Water Gender Harmony Games
Coaches can do more than just teach the practice of sport. They can help to ensure that young athletes build healthy relationships with their teammates, they respect opponents and referees and they are ready to oppose any form of violence and abuse.
“Water GHAims Eurocamp” (Gender Harmony Games) is a European project, of Strategic Partnership for Action Sports Erasmus +. The project mainly objective is to support equal opportunities in sport, as an important step toward a cultural change for gender equality. In order to achieve the project’s goals a number of activities will be scheduled throughout the period of 12 months of collaboration
The methodology of the project based on the awareness and active participation and combines cultural and scientific approach, with the application of a GEO (Gender Equality Oriented) pilot system. The GEO project includes:
for instructors, coaches and educators: Through the e- learning path it will be communicated to the participants a training program called GET (Gender Equity Training) aims to promote a non-discrimination environment in during training and in everyday life. GET model includes different types of games and exercises for children (6-10 years old) and young athletes (11-18 years old). The innovative training method combines the sporting goals even personal behavior and team objectives and focused teaching to treat all people with respect, to establish healthy relationships with peers and teammates, friends, families, opponents, reference adults, referees etc.
A preliminary meeting
of 3 days that will take place in Sweden: the main purpose of this meeting in Helsingborg, Sweden, is to define and organize the detailed plan to fulfill project’s goals, to discuss about GET techniques, to cement the relationships and create a more efficient working environment for the sporting event, expected to be held in Italy.
Water GHaims Campus
that will have duration of 7 days and it will take place in Italy. During the Campus the participants will be trained according to GET model and they will discover through sports and a variety of entertainment and activities, different traditions and cultural habits. Transnational activities in Italy will be important to retransfer and convey to young athletes the expectations of the projects Water GHaims Eurocamp, through an once in a lifetime experience.
which offer a range of educational methods and techniques in order to promote equality of gender. During the project it will be proposed activities and games that will have as purpose the fight against gender discrimination. The various activities will be collected in a manual and they will be added to the methods already have been used by the participants in their countries. This manual can then be adopted and reused not only by project participants, but also by all sports organizations and schools and training institutions regionally, nationally and internationally.
It have been chosen to target and involve athletes from various sport associations, covering a north to south geographic range of cultures, mid-teens aged between 14 to 18 years, this being a stage of life when the preconceptions and stereotypes related to gender can be transmitted more easily. Furthermore priority will be given to those who have fewer opportunities due to social, financial or cultural deficiencies, or related to a disability or to gender discrimination.
“Water GHAims Eurocamp” mainly objective is to support equal opportunities in sport, as an important step toward a cultural change for gender equality. The project aims to raise awareness among young people and sports trainers on equal opportunities, and in particular on gender equality by transferring skills on how to organize sports activities devoid of stereotypes, educating and making more informed young people about the issue of gender diversity in sport.
Meanwhile the program is expected to:
• Support the mobility of the teachers, trainers/coaches, volunteers and employees, collaborators, who are able to exchange experiences about methodologies and practices in training. Partners will also experience new cultures, new customs.
• Encourage the participation in sports and physical activities
• Promote social inclusion and equal access to sport
• Promote voluntary activities in sport
• Activate cooperation synergies with schools, Local Authorities, cultural, sports and volunteer work and involvement of schools, communities and social media
A multifaceted impact is expected on both the partners and the various stakeholders involved in the project, with a cascading effect on their communities: on a local, regional, national and international level.
It will contribute to develop positive attitudes and behaviors towards other people of different cultures, sharing fundamental values such as: respect, acceptance, tolerance and mutual improvement, discovering the diversity as a resource. The cooperation between the partner organizations and the stakeholders will widen the personal, cultural , professional and social horizons both of the direct participating and of their daily contacts: families, friends, colleagues, head managers, educators, administrative staff, social networks, people working for mass-media, territorial authorities, non-profit organization and professional associations. It is also a way to prevent stereotypes and prejudices. The virtual and most of all the physical mobility will be a significant non-formal occasion of learning and training, breathing some European air.