Co-funded by the
Erasmus+ Programme
of the European Union

Crowdfunding

Promotion and encourAGement of recreatiONal team sport

International sports project

European Week of Sport

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International Sport Symposium “GOOD GOVERNANCE IN GRASSROOTS SPORT”

To promote and support good governance in sport to strengthen grassroots sport.

DATE: Tuesday, May 17
PLACE: Concert hall “Great Amber” Art Gallery “Civita Nova”
ORGANIZER: Latvian Sports Federations Council

Panel topics:
1. 
Cooperation aspects including the involved actors and financial models
2. Infrastructure base and accessibility
3. Promotion and involvement of people
4. 
Good governance in grassroots sport health sector

Conference was held in English and Latvian languages (synchronised translation)

Program Recommendations LV Recommendations ENG

International Conference “Be Active – engage in recreational team sports!”

International conference on motivation in children and youth sport for coaches and sport teachers
“Be Active – engage in recreational team sports!”

DATE: September 8 and 9, 2015
PLACE: Liepaja Olympic Center, Brivibas street 39, Liepaja, Latvia
ORGANIZER: Latvian Sports Federation’s Council

Conference was held in English and Latvian languages (synchronised translation)
Conference was broadcasted live
Conference was held within the European Week of Sport, implementing project “Promotion and encourAGement of recreatiONal team sport” under the Erasmus+ programme

 

WATCH CONFERENCES VIDEO HERE

 

Schedule

International Floorball Tournament

International Tournament in Floorball for ages 13 – 15

DATE: September 18 – 20, 2015
LOCATION: Kocēni, Latvia
ORGANIZER: Latvian Floorball Union
PARTICIPANTS: Teams from Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Poland

The tournament had two functions: (1) to engage young people, especially in risk groups for obesity and social exclusion, (2) to try out and teach to young people the software for automatic-articles.

Schedule

International Handball Tournament

International Tournament in Handball for ages 13 – 15

DATE: September 11 – 13, 2015
LOCATION: Vidzeme’s Olympic Center, Latvia
ORGANIZER: Latvian Handball Federation
PARTICIPANTS: Teams from Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland

The tournament had two functions: (1) to engage young people, especially in risk groups for obesity and social exclusion, (2) to try out and teach to young people the software for automatic-articles.

Schedule

About the project

The problem of obesity among adolescents in the European countries has grown dramatically in recent years. Studies of a range of academic databases, such as Public Affairs Information Services of the European Countries, publications of the World Health Organization, the International Scholarly Research emphasise the prevalence of overweight and obesity in adolescents and lack of physical activities. Research shows that childhood obesity is strongly associated with risk factors for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, mental disorder, underachievement in school, etc. The research results reveal the necessity to work out methods and tactics to encourage health-enhancing physical activity especially among young people, embracing two target groups, such as inactive adolescents to promote healthy life style and socially inactive young people who for example have dropped out from school and do not work or study (NEET group - Not in Employment, Education or Training). As stated above the first target group is adolescents. Considering that adolescence is the teenagers’ period of searching purpose of life, aims related to appearance, well-being, togetherness, inclusion, etc., they are the right target group to promote team sports to develop healthy life style habits. Another target group are young people who are dropped-out from school, not working and training, so called NEET group. Without the help of society to encourage them and involve in rather activities these youngsters are at very high risk to stay as drop-outs for all their life. We mainly concentrate on youngsters drop-outs from school or training. While having team sports for adolescence and NEET as our projects primary focus, we see value of also having for part of the activities more narrow focus. Specifically, two relatively new sports – Handball and Floorball, both having a list of common aspects that separate them from other sports. Taking into account above mentioned, the aim of the project is to promote active lifestyle in adolescents ages 13 – 15 with recreational team sport. Or in full: The aim of the project is to promote active lifestyle in adolescents ages 13 – 15 that are at risk for obesity and adolescents with fewer opportunities (NEET) using recreational team sport and their guiding principles both on and off the pitch as the main tool.
Description of objectives

Description of objectives:

  • Promoting and supporting good governance in sport to strengthen grassroots sport - throughout the whole project and beyond. Addressed directly by a conference for sport professionals. Also the introduction of Crowdfunding platform will create an additional structured platform for financial needs of any teenager sport team.
  • Promote voluntary activity in sport - through teaching, learning and participating in sporting activities.
  • Encourage participation in sport and physical activity, especially by supporting the implementation of the EU Physical Activity Guidelines. By using handball and floorball, as one of the major sports, through which the targets will be achieved. These sports are not yet commercialized and young people have enormous potential to affect not only their health and fitness, but also help to develop these sports further and bring them to a wider public.
  • Create a joint system or guidance for teachers, trainers, sport clubs etc. on how to involve in sport and work with project target groups using recreational team sport as a main tool. Such a common framework for coaches, young people, their parents, sport federations, unions, committees, other stakeholders would function in order to better motivate, provide an understanding of the role of health and sporting principles, develop ability to retain attention, teach the sporting principles and philosophy of team sports, encourage the dual principle that studies are equally important as sports, teach them that sport and education goes hand in hand with each other.
  • Make the sport more accessible to all youngsters and make the environment accessible to do sport together without social group limitations. Encourage social inclusion and equal opportunities in sport and health-enhancing physical activity, especially by supporting the Implementation of EU Strategies, notably the EU Gender Equality Strategy and the EU Disability Strategy.
About the project

AGON Conference

Uldis Sesks (Latvia)

Liepaja city Mayor’s speach to the conference participants.

