The project is characterized by a variety of activities (workshops, open space conferences, seminars, job shadowing) and the informational and educational campaign assumes the development of personal and coaching competences. Sharing knowledge and experience between clubs from Poland, Hungary and Slovakia.
For these associations, joint projects in the project mean going beyond their local community to Europe. Thanks to the initiative and meeting of Franciszek Bednar - the Slovak leader and Janusz Kozicki - the leader of Orła Rzeszów, a meeting with new partners from Trnkov and Hidasnemeti took place during the summer holidays of 2018. During the meeting, the difficulties of individual organizations and the resulting needs were discussed.
The project provides the organization with the exchange of trainers / guardians / volunteers / activists, their education and the exchange of experiences in individual countries: Slovakia - 4 days, Hungary - 4 days, and Poland - 4 days.
On the Polish, Slovak and Hungarian side, organizations will select 7 trainers / adepts / volunteers for the meetings. The associations from Hungary and Slovakia are from small towns and more coaches would be a problem for them, as they themselves put it.
On February 9th we took part in Erasmus+ coordinators meeting. We received an important informations about technical and financial aspects of the project. The meeting was very professional and was conducted by a few experts. It was divided into 5 sessions:
The whole meeting was very helpful and gave beneficiaries essential tips and informations on administrative and financial aspects of different types of projects, and also informed about obligatory activities.
On May 8-9, 2021, a preliminary meeting of six representatives from three countries participating in the project took place; Poland, Slovakia and Hungary . During the visit, tasks were divided, the details of individual activities were discussed and the risks that may occur during the project and how to eliminate them were discussed
17th-21st June 2021 - first Erasmus Sport project's trainers meeting was held. The seminar was held in Slovakia, in small village - Trnkov. 21 Slovakian, Polish and Hungarian trainers participated in the meeting, 7 persons from each partner's country. Participants were able to see how the Slovakian football club works and observe their coaches training. They could also learn from great professionals, who run the workshops and lectures:
Coach and sportsman mental training specialist, he teached about motivation and communication. He ran lecture on young player's potential. Participants were also able to see his methods in practice - Miroslav prepared football training for children that other trainers watched.
UEFA Pro trainer, the coordinator of SFZ. He teached about preparing training process in football and prepared tactical analysis of the best football teams and their movement while defending. He also prepared football training and shared his experience and methods of work with other trainers. The coordinators of the clubs participating in this project presented their associations and shortly described how football organisations work in particular countries: in Slovakia, in Poland and in Hungary.
Trainers active participation in lectures and trainings, them sharing their thoughts, reflections and experiences led to more and more discussions on the discussed topics. It eventually led to the better understanding of the problems that trainers have to face. In their free time participants from different countries watched Euro 2020 matches. It gave great contribution to their integration. In evenings they played tennis and voleyball together - it built positive atmosphere and strenghtened bounds between participating clubs.
The second Erasmus+ "Trainers are important" meeting took place in another partnership country - Hungary. Andros Torok welcomed coming participants and presented the plan for the following days. Next day whole group went to Miskolc to see the work methodology of one of the biggest Hungarian football academies - DVTK. Mr Zoltan Fogarasi, sports president of DVTK was the leader of the workshops there and he also showed us a presentation about the club. Participants also had an opportunity to see the trainings of the various age-based groups. Later they went to see modern medical center that helps football players heal their injuries. Tamas Kupecz was the leader of the workshops the following day. Main topics were bulding a training microcycle and transfering trainer's potential to increase the potential of the players. Afterwards participants went to watch a football game of the local team.
Janusz Kozicki, coordinator of the project, run another workshops on effectiveness of the training process. After the lecture there was a summary of the meeting and an exchange of trainers experiences. On the next day, the participants ate dinner and went on their way home. This meeting was inspiring and interesting, trainers claimed to develop their skills and competences. They were also happy to have an opportunity to watch big, Hungarian football academy working.
Possibility of use coaching approach in football
The third Erasmus Sport project "Trainers are important" meeting took place in Rzeszow from 6th to 10th of April 2022. The main topic of the workshops was: player mental training, stress levelling and football match analysis.
Within job shadowing of organisational and athletic sphere the participants had a chance to see The Sports School in Rzeszów presented to them by it's principal Wojciech Wilk.
The trainers also had an opportunity to observe how the Resovia soccer academy (certified by PZPN) works and they also went to see the football game: Apklan Resovia - Podbeskidzie. A training was organised by Janusz Kozicki, who also had a workshop about training analysis and it's practical usage. After that, UEFA A trainer Przemysław Matuła talked about PZPN programme called AMO. Next in our schedule were the workshops about stress levelling led by coach Beata Kozicka. On the last day there was a summary of the meeting and after the dinner all participants went back home.
37 people from 3 different countries participated in the final conference. With facilitator leadership, the participants shared their reflections, they looked for good solutions and fininshed The Good Trainer Decalogue. During the conference there was also a presentation about the results of the completed activities, the summary and planning of the future activities.
The Decalogue of good trainer was passed to 10 organisations from 3 different countries.
Our project goal was to to appreciate the trainer, who is a person showing the right path to his players. There were 21 trainers participating in our project, from three European countries. They filled anonymous questionnaires before the first seminar and the last one. The survey consisted of two questions, the coaches self-assessed their coaching and personal competences. The results are presented below.
Before the seminars, participants marked their level of competences at approximately half of their abilities. After all the seminars they answered the same question marking a much higher level - the increase was approximately 40%.
We also asked the trainers to what extent they assess the level of their coaching/personal skills. Before the seminars the average was 60%, whereas after the seminars the trainers replied that the level of their coaching competences increased by 30%.