Projet FIRE+ : Football including Refugees

The prime objective of the project is to encourage new and complementary vocations within grassroots organisations to engage in the social inclusion of refugees / asylum-seekers / migrants. Our project is aimed at fostering cohesion and inclusion, at upholding human rights, and at using sport as driver of social change. In fact, establishing direct connections with people from different backgrounds is a great way to remove prejudice, stereotypes and generalizations, which are often the first step towards improving cohesion. Our aim is to empower, enable and support sport organisations to work with the target group.

FIRE+ will be following the steps of our FIRE project. The best heritage we can have from FIRE will be the experience of the MOOC, an useful tool to teach all the volunteering grassroots club.

The situation of refugees here in Europe is harder than ever. The restrictions taken to limit the spread of the pandemic have created a lack of social interactions that were at the core of the inclusion of refugees in Europe, living most of them in precarious situation.

In spite of the current trend, an increase of migration and refugees is foreseen in the future (due to the climate change for instance). Developing tools for integration, like the MOOC, and make sport an important link in the chain of social inclusion, is essential to strengthen a European identity.

Goals

The FIRE+ project has set out to complete the following 5 objectives:

  • To ensure quality in the coordination monitoring and evaluation of the project.
  • To assess the experience and insight of active grassroots football clubs on creating and implementing a welcome programme or initiative or refugees.
  •  To foster local activations at grassroots level.
  • To develop, inspire and share good practices.
  •  To raise awareness and multiply experiences around sport, physical activity and exercises as tools for social change.

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Infos and ressources

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Focus sur le cours en ligne lancé par FIRE

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As a partner of the European FIRE project, the Fundacja dla Wolności runs many innovative projects in Poland for inclusion

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Four national football associations were partners of the FIRE project

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In the framework of the FIRE project ARCA has approached the Romanian Football Federation.

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Glasgow Afghan United was established in 2004 by the Afghan community to improve the lives of Afghans and a wide

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By Dolores Galindo, Cofunder, Dragones Football Club de Lavapiés

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Exclusive interview of Ylva Johansson, EU Commissioner responsible for Home Affairs

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Sport and refugees: Conclusions of the FIRE project Sport and Citizenship's scientific journal 51   For more than two years,

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The MOOC is specifically elaborated for grassroots football clubs and local organizations. ESSCA School of Management has played a key

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More Than a Game – 4th National Conference FIRE Project   Football Including Refugees is almost reaching the end of

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The European Commission organised and hosted its first policy breakfast on the use of sport for social inclusion and integration.

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Bucharest successfully hosted the second national FIRE conference Following the FIRE project’s first edition of national conferences held in Glasgow

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the next national conference will be held on the 12th of December in Bucharest, courtesy of the Romanian Football Association

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A large number of participants and excellent hosting on behalf of the Scottish FA staff made up a great day

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