Sportinclusive Project

Third transnational meeting of the Sportinclusive project

On 4th and 5th February, the five partner organisations of the Sportinclusive project met in Rome (Italy) for their third transnational meeting.

The objective of the Sportinclusive project is to develop the first open and multilingual online training course for sport professionals on how to promote the social inclusion of newly arrived migrants and refugees through sport.

During the meeting in Rome, the project partners presented and evaluated the results from the testing of the online training course in four countries (Austria, Spain, Italy and Germany) and defined the improvements to be implemented on the e-learning platform before the final publication in October 2020.

The next project meeting will take place in Hamburg (Germany) in June 2020. During this meeting, the project partners will evaluate the final version of the online training course and plan the final dissemination activities of the project.

The Sportinclusive project is an initiative of SPORTUNION Tirol (Austria) in collaboration with Red Deporte (Spain), Gruppo Sportivo Dilettantistico Esquilino (Italy), TSG Bergedorf von 1860 e. V. (Germany), and Centrul de Resurse pentru Diversitate Etnoculturala (Romania). The Sportinclusive project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

Second transnational meeting of the Sportinclusive project

From 2013 to 2015, immigration in the EU-28 from non-EU countries increased by 62,6%, from 1.684.426 to 2.739.481 migrants per year. The number of first time asylum applicants in the EU-28 increased by 123% between 2014 and 2015 (source: Eurostat).

This situation can foment tension, division and misunderstanding between the local population and the newly arrived migrants and refugees. Working on the social inclusion of newly arrived migrants and refugees can, however, play an important role in mitigating those issues.

Sport has long been recognised as a tool to promote social inclusion. The Council of the European Union’s conclusions on the role of sport as a source of and a driver for active social inclusion recognise that: „[…] sport plays a strong societal role with a powerful potential for social inclusion in and through sport, […] whereby social inclusion through sport involves inclusive participation in society, community development and strengthened social cohesion.“

In this context, the objective of the Sportinclusive project is to develop the first open and multilingual online training course for sport professionals on how to promote the social inclusion of newly arrived migrants and refugees through sport.

Since the first project transnational meeting in Innsbruck (Austria) in December 2018, the project partners have been working on the development of the online training content.

On 2nd and 3rd April, the five partner organisations of the Sportinclusive project met in Madrid (Spain) for their second transnational meeting. During this second project meeting the partners prepared for the next project activity, the testing of the online training course with sport professionals from Austria, Spain, Italy and Germany.

The Sportinclusive project is an initiative of SPORTUNION Tirol (Austria) in collaboration with Red Deporte (Spain), Gruppo Sportivo Dilettantistico Esquilino (Italy), TSG Bergedorf von 1860 e. V. (Germany), and Centrul de Resurse pentru Diversitate Etnoculturala (Romania). The Sportinclusive project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

From 2013 to 2015, immigration in the EU-28 from non-EU countries increased by 62,6%, from 1.684.426 to 2.739.481 migrants per year. The number of first time asylum applicants in the EU-28 increased by 123% between 2014 and 2015 (source: Eurostat).

This situation can foment tension, division and misunderstanding between the local population and the newly arrived migrants and refugees. Working on the social inclusion of newly arrived migrants and refugees can, however, play an important role in mitigating those issues.

Sport has long been recognised as a tool to promote social inclusion. The Council of the European Union’s conclusions on the role of sport as a source of and a driver for active social inclusion recognise that: „[…] sport plays a strong societal role with a powerful potential for social inclusion in and through sport, […] whereby social inclusion through sport involves inclusive participation in society, community development and strengthened social cohesion.“

In this context, the objective of the Sportinclusive project is to develop the first open and multilingual online training course for sport professionals on how to promote the social inclusion of newly arrived migrants and refugees through sport.

From 4th to 6th December, the five partner organisations of the Sportinclusive project met in Innsbruck (Austria) for their first transnational meeting. The first day began with a warm welcome from Univ. Prof. Dr. Günther Mitterbauer and MMag. Dr. Christian Lettner, President and Executive Director of SPORTUNION Tirol respectively.

The delegates from the five partner organisations used this first project meeting to set strong foundations for the work of the partnership. In particular, they worked on the development of the training content. The next step will be to finalise the development of the online training content before the second project meeting in Madrid (Spain) planned for April 2019. During the meeting in Madrid, the delegates from the partner organisations will prepare for the next project activity, the testing of the online training course with sport professionals from Austria, Spain, Italy and Germany.

The Sportinclusive project is an initiative of SPORTUNION Tirol (Austria) in collaboration with Red Deporte (Spain), Gruppo Sportivo Dilettantistico Esquilino (Italy), TSG Bergedorf von 1860 e. V. (Germany), and Centrul de Resurse pentru Diversitate Etnoculturala (Romania). The Sportinclusive project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

MMag. Dr. Christian Lettner

Geschäftsführer

0512/ 58 64 51

lettner@sportunion.tirol