“We aspire after open sports clubs that welcome refugees.”
More than a million migrants and refugees have crossed into Europe in recent years, sparking migrant and refugee crises. Some of the challenges of the current situation in Europe are well known; other issues will only become clear over time. Workable solutions will probably only emerge by taking a long-term perspective, one that offers a practical solution to the many problems of inclusion, both during and after the settlement of migrants and refugees.
ASPIRE – Activity, Sport, Play for the Inclusion of Refugees in Europe is an international project, co-financed by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and led by ENGSO-The European Sports NGO, that focuses on social inclusion in relation to people who are at risk of exclusion, especially refugees.
ASPIRE seeks to establish how sports clubs can best support the inclusion of migrants and refugees building on the wide popularity of sports and other forms of physical activity.
The ASPIRE project has the main aim of offering migrants and refugees opportunities for participation in sport, and community life through sport, physical activity and play. This aim can be best achieved by the development and implementation of a specialised training module that guides sports organisations to become more accessible. It also supports individuals with a sporting background on how to adapt existing coaching activities to the specific context of refugees and migrants.
The implementation occurs through the organisation of training sessions for facilitators from national or regional sport umbrella organisations in 9 European countries, with a wide geographical coverage (Austria, Belgium – Flanders, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Greece, Serbia, Spain, Sweden).
Continuous awareness-raising and dissemination activities are an integral part of the project. We work with a variety of organisations to create a strong link with the grassroots level and to raise awareness of the potential role of sport in promoting the social inclusion of refugees.