PEOPLE+ | Passion for sports

Life is not always easy; it is usually hectic. During the daily routine life, we do our tasks and enjoy our spare time with some activity. This activity is our hobby.

One of the best things about going to Erasmus+ projects is meeting different people with all kinds of characters, intrests and hobbies. Being able to hear and talk about things you never have before is a truly amazing, mind-opening experience. While we are all at home during lockdown and can't be making those conversations in person, two of our participants - Valentin Bodurov and Asen Manolov from passed projects are going to share with you their passion and interest about sports.

"My hobby is to play sports. Most of all I like to play basketball. In my opinion, Basketball is one of the most interesting and exciting games. I started playing basketball when I was 10 years old in my hometown, I joined the local team when I was 12 years old and remained there to my high school graduation. During these 6 years when I was training active, I learnt that you should always fight for your aim which you want to achieve. And that you should always believe in yourself, in power and opportunities.


Now, when I don’t train actively but just for fun, I try to use the things I have learnt in the basketball court to my life.


Basketball is very important and irreplaceable part of my life. I am happy that I had the opportunity to experience this adventure and made my dream came true- to be one real athlete.

Finally my advice to everyone is:

Never give up and follow your dreams!


As Michael Jordan is says: „I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. 26 times I have been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I have failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.“


by Valentin Bodurov

Participant in YE “Save our money”

"Ever since I was little, I felt the urge to do sports and there was not a single period in which I wasn’t training anything since then. The first sport I took on with persistently was boxing, but then I decided that getting my head hit in the long term was not my thing. For this reason, I decided that I want to do some type of martial arts.

Mixed martial arts were just beginning to gain popularity and my interest in this type of sport brought me to the concept of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. It is a mixture of all types of martial arts and there are two ways for you to practice it. The first type involves wearing a special kimono and there are much more grappling positions which you can use to combat your opponent than the second type which is without a kimono. Personally, I prefer the option without a kimono because it seems more interesting to me. I have taken part in many competitions, both on a national and international level. I have won many medals and just like any other competitor I have suffered many losses. Losing is what motivates me most because I learn from it, and life, after all, is a continuous learning process."


by Asen Manolov

Participant in YE “Design your future”


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