- Jasmiina, can you please introduce your work shortly? At the moment I´m Project Coordinator in Sport for All project and ERASMUS +SPORT project. Sports for All is now a registered association (Sporttia Kaikillery, www.sporttiakaikille.fi). Together with Sport clubs and immigrant associations we organize weekly classes in Sports in Vantaa. The activities are open to everyone, but we focus especially on those, who don´t have much physical activity in their daily lives, immigrants and people with less income. We also pay attention to women and girls to attend physical activity.
My work is a constant communication with schools, associations, with those who work with immigrants (teachers, social workers, nurses..) - to help them with advices, make easier to attend Sporttia Kaikillery activity, to educate about how to "be" with an immigrant or just - How to be a Human to other Human :)
- How does Sports for All project work with Sports Clubs? Sports for All helps organizing events and classes. Sometimes we just meet to get new ideas or solve problems. Like eg. last summer we helped to solve local problem where young were playing football outside too late, disturbing the neighbourhood. It was us that gathered the associations, connected the Youth Centre with police.
- In your view, what are the most important factors that make sports clubs accessible to people with a migrant background? First we need to turn this idea around and think the situation from the point of view of the individual, immigrant, refugee. Imagine yourself in other country. What is the first thing you do?
Maybe you google the activities. You want just to try, without signing into the activity. You simply need to find the information beforehand and have someone to talk to or to call.
Sharing my experience:
If it´s just migrants, that´s not inclusion
From our experience a significant number of attendees get used to the schedule and they stay. We´ve already many professional athletes that started in the "Sports for All Program" -activities and then continued in the club.
* Social Offices
* Youth centres
* Asylum centres
* Health centres
* Unemployment offices
* City (sport services, cultural services, health services) -we have learned that it is really difficult to spread the information in own city
This are some of my ideas from several years working with different people from different background. With and without sport experience. From the perspective of a social worker, perspective of a social club and from eyes of immigrant itself.