On December 8th and 9th, ENGSO attended the final conference of Be Active for Greener Sport-BAGS hosted by the Romania Humanist Association (RHA) in Bucharest.
On Friday, 8th of December partners held their last meeting and final conference preparation before closing BAGS, which started in July 2022 and was co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. OPES Italia, the Project Leaders was represented by Linda Rombolà and Matteo Callà, LOGOS Basketball from Sedavi, Spain was represented by Jaime Fernández Tórtola and Maria Evangelista, RHA from Adrian Calugaru and Miruna Toma, while ENGSO was represented by its project managers Niki Koutrou and Alessia de Lulis.
More than 50 individuals, including Physical Education teachers and sport coaches, students, members of RHA and young people attended the event and contributed to the activities and discussions on environmental sustainability in grassroots sports that were designed by Project Partners. The conference included a number of activities to engage the audience, share the project’s scope, objectives, key activities and outcomes as well as to enhance awareness about green and sustainable practices in grassroots sports. Adrian Calugaru from RHA opened the conference and welcomed the audience, while Niki Koutrou from ENGSO introduced the attendees to the complexities, challenges, and opportunities for climate action through sports through a mini quiz competition.
Linda Rombola from OPES ITALIA then proceeded with introducing BAGS and all actions that have been designed and taken place throughout the project’s lifecycle. Then all implementing partners held mini workshop stations where they took participants through the key BAGS activities that implemented in their local realities and asked them to reflect on a similar project that they could introduce in their sport clubs, schools or organisations. Finally, Miruna Toma from RHA presented the policy report on environmental sustainability in grassroots sport produced by BAGS consortium through data from sport club members of Italy, Romania and Spain.
This policy along with video pills was one of the key deliverables of the project and the results and key recommendations and guidelines for European grassroots clubs on implementing green sport practices in their local contexts will be shared more broadly in January 2024.