Zone Out -tic, tac, toe
Start date: 30 Mar 2015,
End date: 29 Mar 2017
To work with 4 countries Georgia, Ukraine, Romania and Scotland and select 6 trainee youth workers from each organisation who have an interested in sports development [ including football] and invite them to Scotland for 8 weeks to train and network with other organisations involved in similar work here . On return to their own communities the aforementioned trainee youth workers will spend deliver a 3 week programme delivering a sports programme to the young people within their own organisations using their new found learning and implementing their own training .
With several partners in the UK we will arrange a 8 week training programme for the 24 trainee leaders who are over in Scotland as part of the youth workers training and network[ see attached programme].During their time in Scotland the participants will share ideas and begin to co-develop a sports programme of activity that they think will be transferable to their own organisation back home and in which they could competently deliver . Each country's programme will inevitably be different due to the different needs and projects of the sending organisation however the participants will benefit from shared learning and practical experimentation as to what will work and what will be more difficult to transfer to their own organisations. This programme will be the outcome of their own learning and will ensure that the model of peer learning is maintained with the young people passing on their new found learning to other young people.
This 3 week programme will have 2 components. The first component is to ensure skills around a particular sport is shared with the young people in the sending organisation [ e.g skills around football or athletics or pony trekking or canoeing] The second component involves sharing basic coaching training with other young people back home who are considering coaching some of the other younger young people but who lack some of the basic skills and knowledge. This part of the programme will be open to other local youth agencies within the local area who are involved in sports programmes with young people and will allow these organisations to capacity build their own work with young people .
The activities in Scotland will be a mixture of informal learning sessions as well as visits to other sports projects , outdoor centres and social enterprises that involve delivering sports programmes. The training is aimed to improve young peoples skills in a wide variety of sports but including football coaching and general sports coaching and help them develop coaching and mentoring skills which they can then use to the benefit of others that they volunteer with. There will also be time for the participants to learn about setting up sports programmes as a social enterprise and how this may benefit income generation for their own organisation . All sessions will be in English.
Workshops will be provided in a "learning by doing" method. Participants will participate in many games, exercises and activities. They will learn about the effective application of outdoor methods in training with youngsters, theory and practical ideas. Participants will also have the opportunity to share their practices, discuss issues of their interest, and design future projects. During the final part of workshop, leaders will design and conduct training for youth groups. And will receive coaching and feedback on their work as trainer. Some activities during the course will be held outdoors with the active participation of participants.
To widen participants perspectives and challenge their attitudes and perceptions to mentoring disadvantaged young people through sport
To educate participants in techniques and skills which will help them to engage a wide range of young people, especially those with fewer opportunities, to make see sport as not only a means of maintaining good health but as a mediator and common positive factor when their are areas of disunity
To reaffirm participants’ competences in adapting activities related to mentoring disadvantaged young people through sport to different situations and youth groups
Young people with fewer opportunities take more responsibility for building a civic society.
Longer term benefits
1.locally, regionally and nationally organisations understand the positive value of sport in engaging with young people and adopt the framework of the project for youth workers
2. Young people have a more healthy active lifestyle and are more physically and mentally healthy.
3. Organisations increase their own organisational financial independence and enhance the employment opportunities of their own youth workers by considering using sport coaching/participation as a means of social enterprise.
4. At a European level we could provide evidence to the recently established •Expert Group on Sport, Health and Participation,
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