As part of the SAFESPORTEVENT project, BRAVO (#SafeSPORTevent partner from Bosnia and Herzegovina) organized a local testing activities in Tuzla, Sarajevo, and Mostar to evaluate the effectiveness of the safety and security protocols developed through the project. The testing involved sport managers, volunteers, and administrators who had received training and education through the project, and who were empowered to co-create and use specific protocols for safety and security at sport events.
The local testings provided valuable insights and feedback that will be used to improve the protocols and ensure their effectiveness in protecting athletes, officials, and fans from health and safety hazards. Overall, the local testing was a successful step in advancing the goals of the SAFESPORTEVENT project and promoting safety and security in the sport sector.
The local testings of the safety and security protocols developed through the SAFESPORTEVENT project was a resounding success. The testing, which took place in Tuzla, Sarajevo, and Mostar, involved sport managers, volunteers, and administrators who had received training and education through the project.
The participants were able to effectively implement the protocols during the testing, demonstrating their effectiveness in protecting athletes, officials, and fans from health and safety hazards. The feedback and insights gathered during the testing will be used to further refine and improve the protocols, ensuring that they are reliable and effective in real-world situations. Overall, the local testing was a crucial step in advancing the goals of the SAFESPORTEVENT project and promoting safety and security in the sport sector.
In general, implementing new practices or protocols can be challenging for organizations, including sport clubs. Some common challenges include:
- Resistance to change: People may be hesitant to adopt new practices or protocols, especially if they are accustomed to the old way of doing things. This can be due to a variety of factors, including lack of understanding of the benefits of the new practices, fear of the unknown, or concerns about the potential impact on their work or roles.
- Lack of resources: Implementing new practices often requires additional resources, such as training, funding, and support. Organizations may not have the necessary resources to implement the new practices effectively, which can hinder their ability to adopt and implement them successfully.
- Complexity: Some new practices or protocols may be complex, requiring significant changes to existing processes or systems. This can make it difficult for organizations to understand and implement the new practices, especially if they do not have the necessary expertise or support.
- Limited support: Organizations may not have the necessary support from leadership or other stakeholders to implement new practices successfully. Without strong support and commitment from leadership, it can be difficult for organizations to overcome challenges and successfully implement new practices.
These are just a few examples of the challenges that organizations may face when implementing new practices or protocols. The specific challenges that sport clubs may have faced while implementing the protocols developed through the SAFESPORTEVENT project will depend on a variety of factors, such as the nature of the protocols, the resources and support available, and the level of resistance to change within the clubs.
Since there are many clubs in Mostar that do not have experience in implementing safety protocols, our suggestion would be to provide them with the necessary training and support to help them understand and effectively implement the protocols. This could include providing training sessions, workshops, or other educational opportunities to help club leaders and staff learn about the protocols and how to apply them in their specific context. Additionally, providing ongoing support and guidance, such as access to experts or consultants who can provide advice and assistance as needed, can also be helpful in ensuring that the clubs are able to implement the protocols effectively. By providing the necessary training and support, organizations can help clubs in Mostar improve safety in sports and protect athletes, officials, and fans from health and safety hazards.
To avoid repeating the same mistakes while organizing safety in sport events, organizations can follow these steps:
- Identify and learn from past mistakes: Organizations can review past sport events to identify any mistakes that were made and learn from them. This could include conducting a thorough analysis of the events, including reviewing any incident reports, feedback from participants, and other relevant data.
- Develop a plan to address the identified mistakes: Based on the analysis of past mistakes, organizations can develop a plan to address the identified issues and prevent them from happening again in the future. This could include implementing new policies, procedures, or protocols, as well as providing additional training or support to staff and volunteers who will be involved in organizing the sport events.
- Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the plan: Once the plan has been implemented, organizations can monitor and evaluate its effectiveness to ensure that it is successful in preventing the identified mistakes from happening again. This could include collecting feedback from staff, volunteers, and participants, as well as conducting regular audits or reviews to assess the effectiveness of the plan.
- Make adjustments as needed: Organizations should be willing to make adjustments to their plan if it is not effective in preventing mistakes from happening again. This could include modifying the policies, procedures, or protocols, or providing additional training or support to staff and volunteers. By being open to making adjustments, organizations can ensure that their plan is effective in preventing mistakes and improving safety at sport events.
The Taekwondo Federation organized three major European competitions from November 12 to 17, 2021. The European Taekwondo Championship for juniors, E1 and G1 tournaments that qualify for the Olympic Games were held in the hall of the Hills Hotel.
A total of 45 countries participated in the European Championship, while a total of 55 countries participated in the G1 and E1. Over 1500 guests, of which 1000 competitors, stayed in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Blagaj – Mostar
BJJ Old Bridge Open 2021
More than 160 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighters in Mostar and Blagaj
The first international tournament of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu “BJJ Old Bridge Open 2021“ was held on Saturday, October 16th at USRC Sports Hall Midhad Hujdur Hujka in Mostar. The tournament was organized by the Reflex Mostar Sports Association.
The best teams of the tournament were Jiu-Jitsu Sloboda Tuzla, which won 1st place with 113 points. BJJ Arena Sarajevo and BUSHIDO SARAJEVO/MIRKOVIĆ BJJ with 68 points both won the 2nd place, and the third place went to the team BJJ Brotherhood Sarajevo – Ferrari Team BiH with 67 points.
The tournament featured 160 fighters from BiH, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia who fought in more than 100 fights. Competitors were judged according to the official IBJJF rules and were distributed in the IBJJF weight categories, as well as in the categories
of kids, juveniles, seniors and masters. This is the first international Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament in Mostar and we are pleased with how it went. We plan this to be a traditional tournament.
One of the partners in the organization of the tournament was BRAVO, an organization under whose supervision the members of SD Reflex Mostar had the opportunity to participate in the Safe sport event project in Bulgaria, where we had the opportunity to improve organizational skills. At the tournament, we made the most of the security protocols we defined at the training in Bulgaria. During the organization of the tournament, the organizing team took into account the protocols from the workshops held in the period 21-24 of August 2021 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
A workshop for the organizing committee was held with the emphasis on security protocols, but all relevant information was passed on to the all members of the team as well