Projects

COSME
Enterprise Europe Network
01-2022 a 12-2025
EU GRANT: 2,746,820 EUR
Project leader
Catalan Agency for Business Competitiveness (ACCIO) (ES)
Project partners
Cambra Oficial de Comerç, Indústria i Navegació de Barcelona (ES), Consell General de les Cambres Oficials de Comerç, Indústria i Navegació de Catalunya (ES), Petita i Mitjana Empresa de Catalunya (ES) i Cambra Oficial de Comerç i Indústria de Terrassa (ES).
Description

SMEs are identified to be key players in economic recovery and are significant drivers in achieving the targets for growth and jobs set in the Single Market Programme (SMP) and can positively impact the regional economy. Catalan SMEs are facing real and pressing challenges to survive and grow in an increasingly competitive world. These challenges are coming from the changing nature of the markets, but also from the disruptive context resulting from the Covid-19 and other trends.
It is against this backdrop, that the CATCIM consortium proposes an ambitious setup and upgraded functioning of the Enterprise Europe Network in Catalonia for the period 2022-2025. The general objective of CATCIM is to develop the growth potential and improve the competitiveness of Catalan SMEs, contributing to the objectives of the SMP, including the promotion of the triple transition to sustainability, digitalisation and resilience, into the business ecosystem. The CATCIM consortium is formed by 3 top-quality entities for business competitiveness: ACCIÓ, Barcelona Chamber of Commerce and General Council of Chambers of Commerce, as well as 2 Associated Partners: PIMEC and Chamber of Commerce of Terrassa. CATCIM combines the ‘’no-wrong door’’ approach with the provision of tailored and dedicated services of added value. 5,671 SMEs will receive basic and/or advanced, and 937 of them will continue in the client journey, based on needs assessment and drafted action plan. CATCIM aims at supporting 203 Advisory Achievements and 134 Partnering Achievements. By the end of the project, 237 SMEs will have completed an impact assessment. The core principle of the methodology is the “Hub and Spoke” model. The consortium will be interacting with several regional, national and EU actors and initiatives in a variety of ways to maximize the Network effect in the region and assist the business community in having access to innovative technologies, infrastructure, more specialized services and knowledge.
 

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LIFE Clean Energy Transition
REVERTER: DEEP RENOVATION ROADMAPS TO DECREASE HOUSEHOLDS VULNERABILITY TO ENERGY POVERTY
11-2022 a 10-2025
EU GRANT: 1,667,000 EUR
Project leader
Project partners
National Technical University of Athens (Project Leader), B.LINK Barcelona Strategic Projects (ES), Instituto de Sistemas e Robotica-Associacao (PT), EKODOMA (LV), Cluster Zelena Sinergiya (BG), Funcació Europace, Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving Foundation (EL), Wit Berry (LV), Brezovo Municipality (BG), Enosi Katanaloton Poiotita Tis Zois (EL), Camara Municipal de Coimbra (PT), Riga Energy Agency (LV)
Description

Energy poverty (EP) is a crucial socioeconomic problem, as it deprives people of a basic standard of living and quality of life. There are several factors associated with EP, but it is mainly connected with three causes: high energy costs, low household income and energy-inefficient buildings. REVERTER will develop a number of roadmaps to alleviate energy poverty by addressing the poor energy efficiency of dwellings. The roadmaps will target the worst performing homes first (“worst first” principle) and will be tailormade to the characteristics of the building stock, the vulnerable households and the climate conditions, so as to cover a sufficiently cohesive group of cases, allowing for a larger-scale rollout and replication of the proposed actions. By targeting the worst homes first and by focusing on the most cost and environmental effective renovation methods through integrated assessment, REVERTER will help to upgrade a greater number of homes for a given budget, maximising energy and costs savings while reducing GHG and other pollutants emissions. REVERTER will cope with split-incentive dilemmas and will address market, information and behavioural failures through the creation of “one-stop shops” as defaults for the enrolment of vulnerable households in subsidy schemes for building retrofit. These households will be helped to increase their awareness about efficient energy use before and after energy interventions by the REVERTER Ambassadors, information campaigns and capacity building actions, all with a view to improving their health, wellbeing
and living comfort. REVERTER will test the roadmaps by setting up a network of pilots in four different European countries, i.e. Bulgaria, Greece, Latvia and Portugal, that cover different climate regions and socioeconomic conditions, and through the engagement with local, national and EU stakeholder groups and experts it will embed the roadmaps in future policies for the reduction of energy poverty.

