ERASMUS+ PROGRAM 2021

Tennis ENhancing Normative Innovation System

Main GOAL

Although there are many definitions that can be given for sport, the sport is a complex multifaceted activity, organized by a system of knowledge, tactics and training approach for setting up and completing a set of tasks with the goal of achieving maximum sporting results, building on what has been achieved so far. Tennis, like any other sport, is dynamically developing, hence the needs and requirements of management for better conditions and urge for growth. By implementing exchanged practices, methods of good management, management approaches and tools (IT), coaching techniques and methods and strategies to recruit volunteer work, particularly in tennis as a sport, the main objective of the consortium and the project will be achieved. This will contribute to the consequent effect of promoting tennis, especially among adolescents, not only as an opportunity for healthy sport, but also as a leading corrective in the fight against stagnant lifestyles and self-isolation in order to learn to follow the rules for good behaviour and respect for others.

A Mozgó Cívisért Egyesület

A Mozgó Cívisért Közhasznú Egyesület (meaning: For the Moving Civic Public Benefit Association, hereinafter AMC Association) was established by 10 sport-fan young men and women in 2010 with the leadership of Lászlo Kollár as president. We are a non-profit and non-governmental  organization in Debrecen, Hungary.

Champions Factory

Champions Factory Bulgaria is an international sports organisation with 8 years of experience in the fields of development and implementation of national and international sports projects, sports management, research and innovation. The organisation is established and with headquarters in Sofia (Bulgaria), as it has offices in Dublin (Ireland) and London (United Kingdom).

Tennis Club Palic

Palic Tennis Club Serbia was established in 1878 a year after the first tennis competition in Wimbledon, thus it became the oldest tennis club in Serbia. Recently the club has 8 outdoor and 1 indoor tennis court, where the outdoor courts belong to the most qualitative tennis courts in the country. The Club House places in a beautiful
forest next to the Palic-lake and stands under protection of monuments.

Veteran Athletes Club of Pieria

(VASP) Greece is an institution with future perspective pursuing with great interest and a creative mind the developments in the field of sports, education; it constantly sets new goals holding at the same time an outstanding position in the sport and well being scene. Acting as the meeting point of all athletes and clubs of the region through the use of the most up-to-date facilities, experienced and skilled staff and, most importantly, through consistency on principles and respect towards community.

The main goal of the project “TENNIS – Tennis ENhancing Normative Innovation System” is to support the mobility of volunteers, coaches, managers and competitors from tennis sports clubs within the EU. Within the cross-border meetings, besides on the main goal, attention will be focused on achieving the additional sub-
objectives:

– Improving good management in tennis sport;
– improving management tools for tennis clubs
– Promoting tennis among adolescents and youth – to overcome aggression, racial discrimination and intolerance in sport;
– Supporting children from social and marginal groups for practicing tennis;
– Promoting women’s tennis to overcome gender discrimination and to get equal opportunities in tennis;
– Encourage participation in sports events, competitions;
– Encourage an ethical approach in tennis and the fair-play;
– Creating successful athletes – champions from all ages and disciplines in tennis – sports for all;
by integrating individual qualities into the team ambitions of sports clubs.

The project objectives fully match the objectives of the procedure and the EU goals for cooperation on creation and development of transnational networks in sport. They are clear and measurable, their performance is easily traceable and guarantees sustainable results. They contribute in resolving the identified needs and problems of the project target group through sustainable capacity growth on transnational level, sharing of good practices and innovative approaches in the field of sport and physical activity.

The successful implementation of the positive practices learned from the cross-border meetings will improve the good management in sport, which will contribute to raising the awareness of the role of tennis with health-enhancing physical activity and will also be popularized in Hungary and the partner countries.
Target groups in project TENNIS – Tennis ENhancing Normative Innovation System are:
– Coaches and managers in tennis sports clubs
– Volunteers and managers responsible for youth policies in tennis sports
– Representatives of sports clubs, as a bridge between coaches and athletes

The project partner organizations have long-standing collaborations in organizing and conducting cooperative initiatives. Their individual capabilities and practical skills will contribute to the overall complete achievement of the project objectives.

The results we aim and that will be achieved with the project activities include:
– Collecting best practices and successful coaching techniques;
– Implementing a new type of entrepreneurial management – supported with IT-tools – in tennis;
– Encouraging social inclusion and preventing discrimination
– Implementing a new mechanisms to attract volunteers;
– Collecting best practices and successful techniques in promoting tennis sports to encourage physical activity by using sport as a means of healthy living
– Encouraging all types and forms of tennis from recreational, amateur to professional tennis.

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Coordinator
A Mozgó Cívisért Közhasznú Egyesület (meaning: For the Moving Civic Public Benefit Association, hereinafter AMC Association) was established by 10 sport-fan young men and women in 2010 with the leadership of Lászlo Kollár as president. We are a non-profit and non-governmental organization in Debrecen, Hungary. Our main goal is to create an organization that can help for organizations of the society in Debrecen and in Hajdú-Bihar county (especially among educational institutions and companies) to promote the healthy lifestyle among all ages through the sport.

