Last Friday SEA hosted the 4ME4ALL Multiplier Sport Event at European University (Carnide), an event that brought together experts, practitioners and stakeholders to discuss the role of sport in the inclusion of young people at risk. The event was funded by the European Union and featured a diverse program of presentations, roundtable discussions, and practical examples of good practice.
After some opening words from Sport Evolution President Rui Vieira and from the Psychology & Sports Coordinator of the PhD from Universidade Europeia), the event began with a presentation by Michala Bednarikova from the European Federation of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC), who introduced the 4ME4ALL project and its aims to promote the social inclusion and well-being of young people at risk through sport and physical activity. Bednarikova highlighted the importance of sport in creating opportunities for young people to participate in society and build their self-esteem and social skills.
Pedro Teques from EUNIK presented on the socio-emotional needs of adolescents at risk in the sporting context. He emphasized the need to create a safe and supportive environment for young people to participate in sports, which can help to build their resilience and coping skills.
The roundtable discussion, moderated by Pedro Teques, featured a panel of experts including Andreia Teques from EUNIK, Liliana Aguiar and João Antunes, both from the European University. The panel discussed the role of sport in promoting social inclusion and well-being for at-risk young people. They highlighted the importance of creating opportunities for young people to participate in sports, as well as the need for supportive environments and effective coaching.
Ricardo Carvalho from the NGO Social Innovation Sport (SIS) presented a practical example of good practice, demonstrating how his organization has used sport to promote social inclusion and well-being among young people at risk. He highlighted the importance of working with local communities to identify the needs and challenges of young people, and tailoring programs to meet those needs.
Finally, Sofia Ramalho, the Director of AMINGA’s Association, presented her organization’s work in promoting the inclusion of young people through sport. She emphasized the importance of collaboration and partnership between organizations, as well as the need to involve young people themselves in the design and implementation of programs.
Overall, the 4ME4ALL Multiplier Sport Event was a great success, bringing together a diverse range of perspectives and experiences to explore the important role that sport can play in promoting social inclusion and well-being for young people at risk. The event highlighted the need for collaboration, partnership and community involvement in designing and implementing effective programs. It also emphasized the importance of creating safe and supportive environments for young people to participate in sports and build their self-esteem and social skills.