• September 9, 2015

    June 5th 2015 – The Opening Press Conference

    June 5th 2015 – The Opening Press Conference
    On June 5, 2015 the press conference held to launch the project JUNIOR HOP was hosted by the National University of Physical Education and Sport Bucharest (UNEFS). On this occasion was announced the calendar of JUNIOR HOP events, a project about education and culture through sports, conducted exclusively for children, partially funded by the European Program ERASMUS + . At the press conference we had, as special guest, Mr. Sorin Mihai Cimpeanu, Minister of Education and Scientific Research, and also Monica Iagăr our great champion athlete. The actions of this project will involve large Romanian athletes regardless the sport they practice (football, gymnastics, handball, athletics, volleyball, rugby or even chess), that will all promote the importance of movement for children.
  • September 9, 2015

    August 29th to September 5th – Flash mobs

    August 29th to September 5th – Flash mobs
    As part of the project JUNIOR HOP, between August 15 to September 5, we will make some actions in order to promote our event "The biggest hopscotch the world in number of participants". These actions will take place in Bucharest in different areas (eg: large commercial centers). Through these actions we aim to promote the event on 12th September in Parc Cismigiu (we estimate a visibility of about 50,000 people in flashmoburi).
  • September 9, 2015

    September 7th 2015 – The Press Conference for the opening of the European week of sport

    September 7th 2015 – The Press Conference for the opening of the European week of sport
    The Center for Creation, Art and Tradition - CREART (public service subordinated to the Bucharest Municipality), as supporter partner of the project JUNIOR HOP, will host the press conference on September 7, in which we will announce the opening of the European Week of Sport and we will announce the event on 12th September in Cismigiu Park - "The greatest hopscotch in the world in number of participants". The JUNIOR HOP project has as patron also the Federation Sports for All and we will organise the press conference in partnership.
  • September 9, 2015

    September 12th 2015 – The biggest hopscotch in the world in numer of participants

    September 12th  2015 – The biggest hopscotch in the world in numer of participants
    On September 12th, in Cismigiu Park, in about 100 hopscotchs will jump minimum 2,000 people (our target is 7.000!), children, young and old people, but also great personalities from Romania. The event has as main partner The Center for Projects and Educational and Sports Programs for Children and Youth in Bucharest, part of the Bucharest Municipality City Hall. Parallel to the activity related to the hopscotch, we will also organise, on a stage, sports demonstrations of sports clubs and sports federations invited. The public will be excited to watch a show with cheer, and demonstrations of fencing, judo, karate, kaisendo, shotocan karate, kobudo, gymnastics and aerobics, latin and modern dance. In addition, teams of junior and seniors in hockey will simulate a roller game ...! To support us in Cismigiu Park, world and European champions in fencing, judo, gymnastics, basketball, handball, athletics have announced their presence at the event! Great athletes of Romania, together with junior champions will not only jump the BIGGEST HOPSCOTCH IN THE WORLD as number of participants, but, will also participate in through the artistic and sporting program - the first "Concert" of the Romanian sport! All this to celebrate the European Week of Sport (September 7- 13).
  • September 9, 2015

    The documentary short movie “The ABC of movement”

    The documentary short movie “The ABC of  movement”
    Following the central event of the project - the world's largest hopscotch in number of participants and the international seminar, we will make a short documentary that will capture best practices in junior sport domain in the 5 countries participating in the project and also a chronicle of all actions made during the JUNIOR HOP project.
  • September 9, 2015

    The book “The guide of movement”

    The book “The guide of movement”
    „The Guide of movement” will be a first step toward improving teaching methods in sport among juniors, by encouraging young teachers to make the reform of teaching in Sport - Using the approach of using games in teaching and coaching. During our awareness campaigns and our international seminar we will collect recommendations to make teaching more centered on junior sport games for the personal development of juniors in a pleasant and harmonious way. „The Guide of movement” will be a book born from a collaboration of 5 partnering countries, together with universities, ministries and other public institutions. Through this public-private collaboration between the public-private domain, we will improve the quality of education in sports. We will try to lay the foundations of a strong collaborative partnership, to face great challenges such as childhood obesity and curriculum materials for junior sport, which is currently not according to their needs. On the long term, this collaborative partnership in sports, will develop common approaches and will provide comparable conditions in sports teaching in primary and secondary schools across Europe.
  • September 9, 2015

    September 11th – International seminar “Romania ranks third in Europe in child obesity. What are we doing?”

    September 11th – International seminar “Romania ranks third in Europe in child obesity. What are we doing?”
    JUNIOR SPORT Association and the National University of Physical Education and Sport Bucharest (UNEFS) will organize the international seminar on "Romania ranks third in Europe in child obesity. What do we do? ", which will take place on September 11, 2015, between the hours of 11: 00-18: 00, at the headquarters of the National University of Physical Education and Sport Bucharest (UNEFS). The event will be attended by the Junior Sport partners from the four countries participant in the project. During the seminar will be presented scientific papers on the topic proposed, the views of experts in nutrition, as well as presentations of situations and real statistics on obesity among children, best practices shared by sport teachers related to institutionalized sport and the connection between sport and children in the current reality, modalities and techniques for bringing the children closer to sports and movement in general, if only through games. The mentioned foreign partners will also present the reality of their countries. On this occasion we will also launch the web portal of the JUNIOR HOP project: www.juniorhop.eu , which together with JUNIOR SPORT Association website - www.juniorsport.ro , will try to promote the importance of sports from an early age in the online environment.

