The project aims to improve the physical conditions and level of inclusion among migrants coming from different countries.
Sport as a tool for social inclusion
CUS – Sport Centre of the Univesity of Palermo
“Centred by sport” a project financed by the European Commission through the fund of HEPA Europe - European network for the promotion of health-enhancing physical activity, under the pillar Promoting HEPA policy measures and actions for refugees.
The specific project’s objectives are:
- To facilitate the access of refugees to physical activities;
- To awaken and maintain the desire for sports among young refugees with a Grand Tournament made up of 5 kinds of sports;
- To equip young refugees with knowledge and skills to make the best use of sport over a 6-month preparation training course;
- To visualize important European values through their sport participation (gender equity, fair-play, cooperation, intercultural dialogue)
- To produce a tailor-made guideline for how to best involve and train refugees in PA, considering their different needs and requirements.
The project objectives, therefore, not only closely comply with the EU grant scheme concerning the promotion of physical activities among refugees, but also serve as a booster of the target. The project design is made for reaching a good balance between the sport and non-sport factors, to encourage athletic performance and achieve educational and social goals.
Implementation and outcomes
The project involved, for the period of 8 months, 150 refugees aged between 16 and 30 years old who are currently living in 14 Centres for asylum seekers. The activity took place in the CUS Palermo headquarters in three phases:
- Preparatory training on sport’s social values, active citizenship and intercultural dialogue through non formal education;
- Athletic preparation in 5 sportsn ( Futsal, Badminton, Volleyball, Athletic, Cricket);
- Sport tournaments.
The group of migrant youngsters had the opportunity to choose among five different sports (badminton, athletic, cricket, volleyball and futsal) selected based on the popularity in their homeland and the facilities owned by CUS Palermo.
The project arises from the need to safeguard and promote migrants’ wellbeing as, for miscellaneous reasons, they find everyday harder practicing sport. Moreover, the initiative aims to help refugees to integrate in society.
OUTPUT: Guidelines on how to use sport for social inclusion [Download from the website page]
Coordinator: CUS – Sport Centre of the Univesity of Palermo, Italy
- CEIPES – International center for the Promotion of Education and Development
- 14 Centres for Asylumseekers of Palermo: Aggiungi un posto a tavola; Airone; Albatros; Arcobaleno; Avvenire; Centro Astalli; Cielo Sereno; Comunità Filippina; Crescere insieme; Extra; Giovani Insieme; Hansel e Gretel; La vela grande; La violetta; Nuova Luna; Politeama; SPRAR Amari; SPRAR San Francesco; Stellaria; Terra Ferma; Unis.
- Association of Foreign Students of Palermo
- University of Palermo
· Kick-off meeting – 27 January 2017, Palermo, Italy
· Finalevent–3 October 2017, Palermo, Italy
The project results are available at Centred by sport website page where you can also download the Training manual. It consist of guidelines on the specific sport training programs run by CUS, together with the session outlines of the non-formal education activities implemented by CEIPES.
The manual can support trainers and youth workers in the implementation of sport activities with refugees, in the frame of non-formal education as a method that can address socio-cultural obstacles and promote self-empowerment.