Empowering Youth Volunteers Through Sport 



EYVOL is a 2 year project co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme and aimed to foster inclusive youth environments by implementing innovative educational methods based on sport to train youth leaders and volunteers.

The main purpose of this project is to provide young multipliers (youth leaders and civil society activists) and young people specialized in sport with concrete and action-oriented training tools to be used in youth empowering and capacity building activities based on sport volunteering for social inclusion, with special regard to refugee community focused on the Mediterranean Region.

Its programme, which had been announced from the United Nations Headquarters in November 2018, on the occasion of the 8th Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, attended by UN Secretary-General, H.E. Mr. Antonio Guterres, is developing and implementing innovative educational methods to train youth volunteers on how to utilize sport to promote inter-cultural dialogue, peace building and socio-economic development, including in the context of social inclusion through sport and major sporting events, based in a collection of evidence and best practices, while examining perceptions around a wide range of stakeholders and young volunteers.

Inspired by Save the Dream, EYVOL will provide young multipliers (youth leaders and civil society activists and young people specialized in sport) with concrete and action-oriented educational and training tools while assessing the normative and practical conditions to promote sport volunteerism at the international level providing a set of political recommendations, guidelines and best practices on this regard. Its initial results will be tested in the enlarged Mediterranean Region.

What is EYVOL's general aim?

To promote voluntary activity in sport. This project aims at developing youth skills through sport volunteerism for the purposes of future employability in sport and non-sport related activities.

What are EYVOL’s particular aims?

    Promoting increased civic participation of young people by developing the role of volunteering for social inclusion through the attractiveness of sport activities.

    Disseminate good practices of the use by youth and civil society organisations of sport as a tool for social transformation with a focus on intercultural and inter-faith dialogue, equality and peace, peace and conflict resolution.

    Promote sport volunteerism as a way to develop skills of youth from the Mediterranean region also in view of future employment opportunities in the sport field, including but not limited to the organisation of major sporting events.


    Deliver training action plans to empower initiatives on social development through sport with a customized approach in the Mediterranean region for the following target audiences:

    • Young leaders and civil society activists, often not familiar with sport, to help them to achieve their objectives in fields such as the prevention of radicalization, dispute resolutions and the social inclusion of vulnerable populations.
    • Young sport volunteers (athletes, coaches, educators, referees, managers etc.) to implement social inclusion volunteering activities based on sport.


    Develop policy recommendations aimed to improve Mediterranean Region ‘Sport for social inclusion’ programs by increasing sports volunteering practices among young people to reduce risks of social exclusion.

    EYVOL Project Partners Host Final Conference on International Sport Volunteerism

    The final conference of the EYVOL project, under the theme “Innovative Tools for Transversal Skills Acquisition through Sport Volunteerism”, took place on 29 October 2021, at the Seville FC Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán Stadium in Sevilla, Spain.

    Join the Online Training Course “Discovering and Enhancing Transversal Skills For and Through Sport Volunteerism”

    This eight-week virtual course (From the week of 22 March until the last week of May 2021) developed within the EYVOL project aims to increase the knowledge and skills of young volunteers involved or interested in getting involved in sport related activities.

    EYVOL hosts the first conference on International Sport Volunteerism

    The First International Conference on Sport Volunteerism took place on 27 November 2019, at the Maison du Handball in Creteil (Paris), France. The conference was organized within the framework of the ‘Empowering Youth Volunteers through Sport’ (EYVOL) project, a transnational and multi-sectoral initiative co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, involving partners from the Olympic Movement, the United Nations, Academia and civil society.

    Hundreds of organisations and volunteers involved into the EYVOL project so far

    Already in the very first phase of implementation the EYVOL partnership is achieving high results in training volunteers and developing best-practices in sport volunteerism.

    2nd EYVOL Kick-off Meeting in Lisbon

    Last 17th July 2019, the second kick-off meeting for the project EYVOL – “Empowering Youth Volunteers through Sport” took place in Lisbon, Portugal. The international coalition of organizations from the Olympic Movement, the United Nations, Academia and civil society met to continue the implementation phase of the two-year project co-funded by the European Union within the Erasmus+ programme and aimed at developing a common framework on “Sport Volunteerism”.

    International Coalition for the EYVOL Project meets in Athens

    Last 20 February of 2019, an international coalition of organizations from the Olympic Movement, the United Nations, Academia and civil society has started today EYVOL – “Empowering Youth Volunteers through Sport”, a two-year project co-funded by the European Union within the Erasmus+ programme and aimed at developing a common framework on “Sport Volunteerism”. in Athens, Greece.


    Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

    International Olympic Truce Centre (Greece)

    Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

    Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano (Italy)

    Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

    garagErasmus Foundation (Italy)

    Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

    Universidade de Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro (Portugal)

    Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

    Youthorama (Greece)

    Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

    ONECO Consulting, S.L. (Spain)

    Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

    ENGSO Youth (Lithuania)

    Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

    Wiener Sport-Club (Austria)

    Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

    ICCS Insight (United Kingdom)

    Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

    Université Paris I – Panthéon Sorbonne (France)

    Duration of the project

    2 years and a half, until 30 June 2021

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