|The project has been noted for exhibiting the full range of aspects of good practice in cross-border cooperation.
It is an aspiration of participants in the project that the tournament “Olympic Hopes” should become a tradition and should be included in the budgets of the water polo clubs and local governments, which should ensure that its outcomes echo in the future, reminding the communities that good neighbourly relations are the basis of quality life and prosperity in the cross-border areas.
Already other water polo clubs that were not initially included in the project activities have shown interest in being involved in project activities – WC Bijela, WC Cavtat and WC Mornar from Split. Moreover, two water polo federations have actively participated in the project – Swimming and Water Polo Federation of Montenegro and the Water Polo Federation of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County – highlighting its broader appeal.
The exceptional level of cooperation between cross-border partners should also serve as an example for all organisations at local level that it is possible to widen one’s horizon and ensure some tangible benefits for the community by doing it. In this particular case, this cooperation is expected to have multiplier effects, including cooperation in new fields.
Due to its nature – bringing together children and youth in a healthy activity, water polo – the project brings about a richness of added values. Children and youth are encouraged off the streets and into sport gaining life skills and positive values that could prevent and address youth delinquency and crime. Furthermore, by attracting them into project activities in an inspiring and non-aggressive way, interaction of individuals from different nationalities and ethnic backgrounds through sport is emphasised, helping to build social inclusion and community spirit.