We develop and implement comprehensive programs based on cooperation between the private, public and non-governmental sectors in Poland and abroad. So far, we have implemented a number of projects in partnership with several dozen organizations from six continents.
Our activities are in line with the assumptions of the Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs.
Selected initiatives are presented below
Krokiet and Lama Academy
The program of education on the move of the Krokiet and Lama Academy includes materials for preschoolers and primary school students grades 1-3. The materials have been made by combining three elements important for child’s development: education, physical activity and entertainment. Thus, physical activity can accompany the youngest not only during PE or gymnastics lessons, but also in didactic classes. The Academy platform consists of films, movement worksheets, training sessions for teachers and a lot of inspiration for learning and playing on the move. All the content is created in line with the core curriculum of early school and pre-school education. We are a strategic partner of the venture.
The Veolia Academy – Good health and Integration
This is an educational program that we implement together with the Veolia Polska Foundation, with the support of the Education Office and the Sports and Recreation Office of the Capital City of Warsaw, in partnership with Veolia Energia Warszawa S.A. The Veolia Academy is aimed at the linguistic and cultural integration of refugees’ children attending Warsaw primary schools (grades 1-3) and kindergartens, and support teachers by providing modern and comprehensive educational materials.
Move For Fun
Move For Fun is a recipe for more exercise and joy at schools and in kindergartens. It is not only a philosophy based on creating physical activity opportunities for children. It is also a ready-made work tool for teachers – easy-to-use ideas for movement games in the form of Move For Fun Movement Cards. The project at the international level is carried out in partnership with the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA), the Danish Sports Association DGI and Novo Nordisk. We are coordinating this initiative in Poland.
PARK(ing) Day for Fitness
European School Sport Day
We have been co-creating the European School Sport Day (ESSD) since its very beginning, i.e. 2015. At that time we were one of 3 countries doing so, today there are over 38. The event takes place on the last Friday of September each year, and its aim is to celebrate activity and fun on the move throughout the school, and sometimes even outside – in the city. The project is financed by the Erasmus + Sport program. The Hungarian School Sport Federation is the leader of the ESSD, and its partners include the European Physical Education Association, the International Sport and Culture Association, Youth Sport Trust, #BeActive European Week of Sport and BG Be Active.
MOVE Week is a pan-European event promoting physical exercises and a healthy lifestyle. Move Week is, like No Elevators Day, an integral part of the NowWeMOVE campaign. Throughout the week, sports events are held in Europe and several countries around the world. The main purpose is to promote various forms of physical exercises and a healthy lifestyle. The event has been held cyclically since 2012.
No Elevators Day
No Elevators Day is one of the international initiatives we have been part of since the first edition of the project (2015). Celebrated throughout Europe (and not only), No Elevators Day is an integral part of the NowWeMOVE campaign, organized by ISCA (the International Sport And Culture Association). The event’s objective is to highlight how easy it is to be active on a daily basis. Sometimes it is enough to simply choose the elevator instead of stairs.
Veolia Junior Sports Academy
We implemented a project entitled the Veolia Junior Sports Academy (SAV Junior) in 2020-2021 together with the Veolia Polska Foundation and several companies from the Veolia Group in Poland and Local Government Units. Its goal was to care for the healthy future of children by showing them various sports and encouraging them to do regular physical activity. We accompanied preschoolers from all over Poland for many weeks of the lockdown, conducting free on-line classes as part of the SAV Junior Movement Kindergarten. Later on, we organized two editions of the Online Preschoolers’ Olympics – Veoliada 2020 and 2021, in which approximately 7.5 thousand children from almost 200 kindergartens in 15 cities took part.
Healthy and active residents - what do they have to do with urban resilience? – a conference
On June 8-9, 2021, together with the Veolia Polska Foundation and in partnership with the Józef Piłsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw, we organized an on-line conference on the role of local governments in increasing residents’ physical activity, with particular emphasis on the needs of children and adolescents. The speakers included: Sanna Vesikansa – Vice Mayor of Helsinki, Chris Bruntlett from Dutch Cycling Embassy, and Philippe de Witte – Secretary General of Active Local Europe. During the event, we connected with #EUSportForum 2021 taking place in Brussels, attended i.a. by Mariya Gabriel, an EC Commissioner, and Fiona Bull from the WHO Department of Health Promotion.
