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More than 3,000 children trained in fun athletics in Bulgaria, Greece and Italy, organized by the “Levski-Sports for all” Association

“Levski-Sport for all” hosted a final meeting of the coordinators of ” FUNNY – fun athletics” in Sofia, during which the benefits of the training were presented, the participants shared experiences and discussed the possibilities for upgrading.

FUNNY – fun athletics” program was developed by the Association “Levski – Sport for All” to support physical education teachers and coaches in elementary education by type of sport. The purpose of the activities is for children to have maximum fun and gain basic physical skills in any environment, through a game approach and using non-specialized sports equipment. Teachers can organize games anywhere, using the gifts of nature: a cone instead of a ball, a stick instead of a stick, drawing in the sand instead of chalk and paint, etc.

The program was practically implemented for one year in the Association “Levski-Sports for All” together with SK Athletics “Levski-Sofia” for Bulgaria, ASD POLISPORT.PONTEVECCHIO for Italy and MSG Panserraikos for Greece. “Levski” organized classes in Sofia and Varshets with the participation of students from 10 schools, the Italian partner held the classes in 4 schools from the municipality of Bologna, and the Greek partner in 3 schools from Serres and with two of its sports academies, football and basketball.

For the qualitative implementation of the set goals, the partners commissioned Prof. Nina Atanasova from the Vasil Levski National Sports Academy to develop a “Handbook for outdoor sports activities”, which was also translated into English.

The project partners organized training for 40 coaches and managers based on the handbook and distributed it for free use by interested teachers and coaches, not only in their own network but also in that of the European Association of Multi-Sport Clubs.

A special guest at the event was Tsvetelina Kirilova , national indoor 1000m record holder and semi-finalist in the 400m hurdles at the Olympic Games and World Championships, multiple champion of Bulgaria at 400m, 800m and 400m hurdles, and currently one from the best conditioning specialists. Today, he takes care of the physical form of the national rhythmic gymnastics team.

She pointed out how important the role of this initiative is in attracting more children to practice athletics.

Todor Stefanov, chairman of the Levski-Sofia athletics club and OSK Levski, presented the historical role of the athletics section, the most successful in this sport with numerous medals from Olympic, world and European championships, as well as the look into the future , development apart from an elite direction and groups for sports for all.

Lucien Velchev, chairman of the “Levski – Sport for All” Association and coordinator of project activities for Bulgaria and Vanina Milanova – President of the Assembly of the European Association of Multi-Sport Clubs, gen. secretary of the Association “Levski – Sport for All” and project manager, told how the FUNNY project , co-financed by the European Commission , was created, how the activities under it were managed and coordinated, not only in Bulgaria, but also in the partner network, how created the fun cure manual as well as specific results.

The head of the project for Bulgaria is Vanina Milanova, gen. secretary of the Levski-Sports for All Association and president of the assembly of the European Association of Multi-Sport Clubs .

Konstantinos Gkountoulas – Director of Communications, Project Manager of MSG Panserraikos and Coordinator of Project Activities told how it was implemented in Greece. The multi-sport club has settled on a model directed in two directions, on the one hand sports events in 3 schools of the city of Serres with disadvantaged children, and on the other hand two of the club’s sports academies (basketball and football) have included fun athletics exercises , for warming up and cooling down the little athletes.

Emiliano Negrini – member of the management board, and communications manager of ASD POLISPORT.PONTEVECCHIO and coordinator of the sports activities of the project for Italy. The Italian partner has included the FUNNY project in its program to provide a social service to 4 schools in the municipality of Bologna, engaging nearly 900 children in activities.

“Handbook for outdoor sports activities”, Prof. Nina Atanasova, can be found in the E-library of “Levski-Sport for all”.

EMCA promoting World Diabetes Day

14 November is World Diabetes Day. This day commemorates the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, the scientist who first discovered, isolated and administered insulin in one of the greatest medical breakthroughs in history.

In the light of the World Diabetes Day that is marked on November 14th EMCA would like to share and promote our and our member clubs activities connected to this topic.

A few years ago, in 2020, from within EMCA specifically the clubs HAŠK Mladost and TSV Bayer Leverkusen a project “Sports&Diabetes – Tackling Diabetes with Sports” was started.

In this project the stress was put on enabling children with diabetes to do sport by educating all stakeholders how to handle risk concerning diabetes and reduce fears that lead to exclusion of children with diabetes.

In collaboration with IDF Europe (International Diabetes Federation region Europe) as well as Lazio, Olympiacos and WSC a comprehensive handbook “Tackling Diabetes with Sport” and a comic book for children “Super D tackling sport” that quickly educates all stakeholders and enables all children with diabetes to do or continue sport activities was created. These two publications are part of the EMCA Studia which is an initiative created by EMCA to gather knowledge and recommendations in the field off sport that were created either by EMCA or our member clubs.

