Nordplus projects

Nordplus HZ: Nordic Baltic Learning Environments for Movement Affordances NPHZ-2017/10130

The main idea of the project is to continue the development of the project Nordic-Baltic Physical Activity Bridges (2014-2017) and strengthen the network of educational and non- educational institutions, which are responsible for physical activity enhancement at different levels of human life – span as well as promoting human health without medicine. The most important accent should be put on primary and secondary schoolchildren‘s physical activity to have a future strong and healthy generation. We are facing with a lot of challenges in everyday life – IT technologies, urban growth, prevailing sedentary life and physical inactivity, a new approach to refugees for enhancement of their physical activity forces educators to look at this problem from many  points and one of it is indoor and outdoor environment as well as cultural habits to use it.

Nordic-Baltic partners obtained a lot of experience and knowledge about the usage of environment at kinder gardens, schoolyards, neighbourhood, and community centres. The situation is very different and mostly is effected by cultural aspects of the population. Nordic countries have great traditions for outdoor activities due to climate, surroundings, layout of the countryside as well as deep traditions of family involvement in physical activity.

Cross–sectorial cooperation will be strengthened among schools; schoolchildren care centres, Universities, associations, communities and Municipality in mapping movement environmental affordances and expanding in-service and future physical educator’s competences, enhancing physical literacy of citizens:

  1. To carry out needs analyses by involving all actors of the project to have a more vivid view as well as to enlarge physical activity possibilities for the users.
  2. The experience exchange seminars among students, PE teachers and community representatives about the barriers and motives in promoting active lifestyle.
  3. The implementation of knowledge, skills, methodology, current recommendations and guidelines as well as best practices among Project actors at workshops and practical sessions, at peer coaching and short–time internships abroad.
  4. To develop the module and recommendations and offer it at community centres, schoolchildren care centres, Municipalities and Governmental consideration.
  5. To strengthen a cross–sectoral Network of Nordic-Baltic PE teachers, students, community centres, PE association and combine educational communication with non–educational sectors to disseminate and implement good practice as well as experience in decreasing physical inactivity.

The combined knowledge through cross sectorial cooperation will help to enhance the development of the education model, enrich the skills and competences of project participants and emphasise environmental approach while promoting physical activity for children and youth in strengthening their health and well-being.

Project lasts three years: from 2017 September – till 2020 June

The total fund: 158 640 EUR

The fund was approved for 50% – 77 240 EUR from Nordplus Horizontal Network

First year activities:

Organizing meeting, October, 2017

The aim: To strengthen the network and to organize January meeting activities, new partner presentations. (Lithuania).

Online discussion, October–December, 2017

Establishing Network website and disseminating the results of organizing meeting, deciding on a workshop place.

Workshop, January, 2018

The aim: Sharing of experience, developing protocol of needs analyses and defining action plan for data collection in participating countries. (Latvia).

Online discussion, January–June, 2018

The tasks: Data collection and discussion via skype, dissemination of the results.

Second year activities:

Organizing meeting, October, 2018

The aim: Analyses of collected data. Presentations of the results of every country and deciding of the place of the second year seminar and dissemination of the results. (Estonia).

Online discussion, October–December, 2018

The aim:  Data Analysis and production of innovating material for designing of study module.

Seminar for lecturers and students. April, 2019

The aim: Pilot seminar for PA teachers (in- service and students) and presentation of data as well as the development of professional competencies. (Norway).

Online discussion, April – June, 2019

To disseminate the results and share experience, to make a plan on future study module as well as recommendations.

Third Year activities:

Online discussion, September–October, 2019

Discussion on final design of the study module.

Organizing meeting, November, 2019

The aim: The final design of the study module and tasks for the students.

Intensive programme, January, 2020

Programme for exchange of experience and implementation of the project results.(Lithuania).

Online discussion, January–April, 2020

The aim: Collecting, exchange and publishing course material, dissemination of the course results, translations.

Workshop, May, 2020

Summing up: Dissemination of the results, summary of the project and plans for future cooperation and continuity of the project. (Iceland).

COORDINATOR:

Lithuanian Sports University

PARTNERS:

University of Tartu (Estonia)
University of Iceland (Iceland)
Latvian Academy of Sports Education (Latvia)
University College of Southeast Norway (Norway)
University of Jyvaskyla (Finland)
Kaunas J. and P. school center (Lithuania)
Lithuanian Association of Physical Education Teachers (Lithuania)
Rigas Hanzas Secondary School, (Latvia)
Heddal Ungdomsskole (Norway)
Basic School of Tartu Kivilinna (Estonia)
Lithuanian Physical Activity and Health Association (Lithuania)
Kulautuva’s Community Center (Lithuania)

Nordic-Baltic Sustainable Approach Coaching Youth for Elite (2017-2019)

