Midterm meeting under Young Sports Development Ambassadors project
19.12.2017
Between 17 and 19 December 2017, an interim meeting took place in Bergamo, Italy under The Youth Sport Development Ambassadors project, which will be implemented within 2 years, will focus on volunteering in the sphere of sport that promotes the social inclusion of young people between 16 and 24 years of age. The projects will be implemented by 4 young people in each country who will be young sports development ambassadors and will implement activities aimed at young people of their age who will acquire a higher degree of socialization in our society. “Bulgarian sports development association" is the project partner responsible for the activities in Bulgaria, and the meeting was presented by Joanna Dochevska - Chairwoman of the Management Board. All the details of the project were discussed during the meeting, the timing of the project activities and the progress report on the work activities, the communication and the logistics details were synchronized.


At a European level, the need to use sport for the social inclusion of migrants is seen as a priority: "By bringing together people, building communities and fighting xenophobia and racism, sport has the potential to make the major move towards real integration of migrants within the EU". Website of the European Commission 2015.

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 ambassadors of sports development 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 youth sport development ambassadors - Wales, 2017;
2) Mobility for the exchange of experience of young ambassadors of sport development - Partner countries, 2017;
3) Implementation of 10 Week Micro Projects in Vulnerable Communities - Local Level, 2018;
4) Concluding Conference on the Project - Italy, 2018.

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.