On 10th of March 2020, 60 participants from six countries across Europe: UK, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, and Poland, came together in London, UK to participate in a Youth exchange ‘My Culture – Traditional Games & Sports’ implemented under the Erasmus+ Programme. The project focused on the promotion of sports & traditional games as tools for social inclusion and active participation, often used to convey values of solidarity, diversity, inclusiveness and cultural awareness among people. Thus, the Youth exchange was directed towards personal development through sports and outdoor activities, with an objective to bring more awareness about equality in everyday life for all the people involved in sports, as well as to provide an opportunity of intercultural learning and communication.
In 2003, the UN defined sport, for the purpose of development, as “all forms of physical activity that contribute to physical fitness, mental well-being and social interaction, such as play, recreation, organised or competitive sport, and indigenous sports and games”.
It is an undeniable fact that sports and games represent powerful tools for development and learning. They promote participation, inclusion, human values, acceptance of rules, discipline, health promotion, non-violence, tolerance, gender equality, teamwork, among others. In that regard, the participants of the Youth exchange ‘My Culture – Traditional Sports & Games!’ had an opportunity to take part in various non-formal activities, such as interactive presentations, role plays, discussions and outdoor activities, which culminated with a sports event in the Greenwich Park, developed, organized and implemented by the participants themselves. The Greenwich Sports Event was officially opened with the British anthem following the tradition of drinking tea using a synchronized choreography. After, a rely games followed, where participants divided in 2 groups took part in activities such as jumping, limbo walkthrough under a rope, tornado – spinning around for 3 times, running while imitating a given animal, walking while balancing a book on the head and jumping on one foot. In the end, the games were closed with a Zumba dance workout, as a closing ceremony of the event.
Check out the video below to see what was going on from 10th to 19th March 2020 in London, UK during the Youth exchange ‘My Culture – Traditional Games & Sports’!