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THE S(PO)TART HUB

The S(po)tart Hub, as its name suggests, aims at providing a Start Hub, where youth workers will learn to Successfully implement Sport. They will receive a hands-on experience on how to use sport as an educational tool for youth and social development. The project places a significant emphasis on the inclusion of marginalized young people with fewer opportunities, who demonstrate great potential and interest in becoming community youth workers. Our belief is that no one can understand the needs of young people from deprived rural and urban areas better than someone their age that has similar background.

The S-Hub aims to train and equip youth workers and youth leaders who are working directly with disadvantaged young people in underprivileged rural and
urban areas with essential tools, methods and skills on how to use the ETS methodology to provide sustainable development in their regions. We will gather youth workers willing to gain skills and develop necessary attitudes for successfully implementing sport as an educational tool for active citizenship and social sustainability.

While designing our S-Hub, we have identified the following objectives:

  • To develop skills for youth on how to use sport as an educational tool;
  • To empower youth participants to bring out the potential of young people and peers whom they work with;
  • To develop a sustainable youth network across the 9 participating countries;
  • To explore, compare and exchange best practices on how NGOs can increase soft skills among youth through sport;
  • To develop and test new Education Through Sport tools;
  • To enhance intercultural competencies among participants by providing them opportunities to learn in culturally diverse environments and to see things form different perspectives and points of view.

We have identified and will further address the following issues and needs

  • Lack of knowledge on how to use sport as an educational tool;
  • Lack of appropriate ETS tools for youth workers;
  • Lack of learning and networking events addressing youth development through sport;
  • Lack of communication among youth organizations, especially working in the field of youth development through sport;
  • Need to develop youth workers’ skills in intercultural environments;
  • Need to have more ETS tools to be used by youth on a daily basis at work;
  • Need to develop sustainable partnerships among youth workers who use ETS.