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BSDA took part in a European Sports Seminar in Ukraine
On October 28, 2019, in Kiev, Ukraine, the Second Seminar on the European Week of Sport Beyond Borders was held. Last year, European Sport Week went beyond the EU for the first time, with countries and regions from the Western Balkans and the Eastern Partnership joining the initiative. In September 2018 a dedicated seminar was organised in Belgrade, Serbia to discuss different funding possibilities as well as share experience regarding EWoS. The event began with an expert seminar aimed at presenting the results of the European Week of Sport Beyond Borders 2019 and sharing good practices between the European Union countries, the Eastern Partnership countries and the Western Balkans. In addition, this seminar will be an opportunity to discuss EU funding opportunities, including the financial instrument for sport under the Erasmus + program of the European Union.

The second part of the event was dedicated to a high-level round table on How to get people to exercise more? The latest Eurobarometer survey on sport and physical activity from March 2018 revealed that nearly half of EU citizens declare that they never exercise or play sport (46% to be precise). Worryingly, the proportion of those who never exercise or play sport has increased from 42% to 46% since the previous Eurobarometer survey in 2009. This is a continuation of a general trend that we can see over the past years. Therefore, encouraging people to lead healthier lifestyles has become a major societal challenge, which needs concrete action and initiatives across Europe. The main aim of the High Level Round Table on How to attract people to practice more sport? is to discuss, share and identify good practices in this area. On one hand the traditional sports such as football, handball or athletics and on the other hand new emerging ways of practicing physical activity like parkour, breakdance or zumba. The way Europeans wants to do sport is changing. At school traditional sports are not attracting enough young people. What changes should be done in terms of programmes, infrastructure and funding to make sport ‘a la mode’ again?

The event was attended by: Sergey Bubka (President of the Ukrainian National Olympic Committee), Yves Le Lostecque (Head of Sport at the European Commission), Heidi Sulander (Chairwoman of the Working Group on Sport within the Finnish EU Council Presidency), Stefan Schleuning (Head of Communications, European Delegation to Ukraine), representatives of the International Olympic Committee and the European Olympic Committee, European sports organizations, representatives of ministries and national governing bodies port. During the event, Yoanna Dochevska (Chairwoman of the Bulgarian sports development association) had the opportunity to present to the participants the achievements so far at European level in the field of sport, as well as the possible scenarios for adaptation of the sector to the current challenges in order to achieve the sustainability, development and growth of sports organizations, and as a result of this investment - increase the number of citizens practicing sports and physical activity. The event was closed by Zabolsh Horvath (Cabinet of Tibor Navracic, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport), who presented a short report of the Commissioner Tibor Navracic's 5-year term, which is almost over, but takes into account numerous and sustained achievements in the sports sector in Europe.

During the event, participants watched a video from the first module of the Sport Diplomacy Academy, held in Sofia, from October 11-17, 2019, and gathered 80 sports administrators, coaches and volunteers from 4 countries. Sport Diplomacy Academy project is legacy of recent First Bulgarian Presidency of the Council, which took place in the first half of 2018. Project will focus on Western Balkans lot as a logical follow up of all implemented #EU2018BGMain activities: prioritizing the EU perspective and connectivity of the WB, referring to the Sofia Declaration and Sofia Priority Agenda. Both #EU and WB partners should continue to invest efforts in strengthening the cooperation and good practices exchange, focused on democracy, security and fundamental rights. The project ensures the educational mobility of coaches and other staff of sport organizations (incl. volunteers) linked to professional and grassroots sport. The four 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. The learning mobility is 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.

4 partner organizations are involved in the Sport Diplomacy Academy Project – Bulgarian sports development association, coordinator and initiator of the academy, Croatian sport organization – Rijeka sport association, ENDAS - Italian grassroots sport organization) and 1 WB (BRAVO - Bosnian Youth and sport NGO). The partners have been working together for several years, implementing projects of different scales and collaborating in different as sport, education and youth policy. The Sport Diplomacy Academy project is co-funded by the European Union.

