SLOVENIAN UNIVERSITY SPORTS ASSOCIATION
The Slovenian University Sports Association (SUSA) is a national sport federation of university sports associations operating at the level of three major universities in Slovenia: the University of Ljubljana, the University of Maribor and the University of Primoska.
SUSA is a young organization, founded in 1997. SUSA is a member of the Olympic Committee of Slovenia, of the European University Sports Association and of the International University Sports Association. SUSA is also member of national nongovernmental associations operating in Slovenia: Slovenian Center for Non-Governmental Organizations and Slovenian Philanthropy.
SUSA and her members take care of all extracurricular sport activities for students in Slovenia. SUSA mostly organizes sports competition for students at national level, takes care of the participation of students from Slovenia at the European university championships and games and at the World university championships and Universiades. SUSA’s members mostly organize sports competition for students at university level, recreational sport programmes and sport courses for students at university level.
SUSA has a proud history of organizing international university sports events in Slovenia:
2002 – 2nd European University Basketball Championship
2003 – 3rd European Volleyball Championship
2005 – 2nd European University Beach Volleyball Championship
2006 – 16th World University Table Tennis Championship
2007 – 4th European Universities Futsal championship
2008 – 11th World University Futsal Championship
2009 – 4th European Universities Handball Championship
2011 – 2nd European Universities Golf Championship
2015 – 13th European Universities Basketball Championship
2017 – 11th European Universities Badminton Championship
2019 – 12th European Universities Brach Volleyball Championship
2019 – 1st European Universities Waterpolo Championship
SUSA is also active as a philanthropic organisation – organising students as volunteers at major sport events in Slovenia and helping organisation of sport activities offered by NGO in Slovenia mostly for socially disadvantaged.
AIA (Associazione Italiana Arbitri) – Member of the Italian Federation of the Game of Football (F.I.G.C.) – Comitato Regionale Arbitri Sardegna
The Italian Referees Association was born on August 27, 1911 in Milan. It was created by the Italian Federation of the Game of Football with the aim of standardizing the application of the rules of football by referees, as well as training new referees for a game that was spreading more and more in Italy as early as the end of the nineteenth century. Today the Association, composed by more or less 30.000 associated referees, deals with managing the referees of all categories, from Serie A to the lower categories. The Regional Referees Committee of Sardinia has more or less 1.000 associated referees and is responsible for ensuring the regularity of all the championships played in the Region of football, 5-a-side football and beach soccer. The Committee has 9 offices in Alghero, Cagliari, Carbonia, Nuoro, Olbia, Oristano, Ozieri, Sassari, Tortolì. The Association in its statute is inspired by “essential and indispensable values such as fairness and loyalty in sports as well as in social life”.
The Committee organizes socialization activities of the members every year, often of a sports nature, to cement the achievements between the members, organizing for several years “The Olympics of the referees of Sardinia” in which the referees engage in different sports such as football, basketball, volleyball, futsal. In the last years the Regional Committee organizes every summer a special minifootbal tournament wich is call “Amistade” that in Sardinian Language means “Friendship”.
Football, like any sport, should be a constant tool for inclusion, aggregation and sharing and, more than anything else, should be open to everyone. Without barriers.
It is with this spirit that in 2016 “Fourth category” was born, the first national 7-a-side football tournament reserved for male and female footballers with intellectual-relational disabilities and psychiatric pathologies, promoted by the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio with the support and convinced adhesion of all the main components of the soccer world.
The social project “Fourth Category-Football and Disability” collects the need of many youngsters who express the desire to play soccer living the passion for the ball without limits, but in an official context.
The unique and peculiar feature of the Tournament is the adoption formula: most of the Special teams involved, in fact, have been “adopted” throughout Italy by professional clubs of Serie A, Serie B, Lega Pro and National Amateurs League (LND), which provide athletes with official technical kits to play soccer, with exchange of activities during the year between the adopting club and the affiliated team.
This is a pioneering project at the forefront of the European scene, with the primary objective of breaking down all barriers that hinder full integration and ensuring the continuous practice of soccer in order to improve the physical and motor potential of each athlete.
Sport as an element of development and social growth. Soccer as the best vehicle for social inclusion and sharing, to ensure equal opportunities through the exercise of the right to sport and motor activity for all subjects.
The European Football for Development Network (EFDN) is one of the fastest growing community development organisations in European Football with over 100 members from 29 European countries. EFDN members include; FC Barcelona, AEK Athens, Benfica FC, Juventus FC, Shakhtar Donetsk, Chelsea FC, English Premier League and the national Football Associations of Iceland, Romania and Portugal.
