ESY Project - Partners

CAMBRIDGE, Inner London
Organisation type: Non-governmental organisation/ association/social entreprise

Sport and Thought was set up six years ago, and is now in its fourth year as a non-governmental organisation. Sport and Thought was established by psychodynamic therapist, Daniel Smith, in response to spiralling rates of youth violence and social & school exclusion amongst young people in inner London. Our ethos revolves around the link between behaviours in sport and behaviours in society and how sport can be used to begin to understand our internal psychological difficulties.

The technical sporting progression that a young person makes on the Sport & Thought project is also more complex, in that it is brought about by a more thoughtful and contained mind. The project has taken the traditional therapeutic consulting room and placed it on a football pitch. All training is psychologically underpinned to enable the student to understand what drives both their sporting behaviour and their life behaviour, as the internal catalysts are the same.

We have 6 years experience working with inner city adolescents who have a high risk of leaving education prematurely, by using sport to enable internal and external change in the individual. We are experienced in working in the most difficult settings, in prisons, pupil referral units and in Northern Ireland across divided communities.

The main objective of the programme is to ensure at-risk adolescents remain in education. The project currently runs in London, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and within the UK prison system. All staff are licensed Football coaches: Daniel Smyth our founder is a psychodynamic therapist who’s work has been recognised at UK governmental level and who is a respected authority on using sport as therapy. All staff are vastly experienced youth workers, and work with high risk adolescents involved in gangs, anti-social behaviour and those who experience mental health difficulties.


aenie-logooAENIE, Associação Educativa Nacional de Inclusão e Inovação nas Escolas
Organisation type: Non-governmental organisation/ association/social entreprise

The National Association of Educational Innovation and Inclusion in Schools (AENIE) is composed of 9 board members, all linked directly or indirectly to the education system. The direction is composed of teachers, operational workers, union officials, representatives of parents, individuals linked to the Portuguese education system and they believe they may bring an important contribution to improving the quality of teaching-learning process in schools.

The Association believes in “task based learning” (TBL) because it take the form of real experiences of everyday life. Thus, the TBL emerges as a very important reference in formative assessment, presenting itself as a source of success and motivation in student learning (one paradigmatic example is the activities of the European Club of Schools).

AENIE’s Purpose:

  • To assure and contribute, by all means, that parents, tutors, teachers and staff can fully accomplish their mission as responsible elements for education
  • To contribute for the balanced personality and educational development of each student
  • To establish a teaching policy under the values of respect, equality and civic values of all students
  • To promote an inclusive and innovative school as far as pedagogical terms are concerned using the ICT Technologies
  • To help all students and parents/children’s tutors with economic problems
  • To support teachers with new strategies of teaching so they can improve their pedagogical methods through internal and external formation
  • To develop students exchange projects


eurolocaldevelopmentEuropean Institute for Local Development
Thessaloniki, Kentriki Makedonia
Organisation type: Non-governmental organisation/ association/social entreprisese

The European Institute for Local Development (EILD) was founded in 2009 as an independent non-governmental organisation, whose members are European citizens and organisations interested in supporting regional development activities.

The General Committee is formed of local development stakeholders and specialists from various sectors of the civil society and European Member States: academics, NGOs, development agents, association managers, civil servants and social economy companies, as well as European organisations for local development.


MONZA, Lombardia
Organisation type: Non-governmental organisation/ association/social entreprise

L’Arca di Noè Associazione  (ONLUS) is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2002 by a group of teachers, psychologists, educators and other experts. The Association is based in Monza (near Milan, in Northern Italy).

The main fields of activity of LArca di Noè Associazione ONLUS are:

  • Non formal education: promoting and managing courses, creative laboratories, informal education activities for young students (especially for disadvantaged groups e.g. young people with special needs, migrants, minorities, etc.).
  • Multidisciplinary and educational activities in schools for prevention of early school leaving.
  • Managing help desk for schools teachers and educators, for parents, for students, etc.
  • The association also offers assistance and services such as counselling, acceptance and orientation, psychological support and legal advice.
  • Legal services, counselling and advisory services for migrants; initiatives and projects for young migrants and for their families, etc.
  • Creative and cultural initiatives for young students which aim to promote self-confidence, responsibility and empowerment.

L’Arca di Noè Associazione ONLUS cooperates with schools, local authorities, hospitals, public social services, private enterprises, other non-profit organisations, religious bodies, and NGOs.


Organisation type: Non-governmental organisation/ association/social entreprise

This project is delivered with the support of the Erasmus + programme of the European Union.

The Erasmus+ programme is a European Union funding body for education, sport and training for young people. It supports organisations who apply for funding for their projects and initiatives. It offers a host of support which enables participants in Erasmus+ supported programmes to learn, work and train abroad.