Sports, physical activity, solidarity and community spirit during COVID-19

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Sports, physical activity, solidarity and community spirit during COVID-19

6 April 2020Adult, News, Youth

Sport can change the world and strengthen social ties, promoting solidarity, respect and peace.

But what can we do when sports facilities are closed and our participation in individual and team sports activities is limited?

Our individual skills can help us experience creative ways to improve our health and well-being through sport and physical activity even from the confines of our own homes.

The COVID-19 emergency has profoundly transformed our daily routine, but this does not mean that we should stop being physically active. Maintaining  ties with coaches, instructors and teammates helps us stay physically fit, but also socially active.

The World Health Organization recommends physical activity of about 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of high intensity per week, or a combination of both.  WHO has collected some suggestions on how to keep fit without equipment and with limited space.

There are so many free and accessible digital tools that can encourage everyone to stay active while staying at home.

On this International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, we offer you an overview of our activities and ask you to stay safe and healthy investing in the greatest value of sport: making us an active community in order to overcome together the current challenges and to run faster towards the future.

ACTIVE BUSINESSES – Comprehensive practice led survey on health and physical activity promotion in businesses

The project aims to create a comprehensive based approach to tackle the issue of health and physical activity (HEPA), using the worksite as the most promising venue of delivery. ACTIVE BUSINESSES will become a comprehensive program of activities to be easily applied within different working environments in order to improve the health and physical conditions of workers, employees, entrepreneurs and managers. The partnership involves organisations from Slovenia, Poland, United Kingdom, Turkey and Italy. Each organization is currently promoting the principles of the project and activities to its local network, creating a flexible model of health promotion programs based on physical activity and healthy lifestyles, suitable for the different needs of businesses in different EU countries.

For further information, please contact Rosina Ndukwe,

ACTIVEGAMES4CHANGE - Engaging young offenders through sports and physical activity

It supports the inclusion of young offenders in society through their engagement in sport and physical activities to develop their citisenship, emotional and social e-competences.

For that a Toolbox will be available for educators, social workers and professionals working with young offenders. In the next two years, the development of the methodology and an app will take place to support the implementation of the activities in different centres and communities for minors in Palermo. Moreover, there are spots opened for educators, social workers and policy makers in the fields of Education, Sport and Juvenile Justice to participate in networking event at the European Parliament.
To participate in the project activities or to receive further details contact Cloé Saint-Nom:

ESVOL - Sport Has the Power to Change Europe!

It aims at creating useful tools that will help sport volunteers to develop their leadership and innovation skills according to their future aspirations and business ideas.

The partners have conducted a bibliographical research of academic publications and good practices, as well as a series of interviews in order to better understand the need of people, who dedicate their time to sport-based volunteering.

Based on the results of this analysis, partners are currently developing a MOOC and a gamified platform that will become the training tools for the volunteers.  These instruments will be tested in pilot trainings in the five partner countries and the final versions will be available on the project’s website.

For further information, please contact Maryna Manchenko:

GoSport – Promoting good governance in sport through social responsibility

It contributes to the improvement of good governance in sports organisations in Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Italy to combat racism, discrimination and intolerance and promote participation and inclusivity. The project will explore how social responsibility is communicated within sport organisations, and will provide tools to sports organisations and professionals for better understanding the relationships among sports organisations, their stakeholders and society, and on effectively integrating social responsibility within their governance practices.

Current activities include research across the five countries with non-profit/community sports clubs and academies, professional and semi-professional sports teams and clubs. Afterwards, the collection of findings will be analysed and compiled into an EU level report that will report on how sport organisations interpret, manage and prioritise social responsibility issues, how organizational governance influences social responsibility and how social responsibility is communicated within sports organisations.

For further information, please contact Rosina Ndukwe,

SAVE - New skills for coaches to prevent exclusion and violence among children

It seeks to prevent violent and socially exclusive behaviors through physical activity. The current research carried out shows a range of possible interpretations of these two phenomena from both a psychological and sociological point of view, offering helpful methods to coaches who train children (ages 6 to 12) in grass-root sport clubs.

The project is currently implemented in Lithuania, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Spain, Austria and Italy. The consortium created a competence card as well as an efficient curriculum for coaches who work with pupils in order to give them the tools to prevent violence and exclusion in team sports.

The curriculum was piloted and tested amongst trainers and coaches with great results and now the partnership is about to finalise and publish it for both the scientific community and sport organizations.

For further information, please contact Emiliano Mungiovino,