Refugees in europe

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We believe sport is a universal language !

It is a perfect means to  boost social inclusion and can contribute to bringing people together, regardless of nationality, citizenship, cultural background, legal status or any other variable of the likes.

Through the FIRE project (Football Including REfugees), a 2-year initiative financed by the Erasmus+ programme, we aim to promote football as means of inclusion, participation, socialisation and access to sport for asylum-seekers, refugees and migrants at a local level.

Following the extensive political and media coverage of increased migratory influxes across Europe, FIRE seeks to contribute to the welcome and inclusion of newcomers through football, a widely untapped medium that we believe to be a gamechanger. While this target group remains much less present in sport and volunteering activities than non-migrants, they nonetheless remain to be the social spheres in which migrants and refugees are the most present.

Founded on a strong consortium of diverse project partners, 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. FIRE will be creating a freely accessible MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) specifically elaborated for grassroots football clubs and organisations who seek some support and guidance to implement an initiative, or programme, which strives to include refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers!

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One of the major deliverables of the FIRE (Football Including REfugees) project is an innovative online training tool for grassroots football volunteers who wish to engage with local groups of refugees and migrants. This self-study tool will take the form of a “MOOC” (= Massive Open Online Course).

A MOOC is a multimedia course offered entirely online and easily accessible to any interested person who wishes to acquire knowledge and skills in a specific field. A MOOC is usually composed of a variety of video sections, diverse complementary documents and learning activities, and regular self-evaluation quizzes.

How to reach out to refugee and migrant communities ? How to overcome the most important barriers in realising projects ? How to organise activities that go beyond football training sessions ? How to search for additional resources ? The MOOC will answer to these common questions asked by the volunteers.

The FIRE project’s MOOC is currently being developed by the partners, and will continue to do so throughout the project’s lifespan. It is due to be released in the autumn of 2020, so keep a close eye on this page!

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