🏂 Celebrating the Successful Conclusion of SafeShred: Empowering Sport Ethics and Integrity Awareness among Grassroots Snowboard Riders 🌟

We are thrilled to announce the successful culmination of SafeShred, an education program coordinated by the World Snowboard Federation and implemented by the sport integrity experts of CSCF Foundation for Sport Integrity. We take immense pride in the impact we have made in raising awareness of ethical issues among the future stars of snowboarding – the grassroots riders – and the sport community in general.

SafeShred aimed to equip young riders with a comprehensive understanding of key sport integrity issues, enabling them to navigate challenges they may encounter in their snowboarding journey. This groundbreaking program covered a wide range of crucial topics, explained in the most simple manner to the young riders of different age groups, ensuring that these aspiring athletes possess the knowledge and tools to thrive while maintaining integrity.

Throughout the project, we delved into various significant subjects, including:

- Manipulation of sports competition

- Doping

- Harassment and bullying

- Corruption

- Whistleblowing system

- Basic human rights

By addressing these issues head-on, the project aims to foster a culture of fairness, respect, and transparency within the snowboarding community. Our collective efforts have not only provided essential knowledge but also empowered these young riders to act and react confidently when confronted with such issues, enabling them to make informed decisions and protect themselves and their sport throughout their journey as athletes

One of the remarkable achievements of this two-year project is the development of essential resources, including the Rider's Practical Guide and the multilingual E-learning platform available in English, German, Finnish, Italian, and Swedish. These deliverables, along with the research-based comprehensive pedagogical training materials and the trained trainers in each of the countries, provide the World Snowboard Federation and its members with a powerful and unparalleled toolset allowing them to create a sustainable training program for years to come.

“We extend our heartfelt appreciation to the entire SafeShred team and our dedicated partners for their unwavering commitment and hard work. Together, we have made a lasting impact on the future of snowboarding by nurturing a new generation of riders who excel both on the slopes and as ethical ambassadors of the sport”, said Norbert Rubicsek, Director of CSCF Foundation for Sports Integrity, who was also one of the experts for creating the above resources for the SafeShred project.

As we celebrate the successful conclusion of SafeShred, we invite everyone to reflect on the importance of of fostering a culture of integrity, particularly one that emphasizes proactive action rather than reactive response to ethical issues.

Please feel free to reach out if you would like to learn more about SafeShred or collaborate on similar projects. Together, we can build a brighter future for sports, where ethics and excellence go hand in hand!

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The World Snowboard Federation (WSF) and the CSCF – Foundation for Sport Integrity are engaged to protect young riders and the integrity of snowboarding.

While the riding season is coming to an end for the grassroots snowboard movement, more than a hundred of young riders have already participated in trainings on key integrity topics across Europe. These interactive and educational workshops have raised awareness on the dangers of doping and sport manipulation, on the prevention of harassment/bullying, the protection of human rights, and the importance of speaking up against any threat and misconduct.

On March 27th, two trainings were successfully integrated as side-events of the World Rookie Snowboard Finals, organized in the historic location of Kitzsteinhorn Zell am See-Kaprun, thanks to the cooperation of the Austrian Snowboard Association (ASA), as project partner and host of the event, the experts from CSCF and the WSF.

“It was a great experience to see how interested and motivated the young people are to work on this project. For us it’s a pleasure to be part of SafeShred and we will come up for sure with more SafeShred Workshops.” Meini

On this occasion, Boris Kilvinger, SafeShred project manager of WSF, and Carlos Gutierrez, operations manager of CSCF, presented the topics of sports manipulation and basic human rights, respectively, to more than 30 young riders and coaches.

“It was nice to see that the workshops developed by CSCF appeal to the youth and that they are a powerful tool to initiate a sustainable improvement for the whole snowboard sport” Boris Kilvinger

We all know that education is a fundamental pillar to raise awareness about the dangers that stem from sports integrity issues. Having the opportunity to share with young riders the concepts of human rights and how it applies in the context of snowboarding was unique. The interest of the young participants was impressive, and the message was clear: Be alert to human rights violations and don’t hesitate to speak up!” Carlos Gutierrez

This was also the occasion for the project coordinators to discuss the following steps of the SafeShred project: the translation and publication of the SafeShred Handbook, the designing of an E-learning program that will be accessible on the online WSF Academy and the organization of a final conference to present these results among and beyond the world snowboard community.

Stay tuned! The winter might come to an end soon, but there is more to come for SafeShred in 2022!

*The SafeShred project is co-financed by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union.