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Call for Developers on Refugee Best Practice

Fare is looking to appoint six experts in refugee inclusion and sport as part of an EU-funded project INSPIRES.

The role of sport in social inclusion and integration has been recognised time and again, yet in many places access to sports for refugees remains limited. Often local sports organisations struggle with a lack of resources and knowledge on the needs and expectations of refugees. INSPIRES (INtegration through SPort and Inclusion for Refugees in Europe for Sustainability) aims to counter this.

INSPIRES has the goal of equipping refugees, key actors in football (coaches, referees, club administrators etc.), and civil society organisations with the skills and knowledge required to support the integration and social inclusion of refugees, particularly women and girls, across the European Union.

As part of the project, Fare is looking to recruit developers who will collect and edit good practices to be shared across the EU.

Role of the Developer

  • To identify good practice where football has been used by coaches and civil society organisations as a tool for the inclusion of refugee women
  • To author and edit the identified practices to be uploaded on an Online Platform
  • To support with additional information for the inclusion of good practices in the project handbook
  • To advise on the adaptability of the good practices for implementing in the project’s activities, e.g., at local piloting events

Person specification

The project partners are looking for six developers who:

  • are experts and practitioners working in the field of refugees and/ or sport (e.g., coaches, trainers, refugee organisations)
  • are proficient in English
  • have flexible working hours

The selected Developers will be subcontracted by Fare network and will receive 1000EUR as a fee. The estimated time commitment is 10-15 working days over a period of 12 months.

To apply please send a cv and letter of interest at: Deadline for applications: 30 August 2021.

Funded by the EU’s Erasmus+ Programme, INSPIRES is a joint project between Fare network, GEA (Italy), Organisation Earth (Greece), Monaliiku (Finland) and UISP (Italy).

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REWINS Partners launch Training Course for coaches working with refugees

Fare network together with the REWINS partners: Organisation Earth, Polisportiva San Precario and Girl Power Organisation is proud to present the REWINS Training Course for sport organisations and coaches working with refugees.

The Training Course can be used to deliver seminar and training courses around the following themes:

  1. EU Health Enhancing physical Activity Guidelines (HEPA Guidelines),
  2. Addressing refugees/ Asylum seekers’ issues,
  3. How to approach women participants/ Gender equality issues,
  4. Strategies and methodologies to include people from different cultures in the sport activities.

The document offers detailed information on the themes, related good practices from Europe and non-formal educational sport activities around culture, identity, teamwork and cooperation.
Seminars for coaches working with refugee women were held in Greece, Italy, and Denmark where the four topics were discussed and further developed in the Training Course based on the feedback.
REWINS was a two-year project, funded by the European Commission under the Small Collaborative Partnerships grant focused on increasing participation of refugee women in football and
development of activities and material for coaches with working with refugees.

You can access the Training course here.

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Girl Power hold a festival to celebrate European Week of Sport

On 20th September, Girl Power celebrated the European Week of Sport by organising a one-day sports festival for girls and women from many cultural backgrounds, with the main focus being on immigrants and refugees. 

The event started with music, fun football and basketball games, along with a football freestyler show, and a workshop for mothers.

After a series of games with a DJ playing music in the background, a mini football tournament took place where all the participants were divided into small groups. There were special prizes for each team, which were handed out at the end of the tournament. 

More than 60 women and girls from different age group participated at the event, receiving a jersey with a goodie bag, snacks and drinks on arrival. 

The participants enjoyed the event, with many saying in their feedback that they would like these activities to happen more often.

Girl Power and European Week of Sport collaborated well together, and EWOS Denmark raised awareness about the event on their SoMe channels. 

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REWINS partners make productive start to 2020

The REWINS (Refugee Women Inclusion through Sports) partners have made a productive start to 2020, after setting up several new women’s football teams at the turn of the year.

Organization Earth launched their team last September during the Goal for Global Goals Tournament at the European Week of Sports.

But despite a number of players joining the side at that point, a regular time and place for the training sessions couldn’t be found until January, when they sourced a pitch and recruited a female coach.

