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BSDA took part in Co-creating Erasmus+ and the ESC in Brussels
On January 28 and 29, 2020 a Co-creating Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps event took place in Brussels, Belgium. Over one and a half days, more than 600 participants had the opportunity to experience a mix of plenary and thematic breakout sessions focused on the main activities of Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps programmes, taking stock of the achievements so far and looking ahead with proposals for improvement and best practices. There were ample opportunities to provide input and fine-tuning of the support mechanisms and technical aspects of the implementation. The discussions were built upon the work done during the intensive co-creation process of the last years. In addition to the working sessions, networking opportunities and cultural activities were offered to complement the agenda and to facilitate exchanges among stakeholders.

The event was opened by H.E. Mariya Gabriel - Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth that highlighted that @EUErasmusPlus continue to be one of the great success stories of the European Union! In 2018 the programme allowed 850000+ people to gain valuable experience abroad, supported thousands of organisations and projects. The Commissioner stated also that #ErasmusPlus and #eusolidaritycorps conference are not programmes, these are investments and they're about to be more accessible, more simple, more green... with double the efforts in the future!

The participants from all across Europe represented individual participants, trainers, experts, policy makers, national agencies and organisations active in the field of education, training, youth and sport. Bulgarian sports development association was represented at the event through its chairwoman – Yoanna Dochevska that was part of the #BeActive workshop aiming to define the future framework of the European horizontal funding post 2020 in the field of sport. Sport is a powerful tool for bringing people together and developing people-to-people contacts. Cooperation, partnerships and exchanges at the grassroots level inside the EU as well as with non-EU countries can contribute to the development of new skills and positively influence societal changes. In addition, learning by doing can be beneficial for the individuals, for their organisations and for sport as a whole. By leading and guiding participants, sport staff members (such as: coaches, managers or instructors) have an impact on their knowledge, skills, health, well-being and can transfer values. Learning mobility should be seen as an investment in human capital and a contribution to the capacity building of various sport organisations.

So far mobility in sport was not covered by the Erasmus+ Sport Chapter. Therefore, the Commission has proposed to integrate, for the first time under the future programme, possibilities of exploring new ways of learning – through mobilities. Since 2018 this idea is being tested by the use of specifically dedicated financial support called Pilot project. Up to now 18 projects has been supported and are on-going and one of them – #SportDiplomacyAcademy is coordinated by Bulgarian sports development association.

To fully benefit from the potential of this new tool and the power of sport, preparatory work needs to be done for this action, building on already existing good practices from the different fields like youth or education and training.

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