Summer Activities ICY 2019

During the summer 2019 there were several activities carried out within the project ICY - everyday practical activities in kayak and canoe, and two summer camps in June / July and in July / August. During the sports camps the young athletes were practicing three times a day just as in the previous year. Morning exercises were held at 7:30 outside the water. The first practices on the water were usually held at 11:00 (before the sun became too hot during the hottest hours - 12:00 - 16:00), and the second practices were held at 17:00 (after the hot sun). One of the aims of the project was to attain more children to enter the Regional Sports School of Limbazi and Salacgriva after the summer activities.

So, 51 new athlete of the project target group age entered the sports school on the new school year 2019/2020. It makes around 12% of the total of kayak and canoe athletes of the sports school. This figure makes the project successful also by the fact that not all of the 51 athletes were the project children (project children are 39), but the project children took their friends to enter the sports school as well. As the target group of the project were children from rural regions, but children from the centre of the region also entered the sports school, the total number of the children having entered the department of canoe / kayak of the sports school on the 2019/2020 were 67.

Previously on the school year 2018/2019 there were 37 new athletes who entered the sports school after the summer activities and only two of them were not project members, but they were from rural regions. The total number of the children having entered the department of canoe / kayak of the sports school on the 2018/2019 were 59.

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Transnational Meeting No4, project ICY

During 31st July - 1st August, 2019 the project team of ICY held the 4th transnational meeting in Trakai (Lithuania). The main issues of the meeting were reports on activities carried out, documentation, finances of all participants, as well as finalization of the Dissemination programme of the Lithuanian Canoe Federation and the Dissemination programme of the Audentes Sports Centre. Another important issue was preparing for the final international conference with a panel discussion of the project on: "Health of Children and Youth. Sports Development and Problems in the Baltic Countries" that is planned to be held on the 8th - 9th October, 2019. List of speakers in the conference was updated and finalized. The team also prepared invitations for each speaker on the conference pointing responsible persons of each participating countries to organize the spreading of the invitations.
The team also visited the Rowing Base of the Lithuanian Olympic Sport Centre in Trakai. As Limbazi canoe sports base is considered the best in Latvia, the Trakai Rowing base is considered the best in Lithuania. The Latvian team was able to see the base, find the similarities and differences between the both and take over the best pract6icies of the neighbours.
The transnational meeting was fruitful and valuable not only for the future work, but also for the final activities to be carried out by the project.

Sports Event for Children 2019

On the 23rd and 24th May school children were invited to participate in a sports event just as in the last year. The first day covered pupils from surrounding schools of Limbazi region. The second day covered pupils of Limbazi schools. The two of the following days were completely the opposite in the weather. Children were introduced to Limbazi and Salacgriva Regional Sports School and the possibilities in it in the stadium and the kayak/canoe sports base. This was a repeated activity to draw more new students to the Sports School and to strengthen the stated activities. The purpose of the activity ws to turn more young children to the Sports School’s Canoe and Kayak Department before summer holidays as the most intensive and interesting practices in this department are done in summer – paddling in kayaks in the lake as well as other exercises outside the water to popularize a healthy and physically active lifestyle. Event is memorized here

LSIIDP Workout, June 2019

As if celebration of the end of the school year, LSIIDP held a seminar on a topic: "Effective Communication among Children, Youth, Parents and Coaches". The lector of this seminar was the communication guru Valdis Melderis - a famous TV moderator, radio moderator, an actor and event organizer and manager. Valdis Melderis was chosen as a lector for this theme on purpose, because he is also a previous athlete of sprint canoe, which, as we know, is the sports of the project ICY. Therefore Valdis covered not only the communication aspect among the previously mentioned stakeholders, but also touched on the specific features of sprint canoe. The theme covered both - theoretical practical issues. Valdis Melderis drove a masterclass in an effective communication skills, which was equally valuable for sports specialists, coaches and family members, who were the target group of this seminar. 

Please find the event memorized here

Current Events in the Field of Sports in Latvia 2019

LSIIDP on 20th - 21st March 2019, has carried out seminar "Current Events in the Field of Sports in Latvia" in cooperation with representatives of Ministry of Education and Science, Department of Sports - director Edgars Severs, deputy director Anda Micule and expert Ilze Paulina. The seminar was represented by Sports Sub-Commission's Chairman Sandis Riekstins of Saeima of the Republic of Latvia, Chairperson of Education and Science Workers' Trade Union of Latvia Inga Vanaga and other representatives of LSIIDP - sports schools' directors. The main issues within the first day of the seminar were:
1. Tasks of Government Declaration's Action Plan in the field of sport and current events.
2. Development of Vocational orientated sports education programmes.
3. Development of the state education programme VIIS (content of state education information) and current actions.
4. Time-keeping and pay for sports coaches.
5. Collective agreements.
6. Protection of employees' rights. 
7. Exchange of experience "We do it This Way!" - Sports School of Talsi Region, Children's and Youth's Sports School of Preili Region, Children's Sports School of Valmiera.

Second day of the seminar was devoted to the development of leader skills of sports schools / sports clubs managers - directors and their deputies, like: manager skills, thinking, and decision making in teamwork development in sports schools and sports clubs. The lecturer Martins Tols taught practical examples explaining them by theory and facts. 

Event is memorized HERE