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Launch conference of the Sport4All project in Kosovo

 

 

In the frame of the project "Sport4All" funded by the European Union Office in Kosovo, PL4Y International supports and encourages the development of inclusive sport activities among Kosovar local organizations.

 

The main goals of the project is to raise awareness among the main institutional actors and decision-makers of the sports world (Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, National Olympic Committee, sports federations, etc.) of the importance of developing inclusive sports activities, including better integration of minorities, people with disabilities and women in society.

In another hand, a direct support to local NGOs is provided through a call for proposals with a sub-grant of €18,000 that will be awarded to 3-6 organizations for 2015. PL4Y will provide technical assistance to partner organizations through capacity building training in project management, pedagogical support in implementing sport activities. Monthly field visits to supervise the projects with propose improvements will take place, and finally transfer-of-experience workshops between partner organizations.

 

The launch conference of the project took place on April 15, 2015. More than 90 participants from the sport world in Kosovo were gathered to discuss the theme of "Sport for All" and the inclusion of vulnerable populations through sport: representatives of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, the National Olympic Committee, several sports federations, foreign development agencies and embassies in Kosovo and more than 40 local NGOs invested in the thematic.

 

Among the guests, PL4Y International was particularly proud to welcome Majlinda Kelmendi, judo world champion, for the opening ceremony. Majlinda Kelmendi spoke of the importance of sport as a tool for integration, especially for children with disabilities.

The Director of the Sport Department of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport was also there and insisted on the access to sport for all Kosovo citizens favored by the project Sport4All, regardless of their nationality, religion, race, or geographic origin.

 

The conference was also the occasion to launch the "Sport4All" call for proposals allocated with a budget of € 18,000 that will be sub-granted to 3 to 6 inclusive sports projects in Kosovo. The event ended with roundtable discussions on the themes of Sport and Communities, Sport and Gender, and Sport and People with Disabilities.

 

 

For more information on the project, click here

 

 

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