EFDN has created the first platform for European professional football Clubs, Leagues, FAs and their associated NGOs to work collaboratively and use football as a tool for social development. The network works together to exchange knowledge and best practices to tackle social issues such as social inclusion, health, education, environmental sustainability and unemployment. EFDN currently delivers 19 Pan-European programmes which are funded through the EU, UEFA Foundation and other fund giving organisations. These programmes are designed to engage hard to reach target groups including asylum seekers and refugees; those with fewer opportunities; elderly; those with disabilities; prisoners; school- aged children; and youth workers. Football Fans are at the core of EFDN and its members work as they exploit the special power of their club to enact social change.
EFDN is an advisor in the field of corporate social responsibility in football and is very active in the promotion and awareness raising of the social impact of European Football. Each year, EFDN initiate #MorethanFootball Action Weeks where football clubs, leagues, FAs and their associated Foundations promote the social power of football. In 2020, the campaign reached over 40 million people. EFDN also organises bi-annual international conferences with over 400 CSR-experts uniting to discuss the social power of football. EFDN boasts a freely accessible Online Learning Platform which incorporates key documents from delivered programmes for members and external organisations to learn from others and improve their practices.
It will participate at the FAN CUP with teams from two of her members – Vitesse Betrokken – the Netherlands and Ferencvaros – Hungary.
Slovak minifootball association
Slovak minifootball association is a sport association established in 2006 in Slovakia. It is considered a major organ of minifootball in Slovakia and is an eligable recipient of public funds. Slovak minifootball association is a regular member of European Minifootball Federation (EMF) and also of World Minifootball Federation (WMF). It associates almost 8000 players in various categories from U8 to senior players.
-U8 to U23 (18 city-based leagues)
-seniors (22 city-based leagues)
-players over 40 (1 city-based league)
The best teams qualify to the Slovak championship in all categories.
Niké Winter Cup:
National cup for which qualify the best teams from regional qualification rounds.
Regional rounds are usualy Winter cups of regional leagues or autumn part of the league if the is no regional winter cup.
Niké Winter Cup takes place in February with participation of 30 best teams from Slovakia. Winner gets a place for the European Champions League.
Best ranked teams from regional leagues receive the place in the national final. National final takes place in June. Winner gets a place for the European Champions League.
Niké Nations League
8 teams from 8 different cities are playing the long term season.
National teams of Slovakia both U21 and seniors are participating in European and World championships on regular basis.
Asociatia «Se Poate»
Asociatia «Se Poate» (“It’s possible”) is a Romanian NGO made by young people for young people. The organization gathers volunteers and members from different parts of the country to support development and the promotion of intercultural exchanges among young citizens. It helps them get in touch with people from all countries, particularly from the European Union.
Since 2015 Se Poate is executing a large initiative called NEW TREES FOR NEW LIFE. Every year it plants 10.000 trees with the help of a big team of volunteers. In July 2018- October 2019 the organization was involved in a very big project that is meant to create and develop a public policy about non-formal green education. One of the educational tools are sport and green games.
The main mission of the association is to open up new paths and possibilities for young people, always making a strong effort to contribute to the construction and development of the European identity and active citizenship.
FAN CUP will benefit strongly from the participants from Se Poate in regard to exchange of good practices and share values in green sports and education.
Spain – Mollet del Vallès
Mollet del Vallès is a prominent city located just 20 km from Barcelona. Its 10.8 Km2 municipal area is home to more than 50,000 inhabitants. It’s a densely populated, half-urban, half-agricultural municipality where modern infrastructure contrasts with the rural, agricultural and forested spaces of the Gallecs, an area of immense natural importance that also plays a key role in fostering a healthy lifestyle among the city’s residents.
In Mollet del Vallès, sporting activities can be classified into three distinct spheres:
- Sport promoted and organised through federated sports clubs.
- Sport promoted and organised by the city’s schools and colleges.
- Non-official leisure sport, whether practised in private gyms, municipal facilities or outdoor spaces.
The local council runs a social programme to ensure financial issues don’t act as a barrier to anyone who wants to practise sport in either of the three spheres. Last year, grants to support sporting activities in the city were awarded to 50 sports clubs, 50 school sports initiatives or teams, 330 summer clubs, and 300 individuals wishing to practise leisure sports.
