The Olympic Studies Centre at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (CEO-UAB) has presented the international study Olympic education: activities and resources commissioned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The presentation took place at the Olympia room in the IOC headquarters in Lausanne last Monday 4 June and was attended by 15 representatives from different IOC Departments. This presentation was followed by a working session aimed to IOC managers of education-related programmes.
The project, funded by the International Olympic Committee, was undertaken from April 2011 until May 2012, and was leaded by Berta Cerezuela, CEO-UAB Head of Projects. The research team was formed by the PhD students Angelica Sha and Itxasne Sagarzazu, the students Brittany Daley and Bryan Steele as assistant researchers, Ramon Garcia Sedo as technology consultant, and Dr Emilio Fern ndez Pe¤a and Dr. Nelson Todt as academic advisers.
The project continued the collaboration started in 2006 with the Educational and Cultural Services at the Olympic Museum Lausanne to create a database of experiences on Olympic education that constitutes the third pillar of the Olympic Values Educational Programme (OVEP) strategy launched by the IOC that year aimed to promote the interest of youth in sport, increase its practice and disseminate the Olympic values.
As a result of the project, CEO-UAB has provided the IOC with information on those organisations within the Olympic Movement working in the field of Olympic education. It includes an analysis of the nearly 300 identified educational activities and resources in terms of typology, target audience, institutional coordination, management models and transferability, amongst others. A report on the historical evolution of the educational programmes promoted by the organising committee for the Olympic Games was also produced. The analysis was complemented by a technical proposal on how activities and resources should be described, and on how they should be disseminated by the IOC amongst Olympic Movement organisations and, in particular, the international educational community. CEO-UAB also delivered to the IOC a complete profile that describes and provides additional materials (such as images, guides, reports, etc.) on a selection of 117 initiatives from more than 50 countries from all geographical areas.
With this project, CEO-UAB has continued its work on research and dissemination in the field of Olympic education. Within this area, CEO-UAB has recently developed research on the evolution of Olympic education in Spain to be published in the upcoming months as part of a book edited by Prof. Roland Naul and published by Routledge, and will participate in events such as sessions for sport technicians from the school sport councils in Catalonia.
For any further information on this project, please contact our team.