Champions Factory IE, coordinated the international Erasmus+ Youth Mobility project – “Let’s Build a Better Future”. The project’s activity took place in the period 12-24 June 2018 in Varna (Bulgaria), with a hosting organization Champions Factory. The Youth Exchange involved 40 participants from Ireland, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey.
Sport is a key tool to promote social and personal values such as team spirit, discipline, perseverance and fair play. Sport can also boost knowledge, motivation and skills.
Of course, for a sports activity implemented as a tool for education to have real and concrete value, the work of the facilitators and trainers plays an essential role, and providing them with the theoretical framework, the skills and the evidence base to do their work effectively is vitally important.
We decided to create this project because we believe that sport as a unique means of communication, has the potential to support active learning and give youngsters increasing amounts of responsibility, and enhance their level of concentration and participation and it has the potential to provide mutual understanding among young people and the society in the EU member Countries.
Participants and participating organizations in this project learnt how to use sport as an educational tool. During the project, we exchanged good practices in the field of sports for youth work.
At the end of the project, the participants already serve as multipliers of the messages for a healthy lifestyle that we want to convey.
We want to show the young people that everyone should have equal access to sport, regardless of their experience, past and present skills.
Through realizing this Youth Exchange, the partner consortium managed to:
Make participants understand sports values and integrate them in their life
Empower participants with knowledge on how to use sports as an educational tool
Enrich participants intercultural knowledge and removed their stereotypes
Give an opportunity for people with fewer opportunities to take part in activities promoted by European Youth Programmes
Make participants more aware of the importance of healthy and active living
The exchange followed the non-formal education approach: a combination of different creative and interactive methods was used by the partner consortium team and adapted to the profile of participants. We used diverse outdoor and physical activities as learning methods.
The impact of the project on the participants also reflected in the exchange of best practices for developing skills through sport and physical activities.
Impact on the organizations can be seen by building capacity obtained by increasing the knowledge, experience and new initiatives.
The project created new networks by building strong friendships.
Participants in the project, with the help and support of leaders of the project, were encouraged to take follow-up activities in their communities to spread the influence of learning more, realizing new ERASMUS + projects, presentations, conferences and other activities.
The multiplying effect was, first of all, achieved by the participants of the project spreading the ideas they got from the project and realizing follow-up activities in their own countries.