Edgars Severs (Latvia)

Deputy State Secretary’s – Director of the Sports Department at Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia speech to the conference participants.

Einars Fogelis (Latvia)

AGON project coordinator, Latvian Sports Federations Council’s presidents speech to the conference participants.

Pēteris Apinis (Latvia)

Team sports as the best method to fight inactivity, obesity and chronic diseases among children and adolescents. From doctor’s point of view.

Dzintars Mozgis (Latvia)

Children’s health and psycho-emotional wellbeing in Latvia.

Andrea Řezníčková (Czech Republic)

How to involve children and adolescents in team sports? Examples of good practice.

Radek Bendl (Czech Republic)

How to involve children and adolescents in team sports? Examples of good practice.

Raimonds Elbakjans (Latvia)

How to involve children and adolescents in team sports? Examples of good practice.

Anrijs Brencāns (Latvia)

How to involve children and adolescents in team sports? Examples of good practice.

Zigmunds Mickus (Latvia)

How to involve children and adolescents in team sports? Examples of good practice.

Juris Grants (Latvia)

Sports science – for health and physical activities.

Andrejs Ērglis (Latvia)

Overweight and obesity impact on children’s heart.

Artis Lagzdiņš (Latvia)

Children and adolescent sport in Liepaja.

Inga Dobele (Latvia)

Sports teachers’ responsibility when dealing with children and adolescents from social risk groups.

John Liljelund (Finland)

How to involve children and adolescents in team sports? Examples of good practice.

Jānis Grants (Latvia)

Factors affecting adolescent participation in sports.

Melita Sauka (Latvia)

Body Mass Index evaluation for young athletes.

Signe Rinkule (Latvia)

Recommendations for a balanced diet for children and adolescents with overweight and obesity problems. Involvement of parents and coaches.

Rolf Carlson (Sweden)

Overweight and obesity impact on children’s heart.

Conference "Be Active - engage in recreational team sports!", Liepāja, Latvia, 8-9 September, 2015

SPORTS SYMPOSIUM

Sports Symposium "Good Governance in Grassroots Sport", Liepāja, Latvia, 17 May, 2016

Partners

LATVIAN SPORTS FEDERATION’S COUNCIL

Czech Handball Federation

International Floorball Federation

Latvian Handball Federation

Lithuanian Union of Sports Federations

Polish Floorball Federation

Polish Olympic Committee

Estonian Floorball Union

Foundation of Sport Education and Information

Estonian Handball Association

Lithuanian Handball Federation

Latvian School sport federation

Lithuanian Floorball Federation

Polish Handball Federation

Latvian Floorball Union

About the week

The European Week of Sport aims to promote sport and physical activity across Europe. The Week is for everyone, regardless of age, background or fitness level. With a focus on grassroots initiatives, it will inspire Europeans to #BeActive on a regular basis and create opportunities in peoples’ everyday lives to exercise more. #BeActive is a call to action to get Europeans moving!

The context

A #BeActive society is a healthy, happy and inclusive one. Engagement in sport and physical activity is at an all-time low: 59% of Europeans never or seldom exercise or play sport (Eurobarometer). Participation in sport and physical activity is stagnating, and in some EU Member States, even declining. It’s not just people’s health and well-being that suffers; it’s our society and economy as a whole. Increased spending on health care, a loss of productivity in the workplace and reduced employability are just a few of the negative knock-on effects.

Shape of the week

The European Week of Sport takes place at EU, national, regional and local level, and is structured to include themes and activities that appeal to all audiences. Public authorities, the sport movement, civil society organisations, the private sector, grassroots initiatives and individuals are working together to inspire people to be more active. The Week is structured around four Focus Days: Education environment, Workplace, Outdoors, Sport Clubs and Fitness Centres. These are the main settings where people can improve their habits and #BeActive! The European Week of Sport as a whole is composed of projects co-financed by the European Commission, as well as events organised by the Week’s European partners, national coordinators, ministries, civil society organisations, local authorities and the private sector. Any individual or organisation can also develop and register an event with the European Week of Sport. The European Week of Sport includes events and activities across the 28 EU Member States as well as in Macedonia, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, and Turkey.

2015 Highlights

The European Week of Sport is working to build an active Europe. There are many opportunities to #BeActive wherever you are. This is the first year of The European Week of Sport. The aim is to inspire all kinds of creative and exciting events and activities in different countries.