Implementing local organization – Lietuvos olimpinis komitetas

Programme start year – 2017 

Sport is a great tool for change and development of personal skills. Sport helps to forge ties between different social or cultural groups, brings people joy and has a social and cultural value in many communities. Therefore, sport is a great way for children and teenagers to help them overcome everyday challenges, and teachers all around the globe use sport as a means in their everyday teaching. 

Dreams & Teams project aims to develop the competences relevant in the 21st century –  critical thinking and problem solving, communication and collaboration, creativity, public spirit, leadership and personal growth and teamwork skills through sport. What is more important, sport also requires participants to follow certain rules, standards of behaviour and respect the values, that it promotes. The projects bring teachers and pupils of different schools together for trainings that take place throughout the academic year. Dreams & Teams final event is then organized by the pupils who have gained the necessary training and support. The event brings together the schools as well as wider Klaipėda community and has a very well-established brand across the city.  

Since 2017 British Council and the Lithuanian National Olympic Committee implements the Dreams & Teams project in Klaipeda, which has already engaged:

- 22 teachers from 15 schools, focusing on youth empowerment and mentoring through sport;

- 62 young leaders – pupils aged 13-16 – who developed their personality, leadership and creativity skills, as well as became more active in school environment;  

- 360 schools’ community members which developed their network and cooperation between educators, Young leaders and schools’ communities.

The vision of the Dreams & Teams project is  sustainable cooperation between the schools of Klaipėda. As project’s partners – Lithuanian National Olympic Committee’s president Daina Gudzinevičiūtė says: “Education through sport and physical activity is a great tool for nurturing future leaders and strengthening communities. We appreciate our partnership with the British Council and hope that the joint project will be successful and beneficial to Klaipėda region."