Date(s) - 01/04/2022 - 30/04/2024
Green Education Through Sports (GETS) is a 18 months Erasmus+ Cooperation partnership project with the aim to develop, test and implement an innovative online educational tool allowing grassroots sport and environmental organisations to exchange knowledge in order to deliver eco-friendly sport events benefiting as wide a range of target groups as possible.
GETS focuses on the ever growing needs of the grassroots sport movement to implement more sustainable, environmentally-friendly, volunteer-based and widely accessible sport events that on one hand raise awareness on the importance of environmental protection and on the other hand encourage participation in health enhancing physical activity.
The key objectives of GETS:
● to increase the capacities of the grassroot sport organisations and civil/green NGOs through exchanging working practices to offer eco-friendly and accessible sport events to a wide range of target audiences;
● to enable partner organisations to develop and test an online educational tool (GETS e-module) promoting greener, widely accessible and volunteer-based sport events;
● to improve knowledge and skills of the members, volunteers of sport and civil organisations about the concept of eco-sports through transnational work and locally implemented sport activities;
● to empower sport organisations’ staff members and volunteers to raise awareness on the importance of environmental friendly behaviours and include older generations in green sports events and campaigns.
GETS was a part of European Sport Platform
In October the final partners meeting took a place in Cascais, Portugal. Luckily for us, the European Sport Platform was held in Lisbon at that time and we had a chance to introduce the outcomes of the GETS project to all participants. It was a intense day, full of new information, workshops we got to know other successfuly inmplemented project in sports sector and also we were introduced the ones that are in progreess.
Next day we disscused with the partners the succes of the project GETS, how we will we ensure the sustainability of the project. We brainstrom further steps and talked about what we have acomplished. Later, as part of the project meeting, we went to a nearby beach to collect trash.
1 – KICK-OFF MEETING IN BUDAPEST
project partners met to discuss about project and plan future project activities
2 – RESEARCH AND SURVEY
3 – TRAINING COURSE IN SLOVAKIA
GETS training took a place in Liptovský Mikuláš from 15th of February until 19th of February. In a sporting spirit, we completed several workshops focused on how sport events harm the enviroment, what we can do differently and what change can be done in grasroots level. The training participants had the opportunity to view prepared e-module. Their comments and feedback as future users were very beneficial. In addition to education, we also managed to go skiing, hiking and taking bath in a hot spring.
4– ONLINE TESTING OF THE E-MODULE
In April and May 2 online testing has been organised. Both were focused on improving the innovative e-modul for promoting sport and physical activity. During the testing the participants read the content, reviewed the design, usability and they shared their opinion and feedback with us. The contribution of the participants is crucial for improving the e-modul and promotion of green education through the sport. All the advices and suggestion will be implemented in order to bring the best possible e-module.
At this moment the GETS e-module is ready for everoyne to enroll.
5– LOCAL DISSEMINATION ACTIVITES
As part of the GETS project, we organized a sports and environmentally friendly event.♻️
At the beginning of the gathering, participants learned about the project, and we discussed what the environment means to them and how they protect it. We delved deeper into various aspects affecting our environment, why it’s so polluted, and what we can do about it. We also talked about the impact of sports and sports events ⚽ on nature and what can be changed when organizing sports events, both from the organizer’s and participant’s perspectives.
After the discussion, a relaxation yoga session took place, 🧘♀️during which we focused on breathing and basic positions for grounding, presence, and relaxation.
Another event we organized was a hike with trash picking and an environmental quiz. We were lucky to still have beautiful weather in the beginning of autumn. Last but not least where we introduced the project and made visible the importance of caring for the environment was a High school in Bratislava. More than 40 students attended a workshop focused on environmental education, ecology sporting and in their household. We realized how important are these workshop as these students are the future and it is very imporatnt that they take action for greener future and understand why it is imporatnt to protect the environment and reduce trash in every field of their live. The students were informed what to do in future if they will be organizing a sport event – and now they have available a valuable e-platform that can help them to create the most ecological event possible.
Website of the project with more information: https://getsproject.eu/