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Pass the ball, Score for Social Inclusion
Start date: Sep 27, 2015, End date: Jun 26, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

''Pass the Ball, Score for Social Inclusion'' [PBSSI] is a nine months project along with an activity training course under KA1 Erasmus+ which aims to support youth workers in the acquisition of key competences in order to be more effective to develop and improve inclusive practices. The method and learning procedure will follow basically non formal techniques and activities influenced by Sports and Healthy lifestyle. The 28 participants come from 12 countries (Cyprus, Malta, Czech R., Estonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Poland, Slovakia) to Cyprus for 7 days training course carrying their own bags of knowledge, experience, personal and professional needs and they are willing to learn and contribute for the aims of the course. NECI as applicant organization has organized a partnership with other european partners who share similar worries, fears and situations where youth workers are not so confident or aware on how to assist youngsters being more active and socially included. Moreover, all partner organizations face same needs on developing the competences of their youthworkers in order to enhance social inclusion through their communities. Our suggestion is that sports-healthy lifestyle and non formal learning activities can bridge this gap and overcome any barriers to inclusion and inactivity. Therefore, the main idea for the project and the training course is to develop all youthworkers' proficiency and competences, suggest, design and implement inclusive practices and in long term to enhance social inclusion for the society through sports in combination to Non formal learning. This way we will support youth workers on their role which is to motivate youngsters to turn into more healthy (in mental, social and physical level) and active socially included citizens for their own improvement and development. Thus they will contribute in micro level to their local and regional community progress and in macro level to european and international community development. The target group for the training course: Youth workers who need to share and acquire ideas and practices for social inclusion through outdoor sports mainly (and less indoor) and also to get involved in non formal learning approaches for more experiential learning regarding social inclusion, marginalization, stereotypes and healthy lifestyle. There are measures for evaluating the project and the learning outcomes and all the results will be disseminated and shared to stakeholders. By the end of the project all participants will be multipliers of new info, experiences and tools and will assist on disseminating project results and outcomes of the certain project to wider lifelong learning community. Non formal learning, intercultural interaction and social inclusion will be highly featured to the priorities of all related organization. Finally we believe that this project will be an inspiration for new partnerships to be developed in order to address further crucial issues in regard to social inclusion and active citizenship in the youth field. Related outcomes and results like webpage, newspaper article, inspirational videos and booklet will be disseminated and all participants will acquire Youthpass. The objectives of the project are: For youth workers 1. To increase awareness on how sports can empower social inclusion; 2. To assist youth workers to develop and improve their practices of social inclusion through sports activities, for their community and personal improvement; 3. To support youth workers in the acquisition of key competences with a view to improving their personal development 4. To support the professional development of youth workers with a view to innovating and improving the quality of their work in the framework of social inclusion in partners’ organizations; 5. To suggest and plan ways and methods that support more healthy lifestyle (for mental physical and social health); 6. To increase awareness on the benefits of sports on healthy wellbeing; About Partner Organizations 7. To share successful practices and experiences between partners in the field of sports and inclusion; 8. To bridge cultural differences between partner countries/participants; 9. To create long term partnerships for future collaboration in the youthfield; 10. To increase awareness about the power of Erasmus+ programmes for supporting social inclusion through sports; 11. To help participants acquire high-quality Youthpass Certificates with their new learning outcomes.

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