Ibero-American seminar discusses the role of sport for social change03 June 2015

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The three-day seminar, which will come to an end today, is looking to strengthen and create opportunities for collaborations among the participating organisations for sustainable projects with a strong social impact on issues around the inclusion of young people at risk and capacity building through sport.

Panel discussions, roundtables and workshops addressed topics including: the impact of sport in society; education and sports’ values; the role of social media in promoting sport and its values; social development and the protection of young people through sport; the sport in Ibero-American countries and its role for social development; and the presentation of case studies such as the Ibero-American School of Football and Values.

Today’s session will include discussions around: sport as an economic and social asset; a roundtable on good practice and inclusion through sport; a roundtable on mega sporting events and social legacy; and a final panel on future activities.

Andrés Botero Phillipsbourne, director of the Colombian sporting organisation Coldeportes, said: “When sport has a positive impact on someone, it will be reflected on his/her relationships with family, friends or acquaintances, and these will continue to further this impact and help change society.

“That is why sports’ impact goes beyond the individual, its reaches the collective.”

The Ibero-American seminar, organised by the Consejo Superior de Deportes de España (CSD), Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID) and Centro Internacional para la Seguridad en el Deporte (ICSS), follows the CSD and ICSS Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2014 to use sport to promote social change and help develop areas of common interest.

Participating organisations included: Fundación Pies Descalzos (Colombia), Grupo Internacional de Paz (Colombia), Fundación ChechyBaena, Fundación Fútbol para el Desarrollo (Argentina), A ganar (Colombia), Proyecto Alcatraz (Venezuela), Futebol Social (Brasil), Fundación para el Desarrollo del Deporte Escolar (México), and Fundación Chelona (El Salvador), among others.

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