SPIN Refugees Project


For many newly arrived refugees & asylum seekers a sports club is often the only opportunity to meet locals and to integrate into society. At the same time, grass-roots sport clubs lack experience on how to approach and include this target group. They require knowledge, training and qualification. Hence, the overall objective of the project “Sport Inclusion of Refugees across Europe” (SPIN Refugees) is to enhance the social inclusion and participation of refugees & asylum-seekers on the local sport level through training, education and capacity building of local sport stakeholders.

The project will be carried out through transnational partnerships (SPIN Network) including 9 EU countries. It involves refugees & asylum seekers, as well as clubs & sport organisations, national experts, trainers and trainees, supporting NGOs & initiatives, as well as FAs & other key sport stakeholders.


Project duration: January 2020 – December 2022 (36 months)

Workstream 1: Identifying Good Practices in the EU

1.1. Mapping Study: European Programmes and Projects for Inclusion of Refugees
1.2. Case Studies of Good Practice Examples

Workstream 2: Sport Inclusion Training for Coaches and Staff

2.1. Development of a European Training Programme
2.2. National Training Sessions

Workstream 3: Involvement and Capacity Building of Refugees

3.1. Getting Refugees Involved in Coaching and Volunteering
3.2. Inclusion Ambassadors – Refugees as Role Models

Workstream 4: Promoting Active Sports Participation of Refugees

4.1. Connecting Local Sport Clubs with Refugees
4.2. SPIN Refugees Workshop in Ireland

For details, download the SPIN Refugees project leaflet.


Lead Organization: Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC)

Implementing partners: FAI – Football Association of Ireland, Camino, UISP – Unione Italiana Sport Per Tutti, SJPF – Portuguese Players Union, Huis voor Beweging, Liikkukaa – Sport for all, Mahatma Gandhi Human Rights Organization, ISCA – International Sport and Culture Association and Sports Austria.

The SPIN Refugees project is co-funded through the European Commission Call 2019 – Sport as a tool for integration and social inclusion of refugees.

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