Project lead, Senior Research Fellow for Leeds Beckett University, Sergio Lara-Bercial, and Dr Ladislav Petrovic from the Hungarian Coaches Association travelled to the wonderful seaside town of Halmstad in Sweden to present iCoachKids to the partners of PsyTool, a related Erasmus+ co-funded project.
PsyTool uses sport psychology principles to protect children against any kind of abuse, violence, cheating or discrimination in youth sport. It aims to do so through the development of a network of Agents of Change: parents, coaches, referees and any other significant adult who will be able to not only identify and act when a case arises, but raise awareness and educate the athletes themselves.
The meeting was hosted and organised by project partner Halmstad University’s Professor Natalia Stambulova. Sergio and Laszlo presented the aims of iCK and offered a sneak-preview of the soon-to-go-live to the PsyTool partners which amongst others include Sevilla FC, Sporting Clube Lisbon, University of La Sapienza Rome, FARE Network, University Pablo Olavide, Autonomous University of Barcelona and the University of the Balearic Islands.
A proposal for further cooperation to aid dissemination of both projects across the EU and facilitate the shared use of each other’s materials has been agreed in principle.
iCK Project Leader Sergio Lara-Bercial said: “This is a fantastic step forward for iCoachKids. PsyTool shares a lot of commonalities with iCK and we are delighted to be able to help each other for the benefit of children and coaches across the European Union”.
The iCoachKids website will go live by 10th February 2017
For updates please follow both projects @PsyToolEU and @iCoachKidsEU