Check out the official video of our project. We used the video during the thematic activities we organized in universities and high-school with the role of introducing the public to the advantages of practicing paragliding as an active leisure sport and to invite our audiences to find more about our project. For the creation of the video each partner worked remotely for providing footage from different places suitable for flying.
In the following we present you the informative booklet created by the project team. We used the booklet as one of the main tools of promotion paragliding as an active leisure activity in our communities. It summaries the information shared in the three presentations and it helps people from everywhere to find out more about practicing paragliding as an active leisure activity.
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- Context of the project
- Impact of the project
- Policy impact of the project
- Erasmus+ SPORT
The problem our project addressed was the low number of pupils interested to take paragliding lessons in the four regions where our partners organize training in paragliding. All the five partner organisations and their local partnering paragliding schools are faced with very limited number of interested new students. However, it is also important to mention that none of the pupils registered in the previous two years in any of the five paragliding schools dropped out. Moreover, all the new pupils found out about our schools based on word of mouth information about paragliding. In all cases the new pupils are relatives, friends or acquaintances of a pilot in the club. This indicates that the local population in the four regions knows little to nothing about the opportunities of practicing paragliding in their region.
The main objective of our project was to raise awareness in the four regions about the opportunities offered by practicing paragliding to at least 450 people and encourage the local population to find out more about performance in paragliding, altitude records, amazing cross-country flights, possibilities of connecting people with nature and how paragliding provides social inclusion in communities.
Our project included management activities and thematic related activities. The management activities are also called transnational meetings and the role to strengthen the team and to provide the chance to meet face to face to discuss the development and the direction of the project. These meetings represented excellent context for face to face coordination and decision making.
The thematic related activities are the actions we did in order to promote paragliding as a leisure activity, either being working on the promotional materials such as the video or the booklet, or organizing informative events in universities or schools. For more information about the activities please click management activities or thematic activities.
The objectives were designed to tackle the problem of low number of people interested to take paragliding lessons in the four regions. Therefore, the main objective of our project was to raise awareness in the four regions about the opportunities offered by practicing paragliding to at least 450 people and encourage the local population to find out more about performance in paragliding, altitude records, cross-country flights, possibilities of connecting people with nature and how paragliding provides social inclusion in communities.
This main objective was surpassed by involving in our project 960 people in the numerous workshops, presentations and sport events. During these events we have presented the promotional video of the project and the brochure of Paragliding Communities which contain info about performance in paragliding, altitude records, amazing cross-country flights, possibilities of connecting people with nature and how paragliding provides social inclusion in communities.
Specific objectives of our project:
O1 Create a common approach for the five partners on when, to whom and how to promote paragliding as an active leisure sport.
O1 was successfully reached as a result of the excellent coordination from the transnational project meetings (1-3) where the five partners have made all the necessary arrangements and reached compromise on elaborating a unified methodology on how to promote paragliding in the four communities. This methodology starts with identifying the target, the best time to promote paragliding and the context of these presentations. Most effort directed to create a common approach on how to promote in the five regions. As result of our project we have put together a methodology which consists of 3 interactive sessions on: 1. “Advantages of paragliding. Equipment. Stay safe”; 2. “Connect with nature and aerology”; 3. “Learning how to paraglide”. The fourth session is reserved for the presentation of the equipment and interaction of the public with the paragliding equipment.
O2 Set up a unified structure containing structured information on the topics of: 1. “Advantages of paragliding. Equipment. Stay safe”; 2. “Connect with nature and aerology”; 3. “Learning how to paraglide”.
This objective was achieved by creating standardized materials such as the brochure and the promotional video which all the five organisations are using now in the structured presentations about paragliding (sessions 1-4). Moreover, this structure is available for other paragliding organisations and sports clubs to use it freely, easily accessible on the webpage of our project. The paragliding experts coordinated on the sensitive aspects during the transnational meetings and worked remote on putting together the content for the brochure and the exact structure of each presentation.
O3 Build up synergies with local institutions (schools, universities, sport organisations/clubs and media) to promote paragliding as an active leisure sport, until the end of the project.
