Social Inclusion

social inclusion


In 2030, all migrants, refugees, minorities, levels of ability, gender and sexual orientations are understood, welcome, appreciated and integrated.


The United Nations reports that more than 100 million people were on the move as refugees in 2017, and hundreds of millions more face discrimination and exclusion because of their race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, ability level or socio-economic background. We see communities disintegrating because of fear, lack of tolerance, interest and understanding, and isolation – both self-imposed and forced by others.


To make a change, the global SAPA Movement must:

  • Recognise the power of sport for social inclusion and use it as a tool to aid the safe and harmonious integration of minority groups.
  • Encourage and enable participation of all people, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, ability level or socio-economic background.
  • Work with governments to find opportunities to build bridges across borders using sport.


ASPIRE (Activity, Sport, Play for the Inclusion of Refugees in Europe)

ASPIRE (Activity, Sport, Play for the Inclusion of Refugees in Europe)

Organisation European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation - ENGSO
Country European network
Target Group Migrants and refugees in Europe

#Community #Partnership


ASPIRE is an international project that focuses on social inclusion in relation to people who are at risk of exclusion, especially refugees. ASPIRE seeks to establish how sports clubs can best support the inclusion of migrants and refugees, building on the wide popularity of sports and other forms of physical activity. ASPIRE serves as a pioneer in the long-term perspective, offering a positive, evidence-based response with the help of sport to the many problems of inclusion, during and after the settlement of migrants and refugees, by utilising sport to facilitate the access of refugees to social services.

Project Manager
Orsolya Tolnay

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Intercultural Street Football League of Munich

Intercultural Street Football League of Munich

Organisation Buntkickgut
Country Germany
Target Group Intercultural youth in Germany

#Play #Health #Community


The project was established in 1997 and has organically developed as an award-winning integration and prevention project in refugee accommodation. This innovative method utilises football practise as a tool to prevent violence and delinquency in Germany and other countries. Considered as a pioneer of organised street football, importance is placed on intercultural understanding between players from various socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds (e.g. asylum seekers, civil war refugees, disadvantaged youth etc.). The unique feature of this project is the simplicity of its approach and the dynamics of its developmental history.
The project is led by Buntkickgut and supported by intercultural groups and associations in Munich

Ganghoferstraße 41, Munich, Germany

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Organisation International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE)
Country Germany
Target Group Persons with disabilities

#Community #Partnership


PRIME (Participation, Recreation and Inclusion through Martial Arts Education) is a unique venture that seeks to develop a high-quality coaching framework to support the promotion of healthy Martial Arts’ participation amongst persons with a disability across Europe. This framework is the first of its kind that is compatible with the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). The project materials focus on inclusive coaching, key principles of working with different disabilities, communication skills, strategies for adapting activities to encourage maximum participation, and related topics. The project follows the conviction that any coach who commits time and energy to improving knowledge, skills, and values in these areas, will become a much more effective coach with any students and athletes irrespective of their abilities and disabilities. The material is available in English, German, French and Italian.
The project is supported by Ken Black (Project Advisor and Senior Lecturer in Inclusive sport) and Professor Lydia La Riviere-Zijdel (Lydia Zijdel Foundation).
The project is led by ICSSPE and supported by Hayashi Karatecenter e.V., Ikkaido, Wadokai Karatedo Shin-gi-tai Italia, International Taekwon-do Federation, International Council for Coaching Excellence Institute of Technology Tralee and TAFISA

Katrin Koenen
Director Scientific Affairs
+49 30311023216

Desafío Olímpico

Desafío Olímpico

Organisation Chile National Olympic Committee
Country Chile
Target Group Disadvantaged children

#Play #PhysicalLiteracy


This is a joint initiative from the Chile NOC and "Desafío Levantemos Chile" Foundation which seeks to promote sports for disadvantaged and under-privileged children living in low-income areas of Santiago. The project was established from an idea of promoting sports to children and young people who had never had the opportunity to participate and – additionally - to train these children and youth with national level instructors in Olympic facilities. The project involves participants from various communities having access to sport in the facilities of the Olympic Training Centre twice per week with activities such as: karate, badminton, basketball and gymnastics. All sport activities are led by a professional team of qualified instructors.
The project is led by Chile NOC ad supported by Desafío Levantemos Chile Foundation
Learn more about Desafío Olímpico in the video from the closing event of the 2018 edition.

Consuelo Paz Ortega Villegas
Community Relations
+56 222270672

Mondiali Antirazzisti

Mondiali Antirazzisti

Organisation UISP (Italian Union Sports for All)
Country Italy
Target Group Open event

#GenderEquality #Peace #Environment


Established in 1997, Mondiali Antirazzisti is an event organised by Italian Union Sports for All with the goal to use sport as a tool for bringing together different cultures, ideas and people, to highlight and demonstrate that peaceful existence is possible. From its humble beginnings as a small, fun and friendly football tournament to the large festival it is today, the event focus on non-competitive activities (the focus remains on football), alongside music concerts and spectator activities. The success of this event is obvious from the fact that attendees return year after year and the sharing of personal stories from participants is common. In recent years, Mondiali Antirazzisti also became a platform to fight discrimination and promote environmental sustainability.

Daniela Conti
UISP International Department
+39 3486026025

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LEAP Sports Scotland

LEAP Sports Scotland

Organisation LEAP Sports Scotland
Country Scotland, United Kingdom
Target Group LGBTI people in Scotland

#DiverseSport #LGBTIsport




LEAP Sports (Leadership, Equality and Active Participation in Sports) is Scotland’s LGBTI sports charity committed to breaking down the structural, social and individual barriers which prevent lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people across the country from accessing, participating and excelling in Scottish sport at all levels. The work LEAP does focuses on helping to develop LGBTI inclusive sports clubs and groups; providing LGBTI specific guidance, training and policy support to the sports sector; sharing research, knowledge and best practise on LGBTI experiences and inclusion in sport, as well as organising targeted events for LGBTI people to engage with sports and physical activity in a safe and supported way.
The project is led by LEAP Sports Scotland and supported by LGBTI sports groups and clubs, sports governing bodies and wider sports sector, equality organisations, etc.

Baltic Chambers, 50 Wellington Street,
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, G2 6HJ
0044 141 202 0777






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