Stamford Bridge will be the host venue of the final conference of the international project PsyTool on the role of sport psychology as tool to help youth at risk of exclusion, held in London on 28 November.
PsyTool is an Erasmus Plus Sport project co-funded by the European Commission bringing together 13 partners from five countries.
The conference will present the findings of the three-year project, which uses sport psychology as tool to foster positive personal development and positive practices amongst youth athletes, coaches and their families.
While over the last 20 years, programmes around the globe focused on teaching life skills to foster positive development, promote social responsibility, and prevent violent and discriminatory behaviours in sport. PsyTool has harnessed its collective experience to develop best practice to impact grassroots sport across Europe.
Speakers from UEFA, The FA, Chelsea FC and former UK Sports Minister Richard Carbon will help explore topics including social inclusion and participation in grassroots sport and hear from ‘Agents of Change’ – journalists, coaches and others trained to help create behavioural change in grassroots sport that have been created by the project.
The conference will also include a presentation of the Psytool e-learning platform, which has trained 200 ‘Agents of Change’ in 7 different countries; discussion around the results of the pilot project implemented by Sevilla FC and Sporting Clube de Portugal; and, the creation of a virtual European network of ‘Agents of Change’ to give continuity to the project.
PsyTool project leader, José Carlos Jaenes from Universidad Pablo de Olavide (Spain) believes the closing conference is a watershed moment for youth sport in Europe: “I have been training and competing since I was 15 years old. I have had both wonderful and sad experiences throughout my career as an athlete as well as a coach. Times are changing. Old ideas and detrimental attitudes that were accepted in the past, are thankfully unacceptable today. PSYTOOL has given me the opportunity to interact with coaches, parents, students, referees and officials and we all absolutely agree: We can take advantage of PSYTOOL, an educational platform to promote equality, fair play and a better “cleaner” space to practice sport for our children and young people. Agents of Change are like grass seeds in every football field, and they should be planted in every space where children practice sports in Europe. Let´s give PSYTOOL a chance to grow.”
The conference will be hosted by the PsyTools’s United Kingdom partners Fare network, the International Council for Sport Security and the International Council for Coaching Excellence.
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PsyTool is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission. It is led by Universidad Pablo de Olavide (Spain) and comprises of a consortium of 12 other organisations: Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain); University of Balearic Islands (Spain); University of León (Spain); Halmstad University (Sweden); La Sapienza University of Rome (Italy); International Council for Coaching Excellence (UK); University of Lisbon (Portugal); International Centre for Sport Security/Save the Dream (ICCS Insight, UK); Fare network (UK); Sevilla Football Club Foundation (Spain); Sporting Clube de Portugal (Portugal); Sport Foundation (Portugal); Spanish Federation of Sport Psychology (Spain; associated partner)