On November 9th, ENGSO attended the final conference of the iSport project hosted by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and organised during the International Conference on Interactive Mobile Communication, Technologies and Learning (IMCL) in Thessaloniki, Greece.
This project was unique in bringing together actors from profiles underrepresented in sport – women, LGBT+, people with disabilities – the goal being to increase participation of these minorities in sport competitions and tournaments, and also to offer the experience of shared sporting experiences and the opportunity to learn about the uniqueness of each other.
During the final event, several of these topics were covered during informative sessions such as “Ensuring health lives and promoting sports for individuals with disabilities” (by Christina Evaggelinou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), and “Gender Equality in Sport: Are we there yet – Paris 2024?” (by Sarah Townsend, European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation, EGLSF) and discussed with a panel of speakers on “Organization of Inclusive, Diverse and Large Scale Sport Events” (with additional speakers Hristina Hristova, EUSA Institute, Marianna Pikul, University Sports Association of Poland and Noemi Fluixà, Panteres Grogues Sports Club).
Speakers of the closing iSport conference
The learning opportunities of the shared experiences in iSport have been consolidated in an online MOOC and an interactive learning tool, and a final set of recommendations is being prepared so that these learning experiences are transferable and can be used as guidelines for sport event organisers.
Take the online MOOC: https://isport.csd.auth.gr/
Try the interactive GAMES: http://games.csd.auth.gr/isport/
The games and its users evaluation were presented in depth by Lambros Karavidas & Georgina Skraparli from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, after a presentation of the iSport project by Andrej Pisl from EUSA Institute.
On November 10th, partners met for their last meeting to close and evaluate this project co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, which started in 2021. Read more about iSport: https://www.isporteurope.eu/about
Last on-site project partners’ meeting for iSport
The project consortium consists of eight partners from eight countries, led by the EUSA Institute (SLO). Project partners include: Panteres Grogues Sports Club (ESP), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (GRE), Finnish Paralympic Committee (FIN), University Sports Association of Poland (POL), European Paralympic Committee (AUT), and European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation Vereniging (NED).