Considering the personal challenges of refugees


4.3.2. How does this tie in with sports?

Sport is an important part of everyday life for many people. It is also a setting which can help vulnerable people, including migrants and refugees . Indeed, some researchers claim that sport is even more important to those with a refugee background than those without.

Sports organisations, like the rest of our society, thrive if we make room for a more diverse group of people. By meeting across the borders of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion, people in sports settings can learn from each other and continue to develop even further.

Sport offers a range of natural meeting environments and all of these contain some sort of structure or norm, even if they can vary. The opportunities afforded by the sports organisation, the training session, the changing room, stadium, sidelines or home all vary, depending on the norms that apply in each.

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