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Physically Fit: Promoting healthy behaviours through sports volunteering
Start date: 04 May 2015, End date: 03 Dec 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This youth project is an initiative of partners that previously worked on the projects related to promotion of healthy behaviours. The activity will bring together 64 young people from the UK, Latvia, Belarus and Azerbaijan to Baku, Azerbaijan for 10 days. With this youth exchange it is planned to spread the message on the advantages of the healthy behaviours by publicising the idea of healthy lifestyle and sports volunteering in the European communities the partners come from. By using knowledge and experience obtained during the previous projects and involving suitable methods and ensuring that the project is firmly rooted within the local community, we expect that this youth exchange will give the possibility for exchange participants to meet for exploring volunteering as a strong tool to support their ideas and spread their message related to healthy behaviours far and wide and to practice healthy lifestyle and sports volunteering as part of the field work activity. The main objectives of the youth exchange include: - Spreading the message on the advantages of healthy behaviours by publicising the idea of healthy lifestyle and sports volunteering in the partner European communities; - Exploring volunteering as a strong tool to support participants' ideas and spread their message related to healthy behaviours far and wide; - Stimulating teamwork of the participating partners by enabling informal community networks and organisations to evolve this exchange further; - Practicing healthy lifestyle and sports volunteering as part of the field work activity; - Providing participants with Youth Pass accreditation instruments. Participants from the UK, Latvia, Belarus and Azerbaijan are already acquainted as they took part in previous projects with their organisations being involved. We are planning to reach continuous cooperation by inviting those who are experienced in European youth work and newcomers, thus expanding our influence. Most of the youngsters will come from regions or communities that give fewer opportunities in social, economic or geographic aspects. The national economical structures of the countries normally do not offer these youngsters opportunities to get the international experience either. Therefore the Erasmus+ Programme can be a very good opportunity for them to get intercultural experience. The activities foreseen during this youth exchange will be workshop based, which will include facilitated discussions, educational means and techniques featuring good practice sharing, simulation exercises, role-plays, an inspirational visit and outdoor activities as lively non-formal means of education. Youngsters from partner groups will also prepare artistic, creative workshops to their own choice. The advantages gained and skills acquired at the exchange will be used not only by participants of the project but also disseminated by local youth groups and the organisations that take part in such intercultural follow up projects, which will relate this exchange to a local and European context. One of the project’s aims is also to initiate cooperation with the Neighbouring Partner Countries. The Erasmus+ programme will be also explored and promoted, which will lead to follow up projects and usage of the skills gained during this exchange in terms of paying more attention to the topics of Valorisation and Transfer of Knowledge. After the youth exchange, the participants will be given records of what was done during the exchange to spread this information in their local groups and communities by making presentations and organising workshops.
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