Active, healthy local government - how to create modern strategies of sport and physical activity? - an educational cycle
Research of the Veolia Junior Sports Academy
On-line PE – World Record
On April 22, 2020, we set an unofficial world record in the largest online PE lesson, conducted by Julita Ilczyszyn – a PE teacher from the Józef Korczak Primary School in Józefosław. Regardless of the time of the day, the lesson was attended by representatives of 45 countries – from the west coast of Canada to Australia. At the peak moment the event was attended by nearly 50,000 people (the number does not include participants who were not registered on Facebook and those who took part in the lesson in a larger group).
Research in Lower Silesia
Together with the Lower Silesia School Sports Association and the Marshal’s Office of the Lower Silesia province we conducted research on the physical activity of students during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The study group consisted of children from Lower Silesian primary schools (grades 1-8) and their parents or guardians.
Diagnoza sportu i aktywności fizycznej we Wrocławiu
In 2019, the city of Wrocław began works on the directions of development of sports and recreation in order to create conditions conducive to the training of champions as well as the daily activity of residents. This process was preceded by an extensive diagnosis for which we were responsible. We divided the research methodology into desk research (secondary data analysis), workshops (working groups), focus interviews (focus group interviews), in-depth interviews and a survey.
The Veolia Sports Academy
Active MultiSport Schools
Open Streets Day
On Sunday, September 22, 2019, on the occasion of the Car-Free Day, we organized an Open Streets Day in Wrocław. It was the first edition of the project, the idea of which was to make streets and urban space available to all city residents, not only motorists. On that day, Wrocław represented Poland among 20 European countries promoting the initiative. The Open Streets Day is financed by the Erasmus + program.
This was a program initiated by the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA). Its aim was to promote, share and create new physical activity facilities in highly urbanized spaces. We collaborated with cities such as Barcelona, Birmingham, Plovdiv and Paris in order to develop the most effective practices to encourage citizens to participate in physical activities. MOVEment Spaces is also a platform for the exchange of knowledge, good practices and mutual inspiration, so in 2018, together with ISCA and other partners, we developed an online course in which expert advice on how to get started or extend the reach of your initiatives is available. The project was financed by the Erasmus+ Sport program.
European US Girls
The goal of Active Voice was to develop appropriate tools and activities that would help organizations implement an effective policy for the development of physical activity in their local environment. During the project, by 2018, together with #ActiveVoice partners, we had reached over 1,500 stakeholders. The project was financed by the Erasmus + Sport Program. Its partner organizations at the European level included the International Sport and Culture Association, the European Cyclists’ Federation, the Epode International Network, the European Physical Education Teacher’s Association, the International Association of Sport and Leisure Infrastructure Management, and at the local level BG Be Active from Bulgaria, Union Francaise Des Oeuvres Laiques D’Education Physique from France, Social Cooperative Enterprise Greenways from Greece and Unione Italiana Sport Per Tutti from Greece.
Youth Leaders Across Borders
Youth on the Move
In 2015-2017, we implemented the Youth on the Move (YotM) project, which was part of the NowWeMove and MoveBrasil campaigns. Its main part was a 10-month course consisting of both webinars and traditional meetings. The project participants had the opportunity to acquire knowledge about promoting physical activity, organizing events and broadly understood project management. Its partner organizations included the International Sport and Culture Association from Denmark, the UBAE Foundation from Barcelona, and SESC – Servicio Social de Comercio from Brazil.
PZU Healthy Trails
We have coordinated the construction of over 60 standardized healthy trails around the country. We have also designed and implemented actions aimed at increasing the capacity of local actors to develop and implement physical activity programs for all of the social groups. The success of the project was based on the crosssectoral approach, in which we have cooperated with local governments, numerous local civic organisations, local media and the project sponsors (corporate and corporate foundation).
Muuvit - move and discover the world
A project designed for teachers who want to diversify performance in their classes. Adding a healthy lifestyle and physical activity to the areas of interest turned out to be a bull’s eye. Muuvit was developed in Finland 13 years ago and so far nearly 2 million children have participated in the program. In Poland, we implemented it in 2012-2013. The task of Muuvit was to encourage the youngest to be physically active, at the same time making it easier for teachers to conduct classes and enrich them with new elements.
Respect Your Health
The UEFA EURO 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine was accompanied by four social RESPECT projects. One of them – RESPECT Your Health – Euroschools 2012 – was carried out in Poland in cooperation with a network of organizations dealing with sport and promotion of a healthy lifestyle. The project related to activities promoting a healthy lifestyle among children and adolescents.