BIO

  • Name: Jasmiina Gharieb
  • Age: 34
  • Profession: Mental health and Health Coach
  • Sport background: oh, I´ve a long history in Sports (basketball and now dance) as a player and more than 15 years as a coach for different groups.

- 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: 

  1. We need activities that are organized together with multicultural associations, sport clubs and the City - in this way information, contacts can be found in many places.
  2. The classes have to be NEAR the place where the potential attendees live.
  3. Activities needs to be for free - you don´t have to pay, simply come and try
  4.  We need activities that are open to everyone, not just migrants.         

If it´s just migrants, that´s not inclusion

  1. We need activities that you don't have to sign in before. Filling forms in different language is almost always too hard.
  2. The  activities have to be at beginner level, both for adults and young people. If there are professional players - they can act as tutors.
  3. A contact person (like me or my colleagues in our project)  that speak different languages is essential.
  4. We need to maintain the same rhythm and same timetable for several months - best practice is the sport club together with a program like us organize a weekly class.

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.

 

  1.  We need to respect festive like Ramadan or a different cultural schedule -for example Muslim women and girls have Saturday evenings occupied. We need also a female instructor and a playground where no men can access.
  2.  A very important aspect is to create a network around.
  3.  We need to share the sport activities information with all that work with people with migrant background. Not by sending a letter or email. We need to go there, meet the people and have a contact person in  every place. Those are:

    * Social Offices

    * Schools

    * Youth centres

    * Associations

    * 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.

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