RSE: Youth Exchange Targu Jiu, Romania 27.-31.03.2022

The trainers team was followed by youth athletes who took over the relay stick on March 27, on their way to Targu Jiu, Romania, to meet other youth athletes from Romania, France and Greece. This is the second mobility under the Erasmus+ Sports "Restart Sport Engine in EU" project. This mobility also was presented by athletes from several cities - Bauska, Talsi and Limbaži - Līga Irmane, Ilona Kupčiuna, Velibor Marinkovic, Inga Zaļupe and Dāvis Strazds. Although the athletes, just as the trainers, reached the finish line at four in the morning, this did not prevent them from successfully starting activities with Romanian, French and Greek youth athletes. One of the most interesting activities was a presentation of each country's sports through tools such as song, folklore, theater, which was drawn by a captain of each country's team. Latvians drew a folklore and, thanks to our folklore hero Sprīdītis (Tom Thumb), presented Latvian sports at a high level. What did Sprīdītis do? Sprīdītis walked the world in a search of happiness in the right sport - the basketball game available at home was too long and the field too big, BMX - legs too weak, rowing - hands. And so Sprīdītis walked all over the Fatherland in a search of the sport of happiness, but found it nowhere, because each sport had some minus. However, when Sprīdītis returned home, he learned that 3x3 basketball was included in the Olympic Games program. He decided that it was the right one - the field was smaller and the playing time was shorter. And Sprīdītis began training hard and won the ticket to Tokyo, where he became the Olympic champion! In addition to theoretical training and sports activities, athletes learned to dance Zumba, played bowling and learned martial arts.

But what do the athletes themselves say? Read it here!

Inga Zaļupe, Limbaži:
"The biggest benefit is friendship. It's something universal in the nature of people all over the world, regardless of language, religion or ethnic origin. It's a wonderful thing to realize that you have friends outside your country with whom you will have many thoughts and things to share, even if you don't meet each other every day. The project allowed to take a break and get away from the usual daily routine. These days were a huge source of inspiration for future plans and perhaps even a real turning point for the future career. New experience, new knowledge, new people and contacts, wider vision and understanding. THANK YOU!"

Līga Irmane, Bauska Regional Children and Youth Sports School:
"The biggest benefit of the mobility is the human person. New contacts, exchange of experiences both among ourselves and participants from Romania, France and Greece. No matter where you are from - sport unites and increases positive emotions. This was especially noticeable in this mobility. Thanks for these impressions!"

Ilona Kupčiuna, Bauska Regional Children and Youth Sports School:
"Erasmus + was definitely something new in my experience. The common goal in sport, sharing of experiences among representatives of four countries (Latvia 🇱🇻, Romania 🇹🇩, France 🇫🇷 and Greece 🇬🇷) and to meet new people. The project leaders had thought of the content of all three days thouroughly, during which we got to know each other, shared the sports life of our countries, and actively moved. The project has definitely brought positive emotions and good memories."

Dāvis Strazds, Limbaži Regional Sports School:
"In this kind of a project, I participated for the first time and enjoyed everything it gave to me - the opportunity to meet new people, travel and share experiences in the field of sports. Mobility was thought through of both: the practical and the diversity of the program. Thanks to the project manager for the opportunity."

Velibor Marinkovic, Talsu novada Sporta skola:
"The Erasmus+ project was cool and interesting. I am always happy to meet new people from other countries. I have learned a lot from this project. Thanks for everything!"

PHOTO from the event is HERE.