“Villages on Move Baltic” project has started

PROCECT TEAM_VOMB“Villages on Move Baltic” project has started with kick off seminar in Mikkeli, Finland on 19-21st of February 2017. Phd. Viktorija Piscalkiene and lecturer Vaida Sidlauskaite represented Kauno kolegija/ University of Applied Sciences in this meeting.

The project “Villages on Move Baltic” (VOM BALTIC) 1.1.2016-31.12.2017 (Number 2016-3715/001-001) includes a multi-sectorial network of innovative organizations from five countries and various fields as sports, welfare, education and rural development. These organizations have associated partners and the most efficient communication channels to reach the target groups in rural areas.

The project aim is to promote voluntary activities in sport, together with social inclusion, equal opportunities and awareness of the importance of health-enhancing physical activity, through increased participation in, and equal access to sport for all.

In Villages on Move Baltic project, actions promoting EU Physical activity Guidelines and HEPA (Health enhancing physical activity policy) are implemented by the network of Sport and Rural associations, Rural development organizations, municipalities and all their information channels, and furthermore Universities with their lecturers, and students (future professionals). Multi-sectorial organizations get information of the different cultures and operational styles of applying culture of experimentation and enhancing physical activity in five countries’ rural areas. The project brings also new ideas, tools and methods to motivate European citizens to move and have joy of sports and physical activity.

The values in setting the objectives for the Villages on Move Baltic project has been:

  • Equal access to sport, meaning there has to be methods and programmes for promoting physically active lifestyle also in rural areas;
  • Health enhancing physical activity, meaning that everybody has the right to move;
  • Sustainability, meaning that the possibilities to HEPA must be near where people live and the activities developed in the project will have continuity in the villages;
  • Multi professional network, meaning working together combining different skills;
  • Fun, meaning that joy of sport is a good motivator for physical activity;
  • Innovativeness, meaning that co-creation with rural citizen is used as a working method.

The project Villages on Move Baltic is divided to 5 Work Packages (WP):

  • WP1 Administration & coordination. WP leader: project manager Marita Mattila South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (assisting in all other WP).
  • WP 2 IDEA COMPETITION. Involving a large number of sectorial actors in developing new ideas of health enhancing physical activity.
  • WP 3 VILLAGE TOUR. Promoting health-enhancing physical activity across sectors by experimenting the best ideas in village events.
  • WP 4 IDEA BANK. Model of culture of experimentation in rural areas.
  • WP 5 Evaluation and Dissemination.

Project coordinator: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk). Project manager: Marita Mattila South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk).

Project partners: Southern Savo Sports Federation (ESLi in Finnish), Kauno Kolegija/Kaunas University of Applied Sciences, Estonia: Lääne-Viru College, Latvian Rural Forum (LRF), Lillebaelt University of Applied  Sciences

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