The local council’s sports area is particularly focused on improving the attitude and etiquette of players and spectators attending the various matches and competitions that take place every week in the city.
In 2005, having identified the need to promote the concept of fair-play and respect among all the city’s clubs, schools and sporting agents, the council launched an initiative called ‘l’Esport Educa, fem-ho bé!’ (Sport Educates, let’s do it right!).
In collaboration with the sports psychology laboratory at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, a manifesto was drafted to promote and circulate the principal educational values of sport and underline how important it is for everyone in the player’s environment to show respect towards others.
The programme is directed at the three main collectives involved in competitive sport: players, coaches, and parents or spectators. It seeks to improve and develop the social value of sport by promoting community interaction, coexistence, teamwork, adherence to sports regulations, respect for refereeing decisions and ensuring coaches display a healthy attitude towards their players and referees.
Municipality of Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon as the capital of Portugal promotes sports and supports therefore all the sports clubs’ activities, realized with the irreplaceable work made by many volunteers.
Lisbon has also been a European Capital of Sport, so a lot of sport facilities for almost all the most popular sports (from football to swim, from boxing to basketball, from volley to martial arts and so on) plus some tracks for free walking or running or cycling along the streets in Lisbon are a playground for athletes. One of the best practices of Municipality of Lisbon is the recognition of the free sports activities for so many people. There are more discounts for sports clubs dedicated to young people and agreements for free with clubs that promote activities for disabled people. Sports in Lisbon is not an economic activity but a real educational and social service that all the citizens, with the Municipality budget, must take charge of. This unique practice will be shared with other representatives of EU communities, which will live in the FAN AND SPORT VILLAGE for five days.
The Municipality of Lisbon will give a good contribution to FAN CUP project and learn from it, as Lisbon was appointed by ACES as European Capital of Sport for 2021. The team of the Lisbon Municipality will gain great expertise in organising of sport events and will get help from FAN CUP to develop the most appropriate project design and organization of large-scale sport events in environmentally and socially sustainable way.
CZECH – European Minifootball Federation
European Minifootball Federation (EMF), is the governing body of minifootball at European level, its purpose is to promote, supervise and direct minifootball in Europe, as a means to contribute to the positive development of society.
The federation was founded in 2012 and is registered as a non-profit association in Prague and Budapest. The EMF’s primary founders were Razvan Burleanu, currently president of the Romanian Football Federation and Filip Juda, president of the World Minifootball Federation (WMF). The EMF is the top European organization representing the sport of minifootball. It is part of the global minifootball structure under the WMF and serves as large “umbrella”, under which European minifootball organizations are sheltered. This is facilitated through the way the EMF is organized. It has a specific structure and has instituted effective control mechanisms to secure the continuous development of the sport it represents.
Çorlu Municipality Youth and Sports Club (CMYSC), Çorlu, Turkey
The Çorlu Municipality Youth and Sports Club is a non-profit organization founded in 2006. The club is run by a Board of Directors consisting of 7 members and a Chairman.
It has over 700 amateurs and professional athletes in 13 sports disciplines – basketball, volleyball, swimming, wrestling, kick boxing, tennis, table tennis, dancing. 23 professional coaches, incl. professional youth coaches are enrolled in the club. The club as such has the biggest number of active training basketball and volleyball players in Turkey. In 2018, it’s basketball and volleyball teams became regional champions. In 2014 a Boccia Tournament, funded by the Çorlu Municipality, was organized in the Club to help the socialization of people with disabilities. The club operates with the help of 45 volunteers.
The ÇMYSC attaches great importance to the training facilities and their proper operation and maintenance, in order to ensure and support the safe training of the players.
ÇMYSC has excellent sports infrastructure and state-of-the-art sports facilities:
- Semi-Olympic Pool Complex, operational since 2016, the Çorlu Municipal Stadium, an indoor sports hall, a Tennis Complex and a Tekirdağ BŞB Çorlu Multisports Complex – the largest indoor sports hall in Thrace, approved by FIBA standards, with a seating capacity of 2500 people.
- The club defines as its main goals:
- Promoting the role of sport and implementing good practices in sports and physical education.
- Activities for discovering new talented children and young people through the annual organization of a national tournament for children in basketball and volleyball.
- Integration of disadvantaged young people into sports activities.
- Partnership between sports clubs in the region and nationally and internationally.
- Development of bilateral relations with institutions, public authorities, local communities, non-governmental organizations.
- Development of cooperation with organizations in the field of professional support in sports psychology.