”Break the Wall: Bringing non-formal sports activities to the Youth Organizations” (Wall – E) is 18 months Erasmus+ Sport: Small Collaborative Partnerships which proposes to overcome the gap between sports activities and youth work by producing a guideline to facilitate youth workers and organizations to integrate sports activities and organize sports event to promote inclusion, participation and healthy lifestyle among young people. 

Aims of the project are:

  1. Raise awareness of the importance of health-enhancing physical activities in everyday life through the inclusion of non-formal activities in the daily work of Youth Organizations
  2. Upscaling and upgrading youth work in general through using new tools – simplified, illustrative, and accessible to all – will also enable more youth organizations to open up to sports regardless of their size and previous experience.
  3. Promotion of social inclusion and equal access to sport for all, especially for youngsters with fewer opportunities (social and economic obstacles, educational difficulties, etc.) through the creation of a Toolkit and the local implementation of sports activities based on non-formal education for community/group building.

The target groups of the project will be: 

  • Primary: Youth organizations, Youth Clubs, youth workers, educators, coordinators of volunteers, mentors.
  • Secondary: Young people (18-30), young people with fewer opportunities, volunteers in youth organizations, youth initiatives.

The project has two tangible outputs:

  1. Sports Management Manual for Youth Organizations” – This Manual aims to introduce youth workers, staff members of youth organizations, community leaders, and other organizations about the management of sports events and activities at a grassroots level for implementing youth activities. The Manual will be small (10-15 pages), friendly, using a simple approach, and easily adaptable in different environments and target groups.
  2. Toolkit” – The Toolkit will complement the Manual and be an autonomous tool for youth workers on its own. The Toolkit will contain 20 sports activities based on non-formal education, aiming for group building of members of organizations, communities, volunteers, and other groups of young people.

The project will provide:

  • Three international meetings.
  • The organization of flash mobs at the local level during the European Week of Sports.
  • Two Local Dissemination Events.

“WALL – E” Partner Consortium:

Coordination Organization:

  1. United Societies of Balkan (Greece)

 Partner Organizations:

  1. Champions Factory – Bulgaria
  2. Centre du sport et de la jeunesse Corse – France
  3. AICS – Italy
  4. Social Policy and Action Organization – Cypris

 Project activities:

  1. Kick-off Meeting in Greece (Thessaloniki)
  2. “Sport Management Manual for Youth Organization”
  3. Mid Term Meeting in France (Ajaccio)
  4. European Week of Sport (23-30/09/2020)
  5. Toolkit
  6. Evaluation Meeting in Cyprus (Nicosia)
  7. Local Events

Finally, during the last four months of the project (from 02/21 to 06/21), each partner will implement two Local Dissemination Events. One will target the general public, youth organizations, and other civil society organizations, and the other one to young people.

In the first event, partners will promote the project and Erasmus+ Sports as a program of the European Union and the outputs (i.e., the manual and Toolkit).

In the second event, partners will implement two activities for local young people to promote a healthy lifestyle and participation in sports.

The project is co-funded by the ERASMUS+ Program of the European Commission!

Project Manager: Shirin Amin

E-mail: shirin.amin@championsfactory.bg