About Junior Hop project

Junior Hop project was born out of the passion for sports of a group of organizations that wish to tackle a European problem of children obesity by promoting voluntary activities in sport and awareness of the importance of health-enhancing physical activity through increased participation in, and equal access to, sport for all.
The coordinator of this project is the Junior Sport Association. Together with partners from Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey and the Czech Republic, we have formed a consortium in the field of junior sport, with the aim to encourage the participation of children in sports.
The project will have a duration of 12 months and is expected to involve more than 200 members of sports organizations, more than 2500 children and more than 50 youth workers in the domain of junior sport.
After an intense awareness campaign in all the 5 countries participating about the benefits of sports among children and a seminar on the exchange of good practices between the youth workers in the field of junior sport on the innovative methods of teaching through games, we will organize in the European Week of Sport a hopscotch where are invited to jump over 2000 participants.
Our project brings added value at EU level through results as: one short movie with good practices in junior sport teaching from 5 countries; 1 seminar especially conceived for youth workers in the domain of junior sport, a Junior’s Guides with good practices and recommendations for the improvement of sport curriculum at the level of sports students that want to become sports teachers in primary and secondary school and also at the level of schools.
Through this project we will put the basis of a strong collaborative partnership, where public and private sectors work together to tackle big challenges as child obesity and poor curriculum in sports.

WHY HOPSCOTCH?

Playing hopscotch can help children develop their coordination and agility:
HOPPING can help children develop both physical coordination, balance, and cognitive development. For kids, it feels good to move, and when it feels good, they want to do it over and over again… just as the rules of Hopscotch require. On the other hand, hopping on one foot is one of the most complex movements the human body can perform.
DON’T STEP ON THE LINE – is a rule that can develop the body control, and makes the hopscotch so much fun. The mechanics of Hopscotch are so brilliant, forcing kids to hop, jump and stop with deliberate control. As such, Hopscotch is a master at helping children master self-control.
STOP & START – gives body rhythm. The thing about hopping is that in order to get good at it, you’ve got to get into a regular rhythm. Hopscotch gives kids lots of hopping practice, of course, which helps them find their rhythm. But more, the rules of the game require you to stop hopping, do something else, and then start again. And that’s the best practice of all for developing rhythm and also memory.
LEAPING – develops the muscles. Once children have tackled hopping, leaping comes next, which is also a big part of Hopscotch. As the game progresses, it’s often necessary for children to leap over two or more spaces at one time. Two-footed, that’s hard. But Hopscotch requires a one-footed leap, and that takes a lot of strength.
ONE-FOOTEDNESS – develops balance. A typical turn in Hopscotch looks something like this: Throw… stand… hop… stop… bend… pick up… straighten up… leap… jump… hop… hop… land… turn… and repeat. Doing all that on one foot is a real test of balance. Balance is an essential building block to all physical movement, and cognitive, emotional, and social growth as well. Hopscotch is ingeniously designed to challenge children’s sense of balance and orientation.
SPACES develops spatial awareness. The iconic spaces of a Hopscotch board determine the playscape, define the rules, and present the challenge. By fitting themselves into the boxes on the game board they are developing spatial awareness which helps them understand how they “fit” in the world and even more, how the world “fits” together, just like the spaces on a Hopscotch board.
PITCHING PEBBLES – develops eye/hand coordination. The game begins by pitching your pebble onto the game board. Until you get the pitch right, you can’t play, making Hopscotch a natural motivator for eye/hand coordination. This humble beginning is actually a test of a child’s ability to see a target with her eyes and translate that knowledge to her arm and hand to determine the right aim and amount of force necessary to reach the target.
PICKING UP YOUR PEBBLE – develops fine motor control. Achievement is part of every turn, signified by retrieving your playing piece from the game board. But Hopscotch doesn’t make it easy for little ones, which is all part of the fun. Stopping mid-way through the game board on one foot is hard enough. Now the rules requires the player to bend over and pick up their pebble. That takes a lot of body control and concentration. But Hopscotch adds one more wrinkle – the delicate control of the finger muscles to reach and retrieve the pebble.
STRATEGY – develops the ability of sequencing and prioritizing. Because the game board changes on each turn, children have to work out how they are going to approach it each time.
TAKING TURNS – good for social development. Hopscotch is a great “social campfire” for children. The simple, repetitive rules make it easy for children to learn and play and stay engaged in the game when it’s not their turn. Friendships begin on the playground because kid-sized social experiences like Hopscotch create the framework for learning about peer relationships.
WINNING/LOSING – is about character development. When light-hearted competition is introduced into play time, kids naturally push themselves to be better. No one needs to stand on the side-lines encouraging them. The natural, human drive to succeed is all the incentive they need to try harder. When children develop good sportsmanship, they are developing the skills and attitudes they’ll need for a well-balanced approach to life. Because in the end, winning feels great but losing build character.

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