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24.09.2022
On September 24, 2022, in the Silver City swimming pool in Sofia, an adapted swimming event #Train4Inclusive was held, organized within the European Week of Sports by the Bulgarian sports development association, in which athletes with intellectual disabilities took part. #Train4Inclusive is an initiative, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, which is implemented by an international consortium including representatives of Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, Slovenia and Spain and aims to develop a methodology and tools that sports coaches and managers of sports activities for people with disabilities can use to monitor the progress of their physical, cognitive and social skills.
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21.09.2022
On September 21, 2022, on the territory of the National Sports Academy "Vasil Levski" (NSA), Bulgarian sports development association attended an open football training organized in partnership with the management of the Faculty of Sports with Dean Prof. Krasimir Petkov, D.Sc. and the "Football and Tennis" Department headed by Assoc. Prof. Emil Atanasov, Ph.D.
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19.09.2022
On September 19, 2022, during practice of the master's degree students in the specialty "Sports Management" of the National Sports Academy "Vasil Levski", Joanna Dochevska chairperson of BSDA, presented the activities of the organization and introduced the "BOOST-Boosting Outstanding Omnicompetent Successful Talents" project. During the meeting the following topics were discussed: the need to increase skills and employability, modernize education, training and youth work with a focus on young people and the development of transversal skills and their importance for the personal and professional development of young people in Europe.
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17.09.2022
In the period 15-17 September, 2022, an international meeting of the consortium implementing the Sport for Every Child: Fit Kids project was held in Sassari, Italy. The initiative encourages social inclusion and equal opportunities and its main goal is to develop a modular based Physical Education methodology of sport activities, sport games and exercising for children and youngsters with mental and developmental disorders, illnesses and other disabilities. The projects team is focused on the groups that have to overcome most obstacles in doing sports activities, sport games and exercising.
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16.09.2022
The main output of the Ramps4Champs project is a guide on how to organise safe and inclusive Boccia BC3 activities including both people with disabilities and their able-bodied peers. To achieve this trainers and coaches will be trained on delivering Boccia BC3 activities but also on first aid and secondary care for people with disabilities.
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16.09.2022
The Carbon Neutral Sports Clubs Network (C ZERO SPORT CLUBS) project aims to encourage small sports clubs operating in Europe to take action and develop a sustainable understanding for climate action. It is a necessity for sports clubs to encourage an environmentally compatible management approach by including digital tools and to take responsibility environment because it is especially important for local sports clubs to carry their local activities outside of sports and to gain the support of the society by developing environmentalist behaviours. With the Carbon Neutral Sports Clubs Network, we plan to establish, we will have determined a roadmap for environmentalist activities we will plan in the future and we will apply inside of the sport clubs. These activities will be related how to manage a sport club management in an environmentalist approach, which are using recycled materials, using eco-lamps, using more bicycles for their daily works, organizing attractive planting activities etc.
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16.09.2022
Strong Mind for Success is an Erasmus Plus co-funded initiative aiming to build capacity in sport organizations nowadays in the field of mental care awareness and care towards youth athletes. Strong Mind for Success project will deliver innovative education on how mental health can contribute for the successful development of young football players in Bulgaria, Italy and Slovenia. This project will use the knowledge gathered from the results of the objectives and policies from the European Action Plans on Mental Health and will focus on educating young football players on mental health awareness.
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16.09.2022
Bulgaria and Croatia are countries where sea tourism forms a large part of the economy. Every year, a large number of children die from drowning in both countries who cannot swim or are afraid of the water. It is a well-known fact that the fear of water and swimming is very common among children. Sport is one of the most powerful tools that can support the inclusion process and in a gentle way present an opportunity for the mentioned target group. #SWIM! project aims to use the link between sport and overcoming psychological problems in an innovative and different way by developing a handbook of good practices that will be of benefit to both parents and organizations in the field of swimming.
