Carpet bowls for everyone – closing conference in Kekava, Latvia

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On October 25, 2022, the Kekava Municipality Sport Agency together with the Education, Culture and Sports Administration of Kekava municipality organized the final conference of the Erasmus+ Sports project “Carpet bowls foR everyone / CARE”. Target group of this conference were all Latvian sports representatives, sports specialists, organizers of health-promoting activities, sports teachers, heads of sports clubs and associations, coaches etc. It was good opportunity to meet in person each other and to discuss the development of sport activities and examples of good practice in Latvia.

Mayor of Kekava Municipality Juris Žilko opened the conference.

The guidelines of the national sports policy for the development of national sport in Latvia for 2022-2027 were presented by the Deputy State Secretary – Department Director of the Ministry of Education and Science, Department of Sports, Edgars Severs.

Dace Cīrule, director of Kekava Municipality Sport Agency, introduced all participants about work of the Sport Agency, about the financing of European funds to diversify the sports activities of people, about events organized by sports organizers of Agency and about the new ideas in health-promoting activities. Laine Kreicere, project manager of Kekava Municipality Sport Agency, informed about the Erasmus+ Sports project “Carpet bowls for everyone” (CArpet bowls foR everyone / CARE).

In the continuation of the conference, the Senior Public Health Analyst of the Center for Disease Prevention and Control, Iveta Pudule, presented the audience with research on habits affecting the health of Latvian citizens.

Aiva Jakubovska, deputy director of the Jekabpils Sport Center, shared examples of good practice regarding the diverse activities of sports and the wide range of events in Jekabpils municipality. Sports and health district coordinator, sports teacher Aiga Liepkalne talked about additional sport process activities in School, success stories in the primary school of Kekava Secondary School. At the end of Conference about challenges of sports infrastructure, the new impressive rock-climbing wall in Ogre was told by Aija Romanovska, head of the Development and Planning Department of the Central Administration.

In the practical part of the Conference, the participants had the opportunity to try the game of carpet bowls, as well as participate in a mini-tournament.

Kekava Municipality Sport Agency is the coordinator of the project “Carpet bowls foR everyone / CARE” (“Carpet bowls for everyone”), No.: 622461-EPP-1-2020-1-LV-SPO-SSCP, developed by the ERASMUS + Sport program “Small Scale Partnership”. Four partner organizations are involved in the project: Nilüfer Municipality (Turkey); Soc.Cons. Mista a r.l. Rocca di Cerere Geopark (Italy); DGI VESTJYLLAND (Denmark); The Norwegian Carpet Bowls Federation / Norges Carpet Bowls Forbund (Norway).