ENGSO and 13 partner organisations teaming-up to develop refugees friendly sport organisations

ENGSO and 13 partner organisations teaming-up to develop refugees friendly sport organisations

On the 8th and 9th of February 2017, ENGSO –the leader- successfully kicked off the ASPIRE project together with partner organisations from 10 countries representing a good mix of Governmental organisations, public authorities, sport organisations and Specialised or sport-related organisations. Carole Ponchon, PR and Project Manager represented EOSE.

Funded by the European Commission under Erasmus+ Sport Chapter, ASPIRE has the main aim to offer suitable participation opportunities for refugees in and through sport, physical activity and play. In particular, the project will allow the development and implementation of a training module that is based on underpinning evidence and enhances the skills and competences of facilitators in sport organisations on how to adapt existing coaching activities to the specific context of refugees and migrants. The idea is to help them set up refugees friendly sport organisations. ASPIRE will indeed focus on social inclusion in relation to people who are in risk of exclusion, especially refugees. This will be reached through the following specific objectives:

  • Increasing the knowledge and evidence-base of working with vulnerable people, especially refugees, the organisational challenges and needs, and identifying good practice examples
  • Supporting sport organisations to offer suitable participation opportunities for refugees with the help of innovative educational approaches
  • Enhancing skills and competences of facilitators especially in the area of psychosocial support and intercultural sensitiveness
  • Enhancing intercultural dialogue between refugees and host communities
  • Raising awareness of the added value of sport in promoting the social inclusion of refugees.

The two day event was the occasion for the partners to get to know each other but also to get a better understanding of the project rules, aims and activities.

A special focus was made on each Work Package (Management and Monitoring, Research, Developing and testing of training module, Organisation of training session to implement training modules, Evaluation of the project, Communication and Awareness Raising, Dissemination and Sustainability), with specific presentation made by the Swedish Sport Confederation, ICCSPE, and the DOSB. These organisations will led specific task forces on Migration, Refugee friendly sports organisation, Psychological support and Intercultural dialogue with anti-discrimination measures.

Building upon ENGSE expertise and experience in running EU funded projects, participants were introduced about specific financial and administrative rules but also risk management strategy as well as communication and dissemination strategy.

Working in group of four to five, they were asked through the meeting to highlights any potential risks that may occur during the project as well as potential solution. In addition, specific reflection took place on the need to include the whole target group and in particular the refugees in order to make sure they are part of the programme development as ASPIRE is not a programme about refugees but with refugees. Last but not least, the national or regional sport umbrella partner organisations from 9 European countries nine, were invited to already think about the target they will focus on for their training sessions based on their own national and organisational strategy and context.



In the light of the well-known migrant and refugee crisis, in the course of which more than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe only in 2015, ASPIRE could serve as a pioneer in long-term perspective, offering a solution for inclusion during and after the settlement of refugees, when it comes to facilitate the access of refugees to social services. EOSE is a proud partner of the project and is in particular responsible of the evaluation.

Other partners of the project – led by  the European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ENGSO)- are the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE), the Caritas Academy – Caritas Styria (Austria), Minor-Ndako (Belgium), the Catalan Union of Sports Federations (UFEC, Spain), the Bulgarian Union for Physical Culture and Sport (BUPCS), the Finnish Sport Olympic Confederation (NOC of Finland), the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), the Serbian Olympic Committee (NOC Serbia), the Swedish Sports Confederation (RF), the Ministry of Culture and Sport of the Hellenic Republic (Greece), the Sports Flanders Agency of Belgium and the Council of Europe. In addition the ASPIRE project has the support of the European Lotteries.



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