Since the common sport between the members was the tennis we have started to do programmes and events in connection with this sport. In 2012 through a Youth in Action Programme (title: See you on the Court) we held free tennis lessons for international and Hungarian students of the Debrecen University, supported a small-field football team in which Hungarian and international students played together and finishing the programme we held a tennis and a football tournaments for youngsters. Beside promoting the sport among young people through this project we could help the solidarity and tolerance between Hungarian and international students too.

From 2014 we have started to organize the Hajdú-Bihar Tennis Team Championships where in that time were around 120 amateur player (in 12 teams) nominated in the championship. A team championship starts from April and lasts until October including 10-12 weekend-playing rounds in this time. Beside this we also have organized tennis tournaments (single and doubles, weekend-games) and Tennis League that help for those players who can not attend on any event on weekends and so they can talk over a certain time and place with each other to play the match. We focus at these programmes that not to concentrate the events and the people on only one place but to spread the games, tournaments and matches on almost every tennis clubs in Debrecen and in Hajdú-Bihar county with the hidden goal: to faciliate easier the acces for the tennis for each player.

Thanks to this goal by 2019 in the team championship more than 350 player were nominated in 20 teams and in this year (2020) more 3 team have noticed their registrating intentions. It is very important to notice that these tennis events are fully amateurs and bring together the 15 years old young with the 75 years old senior player and – thanks to the beauty of this sport –
you never know who will win. Our main focuses are building discipline, respect, fair play, solidarity and enhancing physical and psychological endurance.

From 2013 to 2014 we held free tennis lessons for hendicapped children, in a program cooperated with Lépéselőny Közhasznú Egyesület (Stay Ahead Public Benefit Association). In this programme more than 40 young, hendicapped children have had the chance to play tennis and enjoyed the program very much. We are plannig to restart this program in the nearest future.
Also from 2014 our association is the main organizer of the Hungarian Medical Tennis Championship in cooperation with the Hungarian Medical Tennis Society. More than 120 doctor, dentist or pharmacist attend in this event annually an it is been held in a different city in each year.

Thanks to these experiences of organizing events and programmes in 2018 we were asked to organize the Hungarian Senior Country (out-of-capital) Tennis Championship that is one of the biggest senior (over 35 year) competition in Hungary. In 2018 there were 124 player, while in 2019 more than 140 senior player attended in this competition.

Last but not least we are also in the field of School-Tennis and keeping tennis lessons in 4 elementary school in Debrecen for more than 60 children in the 2019/2020 academic year. Our work focus is to give an appropriate tennis skill to these students that they can decide whether they are going further to a higher competitive level of tennis or keeping on a recreational level which can mean also a life-long connection to the tennis. For these kind of kid players and also from other schools comers we organize competitions that are mainly focusing on the recreational level plays, where the points are the healthy lifestyle, the play, the fair play, the respect to each other and building sporting young community that can last longer term too.
Organizing such many events and programs is not easy task but thanks to the some very helpful IT-tools that are supporting the sport events mentioned above:

1. OCS (Online Competition-manager System)
This tool helps to organize a high-number-participants competition, from the registration (built-in card-payment) through drawing and making the competition boards until the visualisation of the results (from a big screen to everyone cell-phone). With this tool the organizer’s work has been reduced only to create the main conditions of the competition, spreading a registation link to the players (or just put on a website), creating the draw and recording the evolving results and everyone can see in real time on his/her mobile phone or at a main screen the recent results and the standigs of the competition.

2. Foggo.hu (online booking and management system)

This collector website is a big support for every tennis club manager who has troubles with recording the bookings of the courts. One site can solve every problems like this, since the player sees in real time that which court in which time is free and he/she can do the booking for his/her prefer time and court.

3. hbmtenisz.hu (complex amateur tennis management system)
This webpage and system can control the amateur tennis life in Hajdú-Bihar county. Here is guided the standings of team championship, the league and all competitions that are held in the county in a given season. A very important factor is the subsidiarity in this system, since there is no need for central administration every single team championship match or league match. Because the results are typed in by the team captains (team championship) or the players (league) right after the match they played and these results appear immediately on the common website. Also the system creates the ranklist after every semester in a season from the huge amount of data that has been congregated from the match results of the player. Many and valuable information with one-click that is the real advantage of the system.
Over the years our association has gathered a lot of experiences related to recreational tennis and sport event management, but we are still lack in the international relations of these fields. With the Erasmus+ programs we want to solve this challenge and also gaining knowledge on recruiting volunteers and exchanging best practices of training methods and coach development.

