While we eagerly look forward to the results of the open call in the field of sport within the ERASMUS+ program, relevant for continuation of work on the concept of “Life Champions”, it is a perfect moment to draw the line when it comes to the project “Creating life champions: standing together for a healthy and safe community” from 2021, by launching a manual on the introduction of non-formal education in sports, all with the aim of revitalizing the pedagogical and educational role of sports coaches.
Despite the epidemiological challenges that marked 2021, consortium of the project “Standing Together for a Healthy and Safe Community: Creating Life Champions” can boast of numerous activities – the initial consultative meeting and training of trainers, data collection and expert work on development of the educational module, 2 educational-sports camp, numerous consultative meetings, which resulted in more than 400 trainers of younger categories and children and youth from clubs involved who joined the family of life champions.
Regional sports-educational camp “Life Champions” is scheduled for the period from June 24 to 27 on Zlatibor mountain in Serbia. This particular event will gather 150 football players of younger categories of Grafičar Belgrade, Sloga Doboj, Željezničar Sarajevo, Pelister Bitola, Gorica and Maribor and their 30 coaches.
Working Group is dedicated to creating an educational module for new methods of work of sports coaches with children and youth within the project “Standing Together for a Healthy and Safe Community” through a series of online and live meetings. Experts from three sectors – youth, education and sports, from different countries and different fields, have committed to contribute to the revitalization of the educational and pedagogical role of coaches through this particular module, by offering them new tools for work and learning of young people through sports and play, but also by drawing their attention to certain life topics that could be brought closer to attendees through sports.