Belgrade, Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The first training session of a new project that explores the use of sport and play as vehicles for supporting the inclusion of refugees has been successfully launched in Belgrade, Serbia. ASPIRE is a collection of training resources, drawing on the expertise of a unique partnership of international partners, aiming to capture the power and popularity of sport and play.

The inaugural training course took place on 11th September at the Sports Centre of the Serbia Association of Football. Teachers, sports coaches, interpreters as well as social and aid workers participated in a combination of physical activities, martial arts, creative arts, and discussions. Recurring themes included the challenges facing immigrant children entering Europe, intercultural dialogue, and psychological and social support.

Orsolya Tolnay, coordinates the ASPIRE programme said:

“I am glad I had the opportunity to participate in this historic first-ever ASPIRE training session, and see our developments in practice. It has been inspiring to meet these local heroes, who dedicate their lives daily to children’s well-being, and it is interesting to learn how they can use ASPIRE to support the needs of refugee children.”

ASPIRE training sessions will take place throughout Europe. The team behind ASPIRE hopes to make a real impact on the lives of the many thousands of refugees through sport and play. The response of the inspirational participants in this first training session give reason to hope that it might work out well!

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