Current projects

WATER SKYBALL IN EUROPE

2021 - 2022

The Water Skyball in Europe project targets the staff from different sport organizations (a national sport association, a local sport association, an NGO and a regional sport club) from 4 countries: Hungary, Poland, Slovenia and Croatia. The main objective of the project is to ‘support the mobility of volunteers, coaches, managers and staff of non-profit sport organisations’. To achieve these aims mainly two directions of activities are carried out: organising trainings for the staff and grassroot sport events by the staff for the public. The project focuses on Water Skyball (WSB) which is a new and innovative water sport from Hungary, appropriate to involve physically inactive people to do sport.The training and tryout events are organised for the participants about WSB where they may learn about the gameplay, the ethos, rules and referee activities, as well as transfering good practices about grassroot sport event organisation. The participants can learn about WSB in practice on the tryout events, where they can learn by playing the game and doing the refereeing. Part of the trainings is held as an online seminar over the course of a few months in the off-season which enables the participants to properly engage in the educational part of the project.Five grassroot sport events are organised along the transnational project meetings to promote health enhancing physical activities and motivate people for doing sports. The main sport activity on the events is WSB because it has a significant fun factor which easily motivates newcomer players. The events are organised by the staff, and target a wide audience, including physically inactive people. A significant number of people are expected to either visit or watch the events, including ca. 100 tryout players, 1000 spectators and 10,000 online viewers for each event, therefore we expect to reach ca. 50-60,000 people with the sport events.


Flag football – Sport for everybody

2021 - 2022

Flag football is a sport for people of all ages, gender, backgrounds and abilities and is an ideal sport for mixed gender teams. It is fast spreading global sport with international structures and regular international events like European and world championship. International Federation of American Football (IFAF) is an official government body of flag football worldwide, recognized by International Olympic Committee (IOC).In light of the above, flag football provides a right fit to be a tool to deliver the educational potential of sport, to fight against obesity and diseases and to promote and spread European values among young people through Erasmus Sport project. Flag football is the fastest-growing new sport and there is a possibilitThe project “Flag football – Sport for everybody” aims to promote youth participation in sport, enhance the accessibility and social inclusion of young people and equalize gender gap.The project is inspired by similar project organizing in USA named “Play 60”, which aim is to empower the next generation of young people to be more physically active and healthy. Over 73 000 schools and youth organizations were impacted by the project. The research by Cooper institute “Play 60” revealed annual improvements in aerobic capacity and body mass index for students participating in the project.The present project assumes involvement of three key sectors as a cooperation between Sport organizations, Schools and youth NGOs. The engagement of these realms are essential to release the full potential of the sport project in the community of young people with emphasize on European value in non-invasive way.The implementation of a “Flag football - Sport for Everybody” project consist of 2 partners from Slovakia, Czech Republic and Slovenia.

Activation of youth to circular and zero-waste economy and promotion of European circular youth networks

2021 - 2022

A circular economy is a sustainable economic model in which the usefulness of products and materials is sought to be maintained for as long as possible. This means that, unlike a linear economy, where the flow of raw materials is unidirectional, the materials that would become waste at the end of the process are sorted and, if possible, reused in other process (EC, 2020). According to projections of current trends, our energy consumption (biomass, fossil fuels, etc.) is expected to double in 2040, with the result that waste can increase by as much as 70% by 2050. To prevent the black scenario, the European Commission has drafted a Green Deal. The European Green Deal is a strategic priority first outlined in the political guidelines of Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen. On 11 December 2019, the Commission presented a communication on the European Green Deal that sets out a detailed vision to make Europe the first climate- neutral continent by 2050, safeguard biodiversity, establish a circular economy and eliminate pollution, while boosting the competitiveness of European industry and ensuring a just transition for the regions and workers affected. The project aims at promoting and raising the awareness of youth and youth support organizations across EU countries about circular economy fundamentals and zero-waste economy thinking building the circular economy youth networks in project countries. At the current stage circular economy is just becoming a "buzz" word in Latvia, Portugal, Slovenia and Italy and young people are keen to follow zero-waste philosophy in sorting trash, changing purchasing habits and recycling, reusing and reducing waste. Zero-waste trend is having actually a good ground for building society thinking about circular economy as basis for environmental change.By activation of youth and youth support organizations internationally this project will help to open new thinking paradigm nationally and internationally that would be beneficial to local communities in partner countries. International dimension will help participating organizations and youth to learn international experience in circular economy.


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