FIRE project to host networking and educational event on refugee inclusion through football10 September 2019

TheFootballIntegratingRefugeesinEurope(FIRE)projectwillhostanetworkingandeducationaleventonrefugeeinclusionthroughfootballinGlasgowon26thSeptember2019.

The event, “More than a Game – Football Including Refugees”, will provide an opportunity for participants to network and learn by sharing experiences, know-how and setbacks encountered in implementing initiatives that seek to include refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers through football.

At the heart of the event lies the underlying principle that sport, and football in particular, can be highly influential in aiding inclusion for refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers.

This interactive event will address the challenges, and is open to anyone from coaches, trainers, sports representatives and public bodies, local clubs and NGOs, students, practitioners, activists, researchers, and professionals working with the target group on a regular basis, such as social workers or reception centres.

Though political and media coverage of the refugee crisis has been extensive in recent years, the welcome and inclusion of such newcomers has often been neglected.

The “More than a Game – Football Including Refugees” event will aim to foster intercultural openness, and further seek to empower, enable and support football organisations around Europe to work with refugees and asylum-seekers through football.

The event will take place at Hampden Park in Glasgow, with a full programme and speaker line-up to be announced in due course. The event will take place on Thursday 26th September from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Registration is free of charge but compulsory. Click the following link to register your attendance, here.

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The FIRE project runs until December 2020 and its aim is to promote football as a medium of social inclusion, participation, socialisation and access to sport for asylum-seekers, refugees and migrants. Financed by the Erasmus + programme, FIRE’s main objective is to support grassroots football organisations and foster cross-sector partnerships between all involved sectors by creating a network for mutually enriching participants.

The Fare network is a partner in the project, along with Sport and citizenship think tank, the Royal Belgian Football Association, the Scottish Football Association (SFA), Romanian Football Federation (RFF), The Fundación del Fútbol Profesional (FFP), Fundacja dla Wolności (Foundation for Freedom, FDW) and the ESSCA School of Management.

Join the one-day forum on 26th September at Hampden Park to share your experience, ideas and know-how on using football for the social inclusion of refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers.