Eco-friendly Sport

Eco-friendly sports

It’s inevitable that we have to do something about climate change. Not only reduce, reuse and recycle, but we can actively contribute to protect our planet and take direct action. Pollution is enormous problem and lack of recycling is even bigger challenge. Therefore, in the last years, there were new types of activities developed and promoted in order to tackle both – lack of physical movement of people, but also increasing pollution of our nature, beaches, forests. There are various activities that can be organized combining sport and physical activities with enviro actions:

  • picking up the trash – e.g. running (plogging), hiking, water sports (rowing for clean water, paddling for the planet, kayaking, surfing, diving – #onwaterforwater), yoga or other cardio meetups on the beach or in the parks (and before or after clean-up event),
  • environmental sport outdoor education programs and games that combine physical movement with environmental learning (for example, recycle relay or eco-scavenger hunt),
  • repair cafés, planting trees, building birdhouses etc.

We are confident that „if many little people, in many little places, do many little things, they can change the face of the Earth“.

We aim to empower youth on becoming knowledgeable and skilled on sustainability and nature conservation topics, on the way to become active citizens promoting these issues in their life by creating valuable interactions with the sport sector. It will aim at canalising the energy of youth to promoting the concept of sport, ecology, wellbeing and health-enhancing physical activity within and across national borders.  Therefore the aim of the project is to promote sport and physical activities that not only contribute to better health, but has also positive impact on environment (2 in 1).

What we want to achieve?

  •  to promote and develop new methods of environmental education through sport,
  •  to increase amount of organized events – best practice collection like clean-up events, plogging, planting trees, birdhouse building, repair cafés etc. on local level,
  • to foster citizens engagement in sport, but also encourage them to take action towards better environment,
  • to improve knowledge and experience of representatives of sport clubs and youth workers about concept of eco-sports,
  • to be in proximity to and carrying out activities in natural areas provide invaluable opportunities in the urban life style to keep people’s physical and mental health and to significantly decrease the stress levels;
  • to contribute to social inclusion of young people from disadvantaged background,
  • to build a society who feels close and attached to nature will contribute to using natural resources sustainably and thus building sustainable cities;
  • to increase recognition of nature’s value among urban population will have a direct contribution to conservation of nature (nature conservation is strongly linked to politicians and decision makers living in urban societies)
  • to generate public awareness about possible connection of sport and protection of environment.

Project consortium consists of 8 european countries, from different geographical regions, but also diverse background, organized projects and activities. Climate change, pollution and environmental issues are not national issues and have to be tackled on international level. 

Coordinator from Slovakia

ADEL Slovakia has been carrying out and implementing diverse projects, trainings, youth exchanges and other educational activities, organize various events, conduct research and analysis and cooperate with wide network of institutions since its inception with the aim of create educational opportunities for young people and give them new experience and knowledge for their personal as well as professional development and growth; encourage a responsible attitude towards nature, animals and protection of the environment; promote sport and healthy lifestyle

Partner from Austria

Innovative Education Center was established in Vienna by a group of experienced youth workers and international consultants. These experts, consultants and youth workers from different countries, formed IEC in order to provide a centrally organised pool of expertise and technical capacity for young people in Austria and the surrounding area in the field of innovation, empowerment, entrepreneurship, global citizenship, equality, democracy, justice, sports, environment and identity. Each IEC’s members have a long involvement in IFI projects and youth work, with some individual’s active interest and experience both here and abroad stretching back to the 2000s.

Innovative Education Center aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas – an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. We believe diversity drives innovation. We’re building a culture where difference is valued. We’re passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We celebrate multiple approaches and points of view. More importantly, creating an environment where everyone, from any background, can do their best work is the right thing to do.

Partner from Turkey

Doğa Koruma Merkezi (DKM; Nature Conservation Centre) is one of the leading organizations working on the field of nature via developing new approaches, which links sound scientific knowledge to implementable solutions towards conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in Turkey. Since its establishment in 2004, DKM has trained many professionals about these new approaches and tools in the fields of forestry, agriculture, conservation planning, biodiversity conservation, climate change and butterflies, among others. Besides, DKM has organised many nature education activities and gave many lectures on nature conservation at schools in and around Ankara, such as Keçiören, Dikmen, ODTÜ College, TED etc.

Bulgarian partner 

Bulgarian Sports Development Association was founded in 2010 and is a nonprofit public benefit organization devoted to the development of Bulgarian sport and improving sporting culture in Bulgaria! Bulgarian sports development association has extensive experience in the field of youth activities, sports events and trainings. Young athletes and volunteers are an essential part of the team of the Association and for our team capacity building of Bulgarian youth and sport experts is a top priority. Over the years we have organized a variety of events focused in the development of sport and physical activity and implementing of good practices on local level in our country. Each team member is committed to the development of sport and has solid background in various aspects of management, administration and organization of NGO and entrepreneurial sector. Team members has participated in multiple trainings and initiatives under the program Youth in Action and Erasmus+

Partner from Portugal

Check-In  Cooperation and Development is a non-profit organization, founded in 2010, based in Beja and operating from Lisbon, in Portugal. Check-In works in close cooperation with public and private entities, actively participating in quality of life improvement activitiesOur organization mainly focuses on youth and adult mobility, non-formal education and the overall sharing of knowledge, through the support of European cooperation initiatives. Check-In works on a regular basis with other organizations, as well as municipalities, universities and higher education institutions in Europe and all around the world (we built partnerships in Brazil, Tanzania, Nepal, Argentina, Mexico and Perú).

Partner from Romania

Se Poate Association is an NGO registered in 2014 made by young people for young people. The organization gathers volunteers, friends and youth workers from different parts of the country with a common interest in sharing their personal and professional experience with exploring active young people in the area of non-formal education.

Partner from Hungary

Budapest Association for International Sports (BAIS) is a volunteer based, youth-led non-profit organization with the mission of promoting physical activity, active lifestyle, intercultural understanding, tolerance and participation through non-formal education. From 2015 to 2017, due to the lengthy legal registration procedure, we developed our activities as an informal group of young people under the name of International Sport Association of Budapest (ISAB).

Partner from Spain

The Club Deportivo CHAÑE (C.D. Chañe) is a modern Club in a rural area, but with a wide radius of action and influence, which works on the idea of offering responsible participation and energizing a rural area with scarce in the sports field and in free time. The C.D. Chañe is the main element in the area that enables and works for the union of cultures since in the town there are inhabitants of some 10 different nationalities that represent nothing less than 38% of the population, reaching this number to 50% in certain times of the year.

Eco-friendly sports project has been co-funded by Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission – Sport chapter and it is a collaborative partnership that will work together for 24 months, starting from 01/01/2020 and includes 8 countries: Slovakia – A.D.E.L. – Association for Development, Education and Labour, Austria – Innovative education center, Bulgaria – Bulgarian sports development association, Hungary – Budapest Association for International Sports , Portugal – Check-In  Cooperation and Development , Romania – Se Poate Association, Spain – The Club Deportivo CHAÑE  and Turkey – Doğa Koruma Merkezi .

With the support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union