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Pro Safe Sport for Young Athletes (PSS) welcomes you!

The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) of the Council of Europe implements together with 14 project partners, the EU funded initiative "Pro Safe Sport for Young Athletes (PSS)" aimed at the promotion of the physical and mental well-being of young athletes.

You are cordially invited to browse through the PSS pages, and we are happy to receive your comments!

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Successful Launch of  the Pro Safe Sport toolkit in Rome

Monday, 4 May, 2015 saw the successful European launch of the Pro Safe Sport (PSS) toolkit to promote the well-being of young athletes in Rome, Italy. The two day conference underlined the importance of safe and healthy sport environments, so that sport continues to be attractive and popular to young athletes. The conference concluded that the Pro Safe Sport toolkit can be a very useful tool to achieve this goal.

The event brought together some 50 experts from important stakeholders in the field of sport: The European Parliament, the European Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the European Commission, the Council of Europe, UNICEF, UNESCO, national public authorities responsible for sport and civil society organisations such as SportAccord, national Olympic committees and other specialist organisations. The participants engaged in lively discussions and exchange of views, experience and expertise.

The Pro Safe Sport toolkit was produced in the framework of an 18 months long project which was managed by the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport of the Council of Europe (EPAS) in cooperation with other stakeholders such as the European Commission which co-financed it. The PSS kit consists of a self-assessment tool and other useful resources enabling users of this kit to develop ideas and action plans to promote the well-being of young athletes.

Various organisations stated their interest in obtaining a PSS toolkit. An online version is available by pointing your browser to: http://pjp-eu.coe.int/en/web/pss/pss-academy

First Testing of the PSS toolkit First Testing of the PSS toolkit

PSS toolkit successfully tested in Graz

The Pro Safe Sport (PSS) project team met with representatives of sport clubs from Austria, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia in Graz, Austria, from 19-20 February to test the PSS toolkit. The practitioners had to work with the various elements of the toolkit, for instance to fill in the self-assessment grid, and give feedback on the usefulness and practicability of the tools. The feedback received has provided an excellent opportunity to change and improve the user-friendliness of the toolkit before its official launch during the PSS closing conference from 3-4 May 2015 in Rome.

Life skills of young athletes are at least as important as their sport performance

A consensus of athletes and representatives of sport organisations, public authorities and educational institutions was reached in Paris on 15 October, 2015, during the fourth PSS workshop that young athletes need also training in lifestyle and life skills.

That’s why it is important for the IOC to implement its athletes career programme which supports athletes in their transition from a sports to a professional career according to Tony Estanguet, a former top-athlete and member of the IOC athletes’ commission. Laura Capranica, President of the European Athlete as a Student Network, highlighted that if a dual career system is not available, one third of athletes will drop out.

As match-fixing is the new scourge in sport, Sarah Lacarrière, Integrity Officer of SportAccord, presented the e-learning tool “Real.Player” which helps athletes to identify dangers associated with the manipulation of sports competitions.

Further information on this workshop can be retrieved from the following page: http://pjp-eu.coe.int/en/web/pss/workshop-paris

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