The Ariadne project aims to promote volleyball as a tool to reduce youth marginality and deviance, issues that increasingly affect young Europeans. The main target group are high school students between 14-18 years old but also their families, teachers and sport trainers. The project foresees a bottom-up approach with students and the presence of experts in youth deviance: volleyball games will be organized in schools with the supervision of the experts, then the students will be asked to write essays with personal reflections on marginality and youth deviance. Essays are a good way to evaluate the project impact. The experts will then be able to evaluate both the behaviour during the matches and the writings of the students, reporting the most serious cases to parents and teachers in respect of privacy. The project will also consider the role of families, schools and trainers. Seminars will be useful to raise awareness among these target groups. 

Partners will also participate in the European Sport Week by organizing volleyball tournaments for students and, on the final day, a volleyball game in the town square hosting some professional volleyball players who will play together with the students.

The communication strategy is built upon some relevant aspects: the presence of volleyball professional players, by the celebration with volleyball games of the National Days against Bullying and Violence and the European initiative 1DayMore4Volleyball.

Project activities

The Ariadne work programme includes 4 main work packages:

Work Package 1 – Preparation
Duration: January – July 2021

  • Preliminary analysis – Marginality and youth deviance cases, Actions undertakes by participating territories and best practices
  • Realization, distribution and collection of questionnaires for students
  • Preparation of materials for students, parents, teachers, trainers
  • Privacy document for the safeguard of students and families

Work Package 2 – Implementation
Duration: August 2021 – September 2022

  • Assessment of the initial deviance awareness by the students – 1st students’ essays
  • Organization of 4 seminars for each partner (2 seminars for students, 1 seminar for teachers and trainers and 1 seminar for parents. After each seminar participants will be asked to fill in an evaluation form, useful for the activity report.
  • Organization of at least 5 school volleyball matches, per partner, with the presence of an expert of marginality and youth deviance
  • Organization of youth volleyball tournaments during the European Sport Week at the end of September 2022.
  • Final game in town squares with professional volleyball teams
  • Assessment of the final deviance awareness by the students – 2nd students’ essays

Work Package 3 – Dissemination
Duration: January 2021 – December 2022

Definition of the Communication and Dissemination Plan

  • Dissemination material: flyers, emails
  • Awareness rising events and volleyball games during a national celebration day in 2021 and 2022:
    Italy – Celebration on National Day against bullying and cyberbullying – February 7 2021 (wasn’t possible to organise due to Pandemic) and 2022
    Slovenia – International day for elimination of violence against women – November 25 2021-2022
    Greece – National day against school bullying and violence – March 6 2021(wasn’t possible to organise due to Pandemic) -2022
    Latvia – Child Protection Day – June 1 2021-2022
    The last day of February is the 1DayMore4Volleyball, an initiative promoted by CEV (European Volleyball Confederation), partners will spread it among schools and sport associations.

Work Package 4 – Monitoring and Evaluation
Duration: January – July 2021

  • Monitoring IT1
  • Evaluation of results: Reports about the analysis of the experts & Verification of target number

Partners will also participate in the European Sport Week by organizing volleyball tournaments for students and, on the final day, a volleyball game in the town square hosting some professional volleyball players who will play together with the students.

The communication strategy is built upon some relevant aspects: the presence of volleyball professional players, by the celebration with volleyball games of the National Days against Bullying and Violence and the European initiative 1DayMore4Volleyball.

Project Results

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