08 November 2016

Inspiring Youth Academy project made possible after securing Erasmus+ funding

Athletics Northern Ireland have been successful in securing Erasmus+ funding to support Youth Academy Athletes and accompanying staff/coaches to undertake a 14 day education, training and exchange programme in the Algarve, Portugal.
Athletics NI vision is to create the best environment for everyone in the sport to achieve their maximum potential. In order to achieve this objective Athletics NI have sought to develop quality partnerships, encouraging information and knowledge-based sharing with other National Governing Bodies.  Thanks to Erasmus+ funding participants will learn from the best practice that is being demonstrated throughout Europe regarding competitive, coaching, community and educational initiatives which will maximise participants personal and professional development.
Erasmus+ is the European Union’s (EU) programme for education, training, youth and sport, with the EU committing €14.7 billion to the programme between 2014 and 2020. In the UK, the programme is managed by the Erasmus+ UK National Agency, a partnership between the British Council and Ecorys UK. The project entitled, ‘Developing elite athletic skills in Northern Ireland’ is funded under Key Action 1 of the programme, which is about providing opportunities for individuals to improve their skills, enhance their employability and gain cultural awareness.
Coach Development & Physical Preparation Lead Laura Kerr who has coordinated the application and planning said, ‘We are delighted to have been awarded Erasmus+ funding and are now looking ahead to starting the project. In April 2017 thirty participants (coaches and athletes) from Northern Ireland will be hosted by the Algarve Athletics Association at the Alfamar Training Resort.  Athletics Northern Ireland aims to develop athletes with the skills and performance behaviours necessary to train and compete to a world class standard in a high performance, service supported, and international environment. Our Youth Academy initiative allows us to support coach-athlete pairs to prepare them for senior success.’Athlete Development Lead Tom Reynolds explained, ‘We hope to see the athletes return with new skills, confidence and understanding of different European cultures and training environments.’ Staff will ensure that experience and knowledge gained as a result of the project, e.g. new training methods or approaches to youth development, will be widely disseminated within Athletics NI, to maximise the benefit for all athletes and coaches across NI.Alfamar Beach & Sport Resort-albufeira-001Athletics NI staff will advertise this opportunity to Youth Academy Athletes and Coaches and will seek interested parties to complete and return expression of interest forms.  Following this an athlete selection and coach recruitment process will take place.For more information about funding opportunities visit www.erasmusplus.org.uk, or use the hashtag #epluspeople to see what other projects are doing across the UK.

For more information about the project please contact:Laura Kerr / laura@athleticsni.org  /  07752663174  /  Twitter  @laurakerrani  /



About Erasmus+Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. It runs for seven years, from 2014 to 2020, with organisations invited to apply for funding each year to undertake creative and worthwhile activities.

Erasmus+ aims to modernise education, training and youth work across Europe. It is open to education, training, youth and sport organisations across all sectors of lifelong learning, including school education, further and higher education, adult education and the youth sector. It offers exciting opportunities for UK participants to then study, work, volunteer, teach and train abroad in Europe.

The overall budget is €14.7 billion.Two-thirds of this funding will provide grants for more than 4 million people to study, train, gain work experience or volunteer abroad. The period abroad can range from a few days up to a year. In the UK, it is expected that nearly 250,000 people will undertake activities abroad with the programme.

The programme is managed in the UK by the Erasmus+ UK National Agency, which is a partnership between the British Council and Ecorys UK.

Further information from www.erasmusplus.org.uk

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