Together with five partners, Cluster Sports & Technology managed to win a European project in which the sports orientation method, SportKompas will be combined along with exergaming to help children in primary schools across Europe find their preferred sport. With this project, we want to create a new digital and innovative environment for physical education teachers and children on learning, experience, and self-evaluation. 

What does the SPOKI project entail?

SPOKI, SPort Orientation for Kids, aims to implement the sports orientation method, “SportKompas,” within primary schools across various European cities and combine that with an exergame, so they can test and find their favorite sport.

For this, we are working together with 5 parties: Universidad Europea de Valencia (Spain), Varala Sport Institute (Finland), ANCI Piemonte  (Italy), SportaMundi (Belgium) and EPSI (Belgium). SportaMundi is the leader of this project and thus takes on the coordinator role. The project has a budget of 400 000 euros, divided among the six partners.

The central philosophy of the project is to inspire children with a sense of achievement, joy, and motivation by directing them towards sports that match their interests. This approach not only builds self-esteem but also enhances social integration and promotes a healthy lifestyle. By focusing on schools, the project ensures inclusivity, allowing every child, regardless of diversity, culture, or socioeconomic background, to benefit.

Physical education teachers and coaches can use SportKompas test results to improve children’s movement skills. At the same time, local governments can gain insights into children’s sports preferences, enabling them to adjust their infrastructures accordingly. By facilitating cross-country knowledge sharing and considering geographical and cultural differences, SportKompas aims to create a sustainable digital solution for cities in many EU countries. The goal is to develop a sustainable capacity for collaboration, both locally and internationally. The broader societal impact includes increased sports participation, health prevention, well-being, and integration on a multinational level.

How will the trajectory go?

  1. First, we will try to activate children in the age group 8-10 years old. By identifying children’s preferred sports through SportKompas, the project aims to increase their involvement in sports activities and exergaming. Additionally, it focuses on enhancing skills development by improving the motor skills of children in primary schools and sports organizations.
  2. As a second step, we will proceed with innovating the physical education environment. Thanks to the data collected and analyzed during the first phase of the project, teachers will gain a better understanding of children’s skills, enabling them to provide more tailored exercises. Additionally, schools, cities, governments, and researchers will obtain insights into the movement skills, sports preferences, and health parameters of children within a region or across the EU.

Cluster Sports &Technology supports the implementation of the innovative process and involves its cluster partners.

The project started in Januay 2024 and will run for 2 years. We will keep you updated on our progress through our blogs!

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Status project

Start: January 2024

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Organisation: Cluster Sports & Technology
Contact person: René Wijlens
Phone: +31 (0)6 – 21829070