Active Development


Main Priority Area

Youth Employment


127 076 €


Norway, Poland, Portugal


24 Months

Active Development - connecting sport activities with soft skills development of youth


In an increasingly interconnected world, it is vital to foster the development of youth’s soft skills, which are critical for their personal, academic, and professional success. Soft skills, such as communication, problem-solving, leadership, teamwork, and adaptability, are becoming increasingly important in the global market. However, traditional education systems often overlook the importance of these skills, focusing predominantly on academic knowledge and technical skills.

Simultaneously, physical activities and sport are generally seen as beneficial for physical health. But their potential to nurture soft skills among youth remains a largely untapped domain. The skills such as teamwork, perseverance, leadership, and adaptability are often implicitly embedded within sport and physical activities. There is an increasing need to identify, articulate, and apply these skills in the wider context of youth development.

The Erasmus+ KA2 youth sector project is an ambitious step towards this direction. The project named ‘ACTIVE DEVELOPMENT’ aims to explore and leverage the symbiotic relationship between sport, physical activities and soft skills development among youth, particularly focusing on those with fewer opportunities such as those with disabilities or facing socioeconomic and geographical obstacles.

The ACTIVE DEVELOPMENT project identifies the need to create innovative methods and tools that can translate the benefits of sports into measurable skill development. It takes into account that youth have varying needs and access levels to resources and activities, thus underlining the importance of inclusivity and equity.

In its essence, this project stands at the intersection of sports, education, and youth development. It endeavours to create a pioneering model to fuse sport/active moment with soft skills development, by creating a set of 20 cards with an e-guide. This initiative aims not only to facilitate youth’s soft skills development but also promote a broader understanding and appreciation of the value of sports and physical activities in holistic youth development. Through this, the ACTIVE DEVELOPMENT project aspires to instigate a transformative change in the way youth are educated and prepared for their future.


The objectives of the Active Development project:

  • Enhance Soft Skills Among Youth: The primary objective of the project is to augment the level of soft skills among youth.
  • Empowerment of Youth: The project is committed to empowering young people, helping them to grow in confidence, and fostering their ability to effect change within their communities and beyond.
  • Enhance Quality in Youth Work: The project aims to improve the quality of youth work by equipping youth leaders with new and innovative methodologies that can facilitate better outcomes.
  • Promote Inclusion: The project aims to contribute to better integration of youth from diverse backgrounds. This ensures that all young people have the opportunity to participate and benefit from the project’s initiatives.
  • Foster Employability of Youth: By focusing on the enhancement of soft skills, the project seeks to increase the employability of young people, particularly those with fewer opportunities.
  • Provide Access to Innovative Educational Methods: The project aims to support youth leaders by providing them access to novel educational methods, thereby enhancing their capacity to engage and educate young people effectively.

Project results:

R1: E-guide: soft skills development trough sport activities

R2: ACTIVE DEVELOPMENT – activity cards



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