Call for participants
It has been several years since we became active within the Erasmus+ program, and we can proudly say that we have gained significant experience and expertise.
We have been involved in educational and training projects across various domains, with a strong emphasis on sports.
The satisfaction and growth we have achieved have been remarkable. We have had the opportunity to visit many European countries, meet individuals and organizations who, like us, believe in the development of young people and a better future.
We have trained our staff in methodologies that we have been able to apply in our daily work with children and adolescents, and we have gained international recognition, which has enhanced our impact on our local communities.
In recent years, we have specialized in the Sports chapter of the Erasmus+ Program, and we have been fortunate to coordinate seven projects, becoming partners in more than 40 of them.
These projects have received high scores during the proposal submission and final report phases, and some have even received international recognition. However, throughout all of this, we have observed that despite the extraordinary effort in project design and implementation, we haven’t always been able to ensure the continuity and sustainability of the project beyond the EU-funded period – in fact, almost never. Only in very rare cases have we managed to continue some project activities in a way that they continued to have an impact on our communities.
Most of the time, despite the careful planning for project continuity and sustainability, the project – its activities and collaboration with partners – came to an end once the EU funding concluded.
Conversations with other organizations have shown us that this is a widespread issue and is present in other contexts as well.
This situation is not acceptable to us. We want to try and change it. It’s not acceptable because we want to find a way to make the most of our project design efforts and achieve a lasting and sustainable impact over time. We want all our work, from conceptualizing project ideas, forming consortia, and writing proposals to subsequent implementation efforts, to be more than just means to an end. We want them to be the beginning of medium to long-term activities, transforming into (initial) investments for the future.
We envision European project design that can generate sustainable, long-lasting projects with a high social impact. We imagine an implementation phase for EU-funded projects that is geared towards finding the best ways (and adaptations) in different countries to improve project effectiveness in the medium to long term (and test its business model).
For this reason, we want to identify organizations that believe in these values, are ready to promote long-term initiatives/projects and and give them visibility within our European Project.
We want EUSport Lab to become a moment of gathering where concrete, effective, and sustainable project ideas can be developed.
We are looking for participating organizations that are willing to get involved, invest to be present at the event, discover successful project ideas, and be willing to implement them in their regions. We are seeking organizations that have the strength to look beyond the short term and are eager to embark on a “new” approach to European project design.
If you identify yourself with this description, then you are welcome to EUSport LAB 2023.
In order to ensure the smooth organization of the event, we will kindly request you to make a deposit of 100.00 euros at the time of registration.