On Wednesday, 30th of November, the Final Conference of the Sport4All project was hold in AFA Hotel, Prishtinë/Priština.
We were pleased to welcome more than 70 participants, among which representatives from the EU Office in Kosovo, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, UNDP, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Prishtinë/Priština as well as from our sub-granted NGO’s and civil society. Furthermore, we were very pleased and honoured to welcome Emmeline Ndongue, a famous French former Basketball Player, Olympic Medalist in 2012, as special guest, and David Blough, Executive Director of PLAY International.
The Conference aimed at presenting the achievements of the Sport4All project in the past two years, as well as to discuss the future of the “Sport for All” movement in Kosovo.
In two years, inter-ethnic dialogue, gender equality and inclusion of people with disabilities have been fostered thanks to a network of 160 young volunteers from different communities (50% of girls); the work of 16 local NGOs who implemented inclusive sport projects with the technical assistance of PLAY International. Moreover, awareness about the need to include vulnerable populations has been raised thanks to 3 conferences and 6 thematic days to which more than 350 people took part. Finally, at the national level, different stakeholders have been involved in the project and they could present their engagement for the coming years in a Round Table on “Sport for All in Kosovo” gathering a representative from the Sport Department of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, the President of the Olympic Committee and the Dean of the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport of Prishtinë/Priština.
An important moment of the conference was the delivery of the first “Sport for All” Labels. The “Sport for All” label is one of the main outcomes of the Sport4All project. It aims at giving visibility and recognition to NGOs or sport clubs who use sport as a tool for inclusion of vulnerable populations. This Label has been designed based on the observation and monitoring of 14 inclusive sport projects which have been implemented in Kosovo between 2015 and 2016.
The “Sport for All” Label Awards were handed over by Philip Mellish (Task Manager, EU Office Kosovo), Xhevat Bajrami (Director of Youth, Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sport), Musa Selimi (Dean of the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport), Carole Blestel (First Counsellor, French Embassy) and Besim Hasani (President, Kosovo Olympic Committee). The NGOs FVSK, Diversity of Mitrovica and KAPAK obtained the 1-star Label; while the NGOs CTI-P, Special Olympics and LBP got the 2-star label.
To close this conference, a friendly handi-basketball match was organized at the Youth Palace, with the kind participation of the handi-basketball players from the NGOs Handikos and KAPAK, and Fisnik Rugova, Granit Rugova, Drilon Hajrizi and Edmond Azemi from the Sigal Pristina Team, who played together with the Dean of the Faculty, Musa Selimi, the Olympic medallist Emmeline Ndongue, and the Executive Director of PLAY International, David Blough. Finally, a certificate was handed over to the sub-granted NGOs of the 2016 Sport4All project for the good will and motivation they put in implementing their inclusive sport projects.
PLAY International would like to thank the EU Office in Kosovo for funding this project; as well as the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, for their support and collaboration.
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