The CSIT 'Physical Activity for Seniors 55+ Working Group' organised a traditional three-day training course for coaches for elderly people in Schielleiten, Austria, from 24 to 26 September 2021. The aim of the course was to exchange experiences and learn specific sports, physical activities and new things in the field of 'sports for elderly'.
The practical organisation was perfectly carried out by Uschi Mortinger (Pensionistenverband Österreich) in the beautiful Schielleiten Castle in Styria. Fourteen participants from four European sports organisations of the CSIT member countries Austria (ASKÖ), Denmark (DAI), France (FSGT) and Italy (AICS) attended the training.
After their arrival, the participants were picked up by bus from Vienna airport and brought safely to Styria. The historic Schielleiten Castle with its state-of-the-art sports facilities was once again a perfect venue for the physical activities. CSIT Vice President Palle Thomsen, who is also responsible for Sport for All and Sport for Elderly People at CSIT, welcomed all participants of the fifth training course.
Already on the first day, the programme included balance exercises, games with balls, coordination and cooperation with an Austrian expert and juggling sessions. The official opening of the training course was on Saturday by CSIT Secretary General Wolfgang Burghardt, who also spoke about the history of CSIT, the CSIT World Sports Games and the future of CSIT.
There were also sessions with experts on Fitball, Slingtraining and Tabata as well as regenerative walks through the beautiful gardens of the castle to get to know the many great outdoor sports facilities and the indoor sports rooms. In the conference room, the participants were also presented with the newly published book "Designed to move" by Paolo Tumedei (AICS).
At the end, as always, there was a very satisfactory balance sheet about the physical activities carried out, the future projects planned and the possibilities to further promote senior sport at international, national and local level. Before leaving, the participants took part in a sightseeing tour in Vienna and returned home with great impressions - also of the Austrian capital.
The seniors are already looking forward to organising the learned physical activities for seniors 55+ at the CSIT World Sports Games 2023 in Rome and to pass them on to a large number of participants from different international member associations.