Integration of Refugees through Sport

A collaboration between European organisations to strengthen the inclusion of refugees throughout Europe using formal an informal learning opportunities, sports and physical activity

The current influx of refugees and immigrants is one of the biggest political and practical challenges for many countries today, both on a political and citizens’ level. This project uses the power of local grassroots sport initiatives to include people with very different backgrounds, by offering them the important, and well-documented, informal learning that takes places in local sport clubs and the sporting activities themselves.

  • Coordinator: ISCA
  • Organisations: StreetGames (UK), Academy of Physical Education Ollerup (DEN), SISU Västergötland (SWE), UISP (ITA), University of Kent (UK), DTJ (GER)

The IRTS team are all smiles after a productive few days discovering Copenhagen and discussing the next steps for the project during the kick off meeting in January.

 

A hub of resources

The Integration of Refugees through Sport (IRTS) website is a hub of resources for professionals and volunteers working on activities with refugees and other initiatives that focus on social inclusion. Our focus is on grassroots sport, but you will find that many of the resources can be used for other community initiatives as well. ISCA and our partners launched the first IRTS resources and inspirational videos to coincide with World Refugee Day, and these included an implementation guide, tips and tricks for working with refugees, best practices, and other inspirational stories.

Online Learning

This online course was designed together with partners of Integration of Refugees through Sport project with funding from the NordPlus and Erasmus+ programme. Its main aim is to encourage and support initiatives in the field of integration of refugees.

 

MOVE BEYOND

MOVE Beyond is a two-year project supported by the EU’s Erasmus+ Sport Collaborative Partnerships, which aims to enhance cross-sector collaboration on grassroots sport and physical activities for societal inclusion of refugees by enabling stronger involvement of non-sport actors.

The partners include the University of Copenhagen’s Advanced Migration Studies and Belgian organisation Demos, who specialise in research and analysis of best practices in inclusion of refugees and migrants, plus four “implementation pairs” that will work on small scale pilot implementation projects in four of the countries. These include DGI and the Danish Red Cross (Denmark), UISP Trentino and ATAS (Italy), Västra Götalands Idrottsförbund and Save the Children Sweden (Region West) (Sweden), and StreetGames and SPARC Sport (UK).

In creating these cross-sector partnerships, the partners are aiming to show how to approach and overcome common barriers that prevent asylum seekers and refugees from getting involved in community sport or other activities offered in their communities.

As part of the pilot project preparation, the partners will consult other organisations working with refugees and speak to refugees and/or asylum seekers who are part of existing programmes to gain valuable insights before commencing the pilot implementations.

 


The MOVE Beyond project is co-funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Collaborative Partnerships in Sport programme.

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