The main idea of the project is the continued development of the Nordic-Baltic Coach training network, which was established in 2009 and has been expanded via two key projects “NB Coach Training Network” and “Coaching through Generations”. Focus will be on Sports Coaching in children and youngsters, and emphases will be put on exercise training – including effective approaches to a sound development of the athlete. Exercise training is understood as a tool to reach sports results, to participate at all levels of competitions, and to be a high level sportsman. The aim is to develop talented children and youngsters as well as optimize the quality of daily training, with the aim to equip individuals with the physiological and psychosocial skills allowing them to successfully make the transitions that are inherent in a sport career. The task for the coach is to prepare the person to an optimal sports career without damaging his or her overall quality of life and rounded personal development. To reach this aim the coach should be familiar with the latest research results, to deal with relevant testing, and to be in close cooperation with successful coaches and researchers. Cooperation between universities and sports confederations will help reaching better results in developing study programs, optimizing the education of young coaches, and enhancing the competences of all actors within the project. Adopting an ecological perspective will inspire coaches, sports organizations and sports psychology practitioners to look beyond the individual athlete and focus on the developing and maintaining environments that underpin athlete’s development.

There are many prerequisites to be a successful sportsman, but it’s essential to develop age related skills in children and youngsters, to be trained by coaches, who are familiar with human physiology, psychology, nutrition and with an up-to-date coaching methodology based on the newest research results. Thus close cross-sectoral cooperation between universities and sports confederations using ideas and knowledge from both partners will help to develop and adapt new knowledge in coaching and educate innovative and up-to-date experienced specialists in coaching children and youngsters.

First year activities:

Workshop 1, November/December 2016. The aim: Project networking organizing group, presentations, discussion of future plans. Lithuania.

On-line discussion, December 2016. The aim: Results, minutes and establishment of the website, plans for the coming seminar.

Seminar, February/March 2017.  The aim: exchange of experience and presentations of study programmes, planning a draft course. Sweden.

On-line discussion, April2017. Dissemination of the seminar and overview of research results in partner countries, website development.

Second year activities:

Workshop 2, January 2018. The aim: Discussion about the summer camp and a draft of the programme. Latvia.

On-line discussion, February/March, 2018. The aim: to finalize the programme for summer camp, to prepare tasks for students.

Summer Camp, May/June 2018. Participants: Students, young coaches, lecturers. Lithuania.

On-line discussion, June 2018. The aim: Dissemination of the results, development of the website.

Third year activities:

Online-discussion, October/November 2018. The aim: dissemination and website development, exchange of experience in education and summing up the results of the Summer Camp activities.

Workshop 3, December 2018. The aim: to make arrangements and design of the parallel study module. Denmark.

Seminar, February 2019. The aim: Pilot Study module for students, young coaches. Lithuania.

On-line discussion, March/April 2019. The aim: Dissemination, website development, designing of the study parallel module/ programme.

Final Workshop 4, May 2019. The aim: Programme of the final study module, final report of the project. Sum up of the project. Holland.

Scania Sports Federation (Sweden)
University of Southern Denmark (Denmark)
Latvian Academy of Sport Education (Latvia)
Halmstad University (Sweden)
Sports federation of Halland (Sweden)
Kaunas Centrum Sport School (Lithuania)
Lithuanian Aerobic federation (Lithuania)
Lithuanian Sports Federations Union (Lithuania)
National Association of Conditioning Training (Lithuania NARTA)
HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences (Finland)

Nordic-Baltic Physical Aktivity Bridges (2014-2017)

Nordic–Baltic Physical Activity Bridges project strives to establish a long-lasting partnership between Nordic and Baltic countries and to give a fresh incentive to health-enhancing lifelong physical activity promotion among all citizens. The intension of the project is to bridge different sectors which are responsible for Physical Activity (PA) education: secondary schools, higher educational institutions, professional associations and community centers. Each of them separately is strong enough to act independently but the joint efforts give more significant effect on increasing population’s PA level.

Cross–sectorial cooperation will be strengthened among secondary schools, Universities, associations, and communities in preparation of physical activity educators as well as mastering their qualification in the Nordic and Baltic countries within the areas of:

1. The experience exchange seminars among students, PE teachers and community representatives

about the barriers and motives in promoting active lifestyle of the citizens.

2. The implementation of knowledge, skills, methodology, current recommendations and guidelines as well as best practices among Project actors at workshops and practical sessions, at peer coaching and short–time internships abroad.

3. To develop the Intensive joint course model and offer it at community centers.

4. To create a cross–sectoral Network of Nordic-Baltic PE teachers, students, community centers, PE association and combine educational communication with non–educational sectors to disseminate and implement good practice as well as experience in decreasing physical inactivity.

The best partner experience will be implemented in creating an intensive course and strengthening the Network between PE teachers, educators, representatives of community centres and PE teachers association in Nordic and Baltic countries.

Project lasts 3 years: from 2014 September up to 2017 June.

  • The total fund – 102360 eur!
  • The fund was approved for 50% – 51180.0 Euro from Nord–Plus Horizontal Network