We achieved this objective by implementing the planned workshops in the universities, schools and during sport events and festivals to a public of 960 persons. We have established collaboration relationships with two universities, 10 high schools, one town hall (Balan) and the Harghita County Prefecture form Romania.
By reaching these objectives we contributed to the Erasmus+ objective of promoting voluntary activities in sport, together with social inclusion, equal opportunities and awareness of the importance of health-enhancing physical activity through increased participation in, and equal access to, sport for all.
Y.E.S. is a non-governmental non-profit organization that aims to contribute to the development of the youths by inspiring them a sense of active citizenship. Y.E.S. promotes mobility within and beyond Europe, non-formal learning and intercultural dialogue, and encourages the employability and inclusion of all young people, regardless of their educational, social and cultural background. Key aspect of YES is the promotion of outdoor leisure activities, grassroots sport and encourage social inclusion and equal opportunities for all people in sport and outdoor leisure activities.
Ifjúsági Nomád Klub is a nonprofit organization which has been established by fresh graduates formerly active in Erasmus Student Network (esn.org) during their university years. The aim of the organization is to promote global citizenship, traveling and active lifestyle via various intercultural and outdoor sport events.
Members of Ifjúsági Nomád Klub have professional work experience and expertise to coordinate and successfully implement a project in international youth field. The key staff involved in this project has wide experience in youth mobility and non-formal education since they have actively participated in more than ten former Youth in Action and Erasmus+ programs. All our members are fluent in English and had experiences living in foreign country and culture for longer periods within various study exchange programs.
Aeroclubul Turbulencia is a sport club from Miercurea Ciuc, Romania created by paragliding and mountain enthusiasts. The members of the club are pilots of ultra-easy gliders without motorization and with motorization. The main activity domain is paragliding and mountain hiking. The club has 45 active members, 2 examination instructors and 2 tandem pilots. The club organizes paragliding courses, festivals and championships of flight with the paraglide and with the glider, demonstrative flights with passengers (tandem flights) in Harghita region.
The club instructors are pilots with experience of over 20 years, gained in national and international competitions. The palmaris of competition pilots is impressive, with over 150 podium places.
Obciansky Spolok aims to develop social competences, developing, maintaining and support the interests, culture and free-time activities of Hungarian minority in South of Slovakia through creative programs and events. We as well focus to promote a better understanding of cultural diversity, helping our society to evolve from multicultural substance to intercultural one. We are active on a local and regional level, but we also organize large scale international activities cooperating with similar organizations in neighbouring county. Volunteers are working with all ages from different background and also cooperate with local grammar and high school for the Hungarian national minority.
Four Links. The goal of the organization is to support and promote personal development, education, global citizenship, exploring, traveling and active lifestyles by organizing various international events. We are here to stimulate the free exchange of ideas, knowledge, information about overcoming national and cultural differences and to increase the awareness of modern possibilities to live a better life.
Adrian-Dan VILCAN YES-RO
-monitoring the process of the project and coordination of the management team;
-Oversee the budget and share it among partners;
-Attend the coordination meeting in Brussels and kept the communication with EACEA’s project officers;
-played the role of the paragliding instructor in the promotional video of the project;
-Coordinated and assured the logistics for the 1st TM in RO.
2. Sarig Istvan AT-RO
-dissemination and project visibility (DEOR);
-coordinated the presentations in RO;
-played the role of the uninitiated local guy in the promotional video of the project;
-assessment of the risks and contingency procedure;
-provided valuable in flight footage from RO;
-reached the agreement with the director board of Erdely TV to diffuse the promotional video 5 times.
3. SALAMON Dorottya OS-SK
-coordination of the video creation and brochure;
-coordinated the presentations and worked on convincing schools form SK to accept them to be performed in their schools;
-provided valuable in flight footage from SK;
-coordinated and assured the logistics for the 3rd TM in SK.
4. TAKACSY Kristof INK-HU
-quality management and evaluation
-coordinated the presentations and worked on convincing schools form HU to accept them to be performed in their schools;
-provided valuable in flight footage from HU;
-coordinated and assured the logistics for the 4th TM in HU.
