We are looking for the young sports development ambassadors in Bulgaria
03.02.2017
The program is aimed at youngsters of school age who motivate their friends to be physically active and sporty. It launched a few years ago in Wales and is currently experiencing great results. Young people choose a physical activity, that is interesting and entertaining for them, and ambassadors have to make a 10-week program for their peers. One of the most interesting and rewarding successes is "Get in the shape for the prom", but yoga, aerobics, basketball, football, as well as lecture sessions on healthy eating are organized on the basis of the students' interests. Through the program, in addition to the love of physical activity, the young ambassadors are also responsible, co-operative, flexible, organized, confident and other qualities that will be useful to them in future personal and professional development.

The Youth Sport Development Ambassadors project will take place within two years and will focus on activities connected with volunteering in the sport field, which promote the social inclusion of young people aged 16-24. A major focus will be on the development of four Youth Sport Development Ambassadors from each country to be empowered to develop projects with target groups of young people from ethnic minorities and migrant backgrounds. The Bulgarian sports development association is a project partner responsible for the activities in Bulgaria.

The Youth Sport Development Ambassadors (YSDA) project aims to pay close attention to this group of young people in the seven partner countries through youth-driven events based on volunteering. Micro projects will be implemented in each country, which will be united by the following common themes: involvement, project management, participants' satisfaction, and new opportunities for participants. The projects will be implemented by 4 young people in each country who will be young sports development ambassadorst and will implement projects aimed at young people of their age who have a greater need for socialization in our society.

The project will specifically provide EU added value through the following activities:
1) Investigation into the effectiveness of peer-led interventions in promoting sport and physical activity among disengaged young people from ethnic minority/migrant populations in 7 EU partner countries;
2) Development of a mobile application and website as a sustainable online resource specifically designed to utilise the skills of young people in using social media and technology to provide instant data and feedback on activity at an EU level;
3) Different training and promotional activities, as well as expert meetings.

The main activities of the project will be:
1) Training of young sports development ambassadors - Wales, 2017;
2) Mobility for the exchange of experience of young sports development ambassadors - Partner countries, 2017;
3) Implementation of 10 Week Micro Projects in Vulnerable Communities - Local Level, 2018;
4) Concluding Conference on the Project - Italy, 2018.

The procedure for collecting documents for youth sport development ambassadors starts and documents can be submitted by March 6, 2017. Full information on requirements and application is available at the following link: goo.gl/OIdSnp

Partners in “YSDA” project are innovative consortium of organizations from United Kingdom, Slovenia, Portugal, Italy, Poland, Hungary and Bulgaria. Project is co-funded by “Erasmus+” Programme of European Commission - Collaborative Partnerships and will be implemented in 24 months.

Video from the UK program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqYMlA4aMs4