EL supports ENGSO-led Erasmus+ Sport project launched to foster mental well-being in sport

The Sport and Psycho-social Initiative for Inclusive Training (SPIRIT) project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme, has officially begun! EL has become a reliable and invaluable advocate for the role of sport in society and it has lent its backing as a ‘Supporting Partner’ to this initiative.

Mental illnesses are some of the most prominent health problems in the world today, directly affecting up to 25 percent of the global population. Individuals who have endured trauma, such as refugees, are even more likely to experience mental health issues. From 2-4 March 2020, project partners from across Europe came together in Brussels to mark the start of the SPIRIT project.

The project and its partners have ambitious objectives to challenge normalised practices in organised sport environments which are harmful to the mental well-being of their participants. Through research and then the development and implementation of practical resources, SPIRIT will empower sport clubs and coaches to deliver more humane coaching which nurtures mental well-being and will ultimately make sport in Europe more inclusive.

Key outputs to expect include a review of research on sport and mental health; a mapping of good practices; a set of recommendations for sport clubs; a coaching framework; and an online education tool which will be made accessible for practising and aspiring coaches around the world to make sure their coaching protects mental wellbeing.

As Project Coordinator, ENGSO organised the project’s first kick-off meeting in Brussels, bringing together key representatives from an excellent consortium of partners with expertise in sports research, sport delivery, mental health, inclusive sport and the inclusion of migrants and refugees.

EL’s Senior Policy Advisor and Sport Secretary Alvise Angelini who represents EL in the project says: ‘‘The SPIRIT project is an extremely important initiative to support and empower vulnerable individuals who experience mental health illnesses every day. EL is proud to be a supporting partner and will continue to advocate for responsible sport practices which benefit and protect those individuals with prominent health problems globally. We look forward to working closely with ENGSO, the European Commission and all the partners on making this project a success’’.

Important discussions on this challenging topic, some key decisions and great work has already taken place to mark the productive beginnings of what is set to be a strong collaboration for real and much needed change.

All project partners are grateful to EL’s stance against harmful practice and the readiness to promote innovative solutions that will protect and strengthen the mental wellbeing of participants in sport. EL will be actively involved in the dissemination of the new coach education resources and support national events across Europe.

Project partners include: European Lotteries (EL); International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE); Monaliiku; Bulgarian Union for Physical Culture and Sports (BUPCS); Minor-Ndako; Mental Health Finland (MIELI); Sports Federation Union of Catalonia (UFEC); International Table Tennis Federation Foundation (ITTFF); Hellenic Paralympic Committee; Flemish Athletics Federation (FAF), and; Flanders Sports Agency.

 

Participants of the kick-off meeting. Back row, from top left: Simon Plasschaert (Flanders Sports Agency); Gijs Vercoutere (Minor-Ndako); Georgi Petrov Natov (BUPCS); Johannes Parkkonen (MIELI); Sakis Kostaris (Hellenic Paralympic Committee); Milena de Murga (UFEC); Claudia Nystrand (Monaliiku); Vanessa Mill (UFEC); Detlef Dumon (ICSSPE). Front row, from left: Kaisa Larjomaa (ENGSO); Sinikka Kaakkuriniemi (MIELI); Essi Honkonen (Monaliiku); Rachel May (ENGSO); Carole Ponchon (ENGSO); Rowan Fajerman (ITTFF).

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Français

Le projet Erasmus+ Sport dirigé par ENGSO est lancé pour favoriser le bien-être mental dans le sport

Les maladies mentales sont parmi les problèmes de santé les plus importants au monde, affectant directement jusqu’à 25 % de la population mondiale. Les personnes qui ont subi un traumatisme, comme les réfugiés, sont encore plus susceptibles de présenter des problèmes de santé mentale.

Du 2 au 4 mars, les partenaires du projet dans toute l’Europe, y compris EL, se sont réunis à Bruxelles pour marquer le début du projet SPIRIT. Les objectifs comprennent de contester certaines pratiques normalisées dans des environnements sportifs organisés qui sont nocifs au bien-être mental de leurs participants. Grâce à la recherche, puis au développement et à la mise en œuvre de ressources pratiques, SPIRIT donnera aux clubs sportifs et aux entraîneurs les moyens d’offrir un coaching plus humain qui favorise le bien-être mental et rendra le sport en Europe plus inclusif.

