CROATIA, Klub Sinkroniziranog plivanja Primorje Aqua Maris (KSP), Synchronized Swimming Club Primorje Aqua Maris
The Synchronized Swimming Club “Primorje Aqua Maris” exists as an independent unit since 1996, before which it existed only as a small section of the Swimming Club “Primorje”. “Primorje Aqua Maris” is a non-profit organisation, our selected members of the committee board are volunteers who actively participate in every aspect of the sport; these enthusiasts invest their own time, knowledge, and most of all, their love and appreciation in helping our club grow and get better each year.
One year after it was independently founded, we organised the first, and still, to this day the only International Competition in Synchronized swimming in the Republic of Croatia. The competition has been successfully held since 1997, and this year we will proudly organise our 19th “Primorje Synchro Cup”. Apart from international competitions, 7 years ago, we started another tradition and since have evolved it passionately to the best of our abilities: a biannual tradition, involving two synchronized swimming themed shows. One in the winter and the other in the summer. These shows are not competitive, rather they are a lot like theatre production shows made for the audience to enjoy them. We organise them extremely carefully and in excruciating detail, from choosing a theme, inventing a complete script to tell the story, creating the choreography, hand-making all the costumes and the scene props, doing hair and make-up for all the swimmers, to organising professional lighting, live music, photographers and press. Because they are theme shows, the point is to be able to tell a beautiful story through the art of synchronized swimming, convey it to the audience and leave them mesmerized. As stated earlier, we are a non-profit organisation, and organising such events literally includes every single person in our club, their efforts, knowledge and expertise which are hard to come by in this sport. Currently we hold the count of 110 swimmers aged 4-20, 4 educated trainers and 5 honorary trainers; we welcomed 3 different trainers from Russia, one of whom has stayed with us for 14 years and still counting, this year we invited a guest trainer/ Olympic swimmer from Belarus so she can help our trainers and swimmers gain new experiences.
We are members of RSS, the Croatian Association of Synchronized Swimming, which is a member of the Croatian Olympic Committee. Our main administrative body is the secretary office, with permanent employment, coordinating everything in the daily, monthly and yearly events. “Primorje Aqua Maris” is the only synchronized swimming club in Croatia with an administrative hierarchy.
BULGARIA, Bulgarian sport development association, BSDA
Bulgarian Sports Development Association was founded in 2010 as a nonprofit public benefit organization devoted to the development of Bulgarian sport and improving of the sporting culture in Bulgaria.
Main priorities of BSDA:
* Reviving sport culture;
* Volunteering in sport;
* Education through and in sport;
* Good governance in sport;
* Integration through sport;
* Skills of the future and entrepreneurship.
As sport is about ambition, emotion and inspiration initiated by the people for the people, the sector should be based on the personal convictions of decision-makers for integrity, dedication and fairness as well as on the principles of “fair play”, team-work, discipline, equal start and non-discrimination. We believe that sport should be part of a modern life of children and young people and should transmit in them all those values and support their use in all aspects of life. Sport is also an excellent way to prevent many of the problems with young people such as social exclusion, violence, crime and addictions. The team is motivated, creative and full of innovative spirit that works for development of Bulgarian sport and enhance the sport culture in Bulgaria with a desire and motivation. BSDA membership is voluntary and the association involve both physical and legal persons who are willing to help sport development with time, ideas, effort or financial support. BSDA also organize different events in the areas of: entrepreneurship, citizenship and active society. The team of the organization consists of professionals from different fields as: sport experts, media specialists, tourism and hospitality, education, marketing and others.
The main goals are:
- Sustainable development of physical education and sport in Bulgaria;
- Develop different strategies and programs for sport tourism.
- Development, application, implementation and coordination of national, municipal, government, European, international and other projects and programs for development of sport, sports facilities and physical education;
- Improving the health, physical condition and sports culture of the nation, concerning youth problems as a priority;
- Optimization and mobilizing human and material potential in sport and personal development;
- Creating an enabling environment for sustainable and efficient management and entrepreneurship in sport and tourism;
- Development of education in physical culture and sport and through sport, and informal continuing education in the field of sport, professional development, business and entrepreneurship;
- Protection of children, youth, professional athletes, coaches, sports figures and sports organizations;
- Develop, Stimulate entrepreneurship and personal development of the youngsters;
- Development of prevention through sport.
Full member of ISCA – International sport and culture association, World Sport Pacific Federation and National Patient Organization Confederation “Health Protection” – Bulgaria. Represented at:
- National Parliament of the Republic of Bulgaria – Commission on cooperation with NGOs and citizens’ complaints (April 2015 – present) – Representative in Public Council – sector “Physical Education and sports”.
