“Sport welcomes refugees” and “Welcome! Mondiali Antirazzisti in tour” projects were protagonists of training and comparison moments.
The “Welcome” project, funded by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Equal Opportunities Department / UNAR, takes its cue Mondiali Antirazzisti, and proposes different stages of approach and follow up to be carried out in several Italian cities, with a final stage to be held in Matera. Some of the committees participating in Welcome formed teams of migrants and refugees and managed to organize their participation in Mondiali tournaments. The Welcome project, in addition to Matera, involves the cities of Cagliari, Como, Martina Franca, Prato, Taranto, Trento.
Several events of the “Welcome!” project have already be held on the Italian territory: an anti-racist tournament took place in Como as part of the “Rebbio in festa” festival, which involved associations and communities realities, in Trento, after the tournament disputed during the festival of the first of May, on June 24th the “Welcome!” teams took part in the twelve-hour football match in the municipality of Lavis: over 100 people of 15 different nationalities animated a day dedicated to inclusion. Two multi-sport events took place in Prato, one for children aged 6 to 15 and the other for the ones aged 16 and over. The points were chosen by means of coefficients not linked exclusively to sports performance. This methodology has succeeded in eliminating negative competitiveness and creating a playful and festive environment, which has been well received by local citizens.