project presentation

Youth & Sport in Country & Remote EU is aimed to promote the Sport practices in the most European remote and country areas as small villages or towns located in the surrounding of big cities, in Italy, Latvia, Romania and Spain. In this contest normally sport facilities are inadequate or not present at all, people specially youth and children (aged 6 to 18) do not practice regular sport activities specially if they belong to the most disadvantaged social groups.

The topic of sport exclusion in rural area and countryside
is quite neglected and deserves attention and specific intervention as about the 60% of the EU population lives
in the countryside and far from densely populated areas.
In the considered rural areas as in the most of rural areas
of the EU, the sport activities are neglected, people and youth suffer from spatial disadvantage through dispersion over wide areas, leading to higher threshold costs for transport and services including sport. Children in rural areas often have little space for play, specially in areas of arable farming. They also had constrained limits on the distance they could roam unsupervised from home. In rural areas there often are widespread complains from youth older than thirteen about "nothing to do" and lack of involvement in civil live including sport and leisure activities.

A second problem tackled is the inclusive action of sport between cultures and different nationalities. All the involved 

partners have the problem to include children and young
of different nationalities (European and non European)
and sport activities are one of the main responses.

A third problem tackled is the educative action of sport as it is a key activity to promote selfconfidence, discipline, attention capacity and social abilities. In this sense it is a powerful instrument to offer better education to young with less opportunities and more risky for early school leaving, specially those of them that have learning difficulties and disabilities.

Finally Sport guarantees active and healthy life, benefits, our project focuses on this problem, and wants to experiment regular sport activities easy to be organised in a country environment, low cost and open to all. They will be based also on volunteerism and on the environmental resources offered by the location and better organisation of the existing and active local actors.

The main involved organisations will be municipalities, social services providers, schools and sport organisations/facilities active at local level (public and private).

The target groups are: young people aged 6 to 18 who lives in the partners local area; the families and school teachers, youth educators and social workers, political personnel, sport professional trainers.