Uisp has organized initiatives in many Italian cities on the occasion of 20 June, International Refugee Day which recalls the approval in 1951 of the Convention on the Status of Refugees (Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees) by the General Assembly of United Nations. The Uisp initiatives will culminate with the World Anti-Racists which will be held from 5 to 9 July in Castelfranco Emilia (Modena).
On Sunday 18 June in Florence, the athletes of the Albereta 2000 hosted the 2017 edition of “Florence awaits the Antiracist World Cup”. WATCH THE VIDEO created by the Uisp Firenze. The event has proposed sporting activities for everyone: from volleyball to soccer, from basketball to ping pong. The TgR Rai Toscana dedicated a service to the initiative on Monday, June 19th, in the edition of 14. WATCH THE VIDEO.
UNHCR together with the Italian Association of Footballers and Liberi Nantes, a football team made up of refugees of different nationalities, affiliated to Uisp Roma, organized a friendly match between a team of football and entertainment stars on Sunday 18 June and the Liberi Nantes. WATCH THE RaiNews24 VIDEO about the event
Up to 25 June, over 40 sports operators from eight different countries will be in Rome to participate in the training of the European project “Sport Welcomes Refugees”. A three days in which coaches and operators of different sports will think together on how to build a sports club that can accommodate and include refugees and asylum seekers in their daily activities. One of the objectives of the course will be to provide methodologies and tools to work with people who have suffered a traumatic event, such as the endless and tremendous journeys that many only do to get to Europe.
The training course is part of a two-year project – Sport Welcomes Refugees – which sees the Austrian association VIDC as the leader. Specifically designed for the so-called “new arrivals”, ie the people who have sought refuge in Europe following the Syrian crisis, the project aims to provide knowledge, training and qualification necessary to work with this target, having as its ultimate goal the inclusion social status of migrants.
Among the innovative activities of the project is the creation of the online multilingual platform “Clubs welcome refugees”: sports clubs and associations that want to include refugees and migrants in their activity, can register on the platform indicating their characteristics and the sport they propose. Migrants who want to play sports in the country of arrival, but do not know who to turn to, can use the search engine of the platform to find the team closest to them, being sure to arrive in a friendly and open sports club. (Elena Fiorani-Layla Mousa)