European Traditional Sports and Games Association

Erasmus+ programme (2021-2027)

by Biel Pubill Soler in Meetings

It seems that April is a very special month for AEJeST. TODAY we have experienced a historic event since FOR THE FIRST TIME AEJeST has been the ONLY European organization invited by the European Commission (Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture) that has participated as a SPEAKER in the second European online seminar. This time the theme was The New Erasmus + Program (2021-2027), Challenges and Opportunities For The Traditional Sports And Games’ Online Meeting.

In this seminar there have been two groups of speakers:

Speakers representing official institutions of the EC who have presented the news for the call for Erasmus + Sport projects for the next years 2021-2027:

  • Floor Van Houdt, Head of the Sport Unit DG EAC, European Commission (moderator of the seminar);
  • Guglielmo Di Cola, Member of the Cabinet of Ms Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth;
  • Viktoria Racheva-Slavkova, Bulgarian Ministry of Youth and Sports,
  • Yves Le Lostecque, Head of Erasmus Mundus & Sport Unit – EACEA.

Speakers representatives of the AEJeST that we have participated in the round table with the topic: Projects of good practices of Traditional Games and Sports

  • Pere Lavega, President of the AEJeST
  • Valentina Lapiccirella, Representing Associazione Giochi Antichi, member of the AEJeST.

We have been connected up to 99 people from different countries in Europe, Turkey, Asia and Africa, and we have identified at least 35 members of the AEJeST. I am attaching a file with a small report of today’s event.

The discourse of the main EC authorities has confirmed that the AEJeST is currently the MAIN EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION in the field of TSG.

I think that all this is the result of our trajectory as AEJeST since we began to exist, and in a particular way thanks to the work carried out in recent years. We have carried out persistent, serious, rigorous and evidence-filled work (projects, festivals, publications, exchanges, presence at institutional events, relationships with other world organizations …)

Likewise, AEJeST is an international benchmark organization. Last weekend we were present at the International Ethnosport Forum organized by the World Ethnosport Confederation (WEC). UNESCO was recently present at our first TSG European Forum. On May 14 and 15 we are going to organize the second edition of this Forum, with the presence of the President of WEC and the president of the TSG African Association.

For all these reasons, I think we can say categorically that the AEJeST is an organization that is clearly visible at the European and international level. This was one of the objectives of the strategic plan of the current board of directors.


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