The joy of sport for bonding society: right to health, right to city

Together with Kaunas municipality, we implemented the Town Twinning between Turkey and the EU programme.

Local school training

In total 200 kids were trained in numerous Kaunas Schools: Vaišvydavos pagrindinė mokykla, Kauno Bernardo Brazdžionio mokykla, Kauno Gedimino sporto ir sveikatinimo gimnazija, Generolo Povilo Plechavičiaus Kadetų licėjus. Kids were divided into 7 different groups and each group had 12 hours training in total.
The aim of the implemented activities in the schools was to promote active and healthy life-style through non-formal educational experience by implementing various activities focused on teamwork, to encourage empathy, effective communication, and to promulgate the Olympic and Paralympic values. The focus of the activities was to develop students’ strengths, sharpen their communication skills, to expertise handling the interpersonal problems, and to give a realization that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is extremely important.

2 hours Focus group with 10 sports teacher

The main objective of the round table discussion was to gather the sports and physical activity teachers from the schools in Kaunas, and induce the dialogue about the hurdles teachers face in their work to motivate the students to be physically active, and to encourage the students to be actively participative in the sports.

2 hours Focus group with 10 representatives from NGO sector

The main objective of the round table discussion was to gather the members from various NGOs, which mainly focus on sports and active lifestyle as their main objectives. The purpose of this round table discussion was to induce the dialogue about the hurdles NGOs face in their work to motivate the population they work with to be physically active, and to encourage the them to be actively participative in the sports. 

Conference with 30 stakeholders

The main aim of the Conference was to bring the different stakeholders together on the topic of Physical activity promotion and Healthy lifestyle promotion in the local population. Representatives from several stakeholders such as Civil Society Organizations, Youth Trainers, Sports Clubs, guidance and sport teachers from different schools have come together and discussed the local realities in Kaunas.

Conducting the survey

Prior to implementation of any project, it is necessary to create and design a survey to make the intervention more effective. Hence, before carrying out Town Twinning Project, one survey with numerous questions was prepared. It was then distributed to the target population (200 Lithuanian School Students in Kaunas) to fill out. Survey carried out two times: – before the project and after the project. The survey was designed to explore the key strengths and shared values within student communities toward sports and personal perceptions regarding sports and health. After reviewing the results from the survey prior to the implementation of the project and then after the implementation of the project, the survey results showed very positive change in students’ perspectives regarding sports, healthy lifestyle and personal level confidence. According to survey results, it is very clear that implementation of such projects and non-formal activities work practically for the change in young people’s life toward the betterment and fulfilment of healthy life.