Serbian NGO & non-profit fans association „The Gentlemen“ has been established in 2007. It promotes the idea of non-violent support of our national team and clubs. We have self-organised tours to a dozen of foreign countries to support our teams, but also make friends all around the world and share our ideas of sportsmanship.
Vladimir M. (Gentlemen Association) as the manager of the project “Developing a new generation of sport fans“, participated in the Erasmus+ Sport – Project coordinator meeting in Brussels in the EACEA headquarters. During the 2 days spent in Brussels, he exchanged contacts with other participants and considered opportunities for cooperation and further activities.
Based on several preparatory meetings held through electronic communication channels, the first transnational meeting in Belgrade was an opportunity for project partners and professional associates to meet live, exchange their experiences and establish understanding of all activities necessary for successful project implementation.
In accordance with the project plan, a study visit of the partner to the sports organization FC Lokomotiva is planned. Since international travel was disabled during that period, representatives of foreign partners could not participate in this visit, so they were realized by a group of the Association “Gentlemen” and introduced all other participants with its results.
The main focus of the roundtable was to explore the reality of North Macedonia regarding sports fans, prevention, and statistics on violence on stadiums as well as intercultural dialogue and hate speech. Besides the honorable guests invited by CID, the meeting was attended by representatives of partner organisations “The Gentlemen” and FC “Lokomotiva” from Belgrade, A.S.T.E.R.I Association from Salonika and hosts CID Kumanovo.
Due to health measures and restrictions, the meeting that was supposed to take place in Thessaloniki was moved to Skopje. The Greek partner organization ASTERI prepared the thematic content, and the preparation and technical organization was supported by the CID from Kumanovo. Partner organisations from Serbia – “Gentlemen” and FC Lokomotiva were duly represented by their members at the meeting.
Workshops for school-age children were the focal point of the entire project, with a great deal of effort invested in its preparation and implementation by all members of the “Gentlemen” Association, project partners and research associates who participated in the project. In the preparation phase, the following activities were carried out:
On 30th of April Besart Shabani was a guest in online classes on the primary school Bajram Shabani which held a workshop for the ongoing project Developing a new generation of sport fans.
With the help of professor Sazan Latifi, they talked about what it is to be a fan, cheerleading around the world and the positive and negative fan behaviours in sports. The youngsters were determined to learn new things and they showed a lot of interest in the topic.
ASTERI had five meetings related to project topic with representatives from Sport Teams IRAKLIS Sports Club, with the President of the Amateur Club, the general Secretary and two members from the coaching Team, soccer and track and field. From ASTERI were Tanya Kyriakidou and Apostolos Nalmpantis.
The final gathering of the partners with the participation of guests, representatives of the Football Federation of Serbia, school principals participating in the workshop, and the Municipal Secretariat for Sport and Youth, was organized in Belgrade by Gentlemen’s and accompanied by significant media attention.