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“From Sport to Volunteering”
Start date: Feb 1, 2015, End date: Oct 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The involvement of volunteers in sports is a key to the success and long-term sustainability of sport clubs, organizations and events. Sport organizations and clubs all over Europe play a crucial role in encouraging and engaging people to get physically active. In this regards, Agrinaftes Club from Cyprus would like to bring its contribution through this project by promoting voluntary activities in sport, equal opportunities and raising awareness of the importance of healthy lifestyle through increased participation in sport for all. The main idea of this training course is to motivate youth workers, youth leaders and other civil society activists to engage in sport volunteering and equip them with competences to use sport and physical activity as tools for increasing participation in sport for all and volunteering of young people in society. The lateral objectives of this training course are to enhance the personal and professional development of the participants, so that they act as multipliers of the gained knowledge within their organizations and their local communities. Main Objectives: • To develop the participants’ understanding of the key principles of volunteering in sport and encourage volunteering in general • To raise awareness about participation in sports and healthy behavior among groups of young people • To explore sport as a tool for promotion of volunteering • To equip participants with competences, best practices and practical examples of using sport for enhancing volunteering as a way for achieving social change • Exchange of project ideas with a special focus on using sport as a tool for promoting volunteering and healthy lifestyle • To Empower the participants, to act as multipliers within their local communities Therefore, the training course will gather 32 NGO members from 9 European countries during 8 days. The training activities, held in the region of Nicosia, will address the topic of volunteering is sports with special focus on how to use sport as a tool for its promotion. The participants will take part in diverse workshops dedicated to the topic, will exchange experiences and will learn practical examples on how to enhance volunteering in sports in their communities and generally how to support the involvement of young people in volunteering and in sport for all activities. The methodology to carry on the whole project is based on non formal education and mainly to Education Through Sport approach which represent the main part of the project program. The project will be led of an international team of experiences trainers coming from Italy and Spain, gender equal and having extensive back ground and expertise in the field of non formal education with special focus on sport coaching and education through sport. Thanks to this project the participants will develop their knowledge, attitudes and skills for enhancing volunteering in sports when working with young people in non-formal settings. They will gain practical examples on how to use sport as an instrument to increase active participation in society. Participants will acquire expertise in the field of volunteer management and techniques and tools for achieving educational outcomes while working with youth and thus contribute to sustainable social changes. The target group will also gain insights by exchanging project ideas with a special focus on using sport as a tool for promoting volunteering and healthy lifestyle. The project is expected to have a huge impact on local level in terms of involvement of young people in sport activities, promotion of sports culture, participation in sports and practice of physical activity on a daily basis. It will also bring significant impact in terms of strengthened volunteering involvement, the better understanding of its principles and values and all benefits, which come out of it for the volunteers and for society. The project is meant to change mindsets of society regarding healthier lifestyle, the importance of being physically active, the need to devote to volunteering and all benefits coming out of it.

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