PATHE Consultation meeting in Belgrade
Rado Cvetek (SUS Executive Director) and Miro Ukmar ( SUS President) from Sports Union of Slovenia visited Serbian Sport for All Association in Belgrade in Serbia. Leaders from SUS are members of PATHE consultation group. This group is resourceful for Serbian Association who is in the development stages of implementing a health and physical activity project. The leaders availed themselves to Serbian Association for feedback, idea exchange, work plan development and funding development.
SUS had a meeting on the EXPOZIM, special event in Belgrade, with Jezdimir Marsenic Serbian SFA Association Secretary General and Petar Stakic from Belgrade SFA Association. They discussed different topics, mainly PATHE project and cooperation with Belgrade SFA Association.
Serbian SFA Association working group has organised a meeting with the main topic « Bilateral Development of sport and health activities » for SUS participants. Meeting has raised awareness among organisations as to the possibilities for fulfilling integrative approaches on future cooperation within the area of physical activity and health. Meeting also encouraged and supported national committees to take responsibility for development common projects and to actively promote the choice of bilateral cooperation between NGOs and GOs from Slovenia and Serbia.
PATHE Consultation meeting in Montenegro
UISP from Italy and Montenegro Sport for All Association have met on the Consultation meeting in September 2009 in Podgorica in Montenegro with the intention to create and develop cooperation primarily in the fields of sport for all and also to realize and upgarde their own set of criteria for status to the NGOs acting in the areas of sport, health, education and international cooperation.
Both SFA Associations and ISCA representatives had a meeting on the the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Media in Montenegro hosted by Mr. Dr. Dragan Drobnjak, Deputy Minister, who expressed his satisfaction with the cooperation with Montenegro SFA Association and promised full support to the development of Sport for All in Montenegro and support to the national development and international cooperation of Montenegro Sport for All Association.
PATHE Consultation meeting in Scotland
“At the end of May this year a delegation from the French Sport for All organization USEP visited Scotland on an invitation from SALSC. The Consultation meeting was part of the PATHE project. Although the visit was short, there was plenty of time for discussion on the non-stop tour of Scotland visiting member sports councils and local authorities to explain the system in France and learn from our experiences…..” says Vice Chair of the Member Services group, George Morton from SALSC.
SALSC stands for the Scottish Association of Local Sports Councils. SALSC is a ‘not-for-profit’ national organisation supporting member Local Sports Councils to deliver quality local sport and physical activity opportunities to their local communities. With a membership of over 50 Local Sports Councils from all over Scotland, in total representing almost 10,000 sports clubs, SALSC is a truly Scottish association. It works in partnership with key bodies such as sportscotland and the Scottish Government to develop sport and volunteering in sport at the local, grass roots level to ensure everyone in Scotland has access to quality opportunities to get physically active.
USEP, the biggest school sports federation of France with more than 835 000 members (children and adults ) distributed in more than 12 000 associations of public schools in 104 departmental committees, is a sports, educational and citizen movement. USEP highlights education in health through sport. On the slogan “My Health in Games”, children organize and participate in discussion forums and meetings. They illustrate and present their notions of health and the way of expressing it in sports activities. The main aim is to develop the taste for a regular and well balanced sports practice and so contribute to the education in health of children.
Pascale Portenart, project manager from USEP says: “The weekly National participation of the young sports citizen supposes at first the implementation of a reflection which has for objective to return the child an actor of his health to allow him then to make the most enlightened choice to protect his health capital. To understand and to know his body, to practice sports activities, to share with his friends sensations and feelings are the searched goals. The reflection phase becomes a reality by the production of posters and other materials.”
“……To be quite honest, 2 hours was not enough mainly due to the enthusiastic workshop from Pascale assisted by Jean Claude and Colleen. Many thanks to Evelyn Milligan from East Ayrshire & David Carey, the Galleon Centre manager for providing hospitality and hosting the first workshop…..” said participants after the 1st PATHE workshop in East Ayrshire.
