ANIMUS closing event
The closing event of the ANIMUS project and the presentation of the Guide to Inclusive Sports in the Adriatic and Ionian European Region was held on October 24th in the splendid setting of the “Italico Conti” athletic field in Ancona.
The event, promoted by the Municipality of Ancona, hosted Andrea Guidotti, Councillor for Sport of the Municipality of Ancona, Marco Petrini, Gianna Prapotnich and Paola Tedde of the Regional School Office for the Marche Region, Simone Bucchi, President of the CSV Marche, Francesco Buoncompagni project coordinator and the press office of the City of Ancona (here article).
Over 450 primary and middle school students, accompanied by teachers and parents, from the schools of the Marche Region, were present and contributed to making the event very successful.
ANIMUS project started in November 2018, with one year duration, and aimed to develop relations and strengthen cross-border collaboration among 16 countries from 3 European Regions (Danube, Baltic and Adriatic-Ionian) also for the purpose to identify good practices for organizing inclusive sport events. The two main pillars of ANIMUS were the organization of the Youth Games from 27th to 30th September with the involvement of 1000 athletes aged 15 and 16 years and the implementation of info-edu events in the Countries of the project in order to create a critical mass that leads to a constructive change regarding sport as a tool to improve life of all.
The Councillor and creator of the Youth Games Andrea Guidotti recalled the story of the event with a look to the future and to new and increasingly ambitious editions based on international participation and inclusiveness, without forgetting to thank all those, bodies and people, who have collaborated in a truly remarkable event, both in effective and symbolic terms.
The President Simone Bucchi, for CSV Marche, an important supporter of the project, wished for an ever greater collaboration with the sport third sector and the Municipality of Ancona, also with a view to enhancing the precious resource constituted by the world of volunteering.
The Regional School Office Marche, a key supporter for the project, was present with professors Marco Petrini, Gianna Prapotnich and Paola Tedde who retraced the steps of a commitment to sport, youth and schools without which it would really be difficult to imagine the Youth Games. Here the presentation of the various activities carried out by the USR.
Francesco Buoncompagni, project coordinator, presented a series of initiatives on project themes that characterized this year of work, both in Italy and in the other 15 countries involved, which was concluded by the publication of the Sport for All ANIMUS Guide in order to capitalize on the results achieved and to promote, beyond rhetoric, the realization of events and sporting opportunities for everyone.