YASV Christmas Tournament for Children in Athletics
Today, December 17, 2017 at the National Sports Academy "Vasil Levski" - indoor athletics hall took place a Christmas tournament for children in track and field athletics. The celebration was organized to mark the International Volunteer Day with volunteering. The event involved more than 60 children and was conducted with over 20 volunteers.

The event is organized by the Department of Athletics of the National Sports Academy "Vasil Levski", Sports Club "CLASs" and Bulgarian sports development association. The participants received awards from the sponsors of the event - Powers Marks. Each child also received a certificate for participation from the Bulgarian sports development association and the organizers hope this initiative, which is held for the third consecutive year, to raise the interest of the adolescents towards sport and physical activity and to motivate them to be active in your everyday life. The young athletes were awarded by Prof. Stefan Stoykov, Head of Athletics Department, Teresa Marinova, Olympic champion and teacher at NSA "Vasil Levski" and Ivaylo Lazarov - main organizer of the competition and lecturer at the Academy. In order to be involved in the physical activity of the children, a lottery was realized among the parents, the prize from the lottery was won by Velichka Georgieva.

The International Day of Volunteering was celebrated for the first time on December 5, 1985, at the UN initiative, when the World Organization invites governments and non-governmental organizations in all countries to express their respect and gratitude to volunteers and to make their activities more public. The Bulgarian sports development association works in a focused way for the development of volunteering in sport in order to regulate it and to create more opportunities for building of knowledge and skills through volunteering in sport and thanks to all volunteers who support the organization's campaigns and initiatives.

The Christmas tournament was realized as part of the Young Ambassadors of Sport Volunteering (YASV) project and the volunteers who helped to realize the event were the young ambassadors of sport volunteering.
The project 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 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.

Photos of the event will be posted on the facebook page of the organization: