Generations Uniting through Movement

Facilitating intergenerational sport and physical activity


This two-year Erasmus+ project is set to identify, recruit, train and support a cohort of experienced practitioners who will facilitate local-scale activities that connect young people with seniors to help increase their participation in physical activity and sport.


The GUM project aims to use traditional games and sports as one way of promoting intergenerational relations and increased physical activity by setting up an innovative and sustainable GUM programme. The project will also create a European platform, an online training course, an app, advocacy tools, policy recommendations and a promotional campaign using a playful colour palette and slogan #StickTogether.

GUM could be the magic glue that sticks us all together and we hope our colourful campaign will attract attention and support to initiatives that keep people active across ages.

The Generations Uniting through Movement (GUM) project is supported by the EU Erasmus+ programme and the partners are ISCA (lead coordinator), Youth Sport Trust (UK), Sports Union of Slovenia, BG Be Active (Bulgaria), Deporte Para La Educacion Y La Salud (DES) (Spain), Stichting Hanzehogeschool Groningen (Hanze) (the Netherlands) and Azur Sport Sante (France).


The GUM programme will be delivered as five pilots (in Bulgaria, France, Slovenia, Spain and the UK), which will involve selecting and training the practitioners (face-to-face and online) before they facilitate the interaction between young people and older people to co-design and deliver 60-minute physical activity sessions over a period of 8 weeks. The outcomes of the pilots will be turned into a sustainable GUM programme model that will be fine-tuned based on feedback from surveys conducted before-during and after the pilots.

An e-learning course will be developed to help roll out the model further and will be made available for all EU-countries and beyond at the conclusion of the project at an international conference.

Target groups:

  • Older people (defined as seniors aged 65 years and over for the purpose of this project) whose participation in physical activity and sport tends to decline as they age
  • Young people (for the purpose of this project defined as those 24 years and younger), whose life long physical activity habits are in their formative stage.

At the same time, the project will work closely with carefully selected local partners and national coordinators during the pilot phase to ensure that it reaches particular cohorts of young people who are not currently in education, employment or training, from low socio-economic backgrounds, from a minority or migrant background, and/or with special educational needs and disabilities.

Several of the project partners will bring expertise from similar initiatives in their own countries, including the Active Ageing Festival (Sports Union of Slovenia), school-based programmes (Spain) and Active Across Ages in the UK.


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