Since the financial crisis of 2008, the European Union has experienced an unprecedented recession, especially in countries in the South of Europe. The effect on young people has been devastating, with youth unemployment numbers over 50% in Spain, 49% in Greece and 42% Less in Italy (Eurobarometer in 2014). Faced with a lack of career perspectives, many young people under the age of 25 focus on sports and aspire to become professionals in their discipline. Basketball is a popular sport in particular; it has well-organized competitive structure in many European countries and many young people they follow this sport. However, it is difficult for young people to combine their professional athletic training with an education which will prepare them for an occupation after their athletic career. This especially counts for Southern European countries where employment opportunities are rare. Therefore, this project aims at talented basketball players between the age of 18 to 23 who have recently graduated from high school and have aspirations of becoming professional athletes. Another significant aspect ; awareness of gender equality, giving both females and males the same opportunities. We are going to implement the same procedures and methodologies for girls athletes between 18 to 23 years old as for their male counterparts. They will be given an opportunity to participate in a network of organizations, through our partner in Portugal specialized in activities for women and sport in youth entrepreneurship sector.Gender equality in sport is primarily the responsibility of local and national actors and acting at the local level to address the role of women and men in the governing bodies of sports management; what our project wants to achieve is to transfer the same rights and opportunities internationally. Germany, Slovenia, Portugal and Italy will provide a dual career in basketball and vocational education and training for males and females.
HEROES PARTNER MEMBERS
ASD Margherita Sport e Vita
|Istanbul Avrupa Arastirmalari Dernegi||Turkey||IAAD||Full Partner|
|VALORIZA-TE, COOPERATIVA, CRL||Portugal||Full Partner|
|UNIVERZITETNI REHABILITACIJSKI INSTITUT REPUBLIKE SLOVENIJE-SO||Slovenia||Full Partner|
|Grm Novo mesto - center biotehnike in turizma||Slovenia||Full Partner|
|MAD for Europe||Spain||Full Partner|