Inspiring speech on Sport Diplomacy during the #SportDiplomacyAcademy online module

On 10th of October 2021 the 4th lecture of the online module of Sport Diplomacy Academy took place and it was focused on how to make #SportDiplomacy more concrete and tangible.

Paolo Bertaccini, the founder of “Sport4Impact” forum , highlighted the point that “Sport is not Good for itself: it depends on people and how they use the most of it”. According to that he presented the connection of Sport with the sustainable development goals, the activity of Council of Europe and the Sport4Impact Forum.

Ronan O’Laire, representing “United Nations office on drugs and crime” mentioned that Governments are getting involved to tackle crime in sport,  developing cooperation and coordination mechanism, prioritizing international, regional and national partnership building activity, as well as focusing on capacity of building and technical assistance.

 

The online module of #SportDiplomacyAcademy is devoted on working with media and sport for development, and is originally planned to be implemented in Milan, Italy.

 

The Sport Diplomacy Academy project is a legacy of the first Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council, which took place in the first half of 2018. The projects’ main focus iwas on cooperation with the Western Balkans as a logical continuation of all activities carried out under the #EU2018BG Priority: Perspective of the EU and the Western Balkans connectivity, citing the Sofia Declaration and the Sofia and EU Priority Agenda for the EU and the Western Balkans. The European Union and the Western Balkans must continue to invest in efforts to strengthen cooperation and the exchange of good practices focused on democracy, security and fundamental human rights.

Project ensures the educational mobility of coaches and other staff of sport organisations (incl. volunteers) linked to professional and grassroots sport. The 4 mobility modules, which will be implemented in each partner country, will improve the skills and competencies of a total of 80 sports professionals, as well as their qualifications, through learning mobility. Learning mobility is planned as an investment in human capital and a contribution to the capacity building of varioussport organisations with clear focus on building a network of well-trained sport diplomats.

After the implemented project mobilities, each of the partner countries will possess with at least 20 well trained “diplomats in sport suits” with great skills and knowledge in the field of sport diplomacy (policy dialogue and international relationship, campaign creation, successful communication (verbal & non-verbal), public speaking, media relationships, protocol and etiquette, EU foreign policy and values). The network that the project will create (4 countries-20 people each) will focus on supporting and developing EU integration of the Western Balkans in the field of sport and will be quality provider of EU values in their local environment. For the delivery of the modules will be recruited the best EU experts in each field and non-formal educational methods are going to be used.

Project involves 4 partner countries – Bulgarian sports development association – academy coordinator and initiator, Rijeka sport association, Croatia, the Italian sport organization “L’ORMA” and BRAVO – Bosnian Youth and sport NGO). Partners have been working together for several years already, implementing different scale of projects and cooperating in different frameworks in the fields of sport, education and youth policy.

 

#SportDiplomacyAcademy project is co-funded by the European Union and includes also the following concrete results:

 

• 80 “diplomats in sport suits” /20 per country/, focused on delivering EU integration in the countries of Western Balkan area through sport;

• National, regional and local dissemination events (involving at least 400 people) – multiplying effect from the acquired skills and knowledge;

• Platform for WB sport development – practical tool for resources and EU sport values with accent on Sport diplomacy and the good governance in sport.

 

Learning mobility will be planned as an investment in human capital and a contribution to the
capacity building of various sport organizations with clear focus on building a network of well-
trained sport diplomats.

Module 1 (Bulgaria): Sport diplomacy, EU foreign policy, EU values, Policy dialogue and international relationships;
Module 2 (Bosnia and Herzegovina): Summary and feedback of Module 1, local practice reports,
Good governance in sport;
Module 3 (Croatia): Summary and feedback of Module 2, local practice reports, Campaign creation, Successful communication (verbal & non-verbal), Public speaking, Protocol and etiquette;
Module 4 (Italy): Summary and feedback of Module 3, local practice reports, Working with media, Working with specific target groups, Sport diplomacy for development, How to put on practice the knowledge we got.

 

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