The German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) is the umbrella organisation of the organised charitable sport in Germany. DOSB is a registered association and has its headquarter in Frankfurt a. Main. The work of the DOSB is also supported by the capital office in Berlin and European office in Brussels. DOSB unifies 99 member organisations with more than 27 Mill. personal memberships. These persons are organised in about 90.000 sports clubs. More than 8,6 Mill. volunteers work in the sphere of sports. In 20 percent of sports clubs person with migration background are engaged as volunteers. According to these numbers DOSB is the largest civil movement in Germany. Since the merger of the German Spots Confederation and the National Olympic Committee of Germany in 2006 DOSB unifies these two inherited subject areas. On the one hand DOSB is obliged to safeguard, promote and develop the Olympic Idea; on the other hand the DOSB stands under the guiding principle “Sports for All” for the development of integrative and inclusive programs accessible to everyone. With this big variety of projects and programs in the spheres of mass sports and high-performance sports the DOSB is embedded in the European and international context. Aiming to contribute to the understanding among nations and peace the DOSB maintains good partner-like relations with other actors at the international level.
What have we done so far in the field of social inclusion?
DOSB is active in the sphere of integration of people with migration background since 28 years. It started 1989 with a project “Sports for All – Sports with Late Repatriates”. The project focused on the target group late resettled persons. The content of this pilot project was developed later to the nationwide program “Integration through Sport”. Now this federal program unifies 16 federal states sports confederations, 2200 sports clubs and about 120 colleagues. The program gets the financial and ideational support from the Federal Ministry of Interior as well as Federal Agency for Migration and Refugees. According to the increased numbers of migrants in last years the financial framework of the program increased by 6 Mill. Euros. As consequence “Integration through Sport” could be opened for all persons with migration background. Also new concepts could be developed which led to the increased social sustainability of the program. Besides the federal program “Integration through Sport” DOSB coordinates the project “Welcoming through Sport” which fosters the integration of refugees intensively. The project is funded by the Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration.
an active actor at the international level the DOSB strongly supports the idea of a common European approach in the field of integration. Transfer of knowledge, unification of expertise as well as joint action are seen as necessary steps on the way to the peaceful human coexistence. That’s why the DOSB is proud to be a part of the ASPIRE project and to contribute to this overarching goal.
What is our role in the ASPIRE project?
The DOSB as a full partner of ASPIRE will participate in all tasks of the project: research, development and testing of the training module, organisation of training sessions to implement the training module, awareness-raising and dissemination activities. With regard to the development of the training module, DOSB will work particularly intensively in the Task Force Intercultural Dialogue with anti-discrimination measures. In the framework of the federal program “Integration through Sport”, the process of the intercultural opening of sports organisation is of a central importance. Aiming to accompany sports clubs and other sports organisations in this process, the DOSB and its 16 federal sports confederation developed a qualification program called “Fit for Diversity”. This qualification program addresses issues of prejudice attitudes against migrants and refugees. The DOSB will be honored to share this valuable experience with other ASPIRE-partners.
Who is the person involved on behalf of our organisation?
Anna Strugovshchikova works since June 2016 as Consultant in the federal program “Integration through Sport”. Her focus lies on topics communication and intercultural opening. Anna Strugovshchikova brings a big variety of intercultural experiences which she gained on her professional and personal ways. She grew up in Russia (Nizhniy Novgorod), started to study International Relations there and continued her education in Germany (Heidelberg). Anna Strugovshchikova participated in many academic exchanges during her studies, among others with the USA and Singapore. She found her way into the sphere of organised sport during the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, where she worked as Personal Assistant of the 1st Vice-President of the International Olympic Committee Ms. Nawal El Moutawakel. Anna Strugovshchikova appreciates to share her international experiences and to contribute by this to the ASPIRE project.