"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 2018 and 2019 one of the largest street sports organizations in Europe established an international co-operation network for street sports and cultural activities organizers from all over the world.
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 how to work with young people from different social backgrounds by involving them in street sports activities.
Online platform for street culture and sports
"Medicines for the Europe’s Ghettos" have 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.
Guidelines for work with young people through street sports, conference and festival
During the project all partners have worked 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”.
During the project “Medicines for Europes Ghettos”, partners have provided an overview of the relevant and up to date situation in the field of youth engagement in various grassroots sports and overall healthy lifestyle, based on street sports and extreme sports activities. The activities of the project aim to reach, engage and study young people in disregarded areas, including different urban and slum areas in various cities, where high criminal rates are observed and in this regard, often labelled as “ghettos”. The primary concentration areas of the observations are within Latvia, Estonia, Malta, Sweden and Denmark.
Here you can download - Tool kit for young people from different social, religious and ethnical backgrounds through street sports and extreme sports.
"The tool kit is perfect for any individual or organization without prior knowledge in the field of urban sports and action sports. It encompasses the necessary guidelines for organizing an event from the ground up, as well as shares valuable experience from youth organizations of various levels of competence and differing socioeconomic aspects. Considering the topic at hand - urban sports in the eyes of modern day youth - is not one with vast statistical data and successful research to back things up, this tool kit is great reading material for people looking to do work in the field or youth sports."
CEO at THE SPOT action sports center
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.