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15.09.2022
In the period September 13-15, 2022, an international meeting under the HEPA (Health Enhancing Physical Activity) project was held in Sofia. The event was held in the building of the Center for Family Counseling at the Local Commission for Combating Antisocial Behaviors of Minors, Mladost metropolitan area, with secretary Ms. Stela Tsakina. The partnership meeting aimed to discuss the progress of the project, which aims to encourage participation in recreational physical activity for seniors (persons age 65+) by developing new recreational sport programmes suited for 3 types of most common health conditions back pain, cardiovascular diseases and osteoporosis. Representatives of 6 partner organizations from five European countries Bulgaria, Croatia, Portugal, Slovenia and Serbia analyzed and discussed the collected statistical data and results after the completion of the pilot program. In Bulgaria, the program started in April 2022 in the town of Berkovitsa, implemented with the help of local partners from the Health in the northwest association and conducted by Tatiana Elenkova and Plamena Chuburova proven sports specialists from the town.
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14.09.2022
On September 14, 2022, in Pescara, Italy, a final meeting under the "ENDURANCE" project was held, which is implemented in partnership with eight partners from seven countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, Italy, Slovakia and Spain). During the meeting, the online interactive e-learning platform for athletes, which includes modules such as project management, administration and reporting, guidelines and practical recommendations for future entrepreneurs, practical tasks and forms of creating and administering business projects, was discussed. The platform is free and can be used by active and former athletes at: https://enduranceproject.eu//
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13.09.2022
On 12.09. and 13.09.2022 an international meeting under the ONE GOAL project was held in Sofia, in which coaches and experts from 4 partner organizations Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania and Italy took part. During the meeting, theoretical and practical sessions were held, during which topics such as knowledge and qualifications about women's football, methods and practices for developing the skills of the women's football coaches, improving the physical and technical qualities of female football players and role models in this fast-growing movement were discussed. During the first day of the meeting, a discussion with the number 1 women football player for Bulgaria for 2021 Simona Petkova was held, who shared her experience and interesting moments from her professional career with the experts and coaches from the partner organizations. Assoc. Prof. Kornelia Naydenova, lecturer in the "Football and Tennis" department at the National Sports Academy "Vasil Levski" and coach of the goalkeepers in the women's team of Bulgaria and NSA, took part in the international meeting as a speaker. Ivaylo Zdravkov and Kalinka Gudarovska, board members of the organization, were present on behalf of the Bulgarian sports development association (BSDA).
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11.09.2022
In the period 0711 September 2022 in Gorni Milanovac, Serbia, an international youth camp and training of parasport coaches was held within the South-East European Youth Parasport Exchange SEEYou project. During the camp, young people with various disabilities had the opportunity to get to know the basics of athletics and take part in an international tournament, while trainings were held for the sports specialists working with them. Training and sports activities contribute to the development of sports for people with disabilities in partner countries Croatia, Serbia, Greece, Belgium, Bulgaria and Germany. The event was attended by Joanna Dochevska, Stefka Djobova and Ivelina Kirilova representatives of the partner organization from Bulgaria Bulgarian sports development association, who conducted the training activities and helped with expertise in the sports activities.
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10.09.2022
Children's camp CHILDREN AND THE SEA 2022 was held in the period 410 September on the territory of the Water Sports Base "NSA" Nesebar. This is a pilot edition of the camp and 26 children with SEN, GDD and autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome took part in it together with their families. Half of the children practice sambo in the club SEN, Sport, SAMBO for development, and the rest practice swimming in #BGandSportsforAll. For most of them, this is their first sports camp. During the camp, the children purposefully improved their skills in swimming, rowing, sambo and general physical fitness, team play, ball games, relay games, dancing, coordination, agility, speed, concentration, standing in rows and columns, dedication, mutual help, consistency and persistence, and others supporting their independence and sports skills. The activities were supported by the NSAs Adapted Physical Activity Sector and the Bulgarian sports development association /BSDA/, as well as numerous volunteers who ensured the trouble-free implementation of the initiative.
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09.09.2022
On the 8th and the 9th of September, 2022, in the town of Velenje, Slovenia, a partner meeting under the Train4Inclusive project was held. During the meeting the partners planned the future activities, discussed the results achieved so far, as well as the methodology by which the pilot local training events for sport coaches are going to be developed, as an innovative tool for education through sports activities. The project team is going to develop a specific training program for coaches of athletes with disabilities based on the information collected and analyzed in the previous stages of the project and the manual. The consortium consists of 5 European countries: Croatia, Italy, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Spain. Kalinka Gudarovska, board member, and Emilia Tsanova, part of the organization's team, were present on behalf of the Bulgarian sports development association (BSDA).
