NEWS

INTERNATIONAL SONKEI MEETING FOR PREVENTION OF VIOLENCE IN SPORT WAS HELD IN SOFIA
07.04.2022
In the period 04–07 April 2022, an international meeting under the SONKEI project was held in Sofia, Bulgaria, which was attended by 8 partner organizations form 8 European countries – Bulgaria, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey and Croatia. During the meeting the activities of the project so far were discussed, the partners presented good practices and tools for dealing with racism and violence in sports and worked on creating the practical educational tools for children and youth to raise awareness of violence in sport.

SONKEI project seeks to prevent violence and intolerance in sport through education and promotion of the European values: respect, courage, gender equality and inclusion. The project intends to change the mindsets of people and initiate social change that will provide safer environment for everyone. The lifetime of the project is 24 months.

SONKEI OBJECTIVES ARE:
• A survey of the existing policies and strategies to tackle violence and intolerance in sport in different countries in EU and abroad, adaptation of this policies and strategies to our environment and implementation into grassroots sport organizations in the countries of all partners;
• Development of educational programs for coaches, managers, volunteers and other sport professionals about the problem of violence and intolerance in sport and implementation of educational programs into grassroots sport organizations;
• Development of practical tools that we can use in sport to educate children and youth about how to resist bullying, violence, intolerance and discrimination and help them cope with the violence they encounter in everyday life;
• Breaking barriers and prejudices;
• Training of coaches and teachers to promote EU values of respect, courage, gender equality and inclusion;
• Promotion of the activities and the results of the project in the local environment of each partner and in as many EU territories as possible with the help of Ambassadors of Nonviolence. Ambassadors of Nonviolence will be famous athletes, well known in local communities.

THE EXPECTED RESULTS OF THE PROJECT ARE:
• More initiatives for prevention of violence and intolerance in sports at national and regional levels;
• More sports organizations to have policies and strategies for violence prevention;
• Coaches who have passed the educational program to have knowledge and a clear vision of what actions to take in case of violent behaviour and intolerance;
• Coaches should have developed a training methodology that distinguishes the rigid training regime from violent behaviour;
• The culture in sports clubs should be more tolerant and should not allow violent behaviour and abuse.

The SONKEI project is co-funded under the Erasmus+ program of the European Union.