5. Attila Fabian 4L-CZ
-coordinates the digital aspects of the brochure;
-provided valuable in flight footage from CZ;
-coordinated the presentations and worked on convincing schools form CZ to accept them to be performed in their schools;
-in charge of the IT tools and software;
-involved in proposing topics for other follow-up E+ Sport project on the topic of paragliding;
-Coordinated the logistics for the 2nd TM in CZ.
Team members with experience in the promotion of paragliding as an active leisure activity
1. Manu, Cristian YES-RO
-promotion of long distance flight;
-how to use thermals in paragliding;
-provided valuable in flight footage from RO;
-carried 5 free of charge tandem flights for participants in presentations who won free vouchers;
-provide the expert support in delivering the presentations in RO.
2. SARIG MONIKA AT-RO
-protection and safety in paragliding;
-played the role of the paragliding girl in the promotional video of the project.
-assured the team-building activities during the 2nd TM in CZ;
-coordination on 1st Presentation.
3. Rui Pereira OS-SK
-nonformal methods in teaching paragliding;
-aspects of paragliding in mountain areas;
-involved extensively in the realization of the promotional video of the project;
-provide the expert support in delivering the presentations in SK.
4. RANCZ PAVEL INK-HU
-coordinating the “Know the environment, Aerology and Meteorology” aspects for the brochure;
-coordinates the preparation of Second Presentation on “Know the natural environment and the air”
-provide the expert support in delivering the presentations in HU.
5. JUHASZ TIHAMER 4L-CZ
-aspects of paragliding in hills areas;
-coordinates aspects of equipment and cost of equipment for paragliding;
-provide the expert support in delivering the presentations in CZ;
-involved extensively in the final editing of the brochure.
The success of our presentation was huge reaching a total of 960 participants. Many young people expressed their interest to explore more paragliding and the paragliding experts issued 30 free vouchers for tandem flights. A total of 9 young participants to the presentations started paragliding classes with the partner organisations and other paragliding schools available in their region.
The partner organisations gained better visibility in the community. Moreover, the organisations developed in the direction of managing E+ SSCP projects and this contributed greatly to their capacity to involve in international projects.
During the three sets of four presentations in each country, the public of each of became familiarized to the E+ programme and our SSCP project, and found out how to pursue paragliding as an active leisure activity in the safest way possible.
The project reached a high visual impact as result to its highly recognizable visibility elements such as the banners, t-shirts, project logo, logo of the E+ and the mention of the co-founding of the EU.
The most important deliverable materials that contributed to reach impact are the promotional video (which reached over 1000 views and was broadcasted 5 times on the Erdely TV station) and the brochure (which was printed in 500 copies and distributed during presentation events and made available on the web-page of our project).
Each partner has collaborated with various institutions form local schools and universities, to city halls and prefectures. This was the first step of a long term collaboration which intends to involve and capacitate more these institutions in promoting paragliding as an active leisure activity. Harghita County Prefecture congratulated us for the initiative and offered their support in organizing paragliding festivals and completions in the county. The Town Hall of Balan, as result of the involvement in this project are considering now to include paragliding among other active leisure activity in the town strategy for the development of tourism and recreational activities.
At national level our project produced impact by promoting paragliding as an active leisure activity, and by encouraging other sport clubs and organizations in the field of paragliding to use the methodology created for the presentations, the promotional video and the brochure addressed to an unspecialized public as excellent tools to attract people towards this sport.
This project represented the first initiative of paragliding organisations and sport clubs to coordinate in the methods and means to promote paragliding to the unspecialized public. This first step indicates towards a great potential of European collaborative work in order to develop high quality standards in paragliding in relation to the training process of the new pilots as well as in the field of safety in flight, structured courses and materials that could be standardized under an ISO certificate for quality in training and paragliding safety.
Moreover, our project produces impact by contributing to the reaching of the E+ Sport objective as well as on the realization of the EU policies in the field of sport as will be detailed in the next field.