President of SALSC Mr. James Conn says: “….….. I am personally satisfied and very grateful to the PATHE project and USEP’s involvement in it. I am sure that our new relationship with USEP will bring us new experiences which can provide answers to international questions in the field of health and PA, particularly concerning the fight against physical inactivity in conjunction with nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. USEP school associations meet around physical activities and sports and get this opportunity to promote the educational and social values of a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Exchanging our practices, comparing our experiences will promote mutual enrichment, which is why SALSC is keen to participate in the PATHE project pioneered by ISCA.“
PATHE Consultation meeting in Vilnius and Ukmergé, Lithuania : 3. – 7. April 2009
Jean-Claude Arnaud, Pascale Portenart-Bourdier and Dana Kamarauskiene from USEP (PATHE Associate partner) visited NEMUNAS in Lithiania (PATHE Colleborating partner). Project managers from USEP are members of consultation group. This group is resourceful for NEMUNAS who is in the development stages of implementing a health and physical activity project. The project managers availed themselves to NEMUNAS for feedback, idea exchange, work plan development and funding development.
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PATHE is a good way of creating partnership
“If we want to fully release the human capital in society – improvement of health is a precondition.”
“The Sport for All organisations have the potential and capacity to make an invaluable contribution to individual health on a large scale. “
“In striving for giving every single person the opportunity to be an active human being in a strong social context with a high quality in all aspects - and do this in well organised and easy accessible conditions we need to help each other by sharing knowledge and experience. “
“Managing a sports organization is therefore, becoming an ever more increasingly demanding task. Reason more for exchanging the good practice and experiences and this is from my point of view the most important added value of PATHE project which I manage.“
“By promoting physical activity and sports, the goal is to try to develop the taste and culture of a balanced physical practice through the pleasure and help the child become an actor of his health. “
PATHE partners have taken up the challenge!
ISCA is proud to coordinate the PATHE project and engage skill-full sport managers and leaders in providing even greater health impact on European societies. The Associate Partnersand Collaborating Partnersare the core of the project. They have given their commitment to contribute to healthy nations in spite of all challenges.
Sports Union of Slovenia, Danish Gymnastic Association, UISP from Italy and USEP from France and ISCA as a Main Partner cooperate with Collaborating partners which come from: Czeck Rebublic, Iceland, Finland, Serbia, Italy , Portugal, Montenegro , France, Spain, United Kindom, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania and Germany.
Associate partners were very active in 2008 organising:
- 13 twinning meetings in Slovenia, Denmark, France and Italy
- participating on the PATHE Seminar 2008
- preparing the PATHE materials: PATHE leaflet, PATHE pamphlet and draft for PATHE Handbook
Plans for 2009 are even more ambitious, having consultation meetings in 13 European coutries, making the national action plans, transforming knowledge to action at citizens level and inspiring the Sport for All sector to improve and increase its contribution to creating better and healthier societies. PATHE Associate partners will come together again on PATHE Midterm meeting in Franfurt, March 5. - 7.3.2009.
Statements of the PATHE National project managers What PATHE means to us?
"Our challenge today is to transform the knowledge to motivation and action for the individual citizen and local communities."
Ivano Maiorella, UISP, Italy
In 2005, when statistical data and news about obesity and sedentary started to be edited, UISP decided to analyse this phenomenon in order to see which kind of actions a Sport For All organisation could carry out. Statistical data were specifically related to children obesity and sedentary. As social promotion body, the concept of “Sport For All” UISP promotes is based to the quality of the ideas. It is not possible to promote social changes without widely consider all the components existing in the referring social context. So, UISP decided to carry out a pilot project in the schools involving children, families, teachers, other educational institutions and public authorities.
3 years after and, most of all, children and families involved we UISP is ready to start the third year of activities. The problem remains the same, but the context is changed.
Magazine and newspaper keep on editing statistical data testifying how the phenomenon is increasing (not just in Italy but all over Europe) so the number of bodies involved in the topic is increased, from public authorities to profit bodies.
In this context, Sport For All challenge is to deal with the topic on the basis of its own nature. PATHE is the tool identified at European level to strengthen Sport For All in the development of its own health and physical activity promotion actions in order to actively promote and implement people participation and help them to take responsibility of their own health.
In this framework, the big challenge is to put together organisations which are so different with each other in terms of history, culture, referring contexts as well as methodologies, competences and skills in an unique project in order to reach common goals.
