Partners Kick Off I Run Clean Project in Paris 2 February 2020
The project to expand European Athletics’ I Run Clean anti-doping education programme is officially up and running after 16 representatives from the 10 partner organisations completed their kick-off meeting in Paris today.
Chaired by Jean Gracia, European Athletics Council member and president of the Agency for the Development of Athletics in Europe (ADAE), which together with European Athletics will lead the three-year project funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme, the meeting covered the general strategy as well as the operational and administrative procedures for the project.
The participants were welcomed by André Giraud, the president of the French Athletics Federation, which hosted the meeting at their offices.
In addition to the ADAE and European Athletics, the project partners represented were the athletics federations of Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy and Spain as well as the University of Milan and the Sapienza University of Rome. Also taking part was Aditya Kumar from the Monaco-based Athletics Integrity Unit.
The meeting featured a guest presentation from Fiona Olivier, Violette Gratien and Hugo Buu-Hoi, representing the International Project Management programme at Paris’ La Sorbonne Nouvelle University, on the results of a project to create a communication and promotional strategy for I Run Clean that was independently conducted by Master degree students in the autumn of 2019.
After the meeting, Gracia said: “It was good to come together and get started on this project. I think we have a great team and there was a lot of enthusiasm over these two days, so even though it will be a challenge I am optimistic we can deliver.
“The student presentation showed us some very interesting possibilities for disseminating I Run Clean to a wider audience and we want to look into the possibility of cooperating with La Sorbonne Nouvelle as the project develops.”
Objectives for the project include the creation of two new modules for the I Run Clean e-learning platform (www.irunclean.org), development of locally-delivered anti-doping workshops and the training of volunteer ambassadors to deliver the workshops.
The next meeting of the project team will focus on the design of an e-learning module and workshop for coaches and athlete support personnel. It will take place in Madrid with the date to be set in the coming weeks.