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Erasmus+
GAP WOMEN: GENDER ACTIONS TO INCREASE WOMEN'S PARTICIPATION IN SPORTS
06-2022 a 06-2025
EU GRANT: 400,000 EUR
Project leader
Unió de Federacions Esportives de Catalunya (ES)
Project partners
International Council of Sport Sciencia and Physical Education (DE), Sport et Citoyennete 3S (FR), Maieutica Cooperative de Encimo Superior (PT), Associazione Sportiva Dilettantistica Margherita Sport e Vita (IT), International Sport and Culture Association (DK), European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (SE), Federació Catalana d’Activitats Subaquatiques (ES), European Table Tennis Association (LX), La Calle Es Tuya (ES)
Description

There is a significant difference in the sports industry between men's and women's federation licences in 90% of sports in most European countries. It is not easy to pinpoint the factors that influence this (financial issues, gender stereotypes, etc.), but what is clear is the looming influence and pressure exerted by the patriarchal discourse on gender equality in sport, not to mention the influence of the media. It is not the case that modern sport has managed to do away with sexism and it is still essential to design an equal perspective that allows for the elimination of the gender gap in federated sport, while also tackling the role played by the media as an informative and co-educational tool that needs to be nourished by the presence of women role models who also reflect achievements, efforts and, sports habits and offer new sports examples based on equal, diverse and multilateral participation. GAP WOMEN is geared towards achieving a primary objective centred on promoting women’s participation in sport in order to increase the number of women’s federation licences while also promoting inclusive and sustainable sport. To this end, it will take as its starting point a preliminary study about the current situation of the gender gap in sport and will empower federations and other organisations by offering training (online to drive digitalisation in the industry) and tools to further good practices. Effective communication strategies and inclusive and sustainable gender-parity sport events will be set up to raise awareness, sensitise and stimulate women’s involvement in sport while encouraging the community to dismantle preconceived sexist mindsets and stereotypes.GAP WOMEN is aimed at adult women aged 18-50, including ones from vulnerable groups, and also organisations, federations, clubs and public authorities which need to take on board the commitment to promoting sport for equality, social integration, sustainability and economic development.

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Erasmus+
CLICK2MOVE: SUPPORTING ACTIVE AND HEALTHY JOBS IN EUROPE, CO-CREATING DIGITAL SOLUTIONS TO SIT LESS AND MOVE MORE IN A HOME-OFFICE CONTEXT
06-2022 a 05-2025
EU GRANT: 400,000 EUR
Project leader
Universitat de Vic (ES)
Project partners
Athlone Institute of Technology (IE), Physical Activity Promotion Agency (SI), National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (NL) and Rete Europea por la Prevenzione della Salute nei Luoghi di Lavoro (IT)
Description

The Click2Move project is a pan-European interdisciplinary initiative supporting active and healthy jobs in Europe, co-creating digital solutions to sit less and move more in a home-office context. This new initiative is very relevant, as office-workers are among the ‘at-risk’ groups of the other global pandemic – physical inactivity – which is a leading cause of death worldwide, hence an urgent public health priority. Office-workers spent two-thirds of their working time sitting, and its increasing due to rises in automation and technology use. With the Covid-19 pandemic, the share of working days spent at home has radically increased. A variety of studies are now pointing out towards the negative effects that home-office has had among employees on their physical activity and sedentary behaviors. As the number of employees working from home remains high, it is important to design specific health-enhancing physical activity strategies tailored to this group. Digital innovations have the potential of promoting physical activity, so the project seeks to tap into this opportunity and the multiple benefits it can deliver in a home-office context.   In brief, the main activities of the project concern the co-creation and design of digital-based, cross-cultural strategies, and the promotion of these strategies by means of tailored training for human resources managers and occupational health specialists. Following training activities, the project will implement and pilot the strategies in 4 different European countries (Ireland, Slovenia, Spain and the Netherlands), and will run an evaluation to demonstrate the effect on physical activity and sedentary behaviors of home-office workers, as well as health- and work-related outcomes. In parallel, the project will roll out a number of replicability measures targeting health and insurance organizations, as well as other companies and SMEs located elsewhere in Europe.