Away from the pitch, a trip was organised to go and watch the Greece national women’s team train and have a Q+A with the players and coach afterwards.

The next activity will see the Greece squad visit the Skaramangas refugee camp, where most of the Organization Earth players live.

Meanwhile in Italy, Polisportiva San Precario set up a team of ten refugee women last November, after generating a lot publicity to register for the side through flyers and online promotion. Training started on 22nd January, but the Covid-19 outbreak meant that only four of the five scheduled sessions could take place.

During this period, the players showed signs of great improvement and five more women joined the squad.

Over in Denmark, Girl Power Organisation partnered up with two refugee centres in Sjællsmark and Sandholm, and were also assisted by Danish Superliga side FC Nordsjaelland to recruit players for their team.

A number of volunteer coaches trained the side, and Girl Power were also able to run educational workshops, tours and sightseeing trips for the players.

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REWINS project partners research study to develop training for refugee women in sport

An extensive data collection and research study has taken place as part of the REWINS (REfugee Women INclusion through Sports) to find best practices for inclusion of refugee women in sport.

The Research Study took place to sum up the results of the data collection and best practices collated from Greece, Denmark, Italy and other countries, on the subject of how to include refugee women in host communities through sport.

The EU project is called REWINS (REfugee Women INclusion through Sports) and the aim is to promote positive attitudes towards refugee women in sports. From January to December 2020 the Fare network is part of this EU project along with partners Organization Earth, Polisportiva San Precario and Girl Power. The focus of it is on the participation of women refugees in Football.

The main point is to reduce the challenges that limit refugee participation in sport activities and to act as a cornerstone for their integration within the local society. This project focuses in particular on female refugees that normally suffer from higher barriers while they try to participate in sports.

REWINS partners Polisportiva began by submitting questionnaires around organisations in Italy that are helping or coordinating with refugees. Their aim was to obtain an overview of the refugees’ possible interest in practicing sports. Polisportiva reported that many refugees held fears about their situation and what will happen to them, some could be displaced in other cities, some might lose support from the shelters. Their situation in Italy can be highly unstable.

Polisportiva also worked, and continue to work, on the development of materials for the Training Course that will be developed during the project.

At the REWINS’ second Transnational Meeting all partners met to create roundtables for discussing the main points and the structure for the Training Course. The project’s core themes and topics were discussed and data from the questionnaires was analysed, as well as the exchange of ideas and good practices.

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Organisation Earth, another project partner from Greece, also carried out several actions regarding the implementation of REWINS. Being the lead organisation for the research study and collection of good practices, Organization Earth were able collect the data needed from refugee women, visiting the refugee camp in Skaramangas, Greece in order to do this. There, they were able to meet and discuss with refugee women.

Together with the data collection, Organization Earth also conducted a first recruitment of participants for the team which took part in activities at the event they organised on the occasion of the European Week of Sport. This took place in central Athens using football as a means of promoting inclusion, diversity and sustainable development goals.

To download and read the study please click the following link:

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Training coaches to use sport as a methodology for refugee integration at the INSPIRE4ALL Train the Trainer in Berlin

The European Train the Trainer event focussing on the integration of refugees took place in Berlin, Germany on 7 December. The event gathered coaches and trainers from grassroot organisations and FA’s to discuss how sport coaching can be used as a methodology for refugee integration.

The INSPIRE4All – Integration through Sport and Inclusion for Refugees in Europe for all initiated by Fare network in partnership of Champions ohne Grenzen and Polisportiva San Precario, funded by the European Commission ended with a conference attended by delegates from more than 15 European countries

The 1-year project focused on increasing participation of refugees in local sport activities and increase the potential for host communities to positively engage with refugees through different sports. The final meeting ‘Train the trainer’ further presented the project results and empowered coaches to be an agent for change.

The 1-day event in Berlin covered key discussions on grassroot and national level. Specific workshops allowed coaches to share experience on inclusive sport sessions, supporting refugees to become coaches and how to overcome barriers in engaging refugees in their host countries. Practical tools such as ‘INSPIRE toolkit version 2’ were presented allowing the different delegates to offer help where needed.