The impact of our project can be exercised worldwide by making the two deliverables, the brochure and the video, free resources that can be used by any paragliding organization in helping their future pilots to get a first glimpse of what is paragliding, how they could practice it safely and the added value of practicing paragliding as an active leisure activity.
Our project represented the first project of collaboration in the field of paragliding aimed at promoting this sport as an active leisure activity for the general public. By implementing this project we managed to create a common structure for designing a coherent communication plan through which the local population in the four regions will have access to accurate and correct information about the advantages of practicing paragliding as an active leisure sport.
The promotional video we created is a very important deliverable because in 5 minutes and 29 seconds we have managed to include a joyful story and information about paragliding and footage from various flying places across Europe in four different seasons.
The partners worked together and reached compromise on putting together a standardised methodology, structure, content and materials for the 4 interactive sessions on: 1. “Advantages of paragliding. Equipment. Stay safe”; 2. “Connect with nature and aerology”; 3. “Learning how to paraglide”; 4 “Try out the equipment”.
Our project challenged the public perception that considers paragliding a dangerous sport, full of accidents. The brochure brings correct and accurate information about the risks involved in practicing paragliding as an active leisure activity.
This project is foremost an example of good practice because it aimed at an integrative framework for addressing the need to promote paragliding as an active leisure sport. By involving five organisations with different points of view we managed to put together a common methodology, materials and tools for promoting this amazing sport in a structured. Such results could not be attained by activities carried out individually in each paragliding organisation.
Our project contributed to the aims of the SCP in the following ways:
– It encourages social inclusion and equal opportunities in sport by addressing a vast public from the four regions;
– It supported the exchange good practices and created a structured communication strategy for promoting paragliding as an active leisure activity in the four regions;
– It promoted education in and through sport with special focus on skills development by involving practitioners, volunteers and managers in drafting the methodology, structure, content and materials for the interactive sessions on: 1. “Advantages of paragliding. Equipment. Stay safe”; 2. “Connect with nature and aerology”; 3. “Learning how to paraglide”.
Our project contributed to the realization of the EU Work Plan for Sport 2014- 2017:
– Recommendation 17 – by establishing a cooperative framework between schools and universities with NGOs and sport organisations to promote extra-curricular activities;
– Recommendation 18 – Partnerships should be created between schools and sport sector organisations to ensure quality and availability of safe infrastructures and equipment for physical education, extra-curricular or after-school activities, and communities. These partnerships should ensure the efficient management of infrastructures and prevent duplicate or underused facilities. By creating collaborative partnerships we facilitated the accession of pupils in the local schools at the paragliding infrastructure of the partner organization at a very limited cost;
– Recommendation 25 – In cooperation with schools, sport organisations and other stakeholders, local authorities should develop and implement local campaigns to promote regular physical activity and sport as part of a healthier lifestyle. This project created the methodology for four interactive sessions of presentation that were performed in schools and universities on : 1. “Advantages of paragliding. Equipment. Stay safe”; 2. “Connect with nature and aerology”; 3. “Learning how to paraglide”; 4. “Get to know the equipment” in collaboration with schools all promoting that regular physical activity and sport are part of a healthier lifestyle.
Our project contributes to the realization of EU Physical Activity Guidelines Recommended Policy Actions in Support of HEPA Approved by the EU Working Group “Sport & Health” at its meeting on 25 September 2008 Confirmed by EU Member State Sport Ministers at their meeting in Biarritz in the following way:
– Our project promoted a cross-sectorial approach by facilitating the collaboration between local and regional governmental institutions with the private and voluntary sectors active in paragliding.
– Guideline 10 – Sport organisations should provide activities and events attractive to everyone, and encourage contacts between people from different social groups and with different capabilities, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, nationality, and physical and mental health. Our project promoted paragliding as an active leisure activity addressed to everyone, encouraging the contacts between people from different social groups and with different capabilities, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, nationality.
Our project contributed to the realization of the COUNCIL RESOLUTION of 27 November 2009 on a renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field by:
– Encouraging healthy lifestyles for young people via physical education and physical activity
– Encouraging the collaboration between schools, youth workers, health professionals and sporting organisations,
– Emphasizing the role of sport as an activity supporting teamwork, intercultural learning, fair play and responsibility.
