The project wants to tackle a relevant European problem: youth school dropout and social disadvantage. As stated in the 2007 White Paper, sport plays an important role in formal and non-formal education, and volunteering particularly in grassroots sport provides many opportunities for non-formal education and social engagement that need to be valorized and enhanced. 2015 Council conclusions on early school leaving state “an urgent need for inclusive and coordinated responses from both educational and non-educational stakeholders”. Grassroots sport is a relevant stakeholder: improving volunteers skills could considerably contribute to enrich young athletes personal and social growth, as well as reducing school dropout.
The project is thus focused on an innovative aspect: while the link between grassroots sport and social skills is often explored, synergies with the educational dimension and transferability of competences gained through volunteering in sport into formal education is rarely evaluated at European level. Partner organizations want to boost practices of local grassroots sport on education to promote an European impact.
PLAY project objective is enhancing positive synergies between volunteering, grassroots sport and education to promote quality educational volunteering to support youngsters at risk of school dropout.
The project plans 3 main steps: a first phase of analysis and mapping, a pilot action where partners will develop concrete actions (e-learning through an European platform, educational and mentoring volunteering support in grassroots sport organizations, group activities with parents and trainers), evaluation and assessment of main impact and outputs (handbook, online platform, video) that will be hugely spread through a relevant dissemination.
Activities will be developed by 6 partner organizations in 36 months (Jan 2017-Dec 2019) in several European countries (Italy, Finland, Spain, Slovenia, England and Fare Network members countries).
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