Delegates from the Irish FA, Belgian FA, European Commission and grassroot organisations in both Belgium, Netherlands and Germany and many other countries participated in an engaging agenda where good practices were shared and acknowledged.

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Train the Trainer event: Using sports coaching as a methodology for refugee integration

A European conference focusing on the integration of refugees will take place in Berlin, Germany  on 7 December. The event gathers coaches from across European realities working with refugees through sport.

The train the trainer event takes place on 7 December 2019, as part of the Integration through Sport and Inclusion of Refugees for All (INSPIRE4ALL) project developed by Fare in partnership with Champions ohne Grenzen and Polisportiva San Precario.

Funded by the European Commission, this one-year project addresses the use of sport for integration.

The event will be a full day of discussions and workshops setting out a European wide approach on increasing the participation of refugees in local sport activities and the potential for host communities to successfully engage with and integrate refugees through sport.

This event is focused on coaches working with, or interested in working with, refugees, and will cover how to develop and deliver inclusive sport sessions, with a special focus on promoting gender balance; overcoming barriers; adaptation, and engagement in sports for refugees in their local host community.

Who should attend?

The day is targeted at coaches working or interested in working with refugees. Coaches from sport governing bodies, sport clubs, NGOs and refugee community organisations are welcome.

Entry to the event is free and bursaries for travel and accommodation are available.

Registration is compulsory. Please register using the following form here:

The deadline to apply is 24th November.

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Webinar to offer practical guidance for coaches working with refugees

As part of the INSPIRE4ALL project (Integration through Sport and Inclusion for Refugees in Europe) a webinar will take place on Tuesday 29th October to educate and advise coaches on how they can utilise their coaching skills to work with refugees.

Increasing the participation of new migrants in local sports activities is a fundamental way to help them to integrate into their new communities and overcome the exclusion of refugees and asylum seekers.

Using sport as a tool for inclusion, coaches have a powerful way to help change people’s lives for the better.

As part of the project INSPIRE4ALL will host a webinar with experienced coaches and co-ordinators with high level experience working with refugees and catering to their specific needs in a sporting context.

Nick Sore, Senior Refugee Sports Coordinator at the UNHCR, will join Thomas Farines, Football for protection consultant for Terre des Hommes Hellas and Christof Luyts, a coach at OCMW Leuven, to examine how coaches can organise sports sessions for refugees.

The webinar will provide guidance and advice on how to prepare coaching sessions, what to consider, how coaching refugees differs from coaching sports sessions for local people and what best practices or cultural differences to keep in mind when working with refugees.

The webinar will take place on 29th October at 7pm and will last for 40 minutes.

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Mondiali Antirazzisti to hold anti-racism tournament in Riace, Italy, to support refugees

Refugee teams from all over Italy will travel to Riace for the annual Mondiali Antirazzisti football tournament for social inclusion in July.

The tournament will once again celebrate the contributions of migrants to Italian society. In previous years over 1,000 participants have taken part, with those from migrant and refugee backgrounds and locals coming together to play football, exchange cultures and socialise.

This year Mondiali are holding two flagship events. The first took place in Bosco Albergati (31st May – 2nd June). The second will take place in Riace (Reggio Calabria) between 5th and 7th July.

Read here for the full story and registration information to attend.

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REWINS project training course to aid refugee women inclusion in sports

The Fare network together with Organisation Earth (Greece), GirlPower (Denmark) and Polisportiva San Precario (Italy) are launching a survey aimed at identifying the refugees’ barriers in participation in local sport activities.

The EU project is called REWINS (REfugee Women INclusion through Sports) and the aim is to promote positive attitudes towards refugee women in sports. In order to do this a research survey was created to collect more information from football coaches and refugee women in order to guide us in our work.

The REWINS consortium will work in the upcoming months on a Research Study that will address the barriers to participation of refugee women in local sport activities. The Research Study will compress the results of online questionnaires and other research, and the results will be published online.

These results will lay the foundations for the development of four football women’s teams (locals and refugees) and a Training Course for Coaches. The Research Study will be compiled and edited by project partners Organisation Earth.

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