This is a reference for Roberto Solinas

Inclusive Sport For All

The training activity took place
in Tempio Pausania
organised by Mine Vaganti European Youth Group
3-10 June 2013

Aims & objectives

“Inclusive Sport for all” dealt with the importance of the Sport as an educational tool for promoting social inclusion.
Target group: social worker, youth worker, youth leader who have experience and like to use Sport as an educational method.

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

The 12 countries involved in the project were the following: Turkey, Spain, Poland, Norway, Uk, Slovenia, Romania Estonia, France, Croatia, Bulgaria plus Italy, in total 27 participants.
Target group: social worker, youth worker, youth leader who have experience in sport activity or who like to use Sport as an educational method.

Training methods used & main activities

Learning objectives of the TC were:
- To raise knowledge and gain new experiences on Sport and outdoor activities as tools of recognition of non formal learning;
- To clarify the challenges of Sport as a tool for education regarding to content and methodology, non formal and informal learning process, intercultural learning and impact on local community;
- To create a network of professionals (youth leader, social worker and Trainer) who work with people fewer opportunities using those new methodologies and ready to develop new YIA projects raising awareness on personal, social and professional development during the work activity.
The working method proposed by the Trainers started from a wider point of view, macro areas such as values, education and intercultural dialogue through Sport, to the specific activities such as tools and methods to be held during the daily working life in every NGOs or youth centers when you can make the difference for building a civic society (bottom-up process).
Sport has an educational dimension and plays a social, cultural and recreational role.
The main topic of this project was to use “sports as a way of improving active citizenship activities, cultural exchange and social inclusion of young people”.
Sport activity has enormous potential of social inclusion thanks to its capacity to bring all the people together, regardless of age, gender or social origin.
Organisers and Trainers wanted to underline the importance of Sport in informal, non formal and formal educational context.
Usually, during a Sport activity, people could learn a lot of things (rules, fair play ecc) even if they are embedded in a informal context.
To play a game means to use an universal language which follow rules and try to work hard in order to reach the aim: to win the competition with the others and/or yourself.
The Trainers leaded sessions based on spreading new methods about Sport as a tool for inclusion of people with fewer opportunities: young with disabilities, immigrants, persons discriminated by gender and people from rural area.

Outcomes of the activity

The TC followed the non formal education approach: a combination of different creative and interactive methods were used by the Trainers team and designed upon the profile of participants.
Some examples of working methods: theoretical inputs, round table, Compass/Salto sessions, individual/group activities, group exercises, work on examples in a small group, case studies, real attempts.
The outcomes were:
- 4 YIA projects to be developed
- A web portal which contains the best practice
- International network of people and NGO ready for follow up.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I was the main organiser (as president of the hosting NGO) and trainer.
The other trainers were Antonio Saccone and Gary Grieve.

I worked on this training for 6 days as a full time trainer.

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