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TC How to use Sport and Games as a tool in youth work

The training activity took place
in Aston Clinton, England
organised by Paper Trail
21.02 - 01.03.2009

Aims & objectives

This training course was aimed at providing the youth workers with knowledge and skills how to use sportive activities as tool in their work with children and young people.
- discuss the values of sport and its visibility in the reality;
- provide skills how to promote sportsmanship and inclusion;
- develop practical skills of more effective and assertive communication as well as positive conflict resolution on sportive scene;
- provide the knowledge on empowerment and transfering skills.

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

The direct target group of the TC were youth workers already active in the field of youth work as well as working or interested in starting work using sport as a tool. There were 32 participants from 8 European countries: England, Hungary, Portugal, Finland, Germany, Poland, Estonia, Slovak Republic.

Training methods used & main activities

The training was based on using non formal education methods which were all related to the topic of sport and sport values. The participants had a chance to see what happens to those values in practice by a simulated activity of a sport game. Other methods used during the training were:
- ice breakers,
- team building games;
- open space;
- group reflection;
- role play game;
- group discussions.

Outcomes of the activity

As a result the participants have discussed what are the values that sport has to offer and how are they revealed and implemented nowadays. They have developed their skills within promoting sportsmanship and inclusion. They have deepened their knowledge about NFE and YiA program. The activities dedicated to conflict and communication provided the participants with practical skills of more effective and assertive communication as well as positive conflict resolution on sportive scene. This has become a very crucial outcome for the participants as in their everyday life they face various conflicts in sportive context. The workshops on leadership helped the participants realise their own leadership skills and improve them with the awareness of character of such role. They were also given the knowledge on empowerment and transfering skills highly usefull in their youth work.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I belonged to the trainers' team consisting of four professional tainers and the European coordinator. I was responsible for team building and group dynamic activities as well as leading some of the sessions such as conflict resolution, leadership and simulated sport activities. My side tasks were also to help with the administrational work and reporting.

I worked on this training for 7 days as a full time trainer.

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