Considering the personal challenges of refugees


4.4.5 Tips on different types of sports activities for increased inclusion

  • Activities for mothers: We talk a lot about the importance of involving parents and one way of doing this is to arrange sporting activities for mothers. By reaching mothers you also reach younger children who might not get in touch with sporting settings on their own outside of school. Some organisations set up walking groups which is a great way to combine walking with socialising. It could become a natural pathway into society for some participants, by meeting friends and creating a network. In countries with access to water or swimming pools, swimming lessons are another good way. In countries with a coastline, water is usually a natural part of life and being able to swim really helps with integration and inclusion.
  • In many countries, it is important to have some kind of relationship to water and swimming. The beach is somewhere one might meet other people and offering swimming lessons for mothers helps us reach young children, as well as offering a way to meet new people.
  • Language training for adults and sport. In Sweden, there are examples of some sports organisations that work with companies offering language training for adults. Combining language training with education in health and sports gives parents the same level of knowledge as the rest of the country's parents.
  • Open training: A club can organise open training where the aim is to meet and exercise. There is no expectation that participants need to deliver results but instead the focus is on having fun and offering both a context and something to do.


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