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Erasmus+
SONAR: STOP CHILDREN AND YOUTH INJURIES WITH A PARTICULAR FOCUS ON FEMALE ATHLETES
06-2022 a 12-2024
EU GRANT: 400,000 EUR
Project leader
Universitat de Vic (ES)
Project partners
Amsterdam UMC (NL), Oslo Sports Trauma Research Centre (NO), Université Jean Monnet / Université Saint Etienne (FR), Hask Mladost (HR), Sant Cugat Creix (ES), Levski Sofia (BG), Bayer 04 (DE)
Description

The SONAR project’s general objective is to enhance the educational & training skills of grassroots sports’ coaches on monitoring and preventing sports injuries of children and adolescents, with a special focus on female athletes. Indeed, research proves that the biggest number of treated injuries relates to children aged between 10 to 21 years old, which in most cases are caused by sports activities. To address this problem, the partnership proposes the development of the SONAR Umbrella Tool, a holistic approach encompassing a web-based Injury Surveillance System (ISS), an online educational programme for sports coaches and awareness raising content on injury prevention for athletes & parents. The project will start with a diagnosis phase to understand the needs of the target groups and based on them will build the different elements of the Umbrella Tool. During the pilot test phase, up to 350 coaches from different sports disciplines will be educated & trained on the most efficient Injury Prevention Protocols and the appropriate ways to enforce them, and 400 of these coaches will start using the ISS; this means that approximately 4,000 athletes will be under the radar of this surveillance tool. As regards athletes & parents 2,500 of them will be positively impacted by awareness raising audio-visual content (comic books & videos on social media). SONAR will assess the pilot test to capture feedback and data from the target groups, and from here draw policy conclusions and recommendations to be published in top specialized journals. SONAR is a transnational partnership covering 7 European countries led by University of Vic (Spain) and combining strong academic organizations in the field of injury prevention with European multisport clubs.

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SPORT: Monitoring and coaching, through sports, of youngsters at risk of radicalisation
SPRING: SPorts-based intervention for Refugees INclusion with a Gender perspective
01-2021 a 12-2024
Pilot Action
EU GRANT: 296,280 EUR
Project leader
FUNDACIÓ FUTBOL CLUB BARCELONA
Project partners
Description

Led by the Barça Foundation, SPRING’s main objective is increasing the level of social integration of young refugees in Europe through a new gender-based perspective’ sports intervention. Building upon an accurate desk research & needs assessment, SPRING will design & test this new intervention in Catalonia, Denmark, Germany & Greece, working for the integration & inclusion of at least 300 young refugees, which are the main beneficiaries. This pilot, structured in 2 weekly sessions during a 9 months period, will be delivered by a pool of 40 coaches, educators & volunteers, duly trained by BF staff on the SPRING approach. At the same time, 200 residents from the target countries will be involved through the SPRING local integration events to build social ties with the refugees. Deeply inspired by BF’s successful FutbolNet (a non-formal educational methodology aimed at using sport related activities as tools for reflection & agents of change in the lives of children & youth in vulnerable contexts), SPRING proposes an intervention using sports, physical activity & play as the vehicles to foster refugees’ integration & social inclusion in Europe while mainstreaming gender equality in sports programming. Although sport is recognised as having unique role in promoting equality (challenging norms, skill development, normalisation, socialisation) if sport activities are not delivered in a way that intentionally addresses inequalities, sport-based programmes risk perpetuating the inequalities that still exist. SPRING will digitally scale-up the new approach by delivering a MOOC and reaching out to 2,000 coaches & educators from all over Europe. In parallel, SPRING will draft a sustainability plan to secure further resources and ensure the long-term continuity of the intervention. All the content delivered by SPRING will be publicly available for dissemination & replicability by other EU stakeholders.

