The Comprehensive Institute of Trinitapoli, in the province of Barletta-Andria-Trani, Italy, celebrated the end of the school year with an initiative lead by the PLAY! partners A.S.D. Margherita Sport e Vita (MSV) as part of the project.
Children aged 10-12 participated in a series of traditional games, replacing board and mobile phone / video games, such as skipping rope or the skipping the elastic.
MSV Youth Active Groups (YAGs) Coordinator Felice Carano led the three-day initiative aimed at bringing back games that are passed from generation to generation, informally, and that also include physical skill, strategy, chance, repetition of patterns, creativity, among other skills that transferable also the children’s day-to-day life.
“These games helpedchildren understand the importance of socialising and playing together and has a great impact in relationship-building and inter-generational exchanges between son, parents and teachers.” said Spartaco Grieco, MSV project coordinator.
The day also included activities on food education, bringing also back some of the most traditional and nutritional snacks for children.
PLAY! Slovenian partners Društvo za razvijanje prostovoljnega dela Novo Mesto (DRPD NM) have organised a series of meetings to discuss results and the impact of PLAY! sessions during the pilot’s year.
Parents, teachers and Youth Active Groups (YAGs) representatives highlighted the positive impact of the sports sessions in improving children’s personal and inter-personal skills, as well as schooling success.
The meetings were held while children and youngsters engaged in sports activities including swimming, demonstrating the type of work carried out by DRPD NM and YAGs throughout the pilot year.