Final Event and International conference on volunteering in sport held in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, May 2, 2022. – 240 volunteers trained to volunteer in sports competitions, participation of volunteers in more than 25 national and international sports events, a large survey of volunteering involving over 200 sports clubs, one million and two hundred thousand people reached, a handbook on volunteering in sports competitions covering all aspects of organization of a sport event – these are just some of the results of the 30 month EU project “Du Motion” presented today at the International Conference on Volunteering in Sports in Dubrovnik’s Lazareti.

The conference was opened by the Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik Mato Franković and the Secretary General of the Dubrovnik Sports Association and Director of Du Motion Alen Bošković.

Representatives of the Croatian Olympic Committee, the Ministry of Sport and Tourism, the Du Motion and Mostar Run races and the Dubrovnik Volunteer Center participated in panels on volunteering in Croatia and local sports competitions.

It was pointed out that in Croatia only 4% of people are involved in volunteer activities and that there is a lot of room for improvement. Creating an appropriate legislative framework and better connecting actors at the local, regional and national levels are among the main preconditions for this, and it is Du Motion that has been highlighted as an example of good practice in organizing volunteers in sport.

This was confirmed by young volunteers, ambassadors of the EU project from Croatia, Bulgaria, Italy, Poland, Sweden and Turkey, who spoke about their experiences of volunteering at the recently held Dubrovnik Half Marathon.

The conference concluded with the hope that this project will contribute to the further development of volunteering in sports and encourage other stakeholders to actively engage and share experiences.

Let us remind you once again that the EU project “Du Motion” was co-financed with funds provided through the European Union’s Erasmus +: Sport program in the amount of almost
300 thousand euros and with the support of the Office for Non-Governmental Organizations of the Republic of Croatia.

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