The ICMA centres in Yalta and Barcelona report that they run small but successful sports programmes for crews. They participate in the ISWAN sports initiative. Football and basketball games are organised.
Both these centres work closely with ISWAN’s sports programmes for seafarers. Especially cruise ships participate. Port cities are not always supportive in supplying sports fields. “Everything depends on relationships” said Tanya from Yalta. They had good relations with the head of a local school who allowed seafarers to use the football fields of the school. Now that the principal of the school has moved on and has been replaced, they would need to establish cooperation with her replacement.
It is important to connect with the person on board who is responsible for crew welfare and human resources. These persons are often keen to have their crews participate. However, due to shore leave restrictions in some ports in the region, crews often assume that they will not be allowed ashore in Yalta.
Ricardo urged the region to take an interest in sports and to join the annual regional sports programme.
The sports for seafarers project is part of ISWAN Training on Board Programme.