NEWS

FINAL CONFERENCE UNDER THE ECO-FRIENDLY SPORTS PROJECT WAS HELD IN ANKARA, TURKEY
27.03.2022
The final conference of the Eco-friendly Sports project was held on March 27, 2022 in Ankara, Turkey. The implemented activities and the results of the project were presented and discussed at the conference. The conference was attended by local organizations, whose activities are closely related to the topic of the project. Visually impaired people, that are part of the mentioned organizations and practice cycling, accompanied by a partner on a tandem bicycle as an eco-friendly and inclusive sport, were also invited to the event.

The Eco-friendly Sports project aims to enable young people to be informed and qualified on issues of sustainability and nature protection in order to be active citizens, promoting these issues in their lives by creating valuable interactions with the sports sector. The activities aim to channel the energy of young people to promote the concept of sport, ecology, well-being and health-improving physical activity. The aim of the project is to promote sports and physical activity, which not only contribute to better health, but also have a positive impact on the environment (2 in 1).

THE OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT ARE:
• To promote and develop new methods of teaching in the field of environment through sports;
• To increase the number of organized events - collection of best practices such as events for cleaning, plogging, planting trees, building birdhouses, repairing cafes, etc.;
• To encourage the involvement of citizens in sports, but also to encourage them to take action for a better environment;
• To improve the knowledge and experience of representatives of sports clubs and youth workers on the concept of eco-sports;
• To be close to and carry out activities in natural areas and to provide invaluable opportunities in the urban lifestyle in order to maintain the physical and mental health of people and significantly reduce stress levels;
• To contribute to the social inclusion of disadvantaged young people;
• Building a society that feels close and attached to nature, will contribute to the sustainable use of natural resources and thus the construction of sustainable cities;
• Increasing the recognition of the value of nature among the urban population is going to have a direct contribution to nature conservation (nature conservation is closely linked to politicians and decision-makers and people living in urban societies);
• To generate public awareness about the possible connection between sport and environmental protection.

Eco-friendly Sports project is co-financed under the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.