TAFISA is excited to announce that on February 9th, 2023, the INTERACT Plus project was successfully kicked off with the first project partner meeting. INTERACT Plus is being funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
INTERACT Plus builds upon the completed INTERACT project, its recommendations, outputs, and the identified ISO’s (International and European Sport Organisations) needs and expectations. The project reflects on our changing world (Impact of Covid-19) and aims to bridge the gap from theory to practice by supporting and positioning ISOs as key leaders of the Sport for All and physical activity movement. This will encompass the development of a new Sport for All delivery model and the creation of a knowledge and experience-sharing platform between ISOs and their National Federations.
While the INTERACT and INTERACT Plus partners already met during the INTERACT Closing Conference in December 2022 and the first bilateral meetings which took place throughout January 2023, the kick-off meeting was a great opportunity to start the project.
The INTERACT Plus project partners are:
- University of Limerick
- World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF)
- World Dance Organisation
- International Table Tennis Federation Foundation
- International Fistball Association
- International University Sports Federation (FISU)
- Confederazione Boccistica Internazionale
- European Flying Disc Federation
The project starts with making the case for Sport for All within the Sport Movement and creating a narrative for the project. This follows hand-in-hand the development from theory to practice and the update and implementation of the INTERACT capacity-building framework. Furthermore, the project has the goal to create an INTERACT Plus label to create an incentive for ISOs to promote Sport for All. All of these deliverables will be met through the help of the INTERACT Plus Advisory Board which includes the different ISOs. The inclusion of ISOs in the project is of utmost importance to successfully create measures for them to promote Sport for All.
The INTERACT Plus project is funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.
The WMF will be represented within this Project by two experienced experts – Maarit Laarinen, Sweden, Head of Sports for All Committee and Verners Kirss, Latvia, Member of Youth Committee. They both already represented WMF and had significant input for the very successful realization of Interact Project which was realized in 2021-22.
Original INTERACT article can be found here.