The project "Core skills through kayaking" sprang from the need of four partner organisations: Ingens Risus, Aeroclubul Turbulencia, Klub vzdelania and Ifjusagi Nomad Klub to promote kayaking program activities through which young people can develop the 8 key competences. The topic addressed through the present project was to promote education in and through sport with special focus on skills development, namely to create hands on experience for organisations and their staff to implement a kayaking activity program that develops the 8 key competences among young people and adults.
The main goal of the project was to increase the level of popularity of kayaking as a sport that develops key competences useful in today’s society in the three regions of our 4 partners and raise the level of preparation of expertise of the sport organisations and clubs in implementing kayak activities in their work with young people and adults until the end of the project.
The specific objectives set and reached by the end of the project are the following:
1. Increase the number of resources that contains structured information on kayak theoretical procedures and how to use it as a sport in order to develop 8 key competences among young people and adults. This objective was reached by creating the guide "Core Skills Through Kayaking" that contains practical information useful for organisations and their staff willing to implement kayak expeditions to develop key competences. The guide is free and accessible to coaches and organisations' staff, as well as to anyone who is interested in the project or kayaking.
2. Developing common approaches for the four partners on when, to whom and how to promote kayaking activities as educational methods to develop competences suitable for everyone. In order to achieve this objective it was organised a kayak expedition on Danube - the common river of the three partner countries - in order to collect practical information for creating the guide - "Core skills through kayaking". The expedition started on 23rd July, at the km 1868, in Bratislava (Slovakia) and ended on 17th August 2019 at Sulina, at the Danube discharge in the Black Sea (Romania).
3. Increase the number of synergies with local institutions (schools, universities, sport organisations/clubs and media representatives) in order to promote kayaking as an educational non-formal method to develop the 8 key competences and to set up the basis for future collaborations. The third objective was reached by unfolding a series of dissemination activities to share the results of the project, such as the guide and the promotional video.