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Masterclass in supporting children’s mental and physical wellbeing through the Icehearts approach

MOVE Congress Masterclass
Thursday, 16 November 2023: 13.45 – 15.45 
Room: Zaragoza (4th floor)

Masters: Fiona Chambers and Nico Lorenzutti, University College Cork (UCC), Ireland
Speakers: Kai Tarvainen, Icehearts Finland, Nelli Niemela, Icehearts Mentor, Petteri Lahti, Head of the Sport and Youth Department of the City of Pori, Riikka Heinzmann, School Teacher, all from Finland

It takes a gentle, caring touch to break the ice. Especially when it comes to helping kids with special needs. This masterclass will take you on a deep dive into the successful Icehearts approach from Finland. 

In the masterclass you will learn how, through a comprehensive and always positive approach to the educational process, Icehearts contributes to preventing social exclusion, promoting health and mental wellbeing through an active lifestyle, and improving the psychosocial skills of disadvantaged children and adolescents.

Experts from Icehearts Finland, their Finnish stakeholders and international organisations testing the approach will walk participants through successful steps, such as developing partnerships with schools, connecting with families and getting support from community services that offer activities that help ease vulnerable children and adolescents into the kind of normal everyday life that many of their peers at the same age take for granted.

Join us in this masterclass to:
  • Learn about and understand the Icehearts (Europe) model, including key lessons learned from its +25-year journey in Finland
  • Understand how to act to support children’s mental and physical wellbeing through the Icehearts approach
  • Become a “mini master” of the Icehearts approach, by learning what valuable skills are needed and how to address challenges as a mentor for vulnerable children
Would you like to know more about Icehearts? Visit Icehearts Finland and the Icehearts Europe website

ISCA coordinators of this session: Saska Benedicic Tomat and Jacob Schouenborg
This masterclass is supported by the European Commission’s #EU4Healthfund through the Icehearts Europe project led by the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA).
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