MAIN PROBLEM THE PROJECT ADDRESSES
Statistics show that 90% of young people use computers and watch TV every day (Eurostat). This naturally leads to less physical activity, and consequently higher obesity and other health problems (WHO statistics show that prevalence of obesity nearly doubled between 1980 and 2018). At the same time, youth have less time for live communication with their peers; thus, can develop further social barriers.
THE PROBLEM & NEEDS ANALYSIS
According to GHK study on “Volunteering in European Union”, sports voluntary activities are way more prevalent in North & West than in East Europe (i.e. especially in post-Soviet countries). For example, sport volunteering represents a significant share of the adult population in:
- Norway 30%-36%;
- Hungary 12.2%;
- Italy and Lithuania 10%;
- Bulgaria 6%.
Research shows that countries with higher levels of economic development and democratic political traditions are more likely to have a higher number of non- profit sport organisations. Therefore, a striking feature of most former communist and Eastern European countries in the EU has a low level of voluntary participation. Even in countries such as Hungary which had a long tradition of voluntary associations, the communist regime halted the development of the voluntary sector.
AIM OF THE PROJECT
- To promote social inclusion, equal opportunities, and awareness of the importance of health-enhancing physical activity through grassroots sports for underprivileged youth.
- To promote voluntary activities in sport.
- Youth willing to volunteer in sports initiatives and use their skills in a multicultural environment, or simply participate in sports camps across the EU;
- Other youth & sports organisations in project partner countries (and later on across Europe);
- Youth, sport volunteers and organisations, as well as general public across the project countries will also increase awareness of the importance of social inclusion, equal opportunities and health-enhancing physical activity through increased participation in, and equal access to, sport for all.