Pascale Portenart and Jean-Claude Arnaud, USEP, France
USEP worries about the educational aspects of sport and its benefits for health and general balance of children from 3 to 11 years old. Within its limits, USEP can provide answers to international preoccupations in this field, particularly concerning the fight against physical inactivity in conjunction with nutrition and healthy lifestyle (sleep, hygiene , rhythm of life, prevention and safety).
USEP school associations meet around physical activities and sports and get this opportunity to express the educational and social values of a practice healthy and balanced. The meeting is the preferred support of sports , educational, accessible and fun activities.
By promoting physical activity and sports, the goal is to try to develop the taste and culture of a balanced physical practice through the pleasure and help the child become an actor of his health.
For over 10 years, USEP develop international meetings as part of ISCA and is aware of the development of new European territories including European regions. The success of our recent USEP European meetings at Cayeux and Port Leucate commits us to pursue this track.
Exchanging our practices, comparing our experiences will promote mutual enrichment, which is why USEP wished to participate in the project PATHE carried by ISCA
Anders Kragh Jespersen, DGI, Denmark
When you have build up knowledge and experience in planning, managing and developing an area within a Sport for All activity, it is challenge to keep yourself in a continues developing mode and stay in the market in the future. I see PATHE as a platform to handle this challenge.
When you have to show and explain your own projects and activities to other organisations you learn about yourself and your work. In the discussions with other organisations and when you have to answer questions asked by others you learn about yourself. At the same time you get new ideas for your own work, see things in new ways and find new solutions for your own work.
When working together and helping each other, you find solutions and new ways of thinking, that gives you a result much faster than if you had to learn everything from the a-z. It is impressing and persuasive to experience the good examples and to get help with strategies and politics, organisationally and technical subjects.
In striving for giving every single person the opportunity to be an active human being in a strong social context with a high quality in all aspects - and do this in well organised and easy accessible conditions we need to help each other by sharing knowledge and experience. P.A.T.H.E. is an investment in development and comes back as added value for all the participants.
IZTOK RETAR, SUS, Slovenia
Sport management includes the planning, managing and controlling of business processes as well as managing all the main resources that are important for achieving the business and sports goals that a sports organization sets itself. It can be seen as a process of dynamic acquisition, organization and management of resources during which decisions are made and responsibility is taken for them.
Sport actually never was only a personal good nor it is – as some social regimes claimed – an exclusive public good. Since it is becoming a more and more complicated and sensitive social and economic issue, there is always more to learn about how to manage a sports organization and the sport projects. Sport is also an important component of the culture and heritage of an individual and society, so it is even more important to know the motives and relations of the individual who becomes a member of a sports organization and of the society which exercises influence over it.
Managing a sports organization is therefore, becoming an ever more increasingly demanding task. Reason more for exchanging the good practice and experiences and this is from my point of view the most important added value of P.A.T.H project wich I manage in Slovenia.
Newsupdate April 2008
PATHE Associate Partners; Slovenian Sports Union (SUS), Unione Italiana sport per tutti (UISP), Union Sportive de l'Enseignement du Premier degré (USEP) and Danish Gymnastics and Sports Association are developing the PATHE main activities for 2008: twinning and consultations with Collaborting Partners.
The twinning meetings are designed to engage project partners and stakeholders in a bi-lateral exchange of knowledge and information on the promotion of health and physical activity. Partners have been preliminarily ‘matched’ according to existing relations and differing situations and approaches to promoting health and physical activity. As well as twinning between associate and collaborating partners, ISCA will be twinning with the stakeholders, and share the benefits of these with all partners.
The outcome of twinning will be greater understanding of what other organizations are doing that may be different or complementary to own work in the field ‘promotion of health and physical activity’.
Associate partner managers will provide consultation and inspiration to Collaborating partners via presentations, seminars, project idea analysis and feedback. This service is to be coordinated by ISCA and will assist Collaborating partners in building capacity for new project development and cross-border cooperation.
If your organisation has a specific interes in health activities, we encourage you to join contact us.
PATHE received funding from the European Union in the framework of the Public Health Programme 2003-2008, Executive Agency for Health and Consumers – grant agreement 2006338.