MOVE Beyond: Piloting new initiatives

In 2018, ISCA received an Erasmus+ Sport Collaborate Partnerships grant to connect grassroots sport and humanitarian organisations through a project called ‘MOVE Beyond’. The project takes the next step from the theory and experiences captured in the EU and Nordplus ‘Integration of Refugees Through Sport’ project to the implementation of pilot initiatives in communities in Denmark, Italy, Sweden and the UK. The goal is to enhance cross-sector collaboration on grassroots sport and physical activities for societal inclusion of refugees by enabling stronger involvement of non-sport actors. As part of the project, the partners have consulted other organisations, refugees and asylum seekers to gain valuable insights before commencing the pilot initiatives.

MOVE Beyond partners

The MOVE Beyond partners include the University of Copenhagen’s Advanced Migration Studies (Denmark) and Demos (Belgium), who specialise in research and analysis of best practices in inclusion of refugees and migrants, plus four “implementation pairs”: DGI and the Danish Red Cross (Denmark), UISP Trentino and ATAS (Italy), RF-SISU Västra Götaland/StreetGames Gothenburg and Save the Children Sweden (Region West) (Sweden), and StreetGames and SPARC Sport (UK).

Pilot actions

The partners’ pilot actions aim to overcome barriers preventing asylum seekers and refugees from getting involved in community sport or other local activities.

DGI and the Danish Red Cross are working on an initiative called “Friends Show the Way”, which introduces refugees to Danish friends who can help them become a member of their local sports club.

UISP Trento and ATAS in Italy are collaborating with the ASD Intrecciante asylum centre and local university students to enter a multicultural football team into an amateur 11-a-side football league. Social inclusion is encouraged through a “third half” where all players can get to know each other over food and drinks after the matches.

Save the Children Region West and RF-SISU Västra Götaland are working with the largest accommodation and training centre for asylum seekers in Sweden, Restad Gård, and StreetGames Gothenburg to help train refugees to become “Intercultural Physical Activity Leaders” and organise their own activities independently.

StreetGames and the SPARC social enterprise joined forces with the Devon and Cornwall Refugee Support Centre and Plymouth City Council to support refugees’ wellbeing through everyday physical activity such as active transport, walking groups, swimming and fitness groups.

The MOVE Beyond partners will present the results of their pilots at national multiplier events and the IRTS Network conference in Copenhagen in November 2020.

Read the results of the partners’ stakeholder consultations here.

MOVE Beyond partners funded by
Erasmus+ Sport Collaborative Partnerships

Integration of Refugees through Sport Partners
funded by Nordplus Adult

Integration of Refugees through Sport Partners
funded by Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnerships


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