Geo Camp Final seminar of the project has gathered in Portugal dozens of participants from all partners. There were dozens of community sports events highlighting the Geo Games of Difference, where we involved disabled participants, adults and young people.
It was a moment of important reflection where the Geo Tool Kit was also revealed, a sports manual for sports animators that reattaches the types of sports developed in Geo.
Although finished the project gave rise to PASEC Geo that will continue the same.
In all activities Geo Camp has gathered in Portugal more than 300 participants.
In Spain, community sports have been Geo’s strongest point in recent months. We involve more than 20 young people with disabilities, with limitations in terms of cognitive, sensory and motor deficits;
We involve more than 80 young people and adults from suburban Madrid, who are victims of exclusion because they live in these same areas, where there are no sports clubs or organizations linked to sport that allow them to practice sports, or those that exist can not provide concrete response to this public.
We also involve more than 50 children up to the age of 14, from minorities, some are no longer attending school and others who, because they are daughters of unregistered emigrants, do not find social and sports answers because they are illegal in the country.
We took the project initiatives to Asturias and Cangas de Onis.
Boccia has already involved more than 200 participants in the last six months of the project with tournaments promoted by Geo Arenas. Only in Portugal last week were hundreds of young people and adults with special needs who got involved in these dynamics. The more autonomous young people helped the more limited. There were also many dozens of adults with disabilities involved.
More than 60, in Portugal, already practice this sport autonomously in other clubs after having integrated the Geo.
In Italy in recent months more than 150 young people and adults have been involved. Most of them come from poorer neighborhoods where there are no sports clubs or sports-related organizations that allow them to practice sports. We also had more than 50 children under the age of 16, from migrant communities (including Muslims), who do not engage in any kind of sports activity, some of which are outside the Education System, some are victims of stigmatization, some are involved in phenomena of marginality and others present problems related to their religious situation
Nature sports were the main focus of the work done. We create new walking circuits in new areas.
The project also reached Cunardo and Como. In Cunardo we have created new pedestrian paths that allow any citizen to enjoy the surrounding nature.
In Turkey, between January and February, we involve more than 30 young people with disabilities, with limitations on cognitive, sensory and motor deficits, although some of them are autonomous.
We involve more than 100 young people and adults from poor neighborhoods in suburban areas, where there is no sports club or sports organization that allows them to practice sports.
We use traditional games as a form of community sport, walking and Boccia
PASEC organized once again the Intercultural Games Fair. Before more than two hundred children and youths in the Devesa Park in Famalicão, this year’s event had as its theme “Around the Geography of Emotions”. The experience went on to recall key moments in the history of countries such as Turkey, Spain, Lithuania, Portugal and Italy related to their revolutions through gigantic games.
Supported by the Geo Project, supported by the European Union’s Erasmus + Program, this year’s Games Fair had an international character with simultaneous organization in Italy, Spain and Turkey, reaching an additional 850 people. During the opening of the Fair, the Director of the Erasmus + Program, Dr. Pedro Soares, made a point of remembering that PASEC and the Geo Project were able to create innovative and inclusive responses that give answers to hundreds of young people.
PASEC’s President, Susana Paiva, then welcomed everyone present. Next, the City Councilor for Youth in the Municipality of Famalicão, Dr. Sofia Fernandes, reminded PASEC as a hub for social innovation, which is currently working on a national and international scale, recalling the support of the Municipality of Famalicão for PASEC initiatives. In turn, Dr. Vítor Dias, Director of the Portuguese Institute of Sports and Youth, congratulated PASEC for his 15 years and affirmed PASEC as an example to replicate. In an emotional speech, he recalled PASEC as “home of emotions and humanity”, focusing on these as the example the world needs today.
The games themselves were followed. The fair had 7 posts and 7 teams in competition. The games were designed by the participants themselves in the weeks leading up to the event, with an action-research process that involved the whole community.
PASEC organized once again the Geo Camp, this time in its 2017 version, involving 118 participants from Portugal, Spain, Lithuania, Turkey and Italy. Geo Camp included a series of international seminars between Portugal and Spain with special relevance to Spanish ground activities. Activities passed through Famalicão, Foz Côa, Torres de Moncorvo, Cangas de Onis, Cain and Madrid (these last three locations in Spain).
From the “Master and Apprentice” and “Group Symbology” methods, the integrative theme of Geo Camp 2017 was on Nature Sport and the new inclusion models through Sport, using the best European examples. The starting point was through dynamics based on trekking, tree climbing and geocashing and its benefits.
Geo Camp, one of the main activities organized by PASEC, is part of the Geo project, supported by the European Union through the Erasmus + Program.
Geo seeks, among others, instead of traditional collective sports such as football or basketball, to give a differentiated response to the individual placing it at the center of the group decision process through the use of new nature sports (unknown to the general public ), through the use of adapted sports solutions focused on the autonomy of the individual and through events and dynamics of sports practice directly linked to the life of the community.
The project gave rise to PASEC Geo, which together with the work developed with its partners, is recognized as a European network of innovative solutions for inclusive sport to combat the phenomena of extreme social exclusion through an integrated European-wide response found in sport of nature, adapted sport and community sport dynamics, intelligent social responses of inclusion and social integration for communities with populations at risk of extreme poverty, people with disabilities and population fringe victims of unemployment or racial phenomena.
Geo Camp intended to be an event of European reach, with wide dissemination focused on reflection, sharing of good practices and good examples of sports practice. Involving European policy-makers and experts in recreational sports and nature sports.
In Portugal, Italy, Lithuania and Spain the GeoArena Spaces have focused their actions on dozens of nature sports actions between February and July 2017. There are more than 800 young people, adults and seniors who could expreço Geocashing, tree sports And Hiking. At the same time this strategy has been a form of inclusion of the communities themselves. These experiences will give rise to a book. Here are the images of the various experiences in the various countries. At the same time several collective sports also began to take place in order to reach more population.
In Turkey, community sports activities have been dedicated to . The game, competitions with nature sports, group sports and above all sports as a way of inclusion have been the center of the main actions of the project. Hundreds of participants have been involved since January 2017.