Kick off Meeting of the Project ‘Intercultural Sport Challenge’

Kick off Meeting of the Project ‘Intercultural Sport Challenge’

On Tuesday February 16 th, L’Orma hosted the online Kick off Meeting of the small collaborative
partnership ‘Intercultural Sport Challenge’. During this meeting the 5 partner organizations had the
chance to get to know each other – unfortunately from behind a screen but still managing to get the
best out of this first encounter. L’Orma ssd (Italy) is the project coordinator, whereas the partner
organizations are (hereby presented in alphabetical order): Associació Esportiva Ciutat Vella
(Spain) which is active in the city of Barcelona; Astiki Mi Kerdoskopiki Etairia 4C: Cooperate-
Communicate-Create-Change (Greece), based in Athens; Network For European Citizenship &
Identity (Cyprus); and Youth Sport Trust International (United Kingdom) with headquarters in
Leicestershire.

The goal of ‘Intercultural Sport Challenge’ is to use sport as a tool for social inclusion of children
with immigrant background, a population that is growing all over Europe. To do so, the six partners
organizations will cooperate to produce a toolkit (a training format and a manual) for educators,
teachers, youth workers and sport coaches that are involved in child education. With this toolkit
they will learn how to turn sport into a practice that promotes inclusion in an intercultural learning
environment. In addition to this, this project will contribute in sharing the culture of sport as
instrument of nonformal education and social inclusion as well.

The first step of the project is to conduct a research in each partner country and at the European
level with the objective to find out the needs of the target population of ‘Intercultural Sport
Challenge’: which resources, skills and instruments do teachers, youth workers and sport coaches
already possess, and could be further improved? Which resources, skills and instruments are they
lacking, and could be provided by the project? And also, which ethnic minorities are present in the
5 partner countries? What are their needs with respect to sport, education through sport and social
inclusion?

We will very soon begin to collect this information that will set the basis for the development of this
project. We all are very enthusiastic and looking forward to start working together to face this
‘Intercultural Sport Challenge’.

 

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