Urban Sports Culture


Project duration

17.02.2020 – 31.12.2021


The project aims to foster youth inclusion in urban environments in Lithuania, Denmark and Sweden using urban sport and culture as a vehicle and instrument. The Nordic countries have a long tradition of sport activities being seen as part of civil society movement with a big focus on sport of all and inclusion. In Lithuania, sport is still often regarded as an activity leading to a professional career with focus on competition and results. The role of sport as a tool of engaging youth in urban development, solving problems of health and social exclusion is not yet fully exploited.

General objective

Overall goal is to create thriving urban sports communities of youngsters in the partner cities of Denmark, Lithuania and Sweden, with special focus on Kaunas, as European Capital of Culture in 2022. The project will provide youngsters with skills using urbans sports and culture as tools for their further active inclusion in programming city development. At the same time, the project aims to help youth in building new cooperation for sports, cultural and social initiatives, increase the motivation for volunteering, strengthen bonds between Lithuanian and Nordic countries youth organizations, increase social inclusion of vulnerable groups and provide opportunities for everyone willing to do sports linked to health and wellbeing or start their cultural initiative.

Project main activities

May – June 2021: 4 events in Sweden and Denmark – about equality topics, also include topics from SDG goals 4 and 5.

August – September 2021: 3 study visits/exchanges – 1 in each of the partner countries: Lithuania, Sweden and Denmark.

September – October 2021: GAME playmakers camp and the sports festival in Kaunas. Partners will organize “GAME” playmakers camp and the sports festival in Kaunas together with “Active youth”, where partner organizations will share beneficial practices and involve youth in active participation and capacity building. Urban sports and healthy lifestyle festival/conference “Kaunas Playing” will also include good practices from Nordic countries, promote sustainable development of society, equality in sports, and cultural activities.

November 2021: Workshops event for NGOs, representatives of municipalities, sports facilities and people of similar profile in Kaunas, Lithuania – to facilitate a dialogue between all actors.


Urban Sports Culture is funded by Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania. Implementing partner – Active Youth (Lithuania)

Kaunas2022 (Lithuania)

GAME (Denmark)



Please find more information about the project: Urban Sports Culture – Active Youth Association