PsyTool Project partners travelled to wonderful seaside town of Halmstad in Sweden for the third full partner meeting of this Erasmus+ co-funded project in February 2017. 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. Professor Natalia Stambulova and associate professors Andreas Ivarsson and Krister Hertting created a very productive environment which led to a very successful meeting. ICCE was represented by Secretary General Dr Ladislav Petrovic and Manager for Strategy & Development Sergio Lara-Bercial.
The key events of the 2-day gathering were:
- The launch of the newly developed PsyTool Online Study Platform. This platform allows institutions to run customised courses to train Agents of Change in a flexible, effective and interactive manner. The platform, currently only in Spanish, will be translated into English and Portuguese in the immediate future.
- The presentation of the 10 lessons covering a wide range of topics such as doping, match fixing, safeguarding and child protection and positive youth development through sport.
The first round of Agents of Change training will start in early March and conclude in mid-May. Research and evaluation data from this first round will be presented in a special symposium at the highly prestigious World Congress of the International Society for Sport Psychology in Seville in July 2017.
For updates please follow the project @PsyToolEU
For more information please visit www.psytoolsport.eu