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Youth in Action 1.1 “ExSport ME Import US!”

ExSport ME, Import US!

This Exchange dealt with the importance of the Sport values and dynamics and their impact on health and society.

The main focus was placed on Sport as a tool to fight violence / social exclusion and promote inclusion of minorities.

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 is an area of human activity which takes a great interest on citizens of the EU and has enormous potential for bringing them together, reaching out to all, regardless of age, gender or social origin.

In addition to improving the health of European citizens, Sport has an educational dimension and plays a social, cultural and recreational role. The EU encourages support for Sport and physical activity through various policy initiatives in the field of education and training, including the development of social and civic competences.

The aim wass to promote participation of young people in Sports activities which enable minorities to integrate socially – for instance, disabled people –  and to create / empower personal, social and communicative skills, necessary to help a process of integration and inclusion.

The objective was also to form competences on how to use the methodology “Education through Sport” and to create a network of people interested in using these new skills.

The activities we organized have included: workshops, talks, role-playing, visits, debates and practice of several team-sports in outdoor and indoor context.

The core and thread of this exchange were the so called “Mini Olympic/Paralympic Games”, Sport’s activities – adaptable for people with disability – between multinational teams composed by participants from all the European organizations that take part in it.

The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle, the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well. (P. De Coubertin).