The proportion of physically inactive citizens in the EU remains unacceptably high. 42% of EU citizens do not exercise or play sport at all (2017).
This might indicate that the message about the importance of sport and physical activity for an individual's health and wellbeing has still not got through to significant segments of the EU population. More and more Europeans eat unhealthily and suffer chronically from stress. In the past 50 to 70 years, generations of us did not learn about the health & prevention guidelines, that research is giving us now, so it’s time for a knowledge update. Not only for the consumer, but specially for professionals who work with consumers in the areas of healthcare, sports and lifestyle.
To work toward a solution, more attention should be put into spreading the knowledge and understanding of what is a healthier life: for youth, adults and seniors, and also for people with special health-related conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, post-cancer treatment or pregnancy. That’s why the European Erasmus+ approved the development of the New Health Program 'Lifestyle/health promoter'. ( name organization ) in ( name country ) is a partner in this project. The Lifestyle/health knowledge center and academy that is being developed will provide scientific information and courses to professionals, volunteers and consumers with easy to obtain, understand and use tools to improve physical activity levels, healthy eating, a health mindset, mind(re)set, positive health and a healthy lifestyle. The partnership, will work together with EuropeActive and the partner countries of the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Lithuania and Slovakia, to develop education standards for Lifestyle/health promotor, a free consumer lifestyle platform and Lifestyle/health promotor course and e-learning. They will also conduct research on the role and impact the Lifestyle/health promoter will have on behavioral change of the target groups.
The Lifestyle/health promoter can be a sports professional, healthcare professional, teacher, but also a community worker, member of a sport organization or volunteer. New Health provides them with motivation and knowledge about healthy eating, sports, the risks of unhealthy living and the use of doping. This partnership will create and support a European network of Lifestyle/health promoters. The project coordinator is the New Health Foundation in the Netherlands, partners are Sport Sciences School of Rio Maior (ESDRM): Portugal, EuropeActive: Belgium, Lithuanian Association of Health and Fitness Clubs: Lithuania, Fitness Federation: Belgium, Association Europea Deporte, Ejercicio Y Salud (AEDESA): Spain and Comenius University (Faculty of Physical Education and Sports): Slovakia. The expert panel of the project is is made up of the European Network of Sport Education (ENSE): Austria, Movisie: the Netherlands, Knowledge Center Sports: the Netherlands (KCSportNL), NL Active the Netherlands and Jan Middelkamp: the Netherlands.
On March 5 and 6, the partners of the project met in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, for a successful kick-off meeting.
This project is supported by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union, and you can find more information at www.new-health.eu
“Training the Female Sport for All Leaders of Tomorrow” aims to equip and empower a new generation of young European and African women who are engaged in Sport for All with the necessary skills, knowledge, experiences and guidance to lead the global Sport for All Movement.
Through a comprehensive global mobility and mentoring scheme, the participants will strengthen their future employability and enhance their personal and professional development through the acquisition of new skills and knowledge gained through non-formal education and time spent in a foreign country.
This project is led by The Association for International Sport For All (TAFISA) and also includes ENSE, as well as the Slovenian Olympic Committee and the African Union Sports Council Region 5.
Through this scheme, mentoring trios comprised of one mentee from Africa, one mentee from Europe and one mentor (either from Africa or Europe) will be created. These trios will share knowledge and experiences, the mentees will work on a collaborative project, and each mentee will participate in three international, face-to-face mobility activities
As part of this project, ENSE is looking for two European mentees from within its network to take part in this mentorship scheme. Due to the difficulties created by the Covid-19 situation around the world, the application deadline has been extended to May 1, 2020. Application documents can be sent to info (a) sporteducation.eu.
Please note that mentees need to be affiliated with current ENSE member organisations to be eligible (see our members here). Individuals from other organisations will not be considered at this point.
Mentees are expected to fully comply with all project Guidelines and are asked to submit a completed Application Form and Letter of Support when applying.
The 16th ENSE Forum will take place in Guimarães, Portugal, in 2021.
Tempo Livre, a Portuguese grassroots sports organization and ENSE member, will host the Forum in Guimarães, a city also known as the “birthplace of Portugal”.
Initially founded by the local municipality, Tempo Livre is highly active in the fields of grassroots sports, sports promotion, as well as in the management of local sport facilities. Since 2018, Tempo Livre have also launched their very own sport studies department, the Centro de Estudos Do Desporto Guimarães.
The President of Tempo Livre, Amadeu Portilha, stressed that “it is an honor for Tempo Livre and its Sports Studies Center to have the opportunity to host a congress bringing together some of Europe's leading experts in the field of sport education. Today we are living in a time when the increase in physical inactivity is deeply worrisome because of the profound negative impact it will have on future generations. Sharing knowledge, projects, ideas and good practices, with emphasis on the education of teachers and coaches, is fundamental to the challenges facing today to counteract this trend, ”he said.
More details on the next Forum will be released in the coming months, including the forum theme and dates. In the meantime, if you are interested in more information about presenting or participating in the forum, you can reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The second transnational meeting of the Social Entrepreneurship Training Program for Athletes (SENTA) project was hosted by the Universidad Católica de Murcia and took place from the 7th until the 8th of October 2019 in Murcia, Spain. In total, 15 representatives from 8 institutions took part in the meeting.
Working with top elite athletes, the objective of this Erasmus + project is to help address challenges related to dual careers in sport and to develop a platform that will enable athletes to become social entrepreneurs as a career option.
The two days offered space for presentations as well as intense discussions on how to transform elite athletes into valuable social sport entrepreneurs. With the help of qualitative interviews with elite athletes on social entrepreneurship and the options of dual careers, the overall aim of SENTA is to develop an online Gamification-based training program on Social Entrepreneurship for talented, elite or retired athletes.
More information can be found on SENTA’s website under https://www.dualcareer.net/