Sport as an educational tool for sustainable development. New encounter project of PlayHandball, Youth-abroad and the Handball Association Schleswig-Holstein.

15 young handball players* from Germany, South Africa and Kenya will participate in the first virtual international encounter in developmental youth work that uses sport as a tool to achieve developmental goals (UNSDG #4.7).

The trilateral exchange aims to promote and inspire young people as multipliers, to use sport as an educational tool for sustainable development and to pass it on as youth handball development coaches* to children and young people in their environment.

PlayHandball in South Africa and Kenya cooperates with Jugend-im-Ausland and Handballverband Schleswig-Holstein to implement this innovative youth project. “We are very happy that our application was approved and that we can finally get started. This project will not only promote the sport of handball and intercultural exchange, but above all make young people aware of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and motivate them to become socially active through sport,” reports Nicola Scholl (founder of PlayHandball). The German-African project is 75% funded by the German Federal Ministry for International Cooperation and Development (BMZ). In addition, the measures are financially supported by the initiatives One.Team and Handball.Inspires and the promotional association Play.Handball in Germany.

The three-month program consists of online workshops on the topic of “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) and sport, think thanks to collect ideas for future youth exchanges in sport, and practical phases in which the participants work together in cross-national small groups on ideas for training sessions, tournaments and / or activities and implement them on site in their home countries. In addition, the prospective handball development coaches will introduce their home countries to the other participants and establish connections beyond the project period.

“The Kenyan and South African participants are very excited to get started and meet with the likeminded youth from Germany”, reports Carolin Nange (Project Coordinator in Kenya) about the anticipation of the South African and Kenyan participants.

Application for German participants still possible until November 15! We are still looking for German participants. Requirements are interest in digital, intercultural dialogue, social engagement and handball (player, trainer or youth worker in a youth, sports or social club), 18 to 27 years old, and basic knowledge of English.

Please send the informal application to with the subject “Trilateral Online Youth Exchange” until November 15, 2021. Project start date is end of November 2021.

If you are an association interested in international exchanges and/or hosting young trainers* from our partner countries, please also feel free to contact

If you would like to support the project financially, you are welcome to make a donation to the following account. Please use Online Exchange as reference:

Play Handball Förderverein
Landessparkasse zu Oldenburg (LZO)
IBAN: DE45 2805 0100 0090 9883 46

We appreciate your interest and support for the first trilateral virtual youth exchange in handball. And believe us, we are super excited and of course nervous, if everything will work out as we imagined it.

Your PlayHandball Team

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