BSDA is partner in Eco Friendly Sport project
22.10.2019
Background:
It's inevitable that we have to do something about climate change. Not only reduce, reuse and recycle, but we can actively contribute to protect our planet and take direct action. Pollution is enormous problem and lack of recycling is even bigger challenge. Therefore, in the last years, there were new types of activities developed and promoted in order to tackle both – lack of physical movement of people, but also increasing pollution of our nature, beaches, forests...


There are various activities that can be organized combining sport and physical activities with enviro actions:
· picking up the trash - e.g. running (plogging), hiking, water sports (rowing for clean water, paddling for the planet, kayaking, surfing, diving - #onwaterforwater), yoga or other cardio meetups on the beach or in the parks (and before or after clean-up event),
· environmental sport outdoor education programs and games that combine physical movement with environmental learning (for example, recycle relay or eco-scavenger hunt),
· repair cafés, planting trees, building birdhouses etc.
We are confident that „if many little people, in many little places, do many little things, they can change the face of the Earth“. In this regards, our Project supports societal role of sport in the field of sport of Erasmus+ Programme.

The project aims empowering the youth on becoming knowledgeable and skilled on sustainability and nature conservation topics, on the way to becoming active citizens promoting these issues in their life by creating valuable interactions with the sport sector. It will aim at canalising the energy of youth to promoting the concept of sport, ecology, wellbeing and health-enhancing physical activity within and across national borders. Therefore the aim of the project is to promote sport and physical activities that not only contribute to better health, but has also positive impact on environment (2 in 1).

Objectives of the project are:
● to promote and develop new methods of environmental education through sport,
● to increase amount of organized events - best practice collection like clean-up events, plogging, planting trees, birdhouse building, repair cafés etc. on local level,
● to foster citizens engagement in sport, but also encourage them to take action towards better environment,
● to improve knowledge and experience of representatives of sport clubs and youth workers about concept of eco-sports,
● to be in proximity to and carrying out activities in natural areas provide invaluable opportunities in the urban life style to keep people’s physical and mental health and to significantly decrease the stress levels;
● to contribute to social inclusion of young people from disadvantaged background,
● to build a society who feels close and attached to nature will contribute to using natural resources sustainably and thus building sustainable cities;
● to increase recognition of nature’s value among urban population will have a direct contribution to conservation of nature (nature conservation is strongly linked to politicians and decision makers living in urban societies)
● to generate public awareness about possible connection of sport and protection of environment.




There will be several activities and outcomes of the project during 2 years:
1. 3 transnational meeting of representatives of partner organizations,
2. research about already organized events - best practice collection and possible methods how to combine sport and protection of environment,
3. Mobilisation and capacity building of young people for experience sharing on sport and nature education programs,
4. Preparation of sport and nature programs,
5. Dissemination of the developed model in other selected sport clubs and in available institutions. Local events (there will be at least 8 local eco-sport events organized in each partner country. Partner organizations will focus on involvement also kids and young people from different disadvantaged background – e.g. migrants, young people with fewer opportunities, minorities, NEET, roma or young people at radicalization etc.)
6. dissemination events in two pilot countries for representatives of sport clubs, sport associations, but also youth workers, teachers, NGOs representatives in order to present results of research and organized events, share good practices identified, discuss and develop new methods that could be used in the future,
7. preparation of publication and final report where project will be presented, promoting various types of methods and events that can be organized, tips how to organize sport-eco events and programs, how to make them more interactive and funny (particularly when volunteers are kids), summarizing websites where to find more information etc.
8. final conference and evaluation meeting where project results will be presented.

Project is co-funded by ErasmusPlus Programme of the European Union.