The Sport Chapter in the Erasmus+ Programme aims to support European partnerships on grassroots sport in order to pursue the following objectives:
Tackle cross-border threats to the integrity of sport, such as doping, match fixing and violence, as well as all kinds of intolerance and discrimination;
To promote and support good governance in sport and dual careers of athletes;
To promote voluntary activities in sport, together with social inclusion, equal opportunities and awareness of the importance of health-enhancing physical activity, through increased participation in, and equal access to sport for all.
Focus is to be given to grassroots sport.
The following actions in the field of sport are implemented through the Erasmus+ Programme:
Erasmus+ also supports Actions to strengthen the evidence base for policy making (studies, data gathering, surveys, etc.), to promote the dialogue with relevant European stakeholders (the EU Sport Forum, EU Presidency events, conferences, meetings, seminars, etc.). They are implemented by the European Commission either directly or through the Executive Agency.
The Actions in the field of sport are expected to contribute to the implementation of the European Week of Sport, initiative launched by the Commission to promote sport and physical activity in the European Union, in the light of declining participation levels.
More information on the European Week of Sport.
Erasmus+: Sport Small Collaborative partnerships
Small Collaborative Partnerships will allow organisations to:
- develop and reinforce networks;
- increase their capacity to operate at transnational level;
- exchange good practices, confront ideas and methods in different areas relating to sport and physical activity.
Selected projects may also produce tangible outputs and are expected to disseminate the results of their activities, although in a way that is proportional to the aim and scope of the project. Small Collaborative partnerships involve various organisations including in particular public authorities at local, regional and national levels, sport organisations, sport-related organisations and educational bodies. Small Collaborative Partnerships will in particular aim at ensuring the continuity of Preparatory actions 2013 and are, in particular, projects aimed to:
- Encourage social inclusion and equal opportunities in sport;
- Promote European traditional sports and games;
- Support the mobility of volunteers, coaches, managers and staff of non-profit sport organisations;
- Protect athletes, especially the youngest, from health and safety hazards by improving training and competition conditions;
- Promote education in and through sport with special focus on skills development.
Each year European Comission is organizing Erasmus+ Sport INFO day, an event designed to inform potential applicants about the political context, future programme, simplification and funding opportunities each year. Speakers are discussing policy and give advice and tips on preparing and submitting proposals, and on the financial aspects of funding. There is also the chance to network during the day and during the networking cocktail and meet potential partners.
Our methodology of the Presentation Sessions
The first presentation is addressed to the public that saw the promotional video and are now interested to find out more about paragliding
as an active leisure activity.
The First Presentation is structured as a 45 min. interactive presentation followed by 15 to 30 min. of questions and clarifications and covers the following topics:
- Information about the project and Erasmus+;
- Advantages of practicing paragliding as an active leisure activity;
- Protection and safety in paragliding;
- Choosing the right equipment;
- Costs of practicing paragliding.
The Second Presentation is addressed to the public that saw the promotional video and attended the First presentation and is now interested to find out even more about paragliding as an active leisure activity.
The Second Presentation is structured as a 45 min. interactive presentation followed by 15 to 30 min. of questions and clarifications and covers the following topics:
- Familiarize with the natural environment;
- When to fly and when not;
- Dynamics of the air;
- Basic notions of meteorology;
- How to use nature and meteorology to your advantage;
- Stay safe: tips and tricks on what places and meteorological conditions to avoid when practicing paragliding.
The Third Presentation is addressed to the public that saw the promotional video, attended the First and Second Presentations and is now interested to find out even more about paragliding as an active leisure activity.
The Third Presentation is structured as a 45 min. interactive presentation followed by 15 to 30 min. of questions and clarifications and covers the following topics:
- Where and how to learn paragliding;
- Tips for choosing the right paragliding school for you;
- Estimated costs for learning paragliding;
- Paragliding international certificates;
- Insurance in paragliding;
- The use of nonfromal learning methods in teaching paragliding.
