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BSDA is a partner in Sport for inclusion and inclusion for sport project
02.02.2021
Sports Inclusion and Inclusion for Sport is a project that seeks to encourage social inclusion and equal opportunities in sport through improvement of skills of coaches, trainers and other staff of organizations active in the fields of sport, youth work and social care and activities related to the social inclusion through sports. The duration of the project is 24 months, and it involves 5 partner organizations from four European countries - Bulgaria, Italy, Lithuania and Turkey.

The main goals of the project are:
To develop an international network of organizations active in the field of sport, resulting from the direct exchange of experience and good practice in the project and resulting in the new approaches toward the role of sport in the process of social inclusion and real positive changes in the level of social inclusion through sport;
To elaborate Handbook to help coaches, trainers and other staff of organizations active in the fields of sport, youth work and social care to use sport as a funny tool for social inclusion and at the same time provide them description of the key elements to recognize those who can seek for higher or highest sport results. Handbook will be freely available and adoptable by other sport organizations;
To improve skills of coaches, trainers and other staff of organizations active in the fields of sport, youth work and social care through the joint work on development of an innovative approach in order to use sport as a tool for social inclusion and raise awareness that it is possible to benefit from social inclusion through sport by discovering new possible talents among the young people at risk;
To raise the level of social inclusion through sport. Active involvement of young people at risk into sport activities would prevent social exclusion; raise self-esteem, motivation for personal development and help to identify those, who can seek for higher or the highest sport results;
To promote and reinforce the vision of sport as a method for integration, social inclusion and raise awareness of its potential.

The target groups of the project are:
Coaches, trainers, teachers, lectors, instructors, students of universities and other staff of organizations active in the fields of sport, youth work and social care;
Young people (age 12-22), who will participate in various sport and physical activities planned during the project;
Indirect target groups: local population and other organizations that could use the results of the project, those who will participate in dissemination events.

Expected results from the "Sport for inclusion and inclusion for sport" project are:
Sharing and exchanging good practices;
Handbook and set of tools with new methods, developed by trained professionals with the help of a team of experts in the field;
Quality standard framework for involving staff members in new activity schemes through learning of new educational methodologies;
International strategic collaboration for increasing the recognition of sport as an educational tool for NGO workers and the benefits which it brings for society will be better recognized;
A range of best practices of using sport and physical activity as tools for education and a way for achieving social transformations to be shared and exchanged;
Promoting education through sport;
Encouraging citizens to participate in sports and health-improving physical activity.

The project Sport for inclusion and inclusion for sport is co-financed by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.