The kick-off meeting of EuropeActive’s Fitness on the Move new project took place on 3 January with all 4 EU partners and on 16 April with our international partner from India. Due to Covid-19 and restrictions for traveling, project meetings took place virtually using a digital platform. This new project is managed by DG EAC of the European Commission and it is one of 10 Preparatory Action & Pilot Projects in the field of mobility.
This is an exciting initiative for pilot projects that foster the collaboration of European organisations with organisations from the rest of the world, with the main objective to promote and create international cooperation and exchange of practises and knowledge through mobility schemes for trainers, educators, athletes, etc.
With the Fitness on the Move (FOM) project, EuropeActive (coordinator) aims at establishing a regular exchange scheme between EU and Indian fitness professionals and staff to exchange knowledge, skills and ideas for promoting healthy lifestyles. EuropeActive, supported by the 6 participating organisations (partners), are well placed to successfully implement the FOM project activities and to guarantee an effective dissemination and long-lasting impact of the exchange mobility scheme
Specifically, the project’s main objectives are to promote exchange of knowledge, ideas, and good practices to improve business opportunities, create a framework for further cooperation between the European and Indian fitness stakeholders (e.g. increase mobility opportunities) through capacity development of individuals and partners and promote EU values through fitness (ref art.2 TEU); promoting tolerance, inclusion, equality, transparency and good governance through an intensive mobility period.
The core of the project will be 2 mobility study visits; an EU delegation will visit India as part of the mobility scheme and an Indian delegation of 20 people (trainers, fitness professionals,..) will come to Europe to visit fitness centres, operators, training centres and academies etc. Moreover, the project will end with the realization of the 1st International Healthy Lifestyles Conference in April 2021, our main dissemination event to promote the results of this promising mobility project.
EuropeActive is excited to having this opportunity to explore horizons outside Europe and build relationships that will long last the duration of the project.