Erasmus+ Sport project 2020 Results

Sport and Citizenship is delighted to announce the Further Football Including REfugees (FIRE+) project has been selected for funding by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Sport 2020 Call for projects! The project is a direct continuation of the ongoing FIRE project that the think tank is leading!


A total of 315 projects have been selected under this year’s call for projects, out of 1142 applications. This year proved to be a very competitive one with a 50% increase of project applications compared to 2019, an encouraging sign of the Erasmus+ sport programme’s success! Successful projects are categorised under the following formats:

  • 121 Collaborative partnership projects
  • 180 Small Collaborative partnership projects
  • And 14 Not-for-Profit European Sport Events

The think tank is thrilled the FIRE+ project is among the selected projects! Acting as direct follow-up to the current FIRE project, FIRE+  will extend its geographical outreach thanks to new partners, while also adding to the FIRE MOOC’s content. Indeed, FIRE+ will add 2 topical MOOC modules that will focus on the inclusion of women and girls, and of children and non-accompanied minors, in grassroots football inclusion initiatives. FIRE+ will run for 30 months and will start in January 2021 with the following partners: ESSCA School of Management (FR), Fare (NL), Association des Clubs Francophones de Football (ACFF, BE), the Football Association of Ireland, DFB-Stiftung Egidius Bruan (DE), Liberi Nantes FC (IT), the Middle East Technical University (TU) and Sportanddev (CH)!


In parallel, Sport and Citizenship will also begin three new Collaborative partnership projects as a partner in 2021:

  • The European Social Charter for Sport Events project, managed by the European Association of Sport Employers (EASE, FR). The project will create a Social Charter for transnational and international sport events organised on the continent, over 36 months, with the help of its partners:
    • European Federation of Company Sport (FR), Italian Volleyball Federation, Institute for Sport Governance (PO), Slovenian Olympic Committee, the organisational committee of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games (FR), Rugby World Cup France 2023, and TMC Asser Institute (NL).
  • The Sports and Physical Activity in Cultural Heritage Environments- SPACHE project, led by Tempo Livre Guimaraes (Portugal) for 30 months. The project will focus on exploiting cultural heritage resources to raise awareness and participation in and around sport. Project partners are:
    • Gargnano municipality (IT), Guimaraes municipality (PT), Sport Fryslan (NL), Slovenian Olympic Committee, IRS Institute for Social research (IT), Alto Garda Volley (IT), TAFISA (DE)
  • And the InAbled Cities project, steered by the European Foundation for Physiotherapy and Physical Activity of the European Regions of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (BE). The project is dedicated to developing inclusive urban environments for physical activity of people with disAbilities and senior citizens, and the consortium is composed of:
    • Municipality of Bologna (IT), Municipality of Guadalupe (ES), ONCE University School of Physiotherapy (ES), Radboud University (NL).

Further information will be published in coming weeks regarding these new projects! We would also like to congratulate all our partners and colleagues for their successful bids. The full list of selected projects is available here.

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