Sport Diplomacy Academy
Katina Simeonova
Tennis coach and chairman of “Path of wish” NGO, Bulgaria
My first project I have ever taken part in and it was properly chosen. I met a lot of good friends there, I learnt a plenty of new knowledge. I will always be grateful to all people who made that project come true. Life changing event! Thank you!
Jasmin Pandur
Master of Sports and Health, and PhD student of kinesiology at University Dzemal Bijedic Mostar, Sports director of SD Reflex
 Great project with no ending, what we gain at this models we will have forever. Great friendships,great knowledge, great memories which will always remain me that we must be open minded to new people and opportunities. I will be open for projects and meetings with this great crew from 4 different countries.
Vanja Subašić
Principal in elementary school and basketball coach in B.C. WBS Teslić, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Chance for personal growth in field of knowing possibilities of how to use sport as tool for diplomacy when needed. Also it was place where I could meet sport workers from my and three different counties and share knowledge and experience in the field of sport. My network of new partners in SDA is something very precious to me. Speakers brought their ideas, knowledge and experience in the way of motivation.
Filip Dujlovic
Volleyball couch and scout at Haok Mladost Zagreb
Great project with no ending, what we gain at this modules we will have forever. Great friendships, great knowledge, great memories which will always remain me that we must be open minded to new people and opportunities. I will be open for projects and meetings with this great crew from 4 different countries.  
Darko Pirc
Athlete, coach and president Cross Sport Delnice
For me the sport of Diplomacy Academy is one big family where connection, supporting each other is one of the greatest virtues. The goal is to empower sports, to network sports experts and the sector.
Leo Smrekar
Fencing expert and student of Physical Conditioning of Athletes in Zagreb, Croatia
Exceptional opportunity to gain competences complementary to my study of Physical Conditioning of Athletes. I met a lot of persons related to sport from different countries, made friendships, learned about other sports and topics that will help me in future professional life.
Adela Kulic
President and coach in Association for sport and recreation Vitruvius, Zagreb, Croatia
Great experience! Learn a lot, and met new friends and future project’s partners.  
Haris Idriz
Former Basketball player and coach in Spars Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
 An excellent project, loads of information, great people involved in sports, great tool to use in sports and in life.
Sara Brivio
Student at Milano University in Social Policies, member of ASD Oltretutto97, sport association for people with disability
Sport Diplomacy Academy is the best opportunity I have ever had to grow as a person and to learn a lot. I met amazing people who really inspire me and I am grateful to this project for every moment we spent together. 
Marco Vailati
Student, basketball player and coach, Italy
 SDA is a great project with a lot of people from different countries. It makes a lot of connection between all the participants and it helps me to know new things on sport.  
Alessia Ceresoli
Student of Educacion Science for Sport in the University of Bergamo, athlete of basketball
 Sport Diplomacy Academy for me is a big opportunity to learn, to know and to grow. All the people I knew makes me learn something new and I’m really grateful.
Luca Amadessi
Italian dreamer, AL2 Sport co-founder and sports events organizer
 An opportunity to grow up, learn and increase the European network in the sport environment.
Stefano Zaniboni
Passionate student and world travelling lover
Mihail Dadov
Personal trainer and athlete
Way to understand some core aspects of sport movement in political aspects, understanding European principles in sports and sports organisations and good practices as well 
Raya Ivanova
Sports journalist and football referree
 Amazing experience  
Ivaylo Zdravkov
Golf coach, sport expert
Igor Mirić
Sport manager and enthusiast
Movement, Energy, Experience, Team
Sara Marini
Head Coach in L'Orma S.S.D. and artistic gymnasts Coach
An opportunity for growth and training. An amazing and unique way to compare with other experiences in the field of sports diplomacy.
Martin Mehandjiev
Basketball manager
 A great opportunity that can enrich a lot of people dealing with sports.
Georgi Bogdanov
Sport fitness and health coach
 Good sport international product
Selma Memović
Women Football Coach, Project Coordinator & Social Media Manager in WFC SFK 2000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
 It’s a group of different people that have different ideas and skills that they use for one goal. That goal, is to make the world a better place with the help of sports. The shared idea is that sports bring us together, and will continue doing that. 
Sabina Topčić
A mountaineer and project manager at Association Vedro
 A learning curve in sports world: the way we interact with one another, share our knowledge, expertise and experiences.
Damir Agovic
Judo black belt, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt, coach and instructor of both. Sport Diplomat, from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
 A missing link that connects sport with different levels and layers of society.
Marica Barbieri
International Project coordinator and student in training. I have many passions and my first objective is to make a positive impact, small or big, on Society.
Boris Kurilić
President of the Mountaineering Association Kamenjak
 The importance of working together...
Gabriela Zlatarova
Marketing expert, National Sport Base PLC
 Emotional school and a useful lesson
Milivoje Lujić
Tennis trainer at TK Priboj, Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Sport family...
Nijaz Memić
Paralympic athlete and sport club president in paraalpine skiing, Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Sport Diplomacy Academy for me is more than a simple project.
Eros D'Ambrosio
Physical education teacher and handball coach and rider (bike, triathlon)
 For me Sport Diplomacy Academy is discovering new world