Health is Wealth
About project

Latgale Region Development Agency in cooperation with the state budget educational institution of additional education of children “Children and youth sports training centre”
have implemented the project ELRI-130 “Promotion of Healthy Life-Style Organizing Sport Events in Latgale and Pskov Regions” (CrossBo Active) within the Estonia-Latvia-Russia cross border cooperation Programme within European Neighborhood and Partnership instrument. The overarching strategic objective of the Programme is to promote joint development activities for the improvement of the region’s competitiveness by utilising its potential and beneficial location in the cross roads between the EU and Russian Federation. The specific objective is to make the wider border area an attractive place for both its inhabitants and businesses through activities aimed at improving the living standards and investment climate.

The overall objective of the “CrossBo Active” project is to encourage the involvement of inhabitants of Latvian-Russian cross-border region into healthy lifestyle activities, thus facilitating a more integrated and healthier society. Within the project 17 tournaments (4 basketball, 5 volleyball, 2 futsal, 2 streetball, 2 football, 1 hockey and 1 handball) were organized in Latvia (in Balvi,
Rēzekne, and Ludza) and Russia (in Pskov, Pushkinskiye Gory, and Velikiye Luki), in which sports teams (men, women and youth) from Latgale region and Pskov oblast participated. The total amount of participants was over 2000. The total budget is 315672,72 EUR, of which 90% or 284105,45 EUR (199670,45 Ls) is financed by the Estonia-Latvia-Russia cross border cooperation Programme within European Neighborhood and Partnership instrument 2007-2013.  

The main achievement of the project is that the sports schools of Latgale and Pskov have renewed their cooperation. During the cross-border tournaments contacts have been created between sportsmen, coaches, judges and sports events organizers of Latgalian border areas and Pskov. Several sports schools got new equipment. The tournaments were organized in such a way that the sportsmen could not only compete on the field, but also had the opportunity to go on excursions and acquaint themselves with local tourism objects and other notable places. In order to continue the started cooperation and expand the contacts it is planned that mutual tournaments will continue to be organized even after the end of the project.

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The EuropeAid Co-operation Office webpage:

“This website has been produced with the financial assistance of the Estonia – Latvia – Russia Cross Border Cooperation Programme within European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument 2007 – 2013. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of Latgale Region Development Agency and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the Programme, Programme participating countries, alongside with the European Union.”