From World Leisure Organization, we are pleased to announce the recipients of the SPGs program’s first call! Designed to support members’ projects that further the development of leisure as a means to enhance the human condition, this programme awards SPGs of $2,000-$5,000 (USD) on average per project supporting leadership, advocacy, research, education, and engagement initiatives which promote socio-cultural development, encourage sustainable economic growth, or improve people’s quality of life.

This has been the very first time this program has been coordinated, but we already got proposals from all over the globe and with very varied aims. After a series of meetings and evaluations undertaken by the program’s committee, final decisions were made on which projects to grant.

The applicants supported by the WL Strategic Priorities Grants programme are the following:

Developing Global Capacity of Recreation Providers to Teach Swimming and Water Safety to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

This project intends to refine and package the Sensory Enhanced Aquatics Instructor Training (SEAIT) program of the University of Kansas Medical Center for international dissemination. From this project, it is expected to increase the capacity of regional swim instructors working with children with ASD, as well as to develop SEAIT workshop materials to be delivered in manual and online formats in order to disseminate these instructional materials internationally.

2nd Editorial Meeting of the “Youth Leisure and Safety

The next project supported by the SPGs programme is coordinated by members of the Young People’s Leisure Network. The idea is to be able to continue the writing process of the book on “Youth Leisure and Safety”, which is part of the Young People’s Book on Leisure (YPBOL) series project.

The second editorial meeting is a follow up of the first YPBOL Editorial meeting held last year during the celebration of the 15th WL Congress in São Paulo, Brazil. This project aims to gather young people to discuss questions related to: Dangerous situations in young people’s life; The implementation of actions to engage young people in positive behaviors to prevent environmental issues; Suggestions that could be given to decision makers to help young people’s leisure time.

The 2nd Editorial meeting of the “Youth Leisure and Safety” has already taken place during the last week of August in Hungary. Check some of the pictures we received from our youth ambassadors during their gathering and stay tuned for more information on the development of the YPBOL!

Educational Tour Studies and Practice

Educational tours have become a necessary educational practice in China. The objective of the comprehensive practical activity course is to help students gain abundant practical experience from individual and social life, as well as contacting with nature. Therefore, this project is aimed at promoting both theoretical and practical studies in this area. In so doing, curriculum criteria for educational tours in China and educational tour activities for K-12 school and college students (among others) will be developed. This project will start running during the upcoming months.

Do you have a project idea in mind and consider it matches WLO’s mission and Strategic Plan? Don’t worry if you missed the first deadline, because the SPGs programme is an ongoing open call! The new submission deadline is 15th December 2019. Check the guidelines to shape your proposal and apply here:

We can’t wait to read your initiatives!