FIRE

About us

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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DELIVERABLES
AND OBJECTIVES

The FIRE project will essentially rely on networking and the mutual enrichment of participants. Their engagement and knowledge in sport, and football, from the local to the international levels, provides broad expertise in « sport for development » and « migrant-related » issues.

Presentation

ITS MAIN OBJECTIVES ARE:

  • Supporting grassroots football organisation, cross-sector partnerships and capacity building related to promoting inclusion through football and sport
  • Fostering grassroots ‘local activation’ pilots, based on employing footbaal as a tool for social inclusion and development
  • Developing, sharing and exchanging good practices of football promoting social inclusion
  • Raising awareness around sport, physical activity, volunteering and non-formal education as tools for social change

TO DO SO, THE FIRE PROJECT WILL:

  • Publish a mapping of current resources, strategies and stakeholdes
  • Organize 4 national conferences to discuss the publication and gather insight from participants
  • Launch a Call for proposals and consequent selection of 4 “local activation pilot”
  • Create a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) freely accessible training tool for local football clubs and sport organisations delivering educational benefits that will outlive the project’s lifespan by providing support and guidance to its users.
  • The publication of a special edition of Sport and Citizenship’s scientific journal