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05.09.2022
On the 5th of September, 2022, Bulgarian sports development association completed the four-month free physical activity program of adults, coordinated by the local partner of the project the Health in the northwest association. The pilot program was implemented by proven sports professionals from the town Tatiana Elenkova and Plamena Chuburova and after its completion, the benefits of such programs are going to be analysed, and according to the feedback from the participants, there is an urgent need for similar activities aimed at adults. The program was implemented within the framework of the HEPA (Health Enhancing Physical Activity) project, co-funded under the Erasmus+ programme of the European union, which aims to encourage participation in recreational physical activity for seniors (persons age 65+) by developing new recreational sport programmes suited for 3 types of most common health conditions back pain, cardiovascular diseases and osteoporosis. The initiative is running simultaneously in five European countries Bulgaria, Croatia, Portugal, Slovenia and Serbia. The Bulgarian partner of the initiative is the Bulgarian sports development association.
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03.09.2022
In the period 31.08 03.09.2022, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina was held a testing mobility of project "BOOST-Boosting Outstanding Omnicompetent Successful Talents". BOOST is a 24-month strategic partnership, co-funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union, which aims to create new learning and personal development opportunities for young people in Europe by providing interactive educational formats and methods based on the development of transversal skills. The meeting was attended by representatives of partner countries from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Italy and Croatia and during the testing mobility, project team and recruited youth workers attended practical visits in youth organizations in the country, focussed on the transversal skills development in young people NAHLA, Foundation Mozaik and HomeWorkHub, all doing amazing job for the young people in the country. On the second day of the mobility, the international group held testing workshops during which were done final test of the e-learning platform for transversal skills development, available already at www.boostskills.eu. At the project platform is available as well #BOOST handbook, which is a valuable learning tool for youth workers in the field of transversal skills development and it is available for free download in Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, English and Italian languages.
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03.09.2022
On the 3rd of September 2022, for another year "Familathlon" the largest outdoor holiday dedicated to sports and entertainment, gathered hundreds of citizens and guests of Sofia on the open lawns in South Park 2. The Bulgarian sports development association took an active part in the event, presenting the activities of the ongoing initiatives co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union: BOOST Boosting Outstanding Omnicompetent Successful Talents and On the way to acceptance a non-formal youth programme of innovative tolerance awareness tools and together with the partners from Class4YourBack and Church workshop at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Sofia organized sports activities for the attendees.
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26.08.2022
In the period 24-26 August, 2022, in the Klisura Monastery St. St. Cyril and Methodius, within a summer camp, organized by the Sunday School at the Church of the Nativity, the Sunday School at the Church of St. Martyr Paraskeva, Association of Bulgarians with Asthma, Allergy and COPD and Theater Company Empty Space, a children sports holiday was held, as part of the pilot activities under the HEPA SUN initiative. During the event, the children had the opportunity to learn about the innovative methods for a healthy and active lifestyle and the positive aspects of regular sports activities, with the aim of instilling a love of movement at a very young age.
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26.08.2022
In the period 25-26 August 2022, in Primorsko, Bulgaria, a children sports event was held within the "Sport for inclusion and inclusion for sport" project, which was attended by children and sports professionals from volleyball club "Ahil" Sofia. During the event, a children sports holiday "Youth sport day" was implemented, during which the Education through sport (ETS) methodology, which uses sport as a tool for social inclusion, social adaptation and socialization, was demonstrated. The sports day implemented sessions in which sport was used as an educational approach, addressing different topics such as developing tolerance, teamwork, work related to the elimination of prejudices and stereotypes and social inclusion of different social groups.
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25.08.2022
On 25.08.2022, in Primorsko, Bulgaria, a round table with the participation of coaches, teachers and specialists in physical education and sport was held. The event was implemented within the "We Shant TolerHate" (WSTH) project a strategic partnership lasting 24 months focused on promoting youth volunteering as an instrument to contrast discrimination against migrants and refugees among the youth categories and within the hosting societies.
