PROJECT SUMMARY


The project IN COMMON SPORTS -INTERGENERATIONAL COMPETITION AS MOTIVATION FOR SPORT AND HEALTHY LIFESTYLE OF SENIOR CITIZENS 2018 - 2020 is a collaborative partnership co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. This project brings together five European countries and six organizations: Municipality of Vila Nova de Cerveira (Portugal), Municipality of Cesena (Italy), Viana do Castelo Polytechnic Institute (Portugal), University of Thessaly (Greece), Aksakovo Municipality (Bulgaria) and Zoldpont Association (Hungary) ensuring a European dimension and representing some of the countries with the lowest rates of sports practice and countries with high rates of ageing in the European Union.

Based on the results evidenced by the 2015 Intergenerational Olympics Project promoted by the Municipality of Vila Nova de Cerveira co-funded by the ERASMUS + programme (Not-for-profit European sport events) and the ageing challenges of the regions involved, the project aims, among other objectives, to expand the knowledge of the motivational factors for the continuous practice of physical exercise in the elderly population and the impact of the "Intergenerational Olympics“ on the physical and mental fitness of the elderly.

The project will develop the study "Physical Fitness and Cognitive Performance of the Elderly - Competition as an Additional Motivation for Promoting an Active Lifestyle" involving more than 350 participants from the five countries and the implementation of 15 "intergenerational Olympics" 500 senior participants. In addition, the project was designed to ensure participation and impact in local complementary organizations, such as social, voluntary, youth and sports associations, ensuring at least the involvement of 80 local organizations. During the project implementation, it is also expected to deliver two open educational resources related to this segment.



MAIN OBJECTIVES


  • Establish a transnational cooperation network, in the field of sport, between, local, regional, and national stakeholders to promote grassroots sport in the elderly and vulnerable groups, and to develop, identify, promote and share good practices;

  • Carry out the longitudinal study “Physical fitness and cognitive performance of the aged population – planned competition as additional motivation for active life style”(1) in Portugal, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria and Hungary. This study intends to:
    • assess the impact of a sport competition in the participants, and analyse the association between physical activity level, physical fitness and cognitive performance of the elderly in, at least, 5 countries;
    • investigate the impact of additional events such as “intergenerational games” on physical fitness status and healthy life style, on aged population;
    • understand the motivation for systematic physical activity on aged population;
    • examine the exercise-related changes on cardio-metabolic markers for health, on aged population;
    • create int rgenerational links for social inclusion;
    • drive and contribute to the development of more effective health promotion policies and strategies.

  • Test and implement the concept of Intergenerational Olympics as tool for integration vulnerable groups in sport Italy, Greece, Bulgaria and Hungary;

  • Creation of a guide with the survey of good local practice of physical activity programs for senior citizens – Disseminate this guide in local private and public organizations with all the information and tools necessary for their replication;

  • Design of physical activity programs adjusted to the critical parameters of physical fitness detected in the study in order to prevent loss of functional mobility that affects the quality of life, loss of autonomy and independence of the elderly people.