work and sport for all. The collaborative /strategic partnership will also be presented to all stakeholders, and it will be introduced to the European Commission Sport Unit as well as to the Council of Europe Sport Unit, Both institutions will be invited to establish their role in relation to the project idea. We will also inform the network of Erasmus+ Agencies and SALTO Centres about the large scale project as we consider this project an important milestone project in the field of synergy between youth work and physical education (sport for all).
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