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Surf and Bodyboard boost self-trust

- Water sports improve group dynamics and team building - Improve social welfare in the lives of children and young people - Prevent delinquent behaviours
2017
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Cascais regularly organises intercultural activities not only to encourage social cohesion but also to help young people to improve their self-appreciation and self-esteem.

The first project called “Surf.Art” is an experimental project that, through the practice of Surfing and contact with nature, aims to improve social welfare in the lives of children and young people. So far, 14 children have been taught how to surf while learning deeper aspects of humans’ lives, such as autonomy, freedom of expression and how to manage emotions. Thus, children are developing resilience, while improving personal and family relationships. More importantly, children are also doing better at school: they are more motivate and more willing to study and learn.

The second project, called “Inverte” (Reverse) uses the practice of bodyboard (a water sport) as a non-formal education methodology to help problematic young people with pre-delinquent behaviours to re-build their lives. This projects is not merely composed of practicing sport: the Associação Portuguesa de Bodyboard (APB) also provides activities to improve group dynamics and team building.


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