Sport and Social Inclusion – ACTIVE U

Active U poster with partners

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The Sport and Social Inclusion – ACTIVE U, is an Erasmus Sport Project developed by our National Association – CNAPEF, with the purpose of developing learning communities in Physical Education (PE) and Sports.

We this initiative, and others with similar characteristics, CNAPEF wants to promote the identification, analysis and sharing of information about effective, constructive and targeted European projects aimed at resolving real issues affecting PE, Sports and Physical Activity for children and young people

Who is CNAPEF?

For the past 30 years CNAPEF, a National Association that represents the 8000+ Physical Education (PE) and Schools Sports Teachers in all Portugal, has sought to improve the processes of education and training of children and young people:

  • through the generalization and improvement of the practice of Physical Activity and Sports;
  • continuous professional learning;
  • and through strengthening the authority of Physical Education and Sports professionals in the development of a multicultural, inclusive and innovative society.

What is Sport and Social Inclusion – ACTIVE U?

The #ACTIVE.U – SPORT AND SOCIAL INCLUSION project, which lasts 24 months, aims to give voice to 5 associations in the scope of social inclusion, Physical Education and Sports and youth with new strategies and new forms of intervention among young people.

The problem of social exclusion is a reality for young people who are in a transition phase after compulsory schooling. With the options available and without certain knowledge of the most appropriate opportunities for their future, young people with fewer opportunities tend not to be able to set their own course and to embark on deviant paths.

These paths translate into the young NEET and the young at risk of and social exclusion, incapacitated for their future. The aim of the project is to empower young people with new skills and learning, showing their opportunities for the future through sport and informal education.

Thus, it is up to the organizations in the field of social inclusion, Physical Education and Sports and Youth, to join efforts to create strategies of social inclusion based on sport and promoting the social values ​​associated with sport. These strategies, learning and content will give rise to intellectual (non-funded) outputs that will be tested and validated on the ground among the target groups identified for the project (young people between the ages of 16 and 20, young people with fewer opportunities, young people at risk of and social exclusion, young NEET) and that will strengthen the transformation of their social reality.

The possible stakeholders (local associations in the scope of social inclusion, Physical Education and Sport and youth, sports clubs, private or public associations, schools, CM, parish councils, Secretariat of State for Youth and Sports, Education and IPDJ) will be involved in the process, both by the implementation and validation of strategies, and by dissemination.

Who are the partners?

From Portugal – CNAPEF – Conselho Nacional de Associações de Profissionais de Educação Física e Desporto e APOGESD – Associação Portuguesa de Gestão do Desporto (see website)
From Italy – S.S.D. ar. eu. L’Orma (see website)
From Norway – Furim Institutt (see website)
From Poland – Wyzsza Szkola Biznesu Nauk O Zdrowiu (see website)

1st Transnational Meeting – Guimarães

On March 20, 2019, the city of Guimarães, Portugal hosted the first transnational meeting of the Active U – Sport and Social Inclusion project.

This working session, which was attended by representatives of APOGESD (organization of the meeting), CNAPEF, L’Orma, Furim Intitutt and Wyzsza Szkola Biznesu Nauk O Zdrowiu, had the following purposes:

  1. Presentation of each organization/partner.
  2. Project discussion: Major goal and objectives; Target, stakeholders, duration, outputs and activities; Obligations of the Coordinator and Partners.
  3. Monitoring and supervision of the project development.
  4. Communication strategies between partners.
  5. Next transnational meeting in Milan, Italy.

Workshop with Partners – Torres Novas

On July 3 we were in Torres Novas to discuss European projects, of Social Inclusion through and in Sports, with Physical Education Teachers, School Sports coaches and other professionals who were participating in the National School Sports Training Week.

About 50 participants from schools, municipalities, teams from the Ministry of Education, entities responsible for sport in Portugal and professional associations of Physical Education and Sports, were present at this event that included presentations of the project “O Desporto Mexe Comigo”of the Lisbon City Council, the” Judo 4ll “project of the Marinha Grande Poente Schools Association, as well as a general presentation of the projects that integrate ACTIVE U.

The the overall assessment of this initiative was very positive, both by the number of stakeholders and partners present in this event and by the added value that the discussion of these projects could bring to the development of the national reality in Portugal and in the EU, by reinforcing the “good use” of sports physical activities as an effective means of social integration.

 

2nd Transnational Meeting – Milan

On September 20, 2019, the House of Associations of Milan hosted the second transnational meeting of the Active U – Sport and Social Inclusion project.

This working session, which was attended by representatives of L’Orma (organization of the meeting), CNAPEF, APOGESD, Furim Intitutt and Wyzsza Szkola Biznesu Nauk O Zdrowiu, had the following purposes:

  1. Monitor and evaluate the project, allowing to identify what is least adjusted and improve in order to generate the desired impacts.
  2. Analyze and evaluate the activities and content developed so far, namely those regarding the prototype development and the feedback obtained from workshops in each country.
  3. Assess the involvement, participation and contributions of participants in this project
  4. prepare the next activities
  5. Adjust the objectives set for the next transnational meeting in Oslo, Norway.

Work Meeting – “Back to Active U”

Partners reactivate suspended project due to Covid-19 Pandemic

Taking into account the pandemic situation experienced in Europe, this Erasmus + Sport project was suspended for a few months, having been reactivated at the end of February 2021 after a positive response from the European Commission related to the change in its eligibility period.

