• We aspire to accessible sport clubs that welcome refugees



an international project led by the ENGSO - The European Sport NGO

ASPIRE – Activity, Sport, Play for the Inclusion of Refugees in Europe is an international project 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.

ASPIRE could serve as a pioneer in the long-term perspective, offering a positive, evidence-based response with the help of sport to the many problems of inclusion, during and after the settlement of migrants and refugees, by utilising sport to facilitate the access of refugees to social services.






Migrant and refugee crisis

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.

Sport, physical activity and play: a possible response to refugee crisis?

Sport is often claimed to help address social problems, such as the effects of social exclusion. Participation in sport, physical activity and play can be a means of promoting intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding. It can also ease the transition process, alleviate trauma and support the psychological and social wellbeing of individuals in marginalised, traumatised, or other at-risk groups. There is evidence that sport and physical activity contribute to positive relationships, trust, community cohesion, and enhanced social status (Human Capital Model, Bailey, et al., 2012, 2013). This way, sport can help Europe to address some of the challenges related to the recent migrant and refugee crises and the social inclusion of refugees.

The ASPIRE project in a nutshell

The ASPIRE project has the main aim to offer refugees opportunities for participation in sport and in community life through sport. This aim can be best achieved by the development and implementation of a specialised training module that guides sports organisations to become more accessible and refugee-friendly. It also supports individuals with sporting background 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. 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..


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Results and outcomes

Here you can find basic information, expert advice and proven strategies that can help you succeed in making your organisation more open and accessible, as well as support you in enhancing your skills and competences in the area of trauma relief and intercultural understanding.



Stay up to date about the project

The year 2017 is coming to an end. Consciously or unconsciously, we all tend to take account of what has happened throughout the year. Please allow the ASPIRE Project Coordinator Orsolya Tolnay to do

ASPIRE Project Partners discuss state of play and next steps

On October 26-27, the firstpartners meeting of the ASPIRE project took place in Barcelona, hosted by the Catalonian Union of Sports Federa

Steering Committee Members made further steps in the development of the ASPIRE training module

Paris, 7-8 June 2017

ASPIRE Steering Committee members gathered in Paris on 7-8 June 2017 to clarify fu



We work together

with a variety of organisations across Europe, including specialised or sport-related organisations, governmental establishments, and sports organisations who have specialised expertise and considerable commitment to deliver


Get in touch with us

ASPIRE - Contact Information


House of Sports Sweden - Idrottens hus
Skansbrogatan 7
116 64 Stockholm

e-mail: office@aspiresport.eu

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