For a year now, traveling, especially abroad, has not been easy due to the CoVid-19 pandemic that we still face today. Despite this, the many European projects of the UISP Territorial Committee Ciriè Settimo Chivasso have never stopped, even if they have suffered some slowdowns. European cooperation and planning have always been a cornerstone of our Committee, activated in 2007 thanks to the meeting and collaboration between Lucia Veleva, president of the Bulgarian association Courage Foundation and Roberto Rinaldi, at the time president of the Territorial Ciriè Settimo Chivasso and today Director and Head of International Projects. In recent years there have been many projects carried out – which have always had social sport as a strong point, seen not only as a useful tool for integration, but also as a means of strengthening equality and overcoming the difficulties given by diversity – and this too particularly complicated period did not stop the works.
In November, for example, PACE was completed, a project in line with one of the most current priorities for the European Commission: the promotion of health through physical activity. The particular PACE mode aimed to awaken the interest in sport and physical activity in the sedentary age group 50+, in order to bring these subjects to a healthy majority by preventing cardiovascular and musculoskeletal diseases, which are a consequence of a sedentary lifestyle and / or inconsistent practice of physical activity. “Currently, between 2021 and 2022, we should complete another 6 projects, but some will certainly undergo changes, with some extensions approved by the European Union,” explains Director and Head of International Projects Roberto Rinaldi.
Of these, one sees the UISP Committee Ciriè Settimo Chivasso as leader: it is SPIRITS, focused on the training of sports operators within detention facilities, for which a Learnig, Teaching and Training Activities meeting at the city of Suceava, Romania, which should take place in June this year. On the other hand, there are 5 projects for which the Committee plays the role of partner: RE [ENTER], which aims to involve operators who carry out voluntary activities within prisons, in order to provide them with the necessary tools for rehabilitation of inmates once released from prisons; CHANGE, aimed at minors who find themselves in conditions of probation, or put to the test; FIT & WISE Senior, focused on the promotion, among people over 65, of a series of exercises that can be adapted to every need and physical condition, to be carried out outside their homes or dedicated facilities; Hospitality, to offer people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to participate in physical activities focused on gentle gymnastics and relaxation, supported by moments of guided meditation and WINGS, to promote and encourage participation in the sport of judo, especially for women and to girls who are at risk of violence or who have been victims of it in the course of their lives. For the latter project, a meeting was held in February which saw the participation, as well as Rinaldi, of the President of the Committee, Ferruccio Valzano.