In the period 04.04. – 05.04.2022, in Mirandela, Portugal, a strategic partnership meeting under the #Sport&NFE project was held. All expected results of the project were discussed and planned, as well as a strategy for their dissemination during and after the end of the project.

This is a project which seeks to identify and overcome obstacles and challenges related to sedentary lifestyles and declining interest in sport. The project will serve as tool to improve health and equal access to sports facilities in Europe, by promoting education in and through sport. There will be a special focus on the development of knowledge, skills and capacity of coaches, physical education teachers and other staff of organizations and institutions in the field of sports, education and non-governmental sector, as well as support for the implementation of European Union guidelines for a dual career of athletes. Kalinka Gudarovska and Emilia Tsanova from Bulgarian sports development association took part in the meeting.

• To create an empowered environment oriented towards physical education teachers / sports staff, which will enable them to understand the concept of non-formal education (NFE), making them more competent and confident in applying the methodology "Learning through sport" (ETS);
• To create the necessary opportunity for the target groups to go through non-formal training, using sports as a training tool;
• To serve as a bridge between formal education, the non-governmental and sports sectors, contributing to the creation of long-term multi-level and cross-sectoral cooperation networks;
• To build the necessary qualities and skills in sports coaches, physical education and sports teachers and sports staff to become leaders in projects using NFO and BSF, as a complementary educational tool to stimulate participation in sports, education and physical activity;
• Encourage cooperation for knowledge exchange and capacity development in areas such as education, training and the sports sector between schools, sports clubs and NGOs;

The #Sport&NFE project is co-funded under the Erasmus+ program of the European Commission and is coordinated by Mundus Bulgaria.