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“Sports Academies” program

"OPAP Sports Academies" is a pioneering Corporate Responsibility program which aims to inspire children with principles that they will follow throughout their lives, whether they become professional athletes or they remain just close to sport.

The philosophy

The basic program’s guideline is the constant and interactive training of coaches, children, parents/guardians and its targets are the following:
• Bring children close to sports
• Endorse the values of sports
• Create strong bonds between the program’s academies
• Upgrade the quality of the services provided

Program’s pillars

Scientific support

Scientific support

We are on the side of thousands of parents with the program’s scientific team by offering them psychological, pediatric and nutritional counseling and guidance, both through scientific speeches at the Academy of Sports Festivals and through interactive scientific events at all academies in the program.

The scientific support is based on an interactive intervention to coaches, children and parents/guardians that participate in the program aiming the care of the children’s physical and psychological health and it contains:
• The program’s scientific team speeches to the parents/guardians in the grounds of the Sports Academies Festivals
• The implementation of interactive scientific events in all the participating academies

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Coaches’ support

Coaches’ support

Through the program, we ensure that we continuously support the technical training of the 500 Academy coaches by implementing educational actions so that they are able to offer the best support to children.

The coaches’ support is based in basic guidelines that refer to:
• The academy’s role for children up to 12 years old
• The coaches’ role for children up to 12 years old
• The children’s behavior code
• The parents’ behavior code

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Safety and medical treatment

Safety and medical treatment

All children of the participating academies that are aged up to 12 years to old have insurance coverage and full undertaking of medical expenses for accidents that happened during games or training sessions as well as 1 hour before and 1 hour after them.

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Sport material

Sport material

The sport material donation to the participating academies aims to improve the coaching sessions’ standards as well as the safety of the children.
In the three years of the program’s operation academies were donated with:
• Balls
• Shin guards
• Bibs
• Training kit

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