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25.08.2022
On the 25th of August 2022, in Primorsko, Bulgaria, a training course within the "Sport for inclusion and inclusion for sport" project was held which was attended by coaches, teachers and specialists in sport and physical activity. Sport for inclusion and inclusion for sport is a project that seeks to encourage social inclusion and equal opportunities in sport through improvement of skills of coaches, trainers and other staff of organizations active in the fields of sport, youth work and social care and activities related to the social inclusion through sports. During the event the project, its aims and objectives as well as the Education through sport methodology were presented.
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24.08.2022
Expert training and InSport youth sports day were held in Klisura Monastery in the period 20-24.08.2022. Sports for inclusion and inclusion for Sport project is an initiative that involves 4 partners for 4 European countries Bulgaria, Italy, Lithuania and Turkey. This is a project that seeks to encourage social inclusion and equal opportunities in sport through improvement of skills of coaches, trainers and other staff of organizations active in the fields of sport, youth work and social care and activities related to the social inclusion through sports.
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30.07.2022
On the 30th of July, 2022, in the Home for adults with mental disabilities in the town of Banya Sonic Start, a focus group with users and educators of the social service was held, which aimed to understand the needs of individuals regarding sport and physical activity, and in particular regarding the opportunities to practice table tennis. The game of table tennis is one of the most engaging activities for the brain and even older players can play table tennis recreationally. It is a fast moving, competitive activity which positively affects physical fitness levels, improves sustained attention and enhances the development of visuospatial skills. Due to these characteristics and the accessibility of the sport, it has been proved through research that table tennis can be effectively used as a prevention and rehabilitation program for people suffering or at risk to develop Alzheimer's and dementia since it activates up to five different sections of their brains simultaneously.
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27.07.2022
In the period 2427 July 2022, an international training on the organization of sports events was held in Volos, Greece, as well as testing of an innovative mobile application in which teams from different countries can compete online within the framework of the "Multisport Community Experience' initiative. The five partner organizations are: Bulgarian sports development association (Bulgaria), Dubrovnik Sports Association (Croatia), European Platform for Sports Innovation (Belgium), NGO Nest Berlin (Germany) and the University of Thessaly (Greece). Joanna Dochevska, Ivan Ivanov, Syuleiman Syuleiman, Vasil Metodiev and Yulian Andreev took part in the training.
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20.07.2022
On July 20, 2022, at the St. Kozma and Damyan Monastery, during a summer camp, organized by the Sunday School at the Church of the Nativity, the Sunday School at the Church of St. Martyr Paraskeva, Association of Bulgarians with Asthma, Allergy and COPD and Theater Company Empty Space, a children's sports holiday was held, as part of the pilot activities under the HEPA SUN initiative. During the event, the children had the opportunity to learn about the innovative methods for a healthy and active lifestyle and the positive aspects of regular sports activities, with the aim of instilling a love of movement at a very young age.
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19.07.2022
On July 19, 2022, in the Specialized Hospital for Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation, Pernik, a training on physical activity in osteoporosis was held, in which the health specialists working in the medical facility participated. The event was held at the invitation of Emil Nenkov, manager of the specialized hospital, and after the current event, patients diagnosed with osteoporosis will have the opportunity to benefit from the program. Considering the needs to encourage osteopenic/osteoporotic patients to practice physical activity and to train health professionals on how to encourage them, the HAPPY BONES project aims to develop and promote an innovative exercise protocol for osteoporosis for osteopenic/osteoporotic, sedentary individuals aged 50-65 years, to engage them in moderate exercise and as a consequence, to increase their quality of life (physiologically and psychologically). In the period October 2021 April 2022, a free Happy Bones therapy for women diagnosed with osteoporosis was held in Sofia, in which 24 ladies participated in. The program provided an opportunity to test in practice a protocol that ensures the quality physical activity for the target group.
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14.07.2022
In the period 12-14 July, 2022, in Mirandela, Portugal, an international meeting under the HEPA (Health Enhancing Physical Activity) project was held. The project aims to encourage participation in sports and physical activity of seniors (persons age 65+) by developing new recreational sport programmes suited for 3 types of most common health conditions back pain, cardiovascular diseases and osteoporosis. The meeting brought together representatives of 6 partner organizations from five European countries Bulgaria, Croatia, Portugal, Slovenia and Serbia. The sports specialists Ivelina Kirilova, PhD and Joanna Dochevska took part in the meeting on behalf of the Bulgarian sports development association.
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