Safe Sport Allies – Update April ’22

At the end of March ’22, all Safe Sport Allies partners gathered in Bilbao (Spain) for the third international project meeting. Although the project started more than a year ago and a lot of work was already being done (see previous posts), this was the very first time that this international group could physically meet each other. During one and a half day, several meetings were held with the aim of updating all partners on the project progress, and to exchange input and feedback on the content of the Safe Sport Allies interventions.

In small groups, the partners studied and discussed each part of the project in detail. They discussed the first findings of the pilot study and, where necessary, proposed adjustments. Among other things, the scripts for the workshops for the athletes and coaches were discussed, as well as the scripts for the webinars for club managers and sport parents. In addition, an initial brainstorm was organised regarding the content and logistics of the future Safe Sport Allies national workshops, which will take place in each of the participating countries in 2023. Each national project leader will organize this workshop according to the target audience and specific context.

Overall, this project meeting consisted of busy, but exciting days. Between the meetings we also had the opportunity to visit the beautiful stadium and museum of Athletic Club Bilbao. José Ignacio Alonso Romero, safeguarding officer of Athletic Club, also presented the club’s ATERPE program through which they support young athletes from the club and dozens of other clubs in the region.

Once back home, all Safe Sport Allies partners will start working with the input and feedback, and all parts of the intervention will be finalized and prepared for the actual field work in  sports clubs in Flanders (Belgium) and the Netherlands. There is still a lot of work to be done, but everyone is excited to move forward. Fortunately, in the meantime the sports clubs are running at full speed and showing interest and enthusiasm to participate in the Safe Sport Allies project.

Is your club also interested or do you know a club that would be interested in our free workshops for athletes, coaches, parents and club managers? Surf to our registration form, leave your details and we will contact you!


The Safe Sport Allies team


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