Young Ambassadors for Sport and Volunteering started
In the period 02 - 05 March 2017, in Sassari, Italy, the first meeting of the Young Ambassadors for Sport and Volunteering Project was held, which will select, prepare and support 5 participants from each partner country for the promotion of volunteer activities in the field of sport. Joanna Dochevska - Chairwoman of the Bulgarian sports development association, who is a partner of the project from Bulgaria, took part in the meeting. BSDA works for the development and promotion of volunteering in the sphere of sports in Bulgaria and over the years has implemented a large number of campaigns and initiatives on the topic and works purposefully for normative collateral of volunteering. A "Young Volunteer in Sport Handbook" has been created, many volunteer programs are being developed in sports organizations, as well as an online volunteer database - "Be Volunteer!", Which includes people from all over the country, including the possibility to join volunteer sports projects, their experience and personal skills. To this date, over 170 volunteers have been registered.

Young Ambassadors for Sport and Volunteering is a joint partnership between four countries and aims to promote volunteering in sport, equal opportunities and awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle by increasing participation in sport for all. The project provides 3 transnational meetings to present the results achieved at each stage and to provide a quality monitoring process. In addition, at the implementation stage, this project includes international training of young ambassadors of sport volunteering, to be held in Bulgaria in May 2017, and will stimulate their strong engagement as well as the involvement of partner organizations within the planned 2 main workflows at local level.

The main work phases, dedicated to local actions, are related to the promotion of sport culture and raising awareness about the importance of being physically active, and the promotion of volunteering, its values and its benefits for society. Also the project plans ongoing processes of M&E, as well as a dissemination phase, both of them on local and international level. In addition, as final output the project will create an online platform which will gather all tangible results, best practices shared and indications for fellow organizations and stakeholders to follow the same path towards the promotion of sport culture and volunteering in sports as ways of promoting equal opportunities and combating social exclusion.

Project is co-funded by “Erasmus+” Programme of European Commission – Small Collaborative Partnerships and will be implemented in 24 months. Partner countries: Italy, Bulgaria, Poland and Denmark.