SPIN Sport Innovation

Innovative Concepts

SPIN develops innovative education and learning concepts that are especially tailored to the fields of sport, health, and youth. We have built a specific set of competencies related to the development of education and training projects and programmes through informal and non-formal learning. This includes a specific communities of practice approach as a new form of collaborative learning.

Sport for Development

Sport has the potential to promote tolerance and mutual respect, and it contributes to the goals of education and health. Used properly, it can be an effective initiator and catalyst for social inclusion. We work with public and private players to better harness the potential of sports for sustainable development. Through strategic consulting and special training of multipliers on site, we support projects in the area of ​​development through sport.

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Education through Sport

Sport and play are of great importance when it comes to educating young people. Sport is a key element for developing a healthy lifestyle and it provides a special learning environment. It is an effective and efficient tool for developing cognitive, mental and social competencies. However, to develop its full educational potential, sport must be implemented in a targeted and qualitative manner, based on a solid and sound concept. We have developed a concept for a targeted use of sport as a learning tool with a focus to initiate learning processes of youngsters.

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Communities of Practice

SPIN has co-developed the person-centered YANUZ communities of practice approach. It describes COP as a social learning pathway where people commit to improve a common concern around a complex social challenge. And where they interact regularly to learn and to co-create innovative solutions. It supports stakeholders establishing open and eye-level cooperation around complex problems and to facilitate innovation. The approach leads to identifying good practice, shared learning, and innovative ideas of practice-based problem-solving. With this approach, we facilitate building a sense of community and purpose of heterogenous stakeholder groups. This supports shaping new solutions to entrenched problems, tapping into hidden talent and knowledge, and providing space to innovate and embed change.

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Project­ References

Sport for Development

German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ)
SPIN supports the German Society for International Cooperation in the field Sport for Development. The GIZ supports the German Federal Government, on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, in achieving its goals related to international cooperation towards sustainable development through sport. As part of our cooperation, we develop sport development concepts, carry out local sport development training sessions, and create manuals for sport development practitioners. In the GIZ sector program “Sport for Development in the Palestinian Territories”, SPIN developed approaches to effectively  activate and use existing local sports infrastructure for the development goals of the German Government in the Palestinian Territories.

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Education through Sport

German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ)
Within the larger context of United Nation’s led international cooperation for sustainable development, SPIN applies sport as a tool to build capacity in communities, organisations and for individuals. With youth and young adults being the main target group of our education through sport programmes. Our capacity building approach is centered around education, life skills and employability. For example, we developed a practical manual for local life skills coaches for the German Society for International Cooperation. As part of the GIZ project “Kick-off: Sporting activities for Development in Serbia, Kosovo and Albania”, we took over the planning and implementation of on-site training measures.

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Communities of Practice

Social Innovation Learning Space Yanuz
Yanuz is an open resource to co-create innovative solutions concerning the complex societal challenges we face today. Our focus lies on establishing a more healthy society. It is an open resource available for anybody who likes to expand their knowledge on how to co-create innovative solutions concerning the complex societal challenges we face today. The complexity-oriented learning space offers applied tools, guiding principles and field-tested practices, together with consulting and training opportunities. It provides community to build and share experiences and an access point towards trusted collaboration and reliable partnerships. A unique feature of the Social Innovation Learning Space Yanuz is its specific focus on the role of education in the process towards social change.

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