Support sport and physical activity of girls
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.
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.
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
Opening conference of the “ActiveGirls“ project
The opening conference of the project “Support sport and physical activity of girls – ActiveGirls” has been held at the Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina. The project is being implemented by the Provincial Secretariat for Sports and Youth, Municipality Szentes in Hungary, Squash Club “Tisza” Szeged and European Affairs Fund of AP Vojvodina. The welcoming remarks to approximately hundred guests were given by Vladimir Batez, Provincial Secretary for Sports and Youth, Gabriella Hass, Assistant Director of the European Affairs Fund of AP Vojvodina, and Miklós Szigeti, Head of the Department for EU Projects of the Szentes Municipality.
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