Over the past 50 years much has changed in our society, technologically and in the way that we live and work.  

As a result of this development, it has been verified that young people have less and less healthy life habits and are more sedentary. Putting these concerns in a European framework and adding a perspective of knowledge of the cultural heritage of each country involved, seeking to share the specificities of each, was one of the concerns we seek to address. A need of analysis was done to identify the specificities of each partner, which, being unique in the European context, allowed us to meet our concerns. One of the mains aims of this project is to share knowledge, skills, and experiences with teachers and students from the countries involved. 

This project is organized in three complementary vectors: sports, outdoor activities and cultural heritage. We want each partner to contribute an approach that is “unique” and “complementary”. “Unique”, because it will take into account the specifics of each country: be related to the geographical position, or with the specific skills and expertise. “Complementary” because the work of the partners will contribute to the construction of a European frameork of reference in the areas where we intend to act.

It will be important, therefore, to dissect each of these components that served as motivation for the elaboration of this project:

  • Engaging in a outdoor activity
    We know that outdoor recreation brings health, well-being, social cohesion, inclusivity and educative benefits.
  • Pratice a Sport
    One of our motivations was to know different sports, specific to each country and to have the opportunity to practice them. In this way, and in a dialogue with all partners, we seek within the specificity of each country to find the sports that are most rooted the specific skills of the school (Croatia - Badminton, Turkey - Arch, Northern Macedonia - handball) or even with the geographical situation of the country/school (France – Ski; Greece – sailing; Portugal- surf)
  • Knowing a traditional Game
    Traditional Sports and Games are they are part of Europe’s intangible heritage and are a very interesting appoach to know the country culture. Therefore, we intend to increase the spirit of European citizenship allowed by a greater knowledge of the countries involved and raise awareness and respect for cultural diversity.

We will have one Short-term joint staff training activity that aims to provide participants with skills connecting to manage all the sports and outdoor activities that will be worked along the project. We have planned to have 6 blended mobility of school learners envolving all partners, so that all can participate with their own expertise on a specifc sport, a outdoor activity and a traditional game. These different locations will provide a rich fields of work. In a broader perspective, all the partners can benefit from the European cooperation (developing also some of the key competences described in a strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training). We are planning to involve in the project activities 2000 students from14 to 18 years old. In the LTA will participate 120 students and 50 teachers as accompanying persons from foreign countries. On the Short-term joint staff training will participate 10 teachers

– 6 brochures built collaboratively with the historical framework of each sport, rules and good practices, and traditional games. At the end of the project, these brochures will be compiled into a single document that will also be a benchmark of good practices

– Road map for outdoor activities with support for inclusion in the currilum;

– 6 questionnaires for each of the selected sports

– Teacher training course, with production of documents with replicable practices;

– Photobook and videos

– press releases

– Europasse certifications

– Project evaluation reports

We can identify intangible results such as growth of team spirit, development of intercultural and linguistic competences, development of practical, artistic and motor skills, increment of schools visibility, language skills, etc. Finally we highlight that the outputs will become public and of free access in the different platforms that will sustain the project. The project is clearly defined with objectives and expected results. Hopefully, it will help students to raise the awareness of the importance of sports, traditions and outdoor actives, and teachers to gain experience which can strengthen their teaching skills. In addition, teachers are expected to improve their teaching skills developing new strategies, methodologies, tools and to share their experiences with the other European partners. We all expect improvement.