“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.
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.