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Mermaids

The goal of the project Mermaids for Inclusion is to establish fin swimming as a new sport in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo and to use the sports environment to promote awareness raising and inclusion regarding gender equality as well as integration of ethnic and religious minorities.

This will be achieved through advanced education tools and the transfer of good practice from the participating Member States (Croatia and Greece). Sport activities are a strong means for inclusion and cohesive societies, since sport can create a healthy and supportive environment for socially vulnerable groups and local communities to meet and interact. This is especially important in the region of Western Balkans with ongoing challenges regarding the inclusion of ethnic and religious minorities. The project also aims at advancing gender equality which is a relevant topic for the whole region of the Balkans which is traditionally dominated by patriarchal gender norms. In Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Kosovo there is still a dominating stereotype of women’s roles being mainly family-oriented and caretaking rather than actively participating in public life and business. The project will have a great impact not only on coaches, athletes and participating organizations that will be directly involved in the project, but also on wider community and relevant stakeholders by setting a model for good practice of using sport as a means for social integration. Fin swimming is a sport that uses bifins or a monofin.

The monofin or “mermaid’s tail” makes the fin swimmers often associated with mermaids and it allows them to swim approximately 12-15 times faster compared to normal classic sports swimming. For that reason it can be very attractive for dissemination activities and for attracting newcomers to the sport.
7 reasons why you should stay tuned with Mermaid for Inclusion

7 reasons why you should stay tuned with Mermaid for Inclusion

Hello little buzzing bees! Have you ever heard about finswimming? No? Well, today’s your lucky day! With BRAVO, we’re implementing a project that promotes finswimming in BiH, a relatively new sport in the Balkans, and we want to share with you 7 reasons why you should stay tune with us!

14/06/2024
Fin swimming in Bosnia and Herzegovina – What do we know about it?

Fin swimming in Bosnia and Herzegovina – What do we know about it?

Even though fin swimming still hasn’t become a widely recognized sport in BiH, it is surely growing its impact and popularity by stealing hearts of many. It is slowly finding its place, attracting people with its mix of fitness and underwater exploration. The Erasmus+ project “Mermaids for Inclusion” plays an important role in promoting the sport of fin swimming.

31/05/2024
Second Midterm Transnational Project Meeting – “Mermaids for Inclusion”

Second Midterm Transnational Project Meeting – “Mermaids for Inclusion”

From April 19th – April 21st, 2024, the project consortium for the “Mermaids for Inclusion” project met in Pristina, Kosovo for the Second Midterm Transnational Project Meeting. BRAVO members Ezana Ćeman and Yllka Totaj were joined by their partners from Finswimming Team “KOMET” from Croatia, AKADIMOS KEK from Greece, and hosted by Swim Club “OTRILA” from Kosovo.

25/04/2024
Building Inclusive Communities Through Sport: “Mermaids for Inclusion” Project Mid-Term Meeting

Building Inclusive Communities Through Sport: “Mermaids for Inclusion” Project Mid-Term Meeting

From August 26 to 28, an impactful event took place as BRAVO proudly hosted a mid-term meeting for the “Mermaids for Inclusion” project. This project aims to create a stronger sense of inclusion and unity within societies. Leveraging the power of sports, particularly in the form of finswimming, the project aims to provide a healthy and supportive environment for socially

31/08/2023
Kick-off meeting for the project “Mermaids for Inclusion”

Kick-off meeting for the project “Mermaids for Inclusion”

We are delighted to share that we had a chance to attend a Kick-off meeting of the project “Mermaids for Inclusion” in Veria, Greece on January 14th. BRAVO Director, Ismail Sehic and Amra Arapovic, as swimming coach from Sarajevo-based swimming club “Speed”.

18/01/2023
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