The development of the training course for BMX coaches is nearing completion

IMG 1944Autumn activity continues in the Erasmus+ Sport project "Training to Win". Figuratively speaking, the autumn harvest in the form of a BMX trainer training course will be ripe soon, because by the end of September, the course created jointly by all project partners will be uploaded in the e-learning platform in English. The Latvian side, among them Sandija Zaļupe, the project manager of the team of Latvia team, and BMX professionals - Renārs Auga, coach of Smiltene Children and Youth Sports School, and Olafs Lakučs, coach of Valmiera Sports School, developed such topics as "BMX competition", "BMX season planning", " Improving the starting technique", as well as a section on training methodology.

The training program as an open education resource will be available to all those involved in this sport in Latvia and throughout Europe. It will serve as a manual for BMX coaches and will include several sections. The topics of the first section are devoted to theoretical general competences in sports, including psychology, pedagogical methods, etc. The second part includes specific content about physical fitness, rules of the sport, technique, tactics, and psychological aspects necessary for the sport of BMX. The third section is devoted to practice, in which all acquired theoretical knowledge is applied in practical training.

On October 11-12, the partners of the "Training to Win" project will meet in Palermo, the capital of the Sicilian region.

Project partners: CLUB BMX School - Zaragoza (Spain), Universidad San Jorge (Spain), Latvijas Sporta izglītības iestāžu Direktoru padome (Latvia), UVP - Federação Portuguesa de Ciclismo (Portugal), CEIPES (Italy), SZC - Slovensky Zvaz Cyklistiky Cyklistiky (Slovaky), Malta Street Sports Association (Malta).

The project "BMX-Training to Win" is co-funded by the European Union.

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SWOST: Focus Group 08.09.2022.

On September 8 of this year, within the framework of the SWOST project, LSIIDP organized a Focus Group on the idea of the project, that is, on sports without stereotypes and equal opportunities in sport for both sexes. This Focus Group was representated by five organizations and consisted of five participants:

Kaspars Sakniņš - president of the Biathlon Federation of Latvia and director of Talsi Regional Sports School,
Līva Tauriņa - floorball judge,
Inga Zaļupe - grassroots sports and non-formal education coach,
Artis Raitums - high school sports/physical education teacher and floorball coach,
Krister Kalashnikov - the young biathlete.

The script of the Focus Group will be included in the project document "Capacity Building Guidelines" together with the scripts of the other 8 project member states, and it will be published on the websites of all project partners as well as on the project website:

The group of trainers of the "Training to Win" project is meeting

BMX treneru san 09.08A hot summer is not an obstacle to serious work - this was confirmed by the working group of trainers of the Erasmus+ Sport project "Training to Win" implemented by LSIIDP, which met online on August 9. Within the framework of the project, a training course for BMX trainers is being developed, which will be an open educational resource, therefore available to all those interested in this sport in Latvia and throughout Europe. The training program will be like a manual for coaches, including topics on general theoretical competences in sports, specific content necessary for BMX sports on physical preparation, rules, technique, tactics, psychological aspects, as well as practical training in photo and video format. The task of the coaches involved in the project is to develop the specific section dedicated to BMX sport.

SWOST: Local Meeting to Promote Project SWOST

On August 17, project "sport without Stereotypes" (SWOST) idea and the final intellectual output that is being produced within this project was promoted in a local meeting of the Latvian partner LSIIDP for more than one hundred participants and other speakers of the most influential sport organizations of the country:
  • Ministry of Education and Science: Director of the Sports department Edgars Severs, Deputy Director of the Sports Department Anda Mičule.
  • Sports Federations Council of Latvia: president Einārs Fogelis.
  • Olympic Committee of Latvia: president Žoržs Tikmers.
Participants of the meeting were representatives of different sport NGOs - sport clubs, sport schools, federations.

SWOST tool promoted in other gender equality events August 10, 2022

On August 10 a SWOST team member Kaspars Sakniņš - an LSIIDP board member and the president of the Biathlon Federation of Latvia, presented the SWOST tool in another international gender equality event organized by the Biathlon Federation of Latvia thus promoting the project tool and the results.