eYOUAca is the latest version of the project series of the Youth Academy for grassroots sport which already featured YOUAca, YOUAca 2.0 and YOULead. The current project has the objective of developing an innovative e-learning academy addressed to 75 young people – aged between 18 and 30 years old – through the engagement of a team of young leaders who has been already trained during the first 3 past small collaborative partnership projects. The curriculum is composed of e-training modules and 1 e- internship module in which young trainees are asked to cooperate with their organisations in order to put in practice what they learned developing innovative sport activities for children from 5 to 11 years old.
According to an analysis of trainees and organisations’ needs and to common guidelines aimed at defining the set of criteria to make the programme “youth-friendly”, national teams of trainers, senior and young leaders in grassroots sport develop, test and deliver the modules through 2 methodological pillars:
- intergenerational dialogue
- learning by doing
The e-training and e-internship will be evaluated and certified according to the European Qqualification Framework (EQF). A related social campaign will be launched during the European Week of Sport and further, each partner will produce an advocacy toolkit to promote the new sport activities.
The project includes a total of eight partners from all over Europe. The following CSIT Members represent the sector of national grassroots sports organizations:
- AiCS (Italy)
- TUL (Finland)
- UCEC (Spain)
- KALEV (Estonia)
- HLA (Croatia)
Furthermore, we can count on three technical partners. The first one is the European Platform for Sport Innovation (EPSI) who is also Partner of CSIT. The vision of the NPO based in Brussels ist to strive for a more innovation-friendly environment to stimulate businesses development in sports. The second technical partner is the belgian EurEthICS ETSIA institute. It is registered at the European Union Office for Intelletcual Property, which provides certifications for educational services. As one of the big player in the European sports business EurEthICS ETSIA is official partner of the European Week Sport – an initiative of the European Commission – as well as of the European Platform for Sport Innovation, House of Sport, participating in the European Sport Forum. Last but not least, the Italian cultural NPO The Carlo Collodi National Foundation (FNCC) completes the group of partners. The organization dedicated itself to promoting a culture of and for children – starting with the literary masterpiece The Adventures of Pinocchio, written by Carlo Collodi. According to FNCC, The book’s artistic and human values have made this work an extraordinarily effective tool for sensitizing children and adults to the most diverse themes.