On January 19th and 20th, the ISF coordinated the first meeting of the "Volunteering in School Sport" (V2S) project in Brussels, the occasion for all partners to meet each other and start working towards more youth involvement in ISF events and within national school sport organisation.
Through the coordination of the V2S project, ISF contributes to the recognition of volunteering in school sport for skills development and a lifelong learning of the youth. Non-formal education activities such as volunteering play a great role in the acquisition of skills that are later transferable to all other aspects of life. While strengthening the inherent link between education, sport and volunteering, this pilot program aims at empowering youth, which will come along with more responsibilities and space in sport competitions and throughout the decision-making process of the school sport federations.
The kick-off meeting was the occasion for all partners to share their experiences and good practices on volunteering in school sport to start engaging towards more youth empowerment as a leading group. Priorities and responsibilities were set up while future logistical aspects were tackled to create a safe working environment for all actors of the project. Building up a strong team of partners was the key outcome of this kick-off meeting since it contributes to the construction of an active network in Europe that will inspire other countries to address volunteering in school sport.
The kick-off meeting laid the foundation stone for this collaborative partnership co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme, gathering all partners for the first time. The six school sport federations taking part in the V2S project were represented, with one national coordinator from each country: Croatia, Hungary, France, Latvia, Malta and Turkey. Two experts from the think tank Sport and Citizenship reminded the participants about the European context in the fields of sport and volunteering while two members from Hope for Children Hungary presented the pedagogical methodology based on education through sport that will be used during the various phases of the project.
This meeting officially started a series of events and activities to take place over the project period lasting from January 2017 to March 2018. The 24 young volunteers, aged 14 to 16 and forming the heart of the "Volunteering in School Sport" (V2S) project have been selected in the six partner European countries. They will acquire skills to raise awareness on volunteering in school sport during a week of training in Budapest, through various implementation activities to be run during national sport events, and during the ISF Euro Schools Badminton Championship 2017.
All project participants got a foretaste of what will come next. After the Sport Info day organized by the European Commission for all Erasmus+ projects in the field of sport on January 31st , the team of facilitators constituted by Hope for Children Hungary will attend a three days training in Budapest to set up a plan for the training of the young volunteers happening in Budapest the first week of April. All national coordinators will gather a second time in Clermont-Ferrand during the ISF Euro Schools Badminton Championship 2017 to witness the actions and overall achievements of the young volunteers before attending a mid-project meeting. You can follow the project progress through each step of the V2S young volunteers on our Facebook page where videos and pictures will be posted, starting from today and continuing with an insight of the preparation days organized at the national level over the month of March.
It is the role of the ISF to extend the frontier of sport beyond the sport competitions. The V2S kick-off meeting is the first move of an ambitious project that will set up the whole school sport community on a new path using education through sport to empower the youth, and improve tomorrow's world.
For a video resume of the event, click here.