FITS participants spent wonderful, emotional, exciting and hard-working week in Nidzica, Poland. This is the report of those events.
Sadly, the meeting is over. FITS Participants spent wonderful, hard-working days in Nidzica, Poland. Here is the slideshow to help everyone remember those events.
On 29th March we organized a Final Event of our project – a large, international sporting presentation of project sports – floor hockey, cheerleading and rugby. It was the dissemination event summarising the whole “Facilitating Inclusion Through Sports” Erasmus+ project. FITS students and teachers, supported by our project partners – members of Warmińsko-Mazurski Okręgowy Związek Rugby and Rugby Team Olsztyn – had the opportunity to show everything they have learnt since the project started. The event took place in Nidzica’s local Sports Centre (Hala MOSiR). Around 300 hundred guests – students from other local schools, came to take part in it. We were also honoured with the presence of local authorities, such as our regional Member of Polish Parliament (and former professional volleyball player, member of Polish National Volleyball Team) Mr Paweł Papke, Deputy of the County Office, Mr Paweł Przybyłek, and Head of the local Education Department, Ms Jolanta Tymińska. We started the event by describing the project and Erasmus+ program, after that all three FITS sports were presented by project participants: floor hockey, cheerleading and rugby. The rules were explained, drills, techniques and figures were presented. Invited guests had a chance to perform the drills, play short scrimmages, take part in various tasks and competitions. They were also awarded for their effort and engagement. Everyone had plenty of fun!
Wonderful week, wonderful cooperation, wonderful project!
4th LTT event, “Everyone can play – Rugby”, has just started. The first day was really eventful. It started with Rugby training. FITS participants from Poland, Bulgaria and Slovakia spent three hours getting to know the sport under the supervision of professional coaches from Warmińsko-Mazurski Okręgowy Związek Rugby and Rugby Team Olsztyn. Everyone learned a lot, but also had plenty of fun! While most of the students were training rugby, some of our FITS members practised another FITS sport – cheerleading. They were working on a choreography which will be presented during the Final Event on Friday. After the training, all the participants took part in The Amazing Race. In international teams they had to deal with series of various tasks all around the town, e.g. counting the steps leading to the castle or taking “selfies” wearing medieval costumes.
On 25th March our FITS students continued their rugby training with @Warmińsko-Mazurski Okręgowy Związek Rugby and @Rugby Team Olsztyn. The workshop was led by Przemysław Andrzejewski, Jarosław Kowalski, Michał Senkbeil and Henryk Pach. Today, apart from drills and techniques, they had a chance to play scrimmages in mixed teams. The cheerleading team also continued practising their cheer routine.In the afternoon all the participants gathered to watch a sports-themed movie about overcoming adversities. It was a nice, relaxing way to spend some time together.
3rd day of the mobility we spent in Warsaw getting to know history and culture of the Polish host. The visit started with a stroll around the Old Town, learning the history of the capital city and its most famous landmarks. Foreign guests could also taste typical Polish cuisine. Next we went to The National Stadium PGE Narodowy where we took part in a guided tour that included visiting the stands, locker rooms, physiotherapy suites and media rooms of this huge, impressive sports venue.
Wednesday, 27th March, was another day devoted to rugby trainings – this time mostly in the form of various competitions between 3 mixed teams. They played scrimmages, “10 passes”, “noughts and crosses” and “basketball rugby”. At the end, the winner of the tournament was the “Green Team”, comprised mostly of girls! The tournament MVP was Sára Záteková, who received an award from the coaches – a rugby ball!
Meanwhile, the cheerleading team continued practising their routine in time for our Final Event on Friday. All in all, another challenging (but fun!) day!
On the next-to-last day of our mobility, Thursday 28th March, we began with a guided tour of Olsztyn’s greatest attractions: The Old Town and its monuments, the Castle with its artefacts from the life and work of Nicolaus Copernicus, and the city beach of Lake Ukiel. The afternoon was spent in the recreational centre “Aquasfera”, where project participants could use its many water facilities.
