Integration of Refugees Through (IRTS)

Project places: the project is at international level, and involves Italy, Denmark, United Kingdom, Sweden and Germany

Period:  32 months (September 2016 – August 2019)

Applicant: ISCA (International Sport and Culture Association), Denmark

Partners: StreetGames (United Kingdom), Uisp (Italy), SISU (Sweden), Ollerup Academy (Denmark), DTJ - German Gymnastics Youth (Germany)

Financing: Co-funded by the KA2 – E+ Programme, under the topic Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices – Strategic partnership for adult education


The Integration of Refugees Through Sport is supporting adult education and learning to meet the challenges of modern citizenship.

Project partners find that the current influx of refugees and immigrants (dubbed “the refugee crisis” in some media and countries) is one of the biggest political and practical challenges for Nordic countries today, both on a political and citizens’ level. Taking a point of departure in the biggest civil society sector, grassroots sport, this project uses the power of local grassroots sport initiatives to include people with very different backgrounds, by offering them the important, and well-documented, informal learning that takes places in local sport clubs and the sporting activities themselves.

These organisations and local clubs also provide non-formal, structured learning for their members to engage in association life and in meaningful and relevant physical activities. The project thus addresses a highly relevant societal challenge and aims to exploit the capacity of the huge grassroots sport and physical activity sector to enhance adult learning to this end.

Aims and expected results

The project’s overall objective is to strengthen the societal inclusion of refugees via the informal and non-formal learning opportunities sport and physical activities provide

Actions and methodologies

1. To build the knowledge base for informal and non-formal learning opportunities for societal inclusion of refugees via physical activities and sport.

  • Collection of 20 good practices on successful refugee inclusion from the partner organisations and beyond.
  • Analyse and deliberate on the principles, barriers and prerequisites for successful inclusion.
  • Delivery (by the 5 Implementation Partners) of specific, local learning opportunities for refugees and using this activity as a test bed and feedback opportunity for the development of the Intellectual Outputs of the project.

2. To build capacities in participating organisations and develop tools to deliver informal and non-formal learning opportunities for the target group.

  • In-depth exchange and reflection among partners and experts during and between the 6 Transnational Project Meetings.
  • Develop the “Grundtvig video” that in a simple, yet compelling way will explain to refugees the principles of civic, voluntary organisation and the life-long learning principles of active participation, spirit of freedom and discovery (in grassroots sport and much beyond).
  • Develop learnings into content for an e-learning resource for organisations.
  • Develop an organisational toolkit comprising key best practices and practical guiding tips.

3 . To establish and run a broad thematic network of organisations working in the field

  • Deliver online networking platform, guiding principles, and action plan.
  • Identify and invite 15 further organisations to the network.
  • Facilitate consultation for the 15 organisations with partners and/ or relevant good practice owners

4 .To disseminate results and widen the impact of the project.

  • Disseminate toolkit, video, online learning resource and networking platform via web, newsletters, face-to-face and social media.
  • Organise multiplier events in all partner countries.



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