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From 6th to 7th of February, The Association For International Sport For All (TAFISA) hosted the kick-off meeting for the project “Training the Female Sport for All Leaders of Tomorrow”, co-funded by the European Commission.

Besides representatives from the African Union Sports Council Region 5, the Olympic Committee of Slovenia, the University of Ljubljana as well as TAFISA, Louis Moustakas, Secretary General of ENSE, joined the two-days meeting in Frankfurt, Germany. This meeting provided the project partners with an opportunity to discuss the project objectives and plan the next steps which involve recruiting mentors and mentees from Europe and Southern Africa to create “mentoring trios” as a way to empower young women and equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge to lead the Sport for All Movement. ENSE will contribute two mentors and mentees from the ENSE network to the project. 

Next week, the Sport Empowers Disabled Youth 2 (SEDY) project will hold its kick-off meeting in Amsterdam. 

Every person has the same right to participate in play, recreation and sporting activities, but equal access has not always to be the case for youth with disabilities. Instead, youth with disabilities are generally less physically active, participate less in sports activities and show a reduced fitness level compared to their non-disabled peers.

Besides Sport Federations as well as Sport Educational Institutes, ENSE is participating in this project, which aims to address these issues by encouraging inclusion and equal opportunities in sport. The consortium will be analyzing the field of sport and inclusion and the particular needs of disabled youth within this field of interest. A team of experienced researchers will develop and implement a Sport Participation and INclusion (SPIN) tool. This tool will consist of several practical instruments and interventions to assist youth with a disability to become more physically active.

First results of the project will be announced after the meeting on this website, more details on the SEDY 2 project can be found here.

ENSE participated in the seminar on “Human Rights in Sport”, which was held at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg on the 20th of November 2019.

The event was organized by the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) Secretariat with the support of various entities such as the Secretariat of the Anti-doping Convention, the European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) and the European Court of Human Rights.

In this one-day seminar, stakeholders were informed about recent developments on human rights in sport from both a governmental perspective as well as through the lens of sports organisations.

During the seminar bilingual parallel workshops took place, fostering interesting discussions with key stakeholders in the respective fields.  The discussion featured in these workshops dealt with the discrimination against the LGBTI community in sport, the economic and social rights of athletes, the freedom of the sports press as well as the right to physical activity.

Thanks to EPAS and the Council of Europe for organizing the seminar and offering a platform to exchange views with specialists from sports ministries, sports organisations, academics and human rights experts from across Europe. 

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In the first days of November, ENSE board member Antonio Tessitore participated in the COM XG Skills Meeting by the European Commission Expert Group on Sport. 

The 5th meeting of the European Commission Expert Group "Skills and Human Resources Development in Sport" (XG HR) was held in Trento, Italy, from the 4th until the 5th of November 2019. The main themes of the 2-day seminar were the education and development of coaches, the mapping of dual careers of athletes in Europe as well as a wrap-up on the previous European Week of Sport and an outlook on upcoming Erasmus+ sport programmes. The meeting included several presentations and discussions on the development of the European dimension of sport, including the implementation of dual career of athletes.

Special thanks goes to the Italian colleagues for the great organisation. We are looking forward to the next and final meeting of the XG Skills under the Third EU Work Plan for Sport, which will be held in Estonia.

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