The Fourth Presentation switches the focus from theoretical input to exploring the paragliding equipment and get in contact with the members of the sport clubs.
The Fourth Presentation is structured as a 45 min. interactive workshop focused on:
- Equipping completely one volunteer from the public for flight
- Providing the possibility of the public to touch, try and photograph with various pieces of equipment (harnesses, gloves, helmets, flying suites, etc.);
- Unroll a wing and present to the public its main features and invite the public to involve in packing back the wing;
- The public is invited to unroll a reserve parachute;
- On a support the public is invited to sit in a paragliding harness and to observe the auto inflating function of the airbag;
- The public interacts with flight instruments and analyses previously recorded flights.
- The longest flight has been achieved by three Brazilian pilots on 13 October 2016. Donizete Lemos „Bigote”, Rafael Saladini and Samuel Nascimento flew 564 km taking off from Tacima, Paraiba, and landing nearly 11 hours later at the town of Novilho, Ceara, Brazil.
- The altitude record has been set by Antoine Girard, a french pilot, in 2016 in Pakistan flying at 8157 meters over Broad Peak (8051m).
- The oldest person to paraglide solo is the polish pilot Janusz Orlowski with an age of 91 years and 189 days. He flew solo in Brezska Wola, Poland, on 22 July 2017.
- The oldest person to paraglide tandem is Margaret McKenzie McAlpine from the Scotland, who was 104 years and 168 days old when she completed a tandem flight in Karaoglanoglu, Northern Cyprus on 14 April 2012. By that time she was not new at extreme sports – she had celebrated her 80th birthday with a bungee jump.
- The most consecutive tandem paraglider infinity tumbles is 140 and was achieved by Pál Takáts, a Hungarian world acro champion in La Cumbre, Argentina, on 13 January 2014. The first infinity tumble performed in tandem also involves his name. He and his friend and co-pilot, Gábor Kézi (Hungary) inaugurated the manoeuvre in Oludeniz, Turkey on 19 May 2010.
- The average size of a canopy can be equal to a small-size flat with its 28 m2, and the total length of the lines could reach to 700 meters.
- There are several events and festivals about paragliding all year around. The most spectacular one probably is Coupe Icare at Saint Hilaire, France, where pilots compete for the prizes in funny costumes.
- The toughest adventure race in paragliding is the Red Bull X-Alps which takes place every other year. Pilots from all over the world arrive to hike and fly 1,000 km across the Alps starting from Salzburg and reaching the finish line in Monaco. The competition usually last more than a week, sometimes almost 2 weeks. It is hardly predictable due to weather conditions and also the decisions of the competitors. The swiss pilot Chrigel Maurer has five consecutive victories under his belt.
- It is possible to fly either tandem or solo for people with disabilities too. Special wheelchairs are produced to make it easy to launch and land for people who can’t walk.
European Commission – Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) (http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/index_en.php)
E+ Programme Guide (https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/resources/programme-guide_en)
Erasmus+ Programme Guide 2019 (https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/resources/programme-guide_en)
Erasmus+ Project Results Platform (https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/projects/)
El Speedo (https://elspeedo.cz/en/)
HNÍZDO – studentský klub paraglidingu (http://www.pghnizdo.cz/zakladni-kurz-paraglidingu/)
MAC škola paraglidingu (http://www.macskola.cz/en/o-skole)
Fly Away (www.flyaway.hu)
Free Air (www.freeair.hu)
Aeroclubul Turbulencia (http://turbulencia.nextra.ro/ )
Centrul de Parapanta Paramania (https://www.paramania.ro/)
Clubul Sportiv SKY FLY (http://skyfly.ro/)
Clubul Sportiv Air Adrenaline (http://www.airadrenaline.ro/parapanta-sibiu)
Clubul Sportiv Airsports (http://www.airsports.ro/ro/)
El Speedo (https://elspeedo.cz/en/)
X – air adventure s.r.o (www.x-air.sk)
JUSTFLY, s.r.o. (www.justfly.sk)
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