Each partner organised two Inclusion Workshops in their respective countries. One was targeting the key staff or members of the football association or a professional football club and the second a non-football sport association or club.
FairPlay-VIDC - Austria
Two trainers of VIDC-FairPlay have participated in the train the trainer course in Bologna. Subsequently it was agreed with the Viennese Football Federation (WFV), that there will be one workshop with youth trainers on spring. The inclusion workshop workshop was held on 19 March at the Vienna Ernst-Happel stadium and attended by 18 youth coaches of the Vienna Football Federation. The workshop was facilitated by Sepideh Hassani and David Hudelist, in addition Christian Thibault provided input on the experience in Finland. Initially the Vienna FA also offered the opportunity to hold a second workshop on the operative level, but this was postponed. A second workshop entitled “Sport & Inklusion – Tools zur integrative Bildung durch Sport” was held on 21 April 2012 in Graz. Corinna Graubaum attended as a international expert. In total 13 participants attended.
UISP - Italy
In Itlay UISP organised with the Serie A club Genoa CFC a round table meeting in Genoa, addressing issues of social inclusion, antiracism and anti discrimination. Participants were coaches, managers, schools, youth workers and experts. The 4 hours event took place on 6 December 2011 and was attended by 700 participants and was linked to the preparation of the GENOA VALUES CUP. After welcome by the Italian football association FIGC, several experts made intervention on the theme of inclusion of migrants in sport and about the fight against racism. Experts involved were: Mauro Valeri (Unar – national office against racial abuses), Daniela Conti (Uisp/FareNet), Chiara Stinghi (Uisp) and Tommaso Ricci (Uisp Genoa).
In addition two inclusion workshops were organised in Bologna together with the cricket league. Uisp Emilia Romagna hosted two training appointments. The first one, on 20 April addressed managers with migrant background engaged – or who would to be engaged – in the cricket field, while the second one, on 28 April, targeted cricket referees with migrant background.
The first training was theoretical, attended by 8 participants, while the second one was divided into a theoretical part and in a practical part, at the end of which has been organised a football tournament with teams mainly composed by migrants. The technical part was attended by 12 referees, while the “celebration” part was attended by about 70 among cricket and football players. The trainings for referees and for managers is part of a programme of Uisp to encourage the participation of migrants in the management of sport societies and associations.
FAI - Ireland
Three planning meetings between the FAI and the trainers participated in the train the trainers workshop have taken place to develop the workshop format in-line with the specific Irish context for integration/inclusion. Also an international expert practitioner on inclusion has been sourced from Charlton Athletic Community Trust. Finally, on 5 October, the FAI partner working with Community Games, organised the "Sport Integration and Social Inclusion Open Forum Conference".
The conference integrated four workshops dedicated to deepening awareness and the debate of the theoretical and practical issues related to social inclusion: WSA ‒ Inclusion and Integration in sport: How do we know it when we see it? Barriers and Challenges; WSB ‒ Cultural Competency; WSC ‒ Understanding Racism and Discrimination; WSD ‒ Summary of issues key points: Open Forum Exploring the perceived roles of agencies and self in empowering groups from migrant/ethnic minority backgrounds to engage in sport. A session about sport and inclusion in an Irish context was also included: Good Practice examples.
The event included an ample representation of sport organisations from a variety of sports (athletics, rugby, martial arts, etc.) including football (e.g. PFAI-Player Football Union), social workers, NGOs (e.g. SARI-Ireland Sport Against Racism Member), migrants or minorities (e.g. Afghan Community of Ireland), and academics and students for a total of 96 participants. The FAI and Community Games also organised the "Cork Schoolboys/girls League Workshop" on 17 November 2011, which included the participation of approximately 100 people.
A more detailed report of the workshops you can download here: Report of the Workshops in Ireland
SJPF - Portugal
In Portugal, the Players Union merged the two workshops into a single event. The "Workshops for Social Inclusion in and through Sport" took place on 2 March, 2012. One was directed towards football (including street and women’s football), and the second one towards other sports (e.g. judo and bodyboard). The event was attended by representatives of various governmental bodies, in particular the Secretary of State of Sport and Youth, the High Commissary for Immigration and Intercultural Dialogue and the Portuguese Refugee Council, NGOs, ethnic minorities and refugees, sport clubs, social workers and researchers.