The huge success of this project in terms of interest being shown to translate the handbook to approximately 20 languages and the comments received from within the diabetes family prompted us to continue working on this topic.

Project “Diabetes Digital Peer S(up)port” came as a result, a further milestone of the previous Sports&Diabetes project where it was identified that:

  1. more in-depth, tailored training of coaches is required to optimally support people living with Diabetes type 1 (PwD), and 
  2. that PwD would very much benefit from a place where they could ask for support of their own peers.

Idea of this project is to create a digital solution where knowledge and experiences of doing sport with diabetes can be found and shared. This digital community would be a place where people living with diabetes, coaches, parents, and experts from the fields of diabetes, sport, medicine, nutrition… could offer peer support: meet, share and get knowledge, experience, tips&tricks, help with problems and answer specific questions to help with encouraging and keeping people living with diabetes in sport.

The goal is to offer a tool where they can seek the knowledge on their own finding the basic and additional resources on doing sport with diabetes, but also share the knowledge in between.

EMCA as a partner in this new project will continue to promote sport as a toll for inclusion of all.

Follow our activities on the DiaPS project at

The launch of the 7th edition of EWoS

The mascot of this edition of EWoS was Foxy – shown here on the stand, next to the Commissioner Mariya GABRIEL.

The rest of the programme was held at the beautiful venue of Bled, Slovenia, under the presidency of Slovenia.

Bled has a strong tradition in sports – starting with rowing more than 130 years ago – comparable to the age of average EMCA clubs.​


Children enjoyed many of the sports, one of which was especially interesting was canoeing. The moto of this EWoS was “JOY, RESILIENCE and INTERGENERATIONAL” – as was shown with physical programmes for the elderly. A curiosity was that the EMCA representative participated in the winning tea  m between competing 5 teams – promoting our Olympic ideals in this joyful manner.

EMCA and ICSS signed a Memorandum of Understanding

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the new EMCA president Christina Tsiligkiri and Massimiliano Montanari, ICSS Chief Executive Officer, in the presence of the EMCA executive board members and Diogo Guia, Executive-Director ICSS Europe. 

ICSS was founded in 2010, driven by a vision of what sport should be – a unifying, positive and inspiring force for good, free from corruption and played in stadiums and arenas that are safe for all. These values and objectives perfectly align with what EMCA stands for and the conclusion of the Memorandum of Understanding will bring further collaboration between EMCA and ICSS to reach these goals. Find out more about the ICSS here: .

The EMCA General Assembly held in Piraeus, Greece on the eve of EMCA’s 10th anniversary

On Friday the 29th of September, EMCA held it’s bi-annual assembly in which the members actively took part in the election of the new President and board members. Today, we are proud to announce the current percentage of female representatives in EMCA’s executive Board is 57%.

New president and board members

At the General Assembly various administrative issues were addressed, including the extraordinary election for of a new president and some board members were also appointed.

Christina Tsilgikiri was officially appointed the 3rd President of EMCA, with Federico Eichberg being appointed as Honorary President of EMCA. Gabriella Bascelli was elected as the new Director for Marketing and Communication and Menelaos Demetriou appointed as a reserve member of the Auditing Body.  Cristian Fabrizi was appointed as a new legal representative in Belgium.

With the new appointments, there is now a majority of female representation in the EMCA’s executive boards, which now stands at 57%. The new EMCA boards now consists of the following individuals: 

Christina Tsilgikiri (Olympiacos) – President of EMCA

Vanina Milanova (Levski) – President of the Assembly

Gina Luzzatto – Secretary General 

Gabriella Bascelli (Lazio) – Board Director for Marketing and Communication

Bojan Mijatović (HAŠK Mladost) – Board Director for Development

Malte Kalsbach (TSV Bayer) – Board Director for Finances

Martijn Looren de Jong – Board Director for Project Management

Auditing body members are: Kenneth Cortsen (Aalborg), Mile Samardžić (Red Star), Balint Maté (Ferencvaros), with Menelaos Demetriou (Panionios) being the reserve members. 

Welcome to our new members

We are delighted to officially welcome our two new members, Budapesti Egyetemi Atlétikai Club from Hungary and NPC Rieti from Italy.

Unfortunately, due to a lack of engagement, FC Budućnost Podgorica was excluded from the membership of EMCA.

Heritage, Legacy, Culture

During the assembly, the board proudly commemorated the milestone anniversaries of WSC (Austria) which is celebrating 140 years, our new member BEAC (Hungary) 125 years and HAŠK Mladost (Croatia) which is celebrating 120 years anniversary.

Gala dinner

EMCA’s 10 years we have celebrated at a Gala dinner hosted in Piraeus Greece. The gala dinner was hosted by Olympiacos SFP, together with municipality partners for all the EMCA members and partners that were in Piraeus. All guests enjoyed an traditional Greek dinner, providing the perfect opportunity for networking between the club representatives and partners.

