PSYTOOL: Developing Tools for Sport Educators
The EU-funded “PsyTool” project consists of an educational programme aiming to promote integrity and tackle violence, discrimination and intolerance. The project is training managers, referees, coaches, teachers and professors on the use of sport psychology. This is being done in conjunction with universities and sport partners from seven European countries.
The project was launched in February 2016 jointly with the Pablo de Olavide University, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spanish Federation of Sport Psychology, University of the Balearic Islands and Seville Football Club Foundation from Spain, Halmstad University from Sweden, Sapienza University of Rome, International Council for Coaching Excellence, University of Lisbon, Sporting Club and National Sport Foundation from Portugal, University of South Wales from the United Kingdom and Football Against Racism in Europe.
PsyTool is developing performance models adapted to the needs of young practitioners of grassroots sports who are particularly vulnerable to episodes of violence, discrimination and intolerance, such as women, immigrants and members of ethnic minorities. It has created new educational materials (training modules) to enable them to become “agents of change” and a new educational tool using information and communication technology to help participants through training activities.
PsyTool is also developing a web-based educational tool which includes courses and tests as well as the creation of an educational platform for training managers, referees, coaches, teachers, professors and students of physical education and the psychology of sport.