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More Than a Game
Start date: Jan 1, 2016, End date: Jan 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Training course “More Than a Game” will bring together 27 youth workers from programme Countries of EU (Sweden, Portugal, Belgium, Lithuania) and Neighboring Partner Countries from Eastern Europe and Caucasus (Georgia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus) and will take place in Georgia. The main aim of the project is to increase the awareness of the youth workers about sport, as a tool for social development and to build up the competences of participants to use it as a way to reduce antisocial behavior and youth crime. The objectives of the project are:• To develop participant’s knowledge and understanding on various concepts related to youth at risk. • To explore the positive impact of Sport on youth.• To discover the hidden face of sport and promote to use it as a way to reduce antisocial behavior in youth.• To get to know each other and to learn from each other on all levels: personal, cultural, professional, showcasing and sharing practices and realities in youth work in Europe.• To build up competencies and practice tools in the area of: social development and crime prevention.• To facilitate a networking process among participants and to promote to identify common possible actions against of youth antisocial behavior and youth crime. During the 6 working days of the project we are going to use sport, as a way to reduce antisocial behavior and crime in youth. The Project includes two main parts, theoretical and practical sessions. There will be frontal lectures and theoretical information where participants will develop their knowledge and understanding about psychology of youth, get information about prevention work and try to find the roots of the problem, using non-formal education methods. The main part will be delivered in the form of practical sessions, where the participants will have possibilities to explore the positive effects of outdoor activities, living in natural conditions and sport (such as camping, climbing etc.) and will understand that it is more than a game. Camping, hiking, climbing… will be implemented by the professionals. They will take care of creating a supportive and safe learning environment, where participants are encouraged and coached while mastering challenges that contribute to their personal, professional and organizational development. During the project the participants will create the strategic plan and ToolBox of methods, These materials they will use for future cooperation, which will be tangible results of the project. Besides, we look forward for changed attitudes, broader understanding and readiness for acting (helping and supporting other young people within the social work) by our direct participants within their organizations or communities in the long-term perspective.
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