Workshops kick-off I Run Clean dissemination 21 October 2020
Project team managers Jean Gracia and Bill Glad today initiated dissemination and promotion activities for European Athletics’ I Run Clean anti-doping education project by delivering two videoconference workshops to a total of 67 representatives of 33 national athletics federations.
The workshops were part of European Athletics’ first-ever E-Convention, staged as a replacement for the organisation’s annual in-person convention, which was cancelled due to restrictions for combatting the spread of Covid-19.
Led by European Athletics and the Paris-based Agency for the Development of Athletics in Europe (ADAE) and co-funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme, the three-year (2020-2022) I Run Clean project will develop European Athletics’ anti-doping e-learning platform and new volunteer-delivered local workshops for the sport’s fight against doping.
The project team includes the athletics federations of Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy and Spain as well as the University of Milan and the Sapienza University of Rome.
According to Gracia, the purpose of today’s workshops was to raise awareness among European Athletics’ 51 Member Federations and start their internal discussions about how they can promote I Run Clean during and after the project period.
“Most federations are familiar with our existing platform for elite athletes, but we are hoping that over time we can convince them of the benefits of promoting the new elements of I Run Clean to grassroots athletes and other sections of the athletics community in their countries,” he said.
The two workshops were hosted by athletics journalist Alfons Juck of Slovakia and the agenda for both included a short history of the I Run Clean platform, which was launched in 2017, an overview of the I Run Clean project and its outputs, and a description of the Erasmus+ programme.
Additional workshops for federation representatives are planned for the European Athletics Conventions in 2021 and 2022. A seminar to introduce I Run Clean to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the international sport organisations based in or near European Athletics’ headquarters city of Lausanne is also planned for 2022.
Dissemination efforts for I Run Clean recently received a boost from a cooperation with students from the international project management programme at La Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris. As a part of their Master’s degree course, 48 students will work with the 10 partner organisations on the project team to develop an overall communications strategy and national adaptations.
In the coming weeks, La Sorbonne Nouvelle will officially join the I Run Clean project team as the 11th member.
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