Sprinters

Sprinters aims at promoting sports in protected natural areas, especially sports that do not require special equipment. The choice of such sports among all is made, first from the identification of the commons elements among the contest places, but also in order to promote sports that can be practiced without discrimination of social class or economic status of origin. In fact, the naturalistic sport selected (mountain biking, hiking, Nordic walking, canoing) can be practiced with little financial investment or with the possibility to rent the necessary equipment (in the case of the canoe). In this way it is given equal opportunity of access to sports, not to mention the fact that access to natural areas is normally free. Every outdoor sport among the selected ones can be performed at all ages, with a degree of difficulty in proportion to the state of health, technical skills, and ability/disability. Sprinters will be responsible for evaluating the possibility to involve people with disabilities.

SPRINTERS will pursue the following 2 specific objectives:
1st Objective- Developing sports management in natural protected areas with an international network (WP 2) able to establish a long lasting system of non-organized outdoor sports activities: the project involves research, labor market, International and local communities, in a networking between public institutions and the sports centers and offers awareness and involvement on the importance of physical activity for themselves and for the territory. The network will have the opportunity to put into practice their potential through the design and implementation of two pilot projects "Local competitions” and “International competition" and the creation of "Greenway paths" (WP3).
Sprinters will promote the involvement of volunteers in the organization of sporting non-competitive events and in the maintenance of the paths that will be identified through WP3. The maintenance of natural paths is usually costly for local administrations; voluntary active local associations in the areas can take care of these paths organizing public local events for the maintenance of these paths in order to make them usable. Social inclusion will be promoted through the involvement of disadvantaged and disabled people. The project also considers important the inclusion of persons with disabilities within selected sports: during local competitions, people with disabilities will be involved in different sports activities depending on their degree of disability. The results of this experience will be evaluated and disseminated.
2nd Objective- Promoting the economic dimension of sport: the active participation of All, especially young people, women and people living in social disadvantage and economic conditions will be a key feature of the project in order to understand how physical activity linked to health can become important to their own individual path, not only health but also professional one.

The result will be a “Strategic Gude Book”(which combines three dimensions related to Sport:
- Health: how sport can positively impact on psychological and physical people wellbeing
- Economy: how to use sport to boost self-employment and employment
- Management: how to manage the protected areas in cooperation between public sporting boards and associations.

Partners:
Municipality of Cullera - Spain
University of Valencia - Spain
Mersrags Secondary School - Latvia
Mersrags Community- Latvia
Engure Lake Nature Park- Latvia
DURA - City of Dubrovnik Development Agency- Croatia
Municipality of Ponza - Italy
Polisportiva Dilettantistica Ponza - Italy
European Center for Innovation, Education, Science and Culture – Bulgaria

Funding: Еразъм +