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Erasmus+ Sport
OPPORTUNITY: Fostering social inclusion and gender equality in formal and nonformal educational contexts through applying traditional sports and games
01-2021 a 12-2024
Collaborative Partnership
EU GRANT: 382,536 EUR
Project leader
INSTITUT NACIONAL D'EDUCACIO FISICADE CATALUNYA (ES)
Project partners
ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE DES JEUX ETSPORTS TRADITIONNELS (FR), ASSOCIAZIONE GIOCHI ANTICHI VERONA (IT), HRVATSKI SAVEZ TRADICIJSKIH IGARA I SPORTOVA (HR), INSTYTUT ROZWOJU SPORTU I EDUKACJI (PL), ASSOCIATION TUNISIENNE DE SAUVEGARDE DES JEUX ET SPORTS DU PATRIMOINE (TN), ASOCIACION DE PADRES DE DISMINUIDOS PSIQUICOS LA PAZ (ES), UNIVERSIDAD DE LLEIDA (ES), UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA (PT)
Description

The project OPPORTUNITY is an initiative of nine organizations representing different sectors (sport, culture and education) aimed at fostering social inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities and gender equality within physical activity via TSG scenarios. Within the project implementation, Project Partners plan to develop a Practical Interventional Methodology including six scenarios of applying TSG as a tool of fostering social inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities and gender equality within formal and nonformal education environments. The Methodology will be disseminated via developed Massive Open Online Course for sport coaches and educators and tested within implementation of TSG Pilot Inclusive actions in seven countries. Social impact of the project will be evaluated and validated by academic project partners and supported by developed digital tool (Mobile App) for collecting evidence and its preliminary analysis. Developed and validated Methodology can be used further by any sport or educational organization interested in applying TSG as a tool for fostering social inclusion and gender equality.

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ALL-IN&WIN: ALLIANCE FOR IMPROVING LGBT+ INCLUSION IN SPORTS TO WIN TOGETHER
08-2022 a 11-2024
EU GRANT: 400,000 EUR
Project leader
European Football Development Network
Project partners
German Sports University (DE), University of Cyprus (CY), John Blankenstein Foundation (NL), European Hockey Federation (BE), Romanian Football Federation (RO), Malta Football Association (MT), Catalan Hockey Federation (ES), Czech Hockey Federation (CZ)
Description

Participation in sport is a human right and everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy its physical, social & mental health benefits regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. All-in&win aims to contribute to LGBT+ acceptance in sports & creating a safe & inclusive sports climate (with a particular focus on athletes’ wellbeing), thus contributing to E+Sport priority: Combating violence and tackling racism, discrimination & intolerance in sport. All-in&win focuses on increasing knowledge & awareness to recognize discrimination in grassroots sports and on how to be able to respond adequately.  

 

The project explores how Diversity & Wellbeing management can be effectively organized within sport organizations. The partnership has set these objectives: i) gather empirical results through research; ii) raise awareness in the sports community; iii) design, test & evaluate an innovative Pilot Programme to strengthen the capacities of sport organizations; iv) contribute to the design of better sports policies by sharing conclusions & connecting with EU policy makers. It will conduct an in-depth desk & field research (survey to 1,300 stakeholders from the sports sector & LGBT+ community), which will be complemented by a thorough needs assessment of sports federations and by the inspiration of international best practices.  

