MiSport - Migrants Inclusion Through Sports

ERASMUS+ call: EAC/A03/2018

Number: 613295-EPP-1-2019-1-FR-SPO-SSCP

Programme: Erasmus+

Key Action: Sport

Action Type: Collaborative Partnerships

Coordinator: AU CARREFOUR DE L’EUROPE

Start date: 1st January 2020

End date: 30th of June 2021

MISPORT is a cooperation network in the field of Sport and social inclusion, that involves 5 European entities coming from France, Italy, Greece, Romania and Bulgaria. 

This European cooperation network aims to work in the social inclusion of inmigrants, when they arrive to a new country, through inclusive sport innitiatives. MISPORT bets on the social values of sport and it will work on developing, exchanging and share good inclusive sport practices from all Europe in order to improve skills and working methods of social workers, sport facilitators and sport teachers who everyday work for the immigrant social inclusion through Sport. Furthermore, we would like to highlight the inclusion of the participation of the French oversea territory Reunion Island, as a way to bring EU innovation and policies to remote European areas.MI SPORT aims to follow the European Commission commitment that sport can offer to immigrants opportunities for social inclusion, and promote the exchange of good practice between partners and between regions (with special emphasis in remote EU territories as Reunion Island), and the mutual learning about how contribute to the immigrant integration through sports.

MI SPORT will represent a collaborative path where will learn and improve their skills about their strategic role for the social inclusion. After a common Needs Analysis made together by all partners, MISPORT is based on the idea of a a “journey of self-discovery and self-improvement” through a exchange pathway for sport facilitators and social workers related to sport and social inclusion. It will be based on 5 different international good practices exchange meetings organized in each one of the target territories, the development of a pedagogical and collaborative sport youtube channel, the implementation at local level of the practices learned through the international project exchange and dissemination and multipliying of the project results.

Speaking of sport

Migrations facts provoke a challenge for these European regions with the massive entrance of migrants coming from territories with different cultures, languages and background. And this challenge is well known by all project partners who have a strong experience participating in European project related to social inclusion. All project partners participating in the project MI SPORT made a skype call on 15th January 2019 in order to common define the needs analysis of the project and the strategic assess to face them.

Sport represents more than a leisure activity at grass root level and more than a business model when it comes of professional sport. According to Truesport.com, “the literature on youth sport stresses the positive effects of participation in learning the important life skills of goal setting … the development of a strong sense of morality; and the development of an appreciation of diversity.”  Said by different words, Sport represents also an efficient way to convey values of solidarity, diversity, inclusion, cultural awareness and peace.

Our objectives :

  • Raising awareness of the added value of sport in promoting the social inclusion of refugees and immigrants;
  • Reflect together, and internationally, about the common points of the situations of migrants in the countries of Europe participating in this project, and analyze how to tackle the needs that immigrants are facing through sport;
  • Develop new multidisciplinary approaches and improve pedagogical methods in a collaborative way between different European organizations;
  • Improve skills of the personal working in NGOs and Sport clubs in other to improve their work on tolerance, respect and inclusion values through sports activities;
  • To bring together stakeholders for workshops and debate spaces in each participating country, in order to identify possible recommendations and strategies to facilitate the access to sport for ethnic minorities and immigrants
  • Facilitate the exchange, mobility, collaboration and co-creation of sport pedagogical methods between remote regions.

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