“Sports4Life: Non-Formal Toolkit for Grassroots” is a 12-month (12+6month extension) project aims to train young workers in the field of grassroots sports.
The main objective is to promote healthier lifestyles in Europe, starting with the fight against childhood inactivity and obesity. To this end, the project aims to improve the tools and work skills of youth workers and school-age coaches by creating a toolkit consisting of non-formal techniques designed specifically for young school-age athletes. On the other hand, to achieve the project’s objectives, a group of 27 young people participated, in March 2020, e a training week that took place in Terceira Island (Azores-Portugal). During the training week, the participants developed their skills and competences in teaching sports to young people, while developing the contents to this handbook.
The handbook aims to serve as a working tool for teachers and trainers working with children who are starting physical activity for the first time. The tool contains activities and games for certain age-groups and the result of a questionnaire created by the partners of the project.
“Sports4Life: Non-Formal Toolkit for Grassroots Partner Consortium:
- AJITER – Associação Juvenil da Ilha Terceira (Portugal)
- AJFB – Associação de Jovens da Fonte Bastardo (Portugal)
- Active Youth- Asociacija Aktyvus Jaunimas (Lithuania)
- Champions Factory (Bulgaria)
- Solidarity Tracks (Greece)
Аfter the questionnaire, we can draw the following conclusions:
Tips to motivate young people Keeping our tips in mind, some activities can help motivate young athletes to continue attending your practices:
- At the end of the session, point out personal best achievements for everyone.
- Each athlete can prepare one warm-up exercise for the group.
- Invite parents and friends to participate in the activities.
- Implement a daily challenge.
- Prepare a monthly group dinner.
- Implement thematic competitions (Christmas, Easter…).
- Invite an expert to a particular activity.
- Provide a purpose for training (training and doing activities for charity or a group trip, for instance).
- Be aware of the importance of motivational speeches from the coach.
- Implement a “Good Teammate” game to promote friendship: in a draft, every athlete picks another athlete that they have to positively surprise in some way.
The project is co-funded by the ERASMUS+ Program of the European Commission!
Project Manager: Shirin Amin