Join experts from across the refugee and sport fields on 6th September to discuss the inclusion of refugee women in and through sport.

The online Seminar, part of the EU-funded INSPIRES project, is open to NGOs and coaches working or interested in working with refugees/ refugee women. After opening remarks from Pier Marcello of the European Commission, the event will go into three sessions: (1) funding and networking for organisations and coaches working with refugees, (2) refugee women’s perspectives on using sport for inclusion, and (3) sports activities for refugee women during and post- Covid-19.

The sessions are an opportunity to share experience and learn from one another, and will be led by experts in the field including:

  • Khalida Popal, former captain of the Afghanistan women’s national team, refugee and founder of Girl Power Organisation,
  • Johanna Small, football coach and activist at Discover Football,
  • Ben Jacobs, Sports broadcaster and Journalist

The INSPIRES European Stocktaking Seminar will take place online on 6th September at 4pm CET. Click to register your attendance here.

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

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: esther.jonesrussell@farenet.org 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).

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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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. 

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.