Les résultats clés à attendre comprennent un examen de la recherche sur le sport et la santé mentale ; un recensement des bonnes pratiques ; un ensemble de recommandations pour les clubs sportifs ; une structure de coaching ; et un outil d’éducation en ligne qui sera mis à disposition des entraîneurs actuels et futurs partout dans le monde afin de s’assurer que leur coaching protège le bien-être mental.

EL sera activement impliqué dans la diffusion des nouvelles ressources éducatives de coach et soutiendra les événements nationaux en Europe.

Español

El proyecto Erasmus+ Sport dirigido por ENGSO se lanzó para fomentar el bienestar mental en el deporte

Las enfermedades mentales son uno de los problemas de salud más importantes del mundo, afectando directamente hasta al 25 % de la población global. Las personas que han sufrido traumas, como los refugiados, tienen aún más probabilidades de experimentar problemas de salud mental.

Del 2 al 4 de marzo, socios de toda Europa, incluido EL, se reunieron en Bruselas para marcar el inicio del proyecto SPIRIT. Entre los objetivos de este proyecto se incluye el desafío de las prácticas normalizadas en entornos deportivos organizados que son perjudiciales para el bienestar mental de sus participantes. A través de la investigación y después el desarrollo y la implementación de recursos prácticos, SPIRIT capacitará a los clubes deportivos y a los entrenadores para ofrecer un coaching más humanitario que nutra el bienestar mental y, en última instancia, haga que el deporte en Europa sea más inclusivo.

Entre los resultados clave que cabe esperar se incluyen: una revisión de la investigación deportiva y sobre la salud mental; delinear las prácticas recomendadas; componer un conjunto de recomendaciones para los clubes deportivos; crear un marco de coaching; y elaborar una herramienta de educación en línea que sea accesible para los entrenadores (tanto los entrenadores en activo como los entrenadores en formación) de todo el mundo para asegurarse de que su coaching proteja el bienestar mental.

EL participará activamente en la difusión de los nuevos recursos educativos para los entrenadores y apoyará los eventos nacionales en toda Europa.

Deutsch

Von der ENGSO geleitetes Projekt Erasmus+ Sport gestartet, um das geistige Wohlbefinden im Sport zu fördern

Psychische Erkrankungen gehören zu den weltweit bedeutendsten Gesundheitsproblemen. Bis zu 25 % der Weltbevölkerung sind direkt davon betroffen. Bei Menschen, die ein Trauma erlitten haben, wie z.B. Flüchtlingen, ist die Wahrscheinlichkeit noch höher, an psychischen Problemen zu erkranken.

Vom 2. bis 4. März trafen sich Projektpartner aus ganz Europa einschließlich der EL in Brüssel, um den Beginn des SPIRIT-Projekts zu würdigen. Zu den Zielen gehört die Hinterfragung normalisierter Praktiken in organisierten Sportumgebungen, die für das psychische Wohlbefinden der Teilnehmer schädlich sind. Durch die Erforschung und anschließende Entwicklung und Umsetzung praktischer Ressourcen möchte SPIRIT Sportvereine und Trainer in die Lage versetzen, ein menschlicheres Training zu bieten, um das geistige Wohlbefinden zu fördern und letztlich den Sport in Europa integrativer zu gestalten.

Zu den wichtigsten Ergebnissen, die zu erwarten sind, gehören ein Überblick über die Forschung im Bereich Sport und psychische Gesundheit, eine Bestandsaufnahme bewährter Praktiken, eine Reihe von Empfehlungen für Sportvereine, ein Rahmenwerk für das Coaching und ein Online-Bildungsinstrument, das praktizierenden und angehenden Trainern auf der ganzen Welt zugänglich gemacht werden soll, um sicherzustellen, dass ihr Coaching psychisches Wohlbefinden gewährleistet.

Die EL wird sich aktiv an der Weiterverbreitung der neuen Ressourcen für die Trainerausbildung beteiligen und nationale Veranstaltungen in ganz Europa unterstützen.

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