On May 17th Liepāja will host international symposium “Good governance in grassroots sport”

Tuesday next week on May 17, an international symposium “Good governance in grassroots sport” will take place in Liepaja at the concert hall “Great Amber” for sport federation representatives, local sport leaders and grassroots sport organizers. The Symposium is organized by the Latvian Sports Federation Council (LSFC) within the project “AGON” which is coordinated by the Erasmus + program.

Grassroots sport popularity in Latvian society increases from year to year. An increasing number of population involves in different types of physical activities, regardless of age, gender or fitness level. In recent years significantly increased the number of grassroots sport events and their quality. Important role in grassroots sport development has event organizers, local authorities, public institutions and non-governmental organizations.

Symposium on “Good governance in grassroots sport” will be held in four panels. At the first of them cooperation aspects including the involved actors and financial models will be addressed and discussed. This panel will be represented by the sports industry supervising state institutions as well as governments and non-governmental organizations.

The second panel will highlight the theme of sports infrastructure facilities and human resources, which is particularly critical for municipalities. The third panel will be devoted to discuss the promotion of physical activity and people involvement, where grassroots sport organizers, local organizers of sports work and sports teachers will share their experiences. Meanwhile, the final panel will be on good governance in grassroots sport health sector. This section will be represented by sports and medical field representatives.

The symposium will be moderated by Reinis Ošenieks, but in panel discussions will engage respected state, local government, non-governmental organization, as well as sports and health professionals. Among them will be the Ministry of Education Deputy Secretary of State and head of the Sports Department Edgars Severs, Latvian Sports Federations Council president Einars Fogelis, recipient of “2015 Sport teacher of the year in Latvia” award Nataļja Gorškova and Latvian Medical Association president Peteris Apinis. With good practice examples of physical activity promotion and involvement of people will share Czech Republic Handball Federations Manager of Youth Sports Development Petra Vozobulova.

The upcoming symposium will take place from 10:30 to 17:30. The Symposium will be available online on www.agonproject.eu, as well as the Latvian Sports Federation Council homepage www.lsfp.lv and www.sportacentrs.com.

Keep track of project activities and conference updates on the project website www.AGONproject.eu.

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