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Social inclusion through sports

29 July 2013

One of the pilot actions of the EU-funded GOSPEL CIUDAD project to refurbish the sports grounds of School #52 in Yerevan, Shengavit district, was officially inaugurated on 2 July 2013. The opening ceremony of the multifunctional sports facilities was led by the Mayor of Yerevan, Taron Margaryan, and Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea.
Hristea welcomed the action: ‘The European Union’s contribution to this action was a little bit more than €400,000, out of which the contribution foreseen for Armenia was €92,000. The final beneficiaries of this project are the citizens of eastern Yerevan, particularly young people, women, handicapped and other vulnerable people who have often only limited access to sports activities and participation in community life’.
Colette Babouchian, Deputy Mayor of Marseille and also of Armenian descent, was among the guests. The city of Marseille is the leader of the GOSPEL project. Other project partners from Germany, Croatia and Norway also took part in the festivities.
‘We highly value the programmes realised with the support of the European Union and this project is a successful one. Within the framework of the project, new contacts and friendship has been established with Hamburg (Germany), Mahdia (Tunisia), Trondheim (Norway) and Split (Croatia),’ said the Foreign Relations Department Head of the Yerevan Municipality, David Gevorgyan.

After the opening ceremony, local children and their parents were invited to take part in individual and team sport activities that involved not only healthy competition but also emphasised “sport for all”. Sports activities continued the next day, involving people with disabilities.

‘We invited the Punic association to see whether it is convenient for them to come here to Shengavit district in school #52 to sometimes use the facilities, because we want to promote social inclusion through sports. We want this place to be open to the inhabitants of the area, and sports clubs –the priority is for the school’s pupils but the inhabitants of Shengavit can also use it,’ said Anne de Maximy, Project Manager.

GOSPEL (Governance in sports as a social link) is the first project of its type financed by the European Union and implemented by the Municipality of Yerevan. The project is aimed at promoting an exchange of best practices in the management of recreational facilities, helping to establish sites and sports facilities, exploring models for finance and energy management, looking at ways to promote equality of access for women and socially disadvantaged, and developing sports-related events and city marketing policies. GOSPEL is run as part of the “Cooperation In Urban Development And Dialogue” (CIUDAD) programme. It is aimed at helping local governments in the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument region to enhance their capacity to plan for sustainable, integrated and long-term urban development using good governance principles.

Social inclusion through sports

One of the pilot actions of the EU-funded GOSPEL CIUDAD project to refurbish the sports grounds of School #52 in Yerevan, Shengavit district, was officially inaugurated on 2 July 2013. The opening ceremony of the multifunctional sports facilities was led by the Mayor of Yerevan, Taron Margaryan, and Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea. Hristea welcomed the action: ‘The European Union’s contribution to this action was a little bit more than €400,000, out of which the contribution foreseen for Armenia was €92,000. The final beneficiaries of this project are the citizens of eastern Yerevan, particularly young people, women, handicapped and other vulnerable people who have often only limited access to sports activities and participation in community life’. Colette Babouchian, Deputy Mayor of Marseille and also of Armenian descent, was among the guests. The city of Marseille is the leader of the GOSPEL project. Other project partners from Germany, Croatia and Norway also took part in the festivities. ‘We highly value the programmes realised with the support of the European Union and this project is a successful one. Within the framework of the project, new contacts and friendship has been established with Hamburg (Germany), Mahdia (Tunisia), Trondheim (Norway) and Split (Croatia),’ said the Foreign Relations Department Head of the Yerevan Municipality, David Gevorgyan. After the opening ceremony, local children and their parents were invited to take part in individual and team sport activities that involved not only healthy competition but also emphasised “sport for all”. Sports activities continued the next day, involving people with disabilities. ‘We invited the Punic association to see whether it is convenient for them to come here to Shengavit district in school #52 to sometimes use the facilities, because we want to promote social inclusion through sports. We want this place to be open to the inhabitants of the area, and sports clubs –the priority is for the school’s pupils but the inhabitants of Shengavit can also use it,’ said Anne de Maximy, Project Manager. GOSPEL (Governance in sports as a social link) is the first project of its type financed by the European Union and implemented by the Municipality of Yerevan. The project is aimed at promoting an exchange of best practices in the management of recreational facilities, helping to establish sites and sports facilities, exploring models for finance and energy management, looking at ways to promote equality of access for women and socially disadvantaged, and developing sports-related events and city marketing policies. GOSPEL is run as part of the "Cooperation In Urban Development And Dialogue" (CIUDAD) programme. It is aimed at helping local governments in the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument region to enhance their capacity to plan for sustainable, integrated and long-term urban development using good governance principles.