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PLAY International Takes Home a 2014 Beyond Sport Award!

 

 

 

 

Since 2009, Beyond Sport Awards have been awarded to the best international projects in the field of sports education and social development.

 

Among the 350 projects up for an award, PLAY International won for its Sport4Youth programme (Kosovo) in the “Sports and Conflict Resolution” category.

 

Sport4Youth was created especially for Kosovo, and favours the social cohesion of different communities. The programme runs on the active involvement of youth educators from 12 different communities throughout the country.

 

Leveraging sports for their ability to unify and engage participants, Sport4Youth has three main goals: develop interethnic dialogue, strengthen the youth’s commitment to good citizenship, and offer sporting activities to help promote tolerance among children.

 

In 2013, 70 volunteers from 6 ethnic communities (Albanians, Ashkalis, Serbians, Romanians, Bosnians, and Turks) set up over 300 socio-athletic activities. These events were attended by over a thousand children, 35% of which were girls. 93% of the volunteers made friends with youth from other ethnic communities, and, because of the project, have a better opinion of the other communities.

 

 

To learn more about PLAY International's Sport4Youth programme, visit BeyondSport.

 

 

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