The project IN COMMON SPORTS -INTERGENERATIONAL COMPETITION AS MOTIVATION FOR SPORT AND HEALTHY LIFESTYLE OF SENIOR CITIZENS
2018 - 2020 is a collaborative partnership co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. This project
brings together five European countries and six organizations: Municipality of Vila Nova de Cerveira (Portugal),
Municipality of Cesena (Italy), Viana do Castelo Polytechnic Institute (Portugal), University of Thessaly (Greece),
Aksakovo Municipality (Bulgaria) and Zoldpont Association (Hungary) ensuring a European dimension and representing
some of the countries with the lowest rates of sports practice and countries with high rates of ageing in the European
Union. In January 2019, the University of Vigo (Spain) joined the project to replace the University of Thessaly (Greece).
Based on the results evidenced by the 2015 Intergenerational Olympics Project promoted by the Municipality of
Vila Nova de Cerveira co-funded by the ERASMUS + programme (Not-for-profit European sport events) and the ageing
challenges of the regions involved, the project aims, among other objectives, to deepen the knowledge of the motivational
factors for the continuous practice of physical exercise in the elderly population and the impact of the "Intergenerational
Olympics“ on the physical and mental fitness of the elderly.
The project will develop the study "Physical Fitness and Cognitive Performance of the Elderly - Competition as
an Additional Motivation for Promoting an Active Lifestyle" involving more than 350 participants from the five
countries and the implementation of 15 "intergenerational Olympics" 500 senior participants. In addition, the project
was designed to ensure participation and impact in local complementary organizations, such as social, voluntary,
youth and sports associations, ensuring at least the involvement of 80 local organizations. During the project
implementation, it is also expected to deliver two open educational resources related to this segment.