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Active girls


Total Project budget: 210 865,04 EUR  I  EU contribution (IPA): 179 235,28 EUR


Support sport and physical activity of girls



 Project summary

The pattern of physical activity of children and young people in Serbia and Hungary corresponds to the pattern of their peers in Europe; boys are more active than girls and the level of physical activity declines with age. Moreover, boys are more involved in organized sports and prefer more intensive activities, while girls give preference to informal or recreational types of activities. Study of lifestyles of children and youth in Europe, confirmed that sporting activities and healthy eating habits are positively correlated, while sedentary behaviour is correlated with unhealthy eating habits. Increasing amounts of research suggest not only an association between this sedentary behaviour and obesity, but also other unwelcome conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, some forms of cancer and metabolic dysfunction. The low level of physical activity among girls has significant consequences for their health and well-being, both now and in adulthood. The amount of sedentary activity for girls needs to be minimized, particularly in teenage years, in order to get the diverse physical and mental longer term health benefits that come from greater engagement in physical activity. There is therefore a clear need for intervention to raise the level of participation in sports and physical activity among girls in order to improve their health. Girls are not getting enough exercise and schools hold the key to encouraging girls to be more active. Possibilities of doing sports in school have not been used to the full extent although they provide and organize physical/sporting activities through compulsory physical education (PE) classes, extracurricular and out-of-school activities, including school sport. Moreover, there is a gender-based pattern when it comes to preferences in doing sports (competitive, recreational) and this should be taken into consideration when planning sport activities in school sport, local sport clubs and recreational sport facilities.

Project's main objective

To support co-operation in the field of sport to develop joint approaches that would tackle the issue of low level of physical activity among primary school girls (aged 7-15) in the cross-border region and ensure a positive relationship with sport as a key factor for leading a healthy lifestyle.

Target groups

The diverse target group is comprised of relevant actors for the issue at hand and will include primary school girls,physical education (PE) teachers, coaches from local sport clubs and sport experts. Moreover, families and school communities are identified as an indirect target group beneficial for the project.

Main results

The project has the following results:

  • Increased skills and competences of PE teachers, coaches and sport experts for coaching primary school girls;
  • Improved material conditions of sport facilities in project area for realisation of PE classes and sport activities;
  • Increased awareness on availability of sport programmes for young girls in project area;
  • Two regional junior camps for girls in the cross-border region organized.

All outcomes demonstrate a strong cross-border effect.

Main activities

Main project activities include:

  1. Research on barriers contributing to low level of physical activity among young girls;
  2. Development of teaching material with translation and printing;
  3. Organization of workshops;
  4. Procurement of sports equipment and goods;
  5. Organization of demo PE classes and sport trainings for girls;
  6. Data collection on sport opportunities for young girls in the region and subsequent development of smartphone/ tablet app;
  7. Organization of Mentoring programme;
  8. Participation in the European Commission’s initiative “European Week of Sport”;
  9. Organization of two regional junior camps for girls.

Project duration

The project lasts 24 months and covers the area of Vojvodina and Csongrád County.
Start of project: 01/06/2018
End of project: 31/05/2020


Lead Beneficiary:  Provincial Secretariat for Sports and Youth

Beneficiary 1:  Municipality of Szentes

Beneficiary 2:  Szeged Tisza Squash Sport Club

Beneficiary 3:  European Affairs Fund of Autonomous Province of Vojvodina

Project website: http://activegirls.eu/



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