second transnational meeting of the SENS Erasmus+ project, took place in
Nikaia, Piraeus, Attiki, Greece, from 30 to 31 March 2023.
The hosts (Hellenic Powerlifting Association) and the representatives from SORGED (Turkey), Vere Montis (Croatia) and Scout Association (Romania) evaluated the progress of the project “For Sustainable Environment, Nature Sports (SENS)” and discussed about the next events, workshops and documentation.
H.P.A. awarded the Mayor
of Nikaia – Aghios Ioannis Rentis Mr. Georgios Ioakeimidis and the Deputy Mayor
for Sports Mr. Eleftherios Hadjipavlidis, for their continous support to the
local sports clubs and for the Municipality’s support to the project.
Both the Mayor and the
Deputy Mayor, welcomed the participants, expressed their support to such
projects, emphasided to the benefits of people from all European and (in our
occasion) Balkan countries working together. Additionaly, the Mayor as an
Engineer specialised in Anti-Earthquake protection and as a Mayor who has
visited Turkey after the 1999 earthquakes, emphasised on the local authorities
from Greece who supported the victims and on the real consecuensies on the
lifes of the local people and their societies.
Panagiotis Lekkas OLY cyclist world champion, also saluted the meeting wishing the best outcome.
During the two days, the
participants had also the chance to visit the Athenian monuments and
sightseeing (Acropolis, Plaka, Syndagma – Unknown soldier, Adrian arch,
Olympius Zeus temple, Monastiraki, Kastela, Lycabetus Hill), together with the
first modern Olympics (1896) facilities of Panathenaiko Stadium and Zappeion.
The hosts HPA, organised
also a visit to facilities used in the Athens 2004 Olympics, so as to see the
post-olympic usage of them.
First visit was at the
Athens 2004 Weightlifting Hall, in Nikaia, Piraeus. The Hall was the venue of
the contest, the training facility and the building that had also dormitories,
doctors first aid rooms and equipment ect. It was not used for years until a
few years ago when the Municipality and the Piraeus Univercity agreed about the
transformation of the facility. The Hall building is now transformed into the
Themistokleio Campus of the Piraeus University. Mr. Poniris, the technical
director of the University, showed to the visitors the progress of the
transformation, the changes made and explained the development plan of the facility,
their future plans and more details about the former sports venue.
Another Olympic facility
the SENS project participants visited, was the Training Center of the Athens
2004 Olympic Village.
The Olympic Village in
Thrakomakedones neighborhood, northern suburb of Athens, is now a 16,500
residents town. The training Center, with little use after the Olympics, is now
operating as an autonomous legal entity under the name “National Sports
Training Center of the OlympicVillage” subjected to the General Secretariat of
Sports of the Ministry of Culture and Sports. The President of the Legal Entity
Mr. Petros Galanis welcomed the international visitors with warm greetings and
gifts. The Center’s personell showed to the visitors the facilities and the
Board’s plans for further development, commected with the local society and
The second Transnational SENS meeting, in Greece,
was definitelly a success and we are all waiting for the next one in Croatia