I – SPORT MANUAL - How to foster inclusion through sport practices
The project “I Sport-Inclusive Sport Project Opposed to Radicalization Tenets” brought together CEIPES, “Malaspina” Juvenile Detention Center, Refugee and Asylum Seekers Centers, as well as CUS Palermo – University Sports Center and the University of Palermo, in a cooperation that has had the main objective of combating the phenomenon of radicalization starting from the most difficult contexts of the Palermo society, promoting the inclusion and enhancement of cultural differences through sport practice.
A target group of 100 young people, between the age of 16 and 25, of both sexes, including young prisoners, refugees and young people with migrant background, as well as youngsters of the city, participated in athletic, futsal and volleyball sport modules, through which, thanks to the work of experienced coaches and educators, they have been able to develop and test the values of solidarity and sharing, and above all the importance of belonging to a team, regardless of the cultural, religious or social background of its members.
The activities took place during the course of 2018, consisting of non-formal education meetings and sports training sessions, both at the Malaspina IPM and at CUS and ended with a city tournament at CUS in Palermo.
This manual is the result of the work of sports coaches, operators of a juvenile penitentiary institute, educators from the world of associations and operators of hosting centers for migrants, who, together with expert researchers from the University of Palermo, have put into their skills and experiences, creating a model that can be available to those who want to work in disadvantaged contexts to combat radicalization and promote social inclusion.
Inside the manual you will find the results of the research conducted by the University of Palermo and the methodologies used for the training of the target groups, with the aim of transmitting the practice to those who want to replicate, adapting it to their context and needs, methodologies experimented in the field.