Civil Society – a Fair Play Actor of European Union
January 2016 -
International Training Course
"The value of grassroots sport
for education and youth work"
8 – 17 April 2016, Iasi, Romania
The international training gathered 33 youth workers and youth leaders from 16 countries of the European Union: United Kingdom, Greece, Cyprus, Belgium, Poland, Latvia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia, France, Romania, Czech Republic, Portugal and Italy.
The participants were youth leaders, youth workers and trainers from nongovernmental associations of civil society and universities active in domains such as non formal education, youth work, social inclusion, fight against discrimination and xenophobia, culture, employment, equal opportunities, grassroots sports, and others.
The training provided the educational framework for the participants to understand the role of sport for the development of the community.
Within the international training it was shared experience from different countries of Europe, brought examples of good practice, and created an international background where the participants were creative and identified together new ways of action at local, national and European level.
Within the training were approached topics such as: the European policy framework for sport activities, European documents on sport, social inclusion through sport activities, understanding the synergy between sport and youth work and education in Europe, the importance of civil society in promoting sport and physical activity for the well being of the communities.
Within the training there were discussed and analyzed the European programmes and documents on sport such as: Erasmus+ Sport, EU Physical Activity Guidelines; White Paper on Nutrition, Overweight and Obesity; HEPA Europe, the European Network for the Promotion of Health-
The training was developed through non-
Within the program there were applied methodologies to develop the activity of civil society by introducing sport activities and to increase the level of participation in sport among citizens.
Within the training it was applied the SDD (Structured Democratic Dialogue) methodology, a methodology of dialogue which resulted with a joint vision and action plan.
According to the SDD methodology resulted a plan of actions which included as priorities the following:
To create and implement a strategy plan for the next 10 years
More funding support for civil society sport activities
More lessons of physical education in our schools
Free sport facilities for funded projects
More sport equipment in school
Encourage celebrities for volunteering in sports
Teaching kids in the kindergarten for equality
Build new places for sports activities
Make physical education classes more creative
To give free aqua gym classes to women who had cancer and surgery
Promote grassroots sports to motivate society to participate in sport.
The action plan resulted from more than 75 action proposals that were analyzed and voted through the SDD system. The participants as well recorded videos supporting these ideas that were uploaded on IDEA PRISM App.
Among other proposals were:
Increase the direct communication among authorities, educational institutions and civil society actors;
Create better conditions for open air sports in the cities;
Mix professionals with amateurs in sports;
To create job offers to develop sport activities as a factor of socialization of collectivities and respect;
Respect the plan and make sport classes.
The triggering question
that generated these ideas was
Tell us one specific action that authorities, educational institutions or civil society could implement in order to value the grassroots sport in education and youth work.
The participants were involved in sport activities that can be applied as educational methods in working with youth, such as: relay race, rugby tag, kin-
The methods proved to be efficient in developing the team work, adaptability, fair play, dynamics, equal involvement as well as physical condition.
Within the training it was organised the public debate Sport – the catalyst of the community with decision makers and public administration where it was discussed the role of sport and to underline the importance of the cooperation among the main actors of the community to develop the grassroots sport activities and to raise the citizens participation in sport.
At the debate it was present Mr. Sorin Avram Iacoban – deputy on the Romanian Parliament and President at the Romanian Chess Federation, and also a supporter of the introduction of chess classes in the primary school in the formal education in Romania. He supported the open discussions on raising the awareness regarding the importance of physical activities for health and increase of participation and equal access at sport for all.
The training provided knowledge and developed methodologies to increase the quality of the civil society organisations. The training raised the awareness of civil society regarding the role of sport as a social and educational activity and as a catalyst at community level.