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Transnational Training Meeting of the WOOF Project in San Miguel, Azores, Portugal (May 9-12, 2024)

From May 9 to 12, 2024, the beautiful island of San Miguel in the Azores, Portugal, hosted the transnational training meeting for the WOOF project. This event brought together 15 participants from Italy, Bulgaria, and Portugal, representing the associations ASD Casalotti, SportsRoom, and CATTT respectively. The meeting focused on achieving three specific objectives aimed at enhancing professional opportunities in sports, promoting outdoor activities as a healthy lifestyle, and training participants in event management.

🏅 Objective 1: Encourage Equal Professional Opportunities in Sports without Gender Discrimination

Workshop 1: Gender Issues and Stereotypes Participants engaged in theoretical discussions on gender concepts and stereotypes, learning to identify and understand the impacts of gender stereotypes on life choices in various social spheres, including school, family, work, and sports.

Training 2: Gender Equality in Europe This session covered European policies and initiatives aimed at gender equality, emphasizing the importance of implementing strategies such as the Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025 and the Istanbul Convention. Participants gained insights into the role of both political actions and civil society in promoting gender equality.

Workshop 3: Gender Gap in Amateur, Professional Sports, and Decision-Making Positions Participants explored data and statistics on the gender gap across different sectors, with a focus on sports in Europe. They compared various countries' progress and challenges in addressing gender disparities in sports.

Workshop 4: Professions in Sports – Beyond Athletes This workshop highlighted the diverse career opportunities in the sports sector, extending beyond athletes to include roles such as event organizers, journalists, video makers, communication managers, psychologists, healthcare professionals, and social workers.

🌳 Objective 2: Promote Outdoor Activities as a Healthy Lifestyle and Opportunity for Sports Associations

Workshop 5: Indoor vs. Outdoor Participants discussed the differences between indoor and outdoor sports, the critical thinking required to adapt sports to different environments, and the factors to consider when designing and implementing outdoor sports activities.

Training 6: Physical, Social, and Psychological Benefits of Outdoor Sports This session focused on the holistic benefits of outdoor sports for association members and staff, emphasizing the importance of outdoor activities in promoting physical health, social interaction, and psychological well-being.

Workshop 7: Why Should a Sports Association Promote Outdoor Activities Participants learned about the advantages of promoting outdoor sports, including increased visibility, broader member engagement, and the ability to continue activities during facility closures due to maintenance, restrictions like COVID-19, or other inaccessibility issues.

Workshop 8: Making a Sports Center Green and Sustainable This workshop provided best practices for making sports centers environmentally friendly and sustainable, covering topics such as recycling, material selection, resource organization, and public engagement.

🎯 Objective 3: Train in Event Management and Enable Participants to Organize an Outdoor Sports Event

Workshop 9: Benefits of Sports Events for Associations and Local Communities Participants explored the various benefits of organizing sports events, including increased public engagement, enhanced visibility, and the promotion of sports to diverse target groups.

Workshop 10: Project Management – Preparation, Implementation, Follow-Up This session covered the principles of project management, including project phases, Gantt chart approaches, target setting, and risk management. Participants learned how to effectively plan and execute sports events.

Preparation 11: Identifying Roles, Dividing Tasks, and Coordination Participants identified the necessary roles for organizing a sports event and discussed task division and coordination, covering aspects such as logistics, activity management, athlete coordination, communication, and administration.

This training meeting not only provided theoretical knowledge and practical skills but also laid the groundwork for an exciting upcoming event. The participants will apply what they've learned by organizing an outdoor sports event in Rome at the end of September or early October. This event will see them take on roles in the organization, management, and execution of the event, offering them a hands-on experience to complement their training. This practical application ensures that, beyond understanding the possibilities of working in the sports world, participants will actively experience it, solidifying their learning through real-world practice. 🌟👟🎉

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