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LLI-402 Sports for Social Inclusion of At-risk Teenagers (RISK-FREE)
01.04.2018 - 31.03.2020
Project ERDF Financing: € 638 327.90
Project call: 2nd call
The project is designed to elaborate, test and introduce a new social inclusion method for integration of at-risk teenagers through sports activities by offering them access to the street sports activities and fostering their integration back in the education process and society as a whole. Sports here will be used as an instrument for social inclusion of children and youth to prevent them from involvement in risky, criminal or immoral activities. The project intends to contribute to establishing a street sports culture in the border region of the Latvia-Lithuania programme.
The project will commence with development of support mechanism for social inclusion of at-risk teenagers through sports consisting of (1) capacity-building for persons working with the at-risk children and teenagers to raise their competence in working with and better understanding this specific target group, as well as create a network for exchange of information and best practice, (2) elaboration of approach and methods on how to use sports as an instrument for social inclusion of at-risk teenagers that will be compiled in a Methodological manual for staff working with the at-risk teenagers, and (3) improvement of public outdoor sports infrastructure to ensure accessibility to organised sports activities to vulnerable groups, especially at-risk teenagers at no cost thus contributing to creating street sports culture in the Latvia-Lithuania cross-border area that will serve as an instrument for social inclusion.
It will be continued with testing of the developed approach, methodology and capacity of the trained staff in involvement of at-risk teenagers in sports activities. The project will organise 3 types of sports activities with the involvement of the target group, i.e., (1) sports activities including training and coaching of a selected group of at-risk teenagers at each project location based on the developed infrastructure on average once a month, (2) open public street sports activities led by a person popular among the teenagers thus promoting the street sports culture, organised during the period from May to September, and (3) Ghetto games – 1-day street sports competition events that will gather teams from both Latvia and Lithuania competing in various street sports disciplines. The work with the at-risk teenagers and lessons learned from implementation of sports activities will be recorded and discussed among the partners during the project meetings and will be taken into account in finalising the developed approach and methodology that will be summarised in the Methodological manual for staff working with the at-risk teenagers.
Aforementioned activities will be supported by series of communication activities such as promotion of the developed model for social inclusion of at-risk teenagers through sports on project partners websites and social media accounts, and organising an awareness raising campaign in social media targeted at children and youth promoting street sports culture and the established sports infrastructure, as well as marketing of the project events.
New sports infrastructure objects opened in Latgale region
In September 2019 two new sports infrastructure objects were opened in Latvia – skatepark in Krāslava and outdoor gymnastics and parkour field in Viļāni. These are two of 13 municipalities in Latgale region, where indoor and outdoor sports infrastructure will be created or improved in the framework of the project LLI-402 “risk-free”.
More than 500 children and young people participate in sports events in Visaginas
In the framework of the Interreg V-A Latvia–Lithuania Cross Border Cooperation Programme 2014–2020 project LLI-402 “Sports for Social Inclusion of At-risk Teenagers” (acronym „risk-free“), 27 sports events were organized in Visaginas municipality in September.
Specialists from Latvia and Lithuania participate in training for persons working with at-risk children and youth
In the framework of project LLI-402 “risk-free” specialists from Latvia and Lithuania working with at-risk children and youth gathered for three 2-days sessions to exchange their experience and learn new methods for their everyday work. Two sessions were organized in Latvia – Daugavpils and Krāslava – and one in Lithuania (Visaginas).
Street sports festivals in Latvia and Lithuania of project LLI-402 “risk-free”
More than 1500 participants and spectators took part in the two major summer events – international street sports festivals in Visaginas (Lithuania) and Daugavpils (Latvia), which were organized in the framework of the Interreg V-A Latvia–Lithuania Cross Border Cooperation Programme 2014–2020 project LLI-402 “Sports for Social Inclusion of At-risk Teenagers” (acronym „risk-free“).
Latgale Planning Region invites youth from Latgale region and Visaginas and Ignalina municipalities to take part at the international street culture festival – sports competition “Ghetto Games in Daugavpils!” in the framework of the Interreg V-A Latvia–Lithuania Cross Border Cooperation Programme 2014–2020 project LLI-402 “Sports for Social Inclusion of At-risk Teenagers” (acronym „risk-free“). The event will be held on July 6, 2019 in Daugavpils (Latvia) at the main square of the city – the Unity square.