Medicines for Europe’s Ghettos initiative – using street sports as a “medicine” for disadvantaged urban areas
To promote street sports as “medicine” for less-advantaged areas and share experience on how to work with young people from different social classes through street sports. During the next two years one of the largest street sports organizations in Europe will establish an international co-operation network for street sports and cultural activities organizers from all over the world.
Last month, Karl Naja and Nigel Dougall from the Malta BMX Association traveled to Latvia for the first meeting of the “Medicines for Europe’s Ghettos” initiative, which is an Erasmus + Sports program. The association will be partnering up with other organisations from Europe. This program will also allow the association to send its best riders to compete in an International Street Sport Festival “Ghetto Fest” for the coming two years in Latvia.
The Ghetto Games festival (or simply GGFEST) is a youth culture and action sports festival; that annually brings together the world’s most notable action sports athletes to participate in various street sport competitions such as Street Football, Street Basketball, Skateboarding, BMX and more.
Ghetto Games from Latvia, DGI from Denmark, Fryshuset from Sweden, Malta BMX from Malta and the Estonian Street Sports Federation are some of the largest and most active street sports organizations in Europe. These organizations have started a co-operation within the Erasmus+ Sports program in order to share experience and methods on how to work with young people from different social backgrounds by involving them in street sports activities.
During the next two years the “Medicines for the Europe’s Ghettos” initiative will develop an online platform for street culture and sports organizations. The aim of this platform is to bring together activists from each separate organization using the developed platform. The platform will provide information about street sports organizations all over the world, an interactive map with available street sports facilities, events etc.
During the project all partners will work on guidelines for work with young people through street sports, as well as work on the street sports conference “Medicines for Europe’s Ghettos” and involve young people from each participating country in the international street sports and culture festival “Ghetto Games Festival in Ventspils”.
The project is co-financed by the European Union – the “Erasmus+: Sport” program in particular. The content of the project is entirely the responsibility of its authors, and it does not reflect the official views of the European Commission and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.
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