The last day of the mobility was a very important one. The Final Event took place. It was the dissemination event summarising the whole project. Fits students and teachers could present everything they have learnt since the project started. It took place in our local Sports Centre. Around 300 hundred guests came to take part in it. Among them there were students from local schools, local authorities such as Deputy of The County Office, Mr Paweł Przybyłek, Head of The Local Education Department, Ms Jolanta Tymińska, as well as Member of Polish Parliament, and former professional volleyball player – representative of Polish National Volleyball Team, Mr Paweł Papke. We started with describing the project and Erasmus+ program, next three FITS sports were presented by project participants: floor hockey, cheerleading and rugby. All the rules were explained, drills, techniques and figures were presented. Invited guests had a chance to perform the drills, play short scrimmages, take part in various tasks and competitions. Finaly, they were awarded for their effort and engagement. The day ended with Certificate Ceremony for FITS participants.
Cheerleading Team from Zespół Szkół Ogólnokształcących is hard at work, practising their cheer routine!
We are introducing TAG Rugby on P.E. lessons in ZSO Nidzica!
Our Learning/Teaching/Training Event for Teachers in Nidzica begins! 6 guest teachers from Bulgaria and Slovakia, as well as participating teachers from Poland started the day by taking part in a lecture led by Krzysztof Łasiewicki, a teacher of Physical Education and ICT from Zespół Szkół Ogólnokształcących in Nidzica. The lecture regarded the use of modern technology (such as mobile apps, video-editing and publishing software, geocaching or wearable fitness gadgets) to make Physical Education lessons and physical activity in general more attractive and engaging for the students, for whom technology is an indispensable part of everyday life.
In the evening teachers participated in a guided tour of the castle in Nidzica and enjoyed a ceremonial dinner on the cattle grounds.
The day started with the lecture/workshop „Social competences – why they are important when it comes to sport?” led by a guest lecturer from University of Warmia and Masuria, Dr Martyna Kotyśko. During the lecture, participants became familiarized with the idea of basic social competences, such as interpersonal communication, assertiveness, ability to cooperate in a group, and how such competences can be learned and developed, especially in the context of sport. During the workshop, the teachers practiced better communication techniques, examples of assertive behaviour, roleplayed various roles functioning in a group or team – all that in order to understand the importance of developing social competences in relation to counteracting social exclusion and helping young people to develop them.
In the afternoon participants of the LTT took part in a teambuilding activity – a canoeing trip down the Łyna river, ending their adventure in the centre of Olsztyn and having the opportunity to sightsee some of the city’s historic Old Town.
In the morning meeting participants took part in lecture/workshop “The road is not always easy – a few words about goal setting, motivation and self-confidence”. During the workshop participants improved their knowledge about motivation, learned how to set goals and practice correct goal setting, identify obstacles in achieving the goal, determine their source and new ways of acting in the face of difficulties. Teachers took part in exercises that showed them how to work with their pupils to analyze their strengths and weaknesses, raise their self-confidence and self-esteem and help them create positive affirmations of themselves. The lecture/workshop was presented by Dr Martyna Kotyśko, a psychologist from University of Warmia and Masuria.
In the afternoon, keeping in line with the theme of physical activity, teachers spent time in a local Park of Active Entertainment “Bartbo”, where they participated in a wide range of activities such as traversing ropes courses or zorbing., which proved to be both exciting and challenging.
On the last day of the LTT event its participants went to Warsaw, where they had the opportunity to sightsee the Old Town, Royal Route and the Royal Castle. Afterwards, the group took part in a guided tour of the National Stadium PGE Narodowy that included visiting the stands (together with guest lounges), lockerrooms, physiotherapy suites and media rooms of this impressive (and the biggest in Poland) sports venue.
Our project aims at combating exclusion and obstacles our students face, and facilitating inclusion of disadvantaged participants through sports and physical activity
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