Project “Sport Welcomes Refugees” aims to improve participation of migrants and refugees in sporting activities, and to reach this final objective it produced a set of training materials and suggestions to act as tools to help sport clubs and organisations who want to implement work with refugees.
Among these instruments the SPIN network created an animated awareness video with useful tips and suggestions. The video is born from analysis of the results of focus groups research conducted in 8 partner countries on the challenges & difficulties that clubs have in their daily work with migrants and refugees.
The protagonist of the video is a male-white-football coach, representing a kind of stereotype, called Ralph. Ralph wants to start to use sport to include people and tell other sports coaches of the obstacles he faced and solutions he adopted.
The video is divided into sort chapters, which makes it easier to use for awareness raising and as part of training.
As part of UEFA’s Study Group Scheme, representatives of 21 member associations met in the Republic of Ireland in early April to consider how football can be used to help migrants. The meeting was hosted by UEFA member Association and Sport Welcomes Refugees partner organisation FAI.
Football can bring people together, foster mutual understanding and break down prejudices. A total of 65 million people around the world have been driven from their homes – 9 out of every 1,000 people worldwide. While some countries are more affected than others this forced migration has sparked a global debate spanning social, cultural, economic political and environmental issues.
As the world’s most popular sport and one that is deeply embedded in the fabric of society, football has been affected by this global crisis, yet also has the potential to help alleviate it. Many of UEFA’s member associations have been directly impacted and have sought to improve matters in their countries.
Against that background representatives of various national associations recently attended a UEFA Study Group Scheme seminar entitled Football and Refugees with the express intention of learning from one another as well as from other relevant experts and organisations, and addressing this issue in the most effective manner possible. Read more
Playing football together and breaking down prejudices: from 13 to 15 July 2018 girls teams from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia will meet in Vienna with local football teams.
The fairplay initiative will organise the “Girls Football Festival – Football Zajedno“ that will be more than a normal tournament. The girls and their teams will be three days in Vienna for joint training sessions, public viewings of matches of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, a collaboration with local clubs – and of course the tournament.
Intercultural exchange will be established with an educational and cultural programme including topics of sexism, nationalism, respect, fairplay and empowerment of girls. Football is not only a place to get to know other players and teams, in football intercultural youth exchange and breaking down prejudices is possible easily. It is also a place of empowerment of which girls and young women are taking possession more and more. Their commitment shall be promoted with this football festival for girls’ teams in Vienna.
In the frame of the “Football Zajedno” project the Girls Football Festival will bring together teams from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia with female football players and the ex-Yugoslav community in Vienna. The festival will last three days and will include an international football girls’ tournament and an intercultural fringe programme.
“Football Zajedno – Promoting Equality and Non-Discrimination through Football” is a joint project coordinated by the fairplay initiative with the Balkan Alpe Adria Project (BAAP) in cooperation with the football associations of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia. Football Zajedno is funded through UEFA’s HatTrick programme.
“Sport welcomes refugees” and “Welcome! Mondiali Antirazzisti in tour” projects were protagonists of training and comparison moments.
In the programme of Mondiali Antirazzisti, held in Castelfranco Emilia (MO) from the 4th to the 7th of July, the national training workshop of Sport Welcomes Refugees European project took place. On this occasion, Loredana Barra, Uisp Sassari, animated a discussion on Uisp methodology to be applied in the proposed activities with migrants and refugees and with the little ones. The group of participants, made up of members of the national Uisp, several Uisp coordinators of the Welcome – Mondiali Antirazzisti in Tour project, university researchers and journalists, was confronted, thanks to the explanations and games proposed by the trainer, on the need to adopt during the training an oblique rather than horizontal methodology. Entrusting to all the same sports objectives can, in fact, arouse disappointment and negative experiences that are going to undermine the willingness of the participants to get involved. On the opposite, by giving freedom of interpretation, everyone is allowed to perform the exercise obtaining a much more satisfactory overall result. The workshop ended with a stimulating exchange of ideas on the application of this methodology to the events that the various coordinators present have planned. In particular, a focus was held on the activities that are going to be proposed on August 31st, on September 1st and 2nd in Matera for the “Mondiali Antirazzisti al Sud” event, as part of the “Welcome! Mondiali Antirazzisti in tour” project.