Ambassadors recruitment and training


Being an ambassador of the anti-doping generation means acting and contributing to the development and facilitation of movement for doping-free sport. The fundamental mission of the project is to create a network within which the ambassadors directly support and facilitate the awareness-raising campaign among peers in schools and sporting organizations. 
Each partner organization (except iNADO) recruited ambassadors in its own country through publication of positions taking into account local conditions. Candidates for junior ambassadors had to meet the following criteria:
- Members of national sport federations or sport clubs (they are still active, to some extent, in sport);
- Aged between 18 and 22; 
- Past or present athletes (they have a basic sport knowledge);
- Former athletes who are focusing on pedagogical or coaching work in their club or national sports federation;
- With excellent communication and presentation skills (they can easily connect with their peers and transfer the knowledge to them); 
- With an understanding of management and teamwork (that they are able to organize some activities by themselves); 
- Highly motivated and willing to work voluntarily.

The recruitment of candidates was conducted based on individual interviews with candidates, and their references. Ten ambassadors need to be selected in each organization for the purpose of project implementation, half of them female, half male. Taking into account the scope of the project it has been decided that ten ambassadors is reasonable amount to meet the project objectives effectively.  

 

After the recruitment, project partners (except iNADO) organized an initial meeting and seminar for the ambassadors, where they motivatde and inspired ambassadors for their work and contribution further in the project and provided to them some basic information about national and world program, policies and rules of fight against doping. The initial meeting and seminar was be delivered with youth-friendly approach in methods to set the good introduction for the whole project.



After the ambassadors have been selected, a training program in the form of a 5-day educational camp was organized by SLOADO for selected ambassadors. Educational camp program and content was prepared by project team, which means that all partner countries actively participated in the preparation and implementation of the camp. The camp was carried out in Portorose, Slovenia. The aim of the camp was to disseminate knowledge about the fight against doping among junior ambassadors, and to improve and consolidate their presentation and communication skills. The program incorporated theoretical lectures and practical workshops implementation of which was divided among project partners. Andreas Krieger and Ute Krieger Kraus, former East Germany athletes, shared their story with participants. By the end of the camp each ambassador should have a clear view of the workload as ambassadors, as well have an outline for their own plan for doping prevention and awareness-raising activities.
 
Program contents included basic knowledge of world anti-doping program (the Code, international standards, doping control, prohibited list, health consequences...). One part of the program was also address the issue of food supplements and their contamination as well as some advice about healthy diet as a substitute for food supplements. There was great emphasis on psychological, ethical and philosophical aspects of drug abuse. The ambassadors learned about different programs for prevention and awareness-raising activities targeting different participants at grassroots level of sport (for example: games with ethical content for children, mobile games and on-line quiz for adolescents, lectures for athletes and their support personnel, informational materials for general public...). They also had an opportunity to develop and create their own methods of spreading the knowledge that they could use in their work with participants on grassroots level of sport in order to help learners to gain as much knowledge as possible.

Practical workshops incorporated anti-doping topics and a variety of skills that ambassadors will be using in their work. These are communication, management, group management skills, etc. 

Schedule for educational camp:

After the educational camp, each partner organization will organize educational seminar with the purpose of broadening the group of ambassadors at the local (regional) level. Seminars are organized separately by each organization and carried out according to predetermined objectives, with the support and under the supervision of leading organization. Ambassadors, who gained their knowledge at educational camp, will be actively involved in implementation of this seminar and will play the role of tutors to new ambassadors in further activities.