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Methodology Development Seminar for using Education Through Sport in youth work
Start date: May 1, 2015, End date: Aug 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Since the Lisbon Treaty the European Union is actively aiming to promote sport and physical activity at the policy level – not only with a view to improving health and physical wellbeing 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. As a result of Long Term Training Course granted by the Youth in Action Program in 2012 some of the participants and partner organizations designed this project that is aiming at improving the quality and diversity of youth work and youth projects in Europe by further developing the specific methodology of Education through Sports (ETS). The stakeholders believe that this process can result in providing more possibilities for young people in Europe to get involved in sports and physical activities in a way that can also provide learning opportunities in relation to life competencies, social skills and well-being. With this aim in mind the concrete objectives of the activity will be targeted to sharing experiences and practices in ETS, identifying areas that need improvement or further development, experimenting and developing new methods of ETS, recording and disseminating the new methods (e.g. exercises, educational activities, etc) developed. 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. Participants will be selected in cooperation with the partner organizations. Priority will be given to those applicants who already have a good understanding of Education Through Sport approach and who have extensive experience in non-formal education for and with young people either in sport for all or in youth work context. Participants will be experts in the field of education through sport aged between 25-40. There will be one activity in the format of a 5 working day seminar in Budapest, Hungay the last week of May 2015.The methods of the seminar will be based on non-formal education, experiential learning and testing. Participants will bring their ideas of exercises using sport or physical activity that provide learning outcomes in relation to any social skills in relation to health, wellbeing, environment, democracy, human rights, conflict resolution, participation and cultural diversity. Participants will discuss and develop educational exercises that will be tested on the group of participants itself. It is planned that 7-9 exercises will be designed and tested in the seminar. Participants will learn and practice how to design non-formal learning exercises using sport and physical activities with different learning outcomes. Participants will be able to develop their creativity, innovative thinking and facilitating competencies. The new exercises will enrich the methodological palette of youth work and sport for all domains in Europe so more and more young people will be provided by the possibility of learning through sport and physical activities. The results will be communicated to the Council of Europe as well as the European Commission. The invented pedagogical tools will be added to the online version of the Move and Learn ETS Handbook ( ). By all channels (Council of Europe, SALTO Centres, Erasmus+ agencies) we would like to reach youth workers and sport organizations that are open to using sport and physical activities as a tool.
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