An extract from the statement of the new president of EMCA Christina Tsiligkiri:

“I must add that it is a very emotional day for all of us. EMCA’s 10th anniversary marks the dawn of a new era for our association. An era heralded by Federico’s vision and innovative way of thinking. Federico was always one step ahead constantly looking to expand our association, increase its presence in the world of sports and develop its own structure. I am more than sure that – as honorary chairman – he will continue to support our actions and provide advice based on his experience and insight. I want to thank him once again for his offer. I am honored that you have appointed me as president and I promise that I will work hard from day one.

Restructuring EMCA has been our primary focus over the past two years. We have laid the foundations for a new results-oriented EMCA that can effectively develop partnerships with the world of sport. At the same time, our ten-year efforts have contributed to projecting EMCA as a capable participant in a number of European programs.

Today, EMCA can proudly say that it has managed to design and manage several projects. An activity, the essence of which is to strengthen our ranks with the expected profits. EMCA is gradually becoming a reliable partner of the European Union. EMCA’s stakeholder network is constantly expanding. The EMCA brand is now synonymous with success.

….our plan for the coming years…..  high priority to our participation – as EMCA and not as individuals – in European programs. 

Second, we will present our strategic marketing plan in order to increase our awareness and attract a desired clientele…..

Third, we will focus our efforts on expanding our organization. We invite new members to join us. ….”

International EMCA Conference “Multisport & Municipality’ held with great success

For two days, the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus (Greece) was at the center of European sports, where on Saturday September 30, the International Conference on “Multisports & Municipality” was held. With the presence of representatives of EMCA and member clubs, as well as members of the local government, the opening remarks were given by Tomasz Frankowski (European Parliament member) and Yves Le Lostecque (Head of Unit of European Commission). The keynote speech was given by Massimiliano Montonari from ICSS (the International Center for Sport Security). There was an exchange of views on topics such as of the accessibility and inclusion in sports infrastructure, cooperation with local government to create better sports facilities, as well as encouraging participation in sports activities. 

At the conference held in the Melina Merkouri hall of the Stadium of Peace and Friendship, the general public were also present, who in fact made the conference even more interactive as they participated with their questions.

In the first part of the conference, there were presentations and an exchange of views around the theme of what multisports means for local governments and how the two parties can help each other. The second part concerned the development of green and inclusive sports facilities. Finally, the third and last part of the conference dealt with the topic relating to the difference that multisports can make to each individual.

Special thanks are given to all speakers and moderators, namely: 

Diogo GUIA, Adrianna ZARAKELI, Paolo BERTACCINI, Martijn LOOREN de JONG, Christina TSILIGKIRI, Voula KOZOMPOLI, Balint MATE, Stavroula ANTONAKOU, Dimitris NAKOS, Gabriella BASCELLI, Malte KALSBACH, Jordi ESCRIBA, Denis LAFOUX, Alberto BICHI and Bojan MIJATOVIĆ.

Interesting opinions were heard from both the representatives and audience members, as well as the representatives watching it online. The full conference can be viewed online here.

Celebrating our 10th year anniversary at Piraeus Greece

The conference takes place in Greece in the context of the celebrations of the 10th anniversary of the creation of EMCA, since Olympiacos SFP is one of the founding members.

The event is under the auspices of the Municipality of Piraeus, the Region of Attica and the UNESCO Piraeus and Islands Group.

Some of the topics to be discussed at the conference include how local government can ensure easy access to sports facilities, ensure facilities for all citizens and encourage participation in sport for all.

Moderatos of the event are Bojan Mijatovic, from EMCA and HASK Mladost, and Andrianna Zarakeli, Vice Mayor for Extroversion and EU Funding programs.

Some of the speakers will be Dimitris Nakos (General Secretary of Olympiacos), Gabriella Bascelli (Lazio Foundation), Malte Kalsbach (TSV Bayer Leverkusen), Jordi Escriba (B-Link) and Denis Lafoux (FFCO – Federation Francaise des Clubs Omnisports).

The event is open for the public.

Save the date EMCA conference

This year EMCA will be celebrating its 10th anniversary. This special celebration will take place in Piraeus, Greece on the 29th and 30th of September 2023 by organising a conference.

This unique conference will take place over 2 days and will consist of several events, including an assembly, project planning meetings and a gala dinner. The absolute highlight of our gathering will be the international conference dedicated to the European definition of multisport and the relevance that multisport clubs have played in key European municipalities and cities. Multiple (International) speakers and experts will speak at this international conference and will shed their light upon this subject. In short, an event not to be missed.

Full details and agenda will be sent out shortly.

We look forward to seeing you there!