In the period 21-24 of August 2021 in Sofia, Bulgaria was held #SafeSPORTevent International training Complex security environment that allowed the participants (sport managers, administrators and volunteers) to actively contribute to its personal and professional development educational activities and format for exchange of ideas and good practices in the field of safety and security in sport. The meeting ensured both acquirement of practical skills and knowledge of the involved sport managers, administrators and volunteers and a unique experience to cooperate on international level in order to solve common challenges in the field of safety and security during sport events.
#SafeSPORTevent project comes in very challenging times for Europe and the world when safety and security are crucial and the sport sector is not an exception. #SafeSPORTevent is an Erasmus+ co-funded initiative that aims to protect athletes, officials and fans, participating in sport events, from health and safety hazards by improving training and competition conditions and especially during forcemajor security threads that need to be handled by specific security protocols. #SafeSPORTevent project aims develop skills and knowledge through educational mobility of sport managers, volunteers and administrators in order to empower them to co-create and use specific protocols for safety and security, tailored for sport events and gatherings of huge groups of people in sport environment. Through increased educational possibilities in the field of safety and security in sport, #SafeSPORTevent project ensures positive change in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey as direct project beneficiaries, but also all over Europe as project deliverables will be freely shared with the sport community.
During the event were analysed different aspects of Complex security environment and Sport – current trends and challenges: Complex security environment in EU and the World; Terrorism and terrorist attacks during sport events; Sport events during epidemics and biological threats; Hybrid attacks in the frame of sport and as well Sport events planning and delivery in the field of safety and security: Pre-event preparation, delivery of sport events and post-event wrap-up – safety and security protocols co-creation. The training was delivered by Yordan Bozhilov – chairman of Sofia Security Forum that is the expert project partner in #SafeSPORTevent initiative and Ismail Sehic – BRAVO director. #SafeSPORTevent is coordinated by Bulgarian Sports Development Association in cooperation with BRAVO – Bosnian Representative Association for Valuable Opportunities (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Sofia Security Forum (Bulgaria), ΑΕΤΟΙ ΘΕΣΣΑΛΟΝΙΚΗΣ (Greece) and Karasu Gençlik, Sanat ve Spor Kulübu Derneği (Turkey).