 

 

Partners

1. Champions Factory Bulgaria is an international sports organisation with 8 years of experience in the fields of development and implementation of national and international sports projects, sports management, research and innovation. The organisation is established and with headquarters in Sofia (Bulgaria), as it has offices in Dublin (Ireland) and London (United Kingdom).

Champions Factory works in the following fields:
– International Network “Learning through sport” – Champions Factory develops, tests and spreads the “learning through sport” methodology, which builds-up leadership skills in youth and promotes the values of sport (fairness, team building, equality, discipline, inclusion, perseverance and respect).

– Vocational education and training – Champions Factory runs the biggest vocational education and training consortium among sports schools in Bulgaria, as they have 5 sport schools members from 4 different cities, representing more than 1680 students.
– Young people and youth workers – through innovative educational and sports methodologies they develop and empower young people to be active citizens and to reach their potential to full capacity on national and international level. They have involved more than 1600 youth from disadvantaged areas and NEETs in different sports courses and initiatives, as well as more than 480 youth in international sport exchanges, courses, seminars, meetings, etc.

– “Champions Academy” – private program for young people to develop their leadership and communicational skills, knowledge and competencies through sports and non-formal education.
– Adult learners – Champions Factory provides teaching and training courses for staff of adult education organisations in areas as sport management, sport as a tool for social development and research and innovations in the field of sports.
– Developing Mountain Biking in Bulgaria and Europe and managing Champions Factory Bike Park “Rilla Lakes. At the moment Champions Factory has 27 registered mountain bikers, who train regularly and compete in national and international sport championships.

Champions Factory has been granted and implemented number of sports related projects, as one of their biggest success is the implementation of the trans-continental Capacity building in the field of youth project “Women empowerment through sport”, which allows them to involve more than 600 disadvantaged young women from Bulgaria, Italy, Tanzania, Kenya, Nepal and Cambodia in sports activities and to empower them be active citizens through regular participation in sports.

2. Palic Tennis Club Serbia was established in 1878 a year after the first tennis competition in Wimbledon, thus it became the oldest tennis club in Serbia. Recently the club has 8 outdoor and 1 indoor tennis court, where the outdoor courts belong to the most qualitative tennis courts in the country. The Club House places in a beautiful forest next to the Palic-lake and stands under protection of monuments.

Target groups and events
The tennis club focuses mainly on recreational and amateur players, since they give the vast majority of club members which is over 100 people. Young people are visiting the club too and already from age of 6 years they participate on regular trainings and summer camps. Many kid and amateur competitions are organized in the Palic Tennis Club during the outdoor season, and among them the most famous and oldest children competition in Serbia which will be organized 51th time in this year. Each month has at least one or two of these kind of competitions that are very famous and have a lot of participants.
Through a EU-funded project the Palic Tennis Club has started to train deaf and hard of hearing children for tennis from 2014. Since then they have dealt with more than 30 children as a result of this project who have stayed by this sport and taken a big step toward to live a healthy lifestyle.

Networking
Beside organizing tennis competitions for kids and adults, with keeping trainings and summer camps for kids, the Club cultivates a very alive tennis relations among other Serbian and foreign tennis clubs. More groups of amateur
player of the club are using the institute of back and forth invitations with other players from domestic or foreign tennis club, so once they go, and soon they invite the other groups of tennis players. These meetings last usually 1 or 2 days and are very popular. The Tennis Club is also open for companies let them to hold their team building events at its place, because with these programs may new people visit the Club and it raises its popularity.

Challenges 

The recent management has been done by Zsolt Juhász (member of Hungarian minority in Serbia) head coach, Serbian licenced trainer and his assistant coach Robert Gurbics physical education teacher. Despite their humble and excellent work to take advantage of all opportunities that the club has there is an urgent need of gaining more knowledge about management methods, promotion and marketing and recruiting volunteers.

3. Veteran Athletes Club of Pieria (VASP) Greece is an institution with future perspective pursuing with great interest and a creative mind the developments in the field of sports, education; it constantly sets new goals holding at the same time an outstanding position in the sport and well being scene. Acting as the meeting point of all athletes and clubs of the region through the use of the most up-to-date facilities, experienced and skilled staff and, most importantly, through consistency on principles and respect towards community, our lab has been struggling during the last ten years for the accomplished training, education and socialization of all athletes.
Exploiting community based and participatory approaches, engage relevant local and regional stakeholders to address sport challenges. VASP is affiliated to:, Katerini Municipality, International Hellenic University, District Educational Authority of Pieria, Platon Private school ,Chamber of Commerce of Pieria, Cultural and Athletic clubs.
VASC has also a vast network of more than 30 affiliated sport partners all over Europe.
VASC has an Athletes centered vision. Following a positive athletes development strategy deploy innovative coaching methods. Continuously train its coaches on task-related competences in order to offer qualitative services to all. Address all spectrum from children, adolescents to adults and from emerging, performance to high performance athletes.

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