Projects

Erasmus+
SCOUT: SPORT CLUBS OPENING UP TO ALL GIRLS' PARTICIPATION
06-2022 a 11-2024
EU GRANT: 400,000 EUR
Project leader
ASSOCIACIO ESPORTIVA CARLES VALLBONA
Project partners
Scuola di Pallavolo Anderlini (IT), Istres Provence Volley (FR), Universitat de Vic Universitat Central de Catalunya (ES) and Athletes Inspire Children (DE)
Description

The objective of SCOUT is to design, test and evaluate a new youth sport programme that facilitates access and opportunities to engage in organised sport activities for girls at risk of social exclusion or in situations of vulnerability. The project activities entail careful planning and designing in collaboration with sport clubs and federations, municipal social services and sports, NGOs and community organisations, amongst other, and consider in the implementation the various clubs’ stakeholder groups (chiefly, girls’ peers and coaches) and their social ecologies (girls’ parents, school teachers and educators, social caregivers, etc.) to be instrumental in making the programme deliver positive youth development and other development assets fostering the inclusion of the girls in situations of vulnerability.
The pilot recruitment and intervention programme will be implemented in 3 sport clubs from France (Istres Provence Volley), Italy (SP Anderlini) and Spain (AE Carles Vallbona), engaging more than 160 girls in sport practice and exchanges with peers, 78 coaches in training and exchanges with peers, 200 parents, amongst others. The project counts on the support of a University (UVIC-UCC) (Spain) and an NGO (Athletes Inspire Children) (Germany), experienced in capacity building processes in the organised sport sector and with profound knowledge of social inclusion strategies through sport. Among other duties, they will design and support the facilitation of the comprehensive training programme for the various stakeholders and peer to peer exchanges among the sport clubs. Another key output of the project will deliver policy recommendations and evaluate the impact of the programme and the ability of sport clubs, via a self-assessment digital tool, to promote social inclusion. 

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Erasmus+ Sport
DONA - Dual Career for Women Athletes
01-2019 a 06-2021
Collaborative Partnerships
EU GRANT: 372,806 EUR
Project leader
ASSOCIACIO ESPORTIVA CARLES VALLBONA
Project partners
SCUOLA DI PALLAVOLO ANDERLINI SOCIETA COOPERATIVA SOCIALE SPORTIVA DILETTANTISTICA (IT), ISTRES PROVENCE VOLLEY (FR), STICHTING DE SPORTMAATSCHAPPIJ (NL), THE EUROPEAN ATHLETE AS STUDENT (MT), UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI (SL), MALTA VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION (MT)
Description

The main objective of the Dual Career for Women Athletes (DONA) is to investigate, develop and test a DC methodology for successfully approaching & enhancing women’s athletes Dual Careers in a form of a club-based pilot project, involving volleyball clubs from 4 different EU countries. Furthermore, the partnership consists of the necessary & complementary profiles of a university (UL), a coaching center (DSM) & of the European Dual Career Network (EAS) from 2 more EU countries. The project will target female volleyball athletes between 12-20 years old, covering the important development stages including major changes on academic, athletic, psychological, social & professional levels. Through the sport clubs, 250 athletes will be directly involved in the pilot program. Moreover, 300 family members, 25 coaches & 24 other clubs’ staff will also be directly part of the DONA project.Athletes & main stakeholders will be first taking part in a study where DC experts will investigate deeper the challenges faced by the target group. After, following the developed DC methodology several professionals in key areas (such as psychologist, career coach, nutritionist etc.) led by the Dual Career Club Management (DCCM) unit will support & help athletes in the 16 months long pilot. Further to the support services, the clubs will work on creating an optimal DC environment by setting up the necessary cooperation agreements with educational institutions (4 universities & 16 local schools will be involved).The project’s most important IO will be a transferable DC support methodology specially designed for female athletes. The successful achievement of DONA aims at; decreasing female athletes’ dropout from sport clubs; preparing athletes for the transition periods with developing the needed skills & competences; increasing the number of elite female volleyball players; making young athletes & their families aware that it is possible to aim for both educational & sports career.

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