Civil Society – a Fair Play Actor of European Union
January 2016 -
Civil Society Cup in Italy
Preparation for Civil Society Sport Cup in Cagliari, Italy
Before the start of the official days of the Civil Society Sport Cup, we started a promotion that lasted for 4 full months, called “The Road to Civil Society Sport Cup”.
The Road to Civil Society Sport Cup have seen mainly the participation of our staff in four different events, that we used to share information, collect contacts, provide information materials and get ready for the August event.
Short description of the events
It has been chosen following a small research we conducted at local level during the months of preparation in which we contacted several citizens of different target groups (but mainly youngsters 18-
The Football days gave the possibility to 5 teams (10 people each) to compete in a two-
The competition started on the 5th August with a round in which each team had to face all of the other teams in 30-
The 6th August each team faced each other again in a second round.
Each victory counted for 3 points in the tournament, a draw counted 1 point and a loss 0 points.
The two teams having the highest number of points faced each other in a 40-
A speech on the values of grassroots sport was given in the beginning for all the participants, staff and audience with an applause following it.
The maximum fair play and correct behaviour was asked to all the participants in the match, which was maintained throughout the tournament, with all the players having a competitive attitude but always with a correct spirit towards the opponent.
Prizes were given to the winning team, top scorer, best player, best goalkeeper and most fair player. A small present was given to all teams.
The players not taking part in the match happening in that moment have been the referees for the other teams matches, resulting in a further development of their attitude of fair play.
We decided to go for cycling as it was clear, from our research, that people liked simple sports, that everyone can do, are useful to move around, and gives you the possibility to enjoy the urban area in a different way. This was clear during the running event in which we took part, and as for many people cycling was even more popular, we organized one of the biggest group cycling events ever held in our city. The choice to do both a competitive and a non-
As for the 7th August, the cycling run involved, as mentioned, two kind of participants: competitive and non-
Both runs were 10 km, passing across the seaside of Cagliari towards a specific checkpoint and back to the meeting point.
An ambulance and a staff car followed the development of the run to avoid any accidents during it or react fast to any problems.
The competitive run started first, the non-
We provided prizes for the first three cyclists and a small present for all the other one.
The Civil Society Sport Cup has been a great success and a wonderful event for participants, organizers, audience and all the partners and guests involved. The main result underlined has been the one to be able to live together in the community, savouring the values that sport can nurture: Respect, Solidarity, Tolerance, Healthy Lifestyle, Cooperation, Fair Play and Active Participation.
As highlighted in the European Commission’s White Paper on Sport, sport activities generate numerous benefits to society starting from its contribution to the EU economy and the value it has for the wellbeing of the citizens. Also, sport activities are a good promoter of social and democratic values such as social inclusion, promoting equal opportunities and equal chances.
Physical activity, health and quality of life are closely interconnected. The human body was designed to move and therefore needs regular physical activity in order to function optimally and avoid illness. It has been proved that a sedentary lifestyle is a risk factor for the development of many chronic illnesses, including cardiovascular diseases, a main cause of death in the Western world. Furthermore, living an active life brings many other social and psychological benefits and there is a direct link between physical activity and life expectancy, so that physically active populations tend to live longer than inactive ones. Sedentary people who become more physically active report feeling better from both a physical and a mental point of view, and enjoy a better quality of life, as stated in the EU Physical Activity Guidelines.