- Founder of representative body the NGO Forum for support of Bulgarian presidency 2018 (March 2017 – present);
- BSDA has been between first 32 organizations in Europe, that signed the launched from Commissioner Tibor Navracsics pledge of good governance in sport during Sport Forum 2017 in Malta. (March 2017);
- Part of Public Council on youth issues to the Minister of youth and sport in Bulgaria (December 2017 – present).
Recognition and awards:
- “European Everyday of Sport” project has been selected as a success story and good practice by Directorate-General Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission in July 2018;
- “Vitamin S(port)” project has been awarded with “Quality sign” by the National agency Erasmus+ of Bulgaria in December 2018;
- Bulgarian sports development association has received award by ProSport Foundation for overall contribution for broadening access to sport in Bulgaria in the category “Civil organization” – December 2018.
SERBIA: Serbian Diving Association (SSVS)
Synchronized swimming in Serbia was noted to have first appeared in the year 1968. During this time period, the swimming pool “Tasmajdan” hosted a group of athletes engaged in synchronized swimming, led by Vukasin Vuletic. The first official school of synchronized swimming was initiated in 1973 at the swimming pool “25.Maj”, led by Franc Senica. Up until 1984 this was the only possible to way to get involved in synchronized swimming in Belgrade and former Yugoslavia. Another group was formed in 1986 named “Sirenaˮ in the city of Krusevac. Two years later, Synchronized Swimming Club ”Banjicaˮ was formed, and in 1989 Synchronized Swimming Club ”Tasmajdan” had been formed and started actively engaging athletes. From 1973 until 1995 synchronized swimming existed as part of the Swimming Federation of Yugoslavia. The first National Championship in synchronized swimming was held in 1993 and it was organised by the Swimming Federation of Yugoslavia. Right after this National Championship, another 4 clubs were constituted: Synchronized Swimming Club ,,Vracarˮ in Belgrade, ,,Sabacˮ in the city of Sabac, ,,TENTˮ in Obrenovac and ,,Nisˮ in the city of Nis.
Nowadays, Synchronized Swimming Federation of Serbia has a record of 13 active clubs:
1 ,,Banjicaˮ, Belgrade
2 ,,25.Majˮ, Belgrade
3 ,,Delfinˮ, Belgrade
4 ,,Novi Beogradˮ, Belgrade
5 ,,Tasmajdanˮ, Belgrade
6 ,,Vracarˮ, Belgrade
7 ,,11. Aprilˮ, Belgrade
8 ,,TENTˮ, Obrenovac
9 ,,Nisˮ, Nis
10 ,,Sireneˮ, Nis
11 ,,Spinˮ, Nis
12 ,,Radnickiˮ, Kragujevac
13 ,,Boracˮ, Cacak
CROATIA, Sport VIV
NGO Sport VIV was founded in 2015 with the aims of: promotion of civil society and human rights protection, especially to children and youth with a focus on sports and activities related to sports and sports education; raise awareness of young people and promote the values of a society of equal opportunity for all citizens, especially the promotion of gender equality, affirming the rights and integration into society of persons with disabilities and to combat all forms of violence, especially gender-based violence and all forms of social exclusion, discrimination and stereotypes; raising awareness of young people and promoting quality of life through the promotion of sports in the lives of young people and the quality of spending leisure time, commitment to ecology and sustainable development and the fight against all forms of addiction and doping; Non-formal education and employment of young people and marginalized groups,; promotion of health for marginal / vulnerable groups; promoting the rights of persons with disabilities and other marginalized / vulnerable groups; networking with existing civil society organizations at local, regional, national and international level, to work on common goals; Encouraging, coordinating and organizing sporting and other events, the preservation of cultural heritage and development of amateur sport and civil society; prevention of violence, delinquency and other forms of unacceptable behavior of children and young people by conducting sports activities and workshops; organizing ecological and recreational camps and trips to the nature in which will be the environmental, recreational, creative and other group activities to implement prevention programs with young people; We are particularly active in working with children and young people. We are participating and organizing recreational sport events for all citizens regardless their age and social background.
SPORT VIV gathers experts in raising awareness of all citizens by promoting the values of the society of equal opportunities for all citizens throughout sport activities. But mainly, Sport VIV gathers experts in all fields of sport (water sports, ball sports, athletics… etc.) As dissemination, we use digital online media, social networks, PR, dissemination through our networks, organize local dissemination events, Crowdsourcing. We are also promoting sport for people with disabilities and we have already started collaboration with Zagreb sport association for people with disabilities. Our project staff has extensive knowledge and skills in sports (as athletes and long-time sport professionals – general secretaries of Zagreb, Rijeka and Osijek sport associations), in project implementation but as well in direct working with young people, especially ones without equal opportunities; in organizing sport events, local dissemination events; motivating target groups and local and national stakeholders.