EuroVolNet is a transnational project that fosters the exchange of best practices regarding legal, organizational and funding related aspects of voluntary activity in sport. The project partners will form a network of actors involved in the management and running of sport associations.
The Volunteering in the EU Final Report and White Paper on Sport both confirm the mutually beneficial relation between sport and volunteerism. EuroVolNet will provide a necessary platform for improving the conditions of volunteerism in grass-root sport. The conditions to be elaborated include legal, fiscal, educational and political.
In accordance with the priorities of the call for proposals, EuroVolNet is a transnational project that fosters the exchange of best practices regarding legal, fiscal, educative and political aspects of voluntary activity in sport, faced notably by actors involved in the management and running of national level sport associations consisting of local sport structures.
The primary target group of EuroVolNet is managers, politicians and leaders of national and European level sport organisations, from project partners and beyond. As actors of change, they will reach out to other stakeholders and facilitate the improvement of conditions
lNet will be evaluated against a set of specific criteria set in agreement with the partner representatives. EuroVolNet activities will also include activity specific evaluation forms for participants. This will allow for ongoing improvement of implementation for the project duration period.
Volunteering track of SPORTVISION2012 Conference« was an opportunity to discuss recent strategic challenges in volunteering and to outline recommendations for the European policy makers. It was a timely follow-up on the 2011 European Year of Volunteering and the Aarhus Declaration on volunteering of the EU Sport Ministers from 2002. EuroVolNet Closing day, 21.3.2012, was the opportunity to share the experience gained in the project, to demonstrate lessons learnt from the process of development of management in volunteering and to discuss recommendations based on the project findings for improvement of volunteering status in sport in Europe.
The Seminar was an opportunity to discuss challenges in education for volunteers and to discuss recommendations for the European Commission and other relevant policy makers within 4 main topic: - Recognition of volunteers’ skills and competences within the context of non-formal and informal education and training systems - Recognition of nonformal and informal education and training systems - Promotion of »education culture« within sport and promotion of sport organizations as »learning communities« - National education policies/national lifelong learning strategies across Europe
The Seminar gave time and space for further discussion between EuroVolNet Partners and other relevant institutions and organizations to improve coordination in volunteering cross Europe.
The Seminar was also an opportunity to discuss strategic challenges in volunteering and to discuss recommendations for the European Commission in light of project experiences. For inspirational, motivational and collaborative purposes, 3 EU projects under the 2010 Preparatory action in sport, Special Olympic E/E, Romanian Sport for all Association and Bulgarian Young People Foundation were invited to the Seminar and to the further cooperation.