SPIN - Sport Inclusion Network

Previous SPIN projects

ERASMUS + Project: European Sport Inclusion Network

First meeting of ESPIN-partners in Vienna
First meeting of ESPIN-partners in Vienna

The overall vision of the project “European Sport Inclusion Network - Promoting Equal Opportunities of Migrants and Minorities through Volunteering in Sport” is to involve those who are at risk of social exclusion. This will be attempted by increasing sports participation of disadvantaged groups by promoting equal access to organized sport. A key objective is to increase volunteering of migrants and minorities through the establishment of equal partnerships and training of mainstream sport organizations.

ESPIN is the follow-up initiative to the EU project “Sport Inclusion Network (SPIN)–Involving migrants in mainstream sport institutions” which was implemented in 2011–2012.



A brief summary of the project:


  • A. Baseline Study-Access, Participation & Exclusion of migrants and minorities in European sport

Qualitative study on issues of access, participation and exclusion of migrants and ethnic minorities in European sport.

  • B. Supporting Volunteering of Migrants in Sports: Developing a European Quality Mark Scheme and Trainings

Developing a European migrants volunteering in sports Quality Mark Scheme and Trainings. This core module includes National Round Table Meetings, the recruitment of clubs and volunteers, a European Training Seminar in Dublin (12- 14 June 15) and National Training Workshops

  • C. FARE Action Weeks 2015: Raising public awareness on exclusion (8. – 23 October 2015)

Grass roots events with a focus on     disadvantaged migrant and ethnic minority groups and the participation of female groups and young people

  • D. European Week of Sport 2016: Facilitating inclusive partnership events (September 2016)

Facilitating inclusive partnership events. Sport clubs & associations work closely with migrants to host inclusive events

  • E. Networking Conference: Levelling the Playing Field – Make Sport accessible for Minorities (Oct/Nov 2016, Budapest)


The project partnership encompasses NGOs and sport organizations from seven EU countries including External link in new windowCamino (Germany), External link in new windowUISP (Italy), External link in new windowFootball Association of Ireland (FAI), External link in new windowLiikkukaa (Finland), External link in new windowMahatma Gandhi Human Rights Organisation (Hungary), External link in new windowSJPF- Portuguese Players Union (Portugal), and External link in new windowVIDC-FairPlay (Austria) as the lead organization.

The ESPIN project is co-funded under the External link in new windowERASMUS + Sport Programme / Call EAC/S11/13 - Collaborative partnerships in the sport field and Not-for-profit European sport events.


SPIN Project - 2011/12

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Download SPIN conference programme

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Download SPIN conference report

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Download SPIN Report on Seminar "Involving Young Migrants in Winter Sports"

PDF DownloadSPIN Seminar report Innsbruck

Download the SPIN Good Practice Guide


Download Evaluation of the SPIN project

 PDF DownloadSPIN project evaluation


Kurt Wachter | Project Coordinator
Möllwaldplatz 5/3
A-1040 Vienna, Austria

e-mail: wachter[at]vidc.org
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