Hungarian Olympic Academy invites neighbouring Academies to the next EOA Seminar

On 1-3 March 2023, the town of Eger will be the meeting place for a handful of National Olympic Academies to review the situation of Olympic Education projects in Central and South-Eastern Europe. The Hungarian Olympic Academy, under the leadership of Zsuzsanna Bukta, is looking forward to an intensive exchange between NOA delegates, PE teachers and experts from the field.

The EOA Seminars event series aims to bring together geographically adjacent National Olympic Academies to exchange views on a current topic and to share and learn from each other’s ways of operating. After the inaugural EOA Seminar Klaipeda was held last August, the series is now heading to the north of Hungary to the historic centre of Eger.

The three-day meeting will deal with the topic: “Perspectives of Olympic Education in Central and South-Eastern European Countries”. The focus lies on an analysis of the current state of affairs, what kind of activities have been carried out in the participating countries, what the preconditions and structures look like and what resources can be accessed.

Deanna Binder and Xenia Kourgouzova have confirmed their participation as expert advisors. Deanna Binder has contributed greatly to the creation of the Olympic Values Education Programme (OVEP) materials in the past and conducted countless presentations and workshops on Olympic values education in many countries from 2008 to 2017. Xenia Kourgouzova is Senior Education Manager at the International Olympic Committee and is in charge of the OVEP programme.

In addition to the workshops and presentations, the participants will also enjoy a small cultural programme designed to introduce them to Hungarian culture, the town, and its sport.

Lilla Szijj, Member of the Hungarian Olympic Academy and responsible for Olympic Education, said, “The goal of the seminar is to open the eyes of sport administrators and delegates of NOAs on OVEP and lay down the roots of cooperation.” 

Soenke Schadwinkel, EOA Executive Director, said, “With the second episode of the EOA Seminars, we are continuing a format that has attracted a lot of interest from our members, and we are confident that our Hungarian members are going to create memorable moments in Eger.”

The EOA Seminar Eger will be a closed event, and online participation will not be possible as it was for the EOA Seminar Klaipeda. The EOA will report about the event on its website and social media and publish the results after the event.

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