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Social Inclusion and Intercultural Learning through Sports

The training activity took place
in Chaves, Portugal
organised by Portuguese and French National Agency of Erasmus + Youth in Action

Aims & objectives

SIILS training aimed at introduce the practice of sports has a tool to address social issues, promote intercultural learning, social development and inclusions.
Its goals were:
A. Encouraging the use of sport as a tool to reach interculturality and promote social inclusion
B. Develop participants' competences to use sport to develop intercultural learning
C. Develop participants' competences to use sport to promote social inclusion
D. Share of good practices in the field of Sport as a tool for social inclusion and intercultural learning
E. Promote Erasmus + as a tool for development through sports.

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

The training brought together 29 participants from 16 countries [Austria, Belgium - FL, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey] being them both youth workers and workers active in the sport field with children and young people. The majority of the group was at its first experience in an international training under the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme. The team was composed by one trainer from French National Agency EVS Pool of Trainers and one trainer from Portuguese National Agency Pool of Trainers.

Training methods used & main activities

The entire process of the SIILS training followed the principles of Non-Formal Education. The programme flow explored 2 main blocks [intercultural learning and social inclusion] to then merge them looking at how sports can be a tool to promote them. Later on the group was invited to design follow up projects and actions. An example of training methods is the use of sports exercises to understand how one can adapt activities to reach educational objective. For that we used:
:: Normal frisbee game in teams
:: Frisbee game in teams with limitatations and special rules
:: Fingers and thumbs from Compass

Outcomes of the activity

The training report is available at Portuguese and French NA. Participants and team evalution underlined as positive the following topics:
:: The fact that the training reached newcomers in the Programme
:: The fact that the training explored links between youth work and sport
:: The fact that the programme allowed participans to get to know new methods and a good conceptual understanding of intercultural learning and social inclusion
:: The fact that the training created the conditions to design and implement 2 follow up international projects.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I was a full time trainer in the activity together with another colleague. I was involved since the beginning in transforming training aim and objectives into a coherent programme flow, I designed and delivered several sessions, including, among others, the block on social inclusion and the block on merging intercultural learning and social inclusion with sports. I feedbacked and support my colleague in the design and implementation of the remaining sessions. Finally I analised participants evaluation and delivered the final report.

I worked on this training for 3 days as a full time trainer.

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