The SAVE IT partners met in London this week at the historic Wembley Stadium. The second meeting of the group reviewed progress in a number of areas of the project from the first six months, including research on and the production of a good practice guide that showcases sport projects that further positive social values, a training programme for coaches, and an innovative game that ranks players according to the values they champion and highlight in their behaviour.
The meeting was addressed by a representative of the FA as the dissemination stage of the project begins to take shape with stakeholder engagement a key focus of future activities.
The partners of the project who are from Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the UK had a key session on sharing new ideas and were particularly concerned to stress the role of parents as a target group in highlighting the positive values of sport.
The project co-ordinator Ignacio Alvarez of Foundación Culturalista said, “It was great to be in London for the second project meeting, we are tremendously excited about the future of the project going forward and can already see the impact of the work we have been doing through the partners. It is going to to be a busy summer and autumn until we meet again in Porto in Lisbon. In the meantime we are looking forward to finalising our public activities and moving on with our work programme.”
The SAVE It project is a collaborative project funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union with the aim of promoting the recognition of sporting values as a key element in fighting against intolerance, racism and other forms of discrimination. The partners of the project are: Fundación Culturalista, Spain; the Autonomous University of Madrid; AS Eupen VoG, Belgium; the Fare network, UK; Rugby Colorno, Italy; Altum Foundation, Spain and Panther Force of Portugal.
Sport is emotion, competition, struggle and sacrifice, but there is an important element that can't be forgotten not only for sport: values and what they represent in society. Sportsmen have to be educated with these values in mind and it has to be done from a very early age. To do it, the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) takes part as an associate in the action "Erasmus+ Sport" in a project named "Save it ".
The main goal of this project is to promote the education in sport values to fight against intolerance. "Save it" counts at the moment with eight associates from various parts of Europe and different sport backgrounds: Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa (Spain, coordinator), football club; Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain); Altum Foundation (Spain); Fare Network (United Kingdom), KAS Eupen (Belgium) and others.
The Cultural presents the project "Save it", in which there are many other contributors and is backed by the European Commission. With a budget of 500,000 euros, the project kicks off and will be developed for 2 years. A compilation of good practices in the promotion of values, a training course for coaches, or a serious videogame for the younger ones are some of the undertakings that will be carried out.