This work meeting, which took place on the Zoom Platform on March 16, 2021, aimed to adapt the readjustment and planning and initial strategy in view of the existing constraints for carrying out face-to-face work between partners and between stakeholders of this project.

See published news about this meeting.

Work Meeting – “Organization of Local Workshops”

Partners discuss methodologies for organizing local workshops in times of Pandemic Covid-19

This working meeting took place on the Zoom Platform on April 6, 2021. It was aimed to share some methodologies and suggestions on how to operate Local Workshops in times of Covid-19 Pandemic.

These workshops, which each partner must carry out in their country, will aim to collect qualitative and quantitative data on the prototype created by this consortium and to seek help to answer the following question – How to promote the inclusion of NEET through and for Sport?

See published news about this meeting.

3rd Transnational Meeting

Partners discuss suggestions for improving the prototype – Promoting the Inclusion of NEET Young People through and for Sport

On June 8th we held the 3rd transnational meeting of the ACTIVE U Project – Sport and Social Inclusion, with the presence of our partners from Portugal, Italy, Poland and Norway.

Initially scheduled to be held in Oslo, Norway, current restrictions on travel between countries led us to hold this meeting again via videoconference.

The objectives for this meeting were as follows:

  • discuss othe results obtained in the workshops held in each of the countries that make up this working group,
  • discuss adaptations to the prototype – Promoting the Inclusion of NEET Young People through Sport and for Sport (see working document used).
  • organize the next activities to be carried out and products to be achieved.

The feedbacks from the workshops held have confirmed a general acceptance of the suggestions made in the prototype, namely with regard to:

  • Key Partners – Who are they and what do they do?
  • Key Activities – What key activities create value?
  • Key Resources – What are the key resources needed to create value?
  • Relationship with the Target Audience – What kind of relationship and communication should you establish with the target audience?
  • Communication Channels – How we can convey our value proposition to the target audience. And in what ways?
  • Cost structure – How do the Key Activities and Resources contribute to the Key Costs in the project?
  • Revenue streams – How does the project generate revenue/social improvements?

From the results of the workshops held, over the next few months the working group will seek to incorporate changes in the V1 prototype recommendations (know this prototype) in order to better adapt to the context of the countries that integrate this consortium.

4th Transnational Meeting

CNAPEF resumes European face-to-face meetings in Lodz with ACTIVE U Project

On September 14, 2021, in Lodz (Poland) the face-to-face meetings of the ERASMUS+ ACTIVE U Project – Sport and Social Inclusion were resumed with the presence of all partners of the consortium – APOGESD: Portuguese Association for Sport Management (Portuga), SSD air. I. L’Orma (Italy), Wyzsza Szkola Biznesu Nauk O Zdrowiu (Poland) and the Furim Institutt (Norway).


It is an Erasmus Sport Project developed with the objective of developing learning communities in Physical Education and Sport, promoting the identification, analysis and sharing of knowledge about effective, constructive European projects aimed at solving important issues that affect Education Physics, Sport and Physical Activity for children and young people.

The objectives for this meeting were as follows:

  • Final discussion on the results obtained with the workshops carried out by the different participating organizations of this consortium.
  • Final adaptations to the built prototype.
  • And organization of the next activities to be carried out and products to be achieved.

The next, and final, transnational meeting is scheduled for November 11th in Oslo, Norway, where the latest activities associated with the development of this project will be finalized.

5th Transnational Meeting

On November 11, 2021, in Oslo (Norway) we held the last transnational meeting of the ERASMUS+ ACTIVE U Project – Sport and Social Inclusion with the presence of all consortium partners – APOGESD: Portuguese Association for Sport Management (Portuga), SSD air. I. L’Orma (Italy), Wyzsza Szkola Biznesu Nauk O Zdrowiu (Poland) and the Furim Institutt (Norway).

The objectives for this meeting were as follows:

  • Discussion about the contents of the Active U Project Booklet.
  • Discussion and analysis of the work developed by the consortium throughout the development of the ACTIVE U project.
  • Organization of dissemination activities for the ACTIVE U Project.
  • Discussion on the Organization of the Final Report of the ACTIVE U project

ACTIVE US – Sport And Social Inclusion – Booklet

Relevant information about the development of the Erasmus + Sport Project: ACTIVE US – Sport And Social Inclusion

Initially scheduled for an implementation period of 24 months, between January 2018 and December 2020, this project, given the constraints caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, included an additional 12 months of implementation. Throughout this booklet document, we will seek to share the knowledge that this team was able to obtain regarding the way in which various European stakeholders, perceived as a reference in the area of ​​Sport and Social Inclusion, perceive and operationalize strategies to promote the inclusion of NEETS through Physical and Sport Activity.

We believe that this sharing will be essential to increase knowledge of what is essential in the creation and development of this type of projects and, in this way, contribute to solving the problem of social integration of NEETs in Europe. CNAPEF wants also share our own experience in the development of this project, as it could be valuable for other future European projects under this theme, but a special thanks is due to our great Partners for making this such a huge successful project:
From Italy – S.S.D. ar. eu. L’Orma (see website)
From Norway – Furim Institutt (see website)
From Poland – Wyzsza Szkola Biznesu Nauk O Zdrowiu (see website)
From Portugal – APOGESD Associação Portuguesa de Gestão do Desporto (see website)

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