More than 300 children took part in the first indoor competition of the season on the 27th of November 2022. The Darko Team Baby Cup – second edition, kicked off the athletics competition under a roof at the capital’s Asics Arena. The competition was meant for children between the ages of 4 and 13 and was open to all – whether they were carded athletes, members of a racing club or wanted to take their first steps into athletics.
The children were divided into five age groups from 10 Bulgarian cities and tested their strength at 50 and 60 meters. All competitors received start numbers, a document for participation, and the fastest in each age group were awarded with medals and gifts from Darko Team.
Sport has the power to include, and this was confirmed during the Darko Team Baby Cup – for the first time, the athletes of three adapted sports clubs took part in the event: SC “Adapted Sports”, SC “BG and Sport for All” and SC “Sport, SEN, Sambo for Development”. The adapted starts were in the 60m and the participants performed brilliantly in their first participation in the tournament, which was under the motto Train4Inclusive – European initiative for inclusive sport supported by the EU’s Erasmus+ programme.
SC “Adapted Sports”: Atanas Sankiyski, Joannis Arhontis, Rosen Varadinov, Plamen Shalamanov, Viktor Ivanov, Radoslav Petkov.
SC “BG and Sport for All”: Gabriela Velinova, Petar Pertovaliev.
SC “Sport, SEN, Sambo for Development”СК “: Nikola Tomov, Boris Karlev.
The Darko Team Baby Cup is organized for a second time. Children from 10 clubs participated in the first edition of the event in April at the Vasil Levski national stadium. The event is held by the Darko Team club, which is profiled in primary education in athletics. More than 200 children from all over Sofia train at the club.
The event is organized with the support of the partners of Darko Team – Decathlon Bulgaria, the leading organization for separate waste collection EKOPACK Bulgaria, the leading recruitment company in Bulgaria Easy Consult and the Bulgarian sports development association. During the competition, Bulgarian sports development association presented to the participating sports organizations the results of the #SafeSPORTevent project, which developed a manual and practical protocols for organizers of sports events which are going to help them to prevent various risks and ensure a safe environment. The resources are available for free on the website of the initiative, which is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union: http://www.safesportevent.net.