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Basketforall Project Final Conference

Basketforall Project Final Conference took place in Istanbul

In the light of the overall objective of the project “To draw attention to the inclusion and empowerment of young people with disabilities in the basketball field by transferring inter-sector cooperation among active sports players across Europe”, a 12-month action plan has been designed under the 2 Business Program.

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

Bidev from Turkey; with a consortium of 2 Sports Clubs including BK Klatovy from the Czech Republic and SCS from Bulgaria; the project aims to increase the capacities of organizations by exchanging information and underlining how basketball can be used to support social empowerment of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds will be held at the Turkish National Olympics on January 13, 2024 Committee Ataköy, Turgut The final conference was held at the Atakol Conference Hall with the participation of the project partners Klatovy Sports Club of the Czech Republic and Sports Smile Sofia Club of Bulgaria.

We strongly believe that young players growing up to be ‘good people’ is at least as important as their evolving into ‘good basketball players.’ BIDEV believes that everybody can grow up into strong individuals who provide added value to society and utilize basketball to help reach that goal. Our intended approach to the scope of work related to the Project is in complete harmony with our institutional goals and can be summarised as Better coordination between public and private bodies – and also NGOs – will help us better utilize available capacities to the better benefit of all stakeholders – especially disadvantaged children.

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3 on 3 tournament under project BasketforAll

3 on 3 tournament in the European Week of Sports, under project BasketforAll. “Funded by the European Union. However, the views and opinions expressed are entirely those of their author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the European Union. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority is responsible for them.”

The tournament was held in the central part of the capital and this brought quite a few spectators.
30 children from the capital and 10 coaches participated in the tournament. The coaches, in addition to the tournament, also had a mini training on the peculiarities of the 3 on 3 game.

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A second meeting was held in Aheloy

The meeting was held in Aheloy in 25 July 2023, according to the project „BasketforAll – ERASMUS-SPORT-2022-SSCP – 101090524. “Funded by the European Union. However, the views and opinions expressed belong entirely to their author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the European Union. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority is responsible for them.”

The duration of the meeting was one day, divided into two sessions. Representatives of 11 organizations participated. They represented different sectors of society. Some of the organizations are related to sports for children and youth 10 men and 1 women were present.

Methods of organization and implementation of cognitive and practical activity:verbal – conversation,visual – presentation.

Important issues were addressed such as-

1.)  What are your organizations/ sectors’ (public-civil-private) needs to implement basketball practices as a tool for social empowerment?Here are the answers

– there is no place to hold the trainings – 3

– Inappropriate and inconvenient time for training, related to the children’s school – 3

– insufficient budget for providing coaches – 4

– lack of well-prepared personnel for working with children and youth – 1

2) What kind of opportunities do you see related to your sector (public–civil–private) to implement basketball practices to empower disadvantaged groups? (EU funds, local empowerment etc.)

– Increasing the budget through projects – projects of the EU, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the municipalities- 15

– Training of volunteers to work with disadvantaged children – 5 — Use of the sports facility of the schools in places

3) Do you know any good practices at the local level which focus on real-life examples for the social empowerment of disadvantaged groups through basketball?All organizations deal locally in some way.

  • Some clubs rely on parents for financial support and help with logistics.
  • Other organizations are supported by the municipal councils with financial assistance.
  • Some of the organizations retrain physical education teachers as basketball coaches.

All the organizations present are directly involved with the youth, including those in a disadvantaged position. Most organizations were from the Varna and Burgas region. The next meeting will be attended by organizations from other regions. We have reached out to organizations that have the profile we need and are looking for. We believe that we have raised the awareness of the participants about the project and its ideas. There are already people willing to participate in further projects

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Local Intersectoral Meetings SOFIA

Our organization is a project partner of the sports program from Erasmus+.

To bring the European dimension to our local work and initiate intersectoral cooperation in the basketball field; 3 local intersectoral cooperation meetings will be held in 3 countries in the 3rd – 7 h – 10th months. Each country will establish local working committees by involving Public (Local Authorities / Universities / Schools) – Civil (Foundations, NGOs, etc.) – Private (Sports Organizations) representatives to underline the empowering and inclusive dimension of basketball.

The aim of the project is to provide open space for young people to learn how sport can activate their potential and activate their participation in society.

The meeting was held in Sofia on 20 April 2023. The duration of the meeting was one day, divided into two sessions. Representatives of 15 organizations participated. They represented different sectors of society. Some of the organizations are related to sports for children and youth – Black Sea TICHA, Black Sea Odessos, Murgash Basket, Varna Sinemorets, Smile Sports Club, Dorostol. Other organizations are involved in sports for people with disabilities. basketball cube for disabled people Levski, Varna Nikea, Balkan Basketball League, Sofia Balkan, Voltron BASKETBALL CLUB. Social organizations were also present – Get Better Involved, Rodopa Inn, PGTT “Hristo Bogev”. Thirteen men and two women were present.

All the organizations present are directly involved with the youth, including those in a disadvantaged position. Most organizations were from the Sofia and Varna region. The next meeting will be attended by organizations from other regions. We have reached out to organizations that have the profile we need and are looking for.

We believe that we have raised the awareness of the participants about the project and its ideas. There are already people willing to participate in further projects.

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Basket for all

Our organization is a project partner of the sports program from Erasmus+. In light of our project’s overall aim “Increasing the intersectoral cooperation among active sports actors across Europe to draw attention to the inclusion and empowerment of youngsters with fewer opportunities in the basketball field”, 12 monthly action plans under 2 WPs have been designed. With the consortium consists of 1 (non-profit) Foundation, BIDEV from Turkey, and 2 Sport Clubs BK Klatovy from Czechia and SCS from Bulgaria; we are aiming to raise the capacities of the organizations by exchanging know-how and underlining how basketball can be used to support the social empowerment of young people from upbringing backgrounds.
The applicant organization BIDEV is a new non-profit institution founded by nationally and internationally well-known prominent persons to create social value and goodwill through and around basketball. With the involvement and contribution of our distinguished partners from BG & CZ, the first step in small-scale partnership is highly valued.
The specific objectives of the project are:
SO1- Bringing EU-labelled cooperation to the local dimension to emphasize the importance of sport as a tool for social empowerment among NGOs, schools, and sports clubs, SO2- Increasing the methodological capacities of youth coaches to improve the social empowerment of disadvantaged groups due to the youngsters upbringing backgrounds,
SO3- Creating meetings, and campaigns making them lead by youth in order to bring role models together with youngsters to avoid their lack of motivation and give them the inspiration to make the sport an essential place of their lives – and encourage them to be active to reach these objectives, 3 International Meetings and Local activities will be organized. Local intersectoral Meetings – to create further collaboration strategies in basketball-, Local Training by coaches – targeting 120 young people with fewer opportunities.