Institutions who attended included Clube de Futebol Benfica, Projecto Távola Redonda, Fundação Aga Khan, Olímpico do Montijo, FC São Francisco, ISU – Projecto Emprego Futuro, SOS Racismo, Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and Associação Nacional de Futebol de Rua. The action took place during the "FARE Week Against Racism and Violence in Sport" and had in attendance of former international football player Abel Xavier, with a broad media coverage that included national TV, radio and national sport journals.
SJPF produced a special issue of their magazine “Jogasdores” (2000 copies) dedicated to the issue of social inclusion through sport and anti-racism. The magazine also features a report about the SPIN workshop.
MGHRO - Hungary
In Hungary MGHRO organised two workshops in two different schools in Budapest with a large presence of migrant students and refugees, in May and November 2011, respectively. The actions included games (e.g. basketball, football and tennis) as well as lectures and cultural activities for students, teachers and the administrative staff and families, with open access for youth and spectators, marginalized groups and local communities.
In collaboration with the Hungarian Football Association (MLSZ) a "SPIN conference - Sport for Social Inclusion and for the Elimination of Racism in Football" was organised on 20 February 2012. Venue was the FA headquarter in the south-west of the capital Budapest. The conference gathered local football authorities, as well as representatives of clubs with teams that are predominately comprised of migrants or minorities (e.g. the Hungarian Roma Team Club or the Club Maccabi Vac, which is connected to the Jewish community). Sándor Berzi, the vice president of MLSZ concluded the meeting that attracted great media interest. He said that the event can be considered successful from several aspects, however, he had expected greater interest from NB I and NB II clubs.
Liikkukaa - Finland
In summer 2011 Liikkukaa arranged two workshop discussions for multicultural clubs in July and August. The theme of these workshops was how clubs can gain and maintain respect for their work in the field of sports in Finland. The first one was organised on 7 July at Tali-Sportspark in Helsinki for the practical exercise and at Sportsacademy for the de-briefing and discussions and was conducted in English and targeted migrant sport clubs in the Helsinki the Capital Area. In total 25 people from different Sports-Clubs attended. The participants carried different kinds of responsibilities in their own clubs t.ex. coaches, managers, referees
For the second workshop on 16 August 2011 the material was translated into Finnish as the target group were the Russian speaking minorities’ clubs whose representatives usually speak Finnish rather than English. Also July at Tali-Sportspark in Helsinki for the practical exercise and at Sportsacademy for the de-briefing and discussions. Both workshops were well attended by the target group, especially considering the holiday season.
As a result of the SPIN networking process Liikkukaa organised on 23 March 2012 a third inclusion workshop entitled “Muslim doing sports – Opportunities and Challenges”. It was held at the conference centre inside the Olympic-Stadium, Helsinki and was attended by 13 participants. Two experts from the Austrian association of young Muslim girls & women attended also.
Camino - Germany
The two trainers of Camino who have participated in the train the trainer course in Bologna prepared two workshops dealing with the inclusion of migrants in sport. In Berlin Camino held two inclusion workshops in collaboration with the sport for all association Pfeffersport and with the women’s & lesbian sport club Seitenwechsel (25 February & 25 March 2012).
The target was to raise awareness for the subject of inclusion in and through sport and develop approaches for the participants to contribute inclusion in their own trainings and their sport associations.
Both of the workshops were hold in a one day conference format. The workshops took place at the premises of "Pfeffersport e.V." a Berlin sport association with over 3000 members that promotes young people and issues integration through sport in different fields. The first workshop targeted coaches, sports coordinators and youth workers in the field of football while the second addressed coaches and coordinators who worked in non football areas such as basketball, handball, martial arts, etc. For the second workshop David Hudelist has been invited as our international expert.
The workshop raised enhanced awareness for different forms of discrimination and their intersecting. In the workshop we settled a common understanding for inclusion through sport. The expert exchange was very profitable because some of the participants were experienced trainers and distributed a lot of knowledge. It encouraged the groups to debate barriers of inclusion and develops best practices to approach barriers in the trainings and sport associations of the participants.
During the workshop it was expressed that inclusion needs to become policy in all sport associations and that in addition to implementing inclusion methods in sport trainings it must happen from the top down. The group expressed that further workshops and trainings in the area of inclusion would be beneficial.
In the first workshop it was experienced a difficulty with the definitions of inclusion and integration within the group of participants. The second difficulty was when to conduct the workshops: during the week or at the weekend. A lot of the sport trainers have a busy schedule. They coach in the evenings and they participate in games at the weekend, frequently.
A more detailed report of the workshops you can download here: Report of the Workshops in Germany