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MVNGO EYF 2012 “Inclusive Sport in Sardinia”

MVNGO EYF 2012 “Inclusive Sport in Sardinia”

The aim of this MVNGO’s TC was to develop knowledge and skills of youth leaders and educators about how they can use sport as a tool for inclusion.
The project dealt with the importance of the sport activities in the process of inclusion of disadvantaged people.

Objectives of the tc were:

– To know what are the participant’s experiences in relation with Sport

– To introduce Positive Sport Value and the concept of “adaptive games” developing participants’ competences in adapting sport activities in order to facilitate the process of inclusion of people with fewer opportunities ( e.g.
immigrants, disabled bodies, ecc.)

– To examine the issue of inclusion of all the people within human rights education;

– Alert young educators to integrate outdoor activities as an important method of inclusion and help to select materials for collect more information about this issue.

Main program elements:
The program started with the presentation of the Council of Europe and European youth Foundation (history, aim and objectives), an introduction of the Project and a presentation of  Mine Vaganti.

Discussions were facilitated on:
Defying the concept of inclusion and exclusion, defying sport and its values, sport and media(how they can spread positive messages), team building activities, best practices . We had the pleasure to invite a testimonial: Jeff Onorato ( international water ski championship) who showed how is possible using sport as a tool for inclusion and how he helped different kind of persons with fewer opportunities on re integrating them into the society.
We organized hearing of Gallura best practices associations telling their stories about different relationship between sport and inclusion.
Young leaders and educators have been involved in developing European projects.

Skilled trainers provided information on how we can use sport as a tool for inclusion breaking stereotypes.
The programme provided space for individual and group reflection. We encouraged exchanging of individual practices, teamwork, role playings and debates.
Participants have been awarded with the certificates after the completion of the training.
Project target group were youth educators, youth workers at associations or youth leaders aimed to become Ngo’s trainer using the non formal education method.

The participants had an active role during the tc, because they developed project idea and they were actively involved in every single step of the training.
The innovative nature of the sport was the new concept of sport for a social inclusion of different kind of minorities( usually in sport the disadvantage people are divided into category) but thanks to the adaptive games: immigrants, disable bodies, young prisoners could play together at the same level.
The 4 days training course have a positive effects among guys: they created new project about sport activities and new relationship were established among associations, participants and institutions (at local and European level), they started to cooperated with Mine Vaganti for the implementation of one of the above mentioned tools.