 

Based on this knowledge, a Pilot Programme encompassing counselling & mentoring, training (e-learning & off-line) &awareness raising campaigns will be tested by at least 1,500 stakeholders (athletes, coaches, managers, fans, referees, etc.) from 4 EU countries. The 1-year test will be closely monitored & evaluated to share conclusions with the EU sporting community & improve EU policies on social inclusion. All-in&win is a collaborative partnership of 9 organizations from 8 EU countries (BE, CY, CZ, DE, ES,MT, & NL, RO) combining 6 sports org., 2 academic institutions & 1 LGBT+ foundation. The project is led by EFDN, in replacement of the John Blankenstein Foundation who remains a project partner. 

 

 

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SPORTBOARD: BUILDING GOOD GOVERNANCE IN SPORT THROUGH MONITORING AND MANAGEMENT OF CHILD AND YOUNG ATHLETES' ETHICS BEHAVIOUR
06-2022 a 11-2024
EU GRANT: 250,000 EUR
Project leader
Fundació Sant Cugat Creix
Project partners
Fundació Universitat Ramon Llull (ES), Sport et Citoyennete 3S (FR), Anderlini 1985 (IT), Comune di Modena (IT)
Description

SportBoard is an intersectoral project initiative, aiming to improve good governance of grassroots sport organizations and governing bodies by proposing a holistic approach towards monitoring and managing ethics behaviour of child and young athletes.  

The SportBoard project intends to develop and test a holistic approach towards good governance for grassroots sport organizations and governing bodies based on monitoring, evaluation, and management of athletes’ ethics behaviour. Good governance will be based on a systemic work of definition of ethics behaviour indicators, their registration, monitoring and management via Web App and online Observatory system. SportBoard behaviour indicators will be organised around at least the 6 following categories of behaviour: (1) harassment & bullying; (2) discrimination, whether it be based on origin, colour, gender, religion, disability, or sexual orientation; (3) doping; (4) abuse, including sexual abuse; and (5) violence, (6) match fixing. The holistic approach will be tested within the SportBoard Pilot Programme implementation in Spain and Italy and will involve 180 coaches, physical education teachers and 70 representatives of sport governing structures and bodies from Spain and Italy.  

Promoting ethical behaviour in sport and providing good governance is even more important now than it used to be since “COVID-19 has and will further increase inequalities, discrimination and marginalization”.  

 

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SCOUT: SPORT CLUBS OPENING UP TO ALL GIRLS' PARTICIPATION
06-2022 a 11-2024
EU GRANT: 400,000 EUR
Project leader
ASSOCIACIO ESPORTIVA CARLES VALLBONA
Project partners
Scuola di Pallavolo Anderlini (IT), Istres Provence Volley (FR), Universitat de Vic Universitat Central de Catalunya (ES) and Athletes Inspire Children (DE)
Description

The objective of SCOUT is to design, test and evaluate a new youth sport programme that facilitates access and opportunities to engage in organised sport activities for girls at risk of social exclusion or in situations of vulnerability. The project activities entail careful planning and designing in collaboration with sport clubs and federations, municipal social services and sports, NGOs and community organisations, amongst other, and consider in the implementation the various clubs’ stakeholder groups (chiefly, girls’ peers and coaches) and their social ecologies (girls’ parents, school teachers and educators, social caregivers, etc.) to be instrumental in making the programme deliver positive youth development and other development assets fostering the inclusion of the girls in situations of vulnerability.
The pilot recruitment and intervention programme will be implemented in 3 sport clubs from France (Istres Provence Volley), Italy (SP Anderlini) and Spain (AE Carles Vallbona), engaging more than 160 girls in sport practice and exchanges with peers, 78 coaches in training and exchanges with peers, 200 parents, amongst others. The project counts on the support of a University (UVIC-UCC) (Spain) and an NGO (Athletes Inspire Children) (Germany), experienced in capacity building processes in the organised sport sector and with profound knowledge of social inclusion strategies through sport. Among other duties, they will design and support the facilitation of the comprehensive training programme for the various stakeholders and peer to peer exchanges among the sport clubs. Another key output of the project will deliver policy recommendations and evaluate the impact of the programme and the ability of sport clubs, via a self-assessment digital tool, to promote social inclusion. 

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