Given the increasing change and diversity in European cities, encouraging social cohesion is of utmost importance for stability, growth and solidarity. In light of this, over the last decade, sport and physical activity have become increasingly recognized and implemented as tools to foster social cohesion in neighborhoods, cities and communities around Europe. Yet there remain important gaps in our understanding of how to conceptualise, deliver and measure sport and social cohesion activities.

ENSE is now part of the Sport for Social Cohesion Lab (SSCL) project, which provides an innovative approach to address current gaps in knowledge within sport and social cohesion programming.

As such, the SSCL project will implement a Living Lab approach to directly engage programme participants, generate understanding of the elements that promote social cohesion in a sport setting and to develop relevant tools to allow for the exploration, measurement and improvement of social cohesion outcomes in highly diverse but vulnerable urban neighbourhoods.

Through this, the SSCL project aims to increase social cohesion and support practitioners in delivering high quality sport for social cohesion programmes.

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ENSE firmly believes in the benefit of exchange and cooperation to not only develop the field of sport education, but to build bridges between people of different backgrounds.

Though the Covid-19 pandemic has forced many to stay put, travel will nonetheless return as an essential part of that exchange and cooperation. However, we are also not blind to the negative environmental impact caused by travel. Thus, on November 11th 2020, the ENSE Board approved a new Green Travel Policy that applies to all travel paid through ENSE.

According to the new Green Travel Policy, all travel that can be completed by train, one-way, in 5 hours or less will be done by train or road. Added to that, when available at reasonable costs, travelers will endeavor to book recognized, sustainable accommodation. ENSE will also donate 10 EUR per return flight to a recognized carbon offset provider.

Our new policy aims to ensure that all aspects of travel including vehicle rental, lodging, local transportation and allowances for meals and incidentals are regulated in a way that they cause the least negative environmental impact possible.

You are welcome to review the policy here. Organisations are also welcome to use this as a template for their own policies. Critical, constructive feedback is also welcome via info (a)

On Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 16:00-17:30 the Consultative Committee of the Council of Europe’s Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) will organize the virtual workshop Raising Awareness on Human Rights in Youth Sports: The Role of Sport Organizations and Educational Institutions, moderated by Consultative Committee Bureau member – Secretary General ENSE, Louis MOUSTAKAS, with the participation of:

Dorothy ROZGA, Head Child Rights, Centre for Sport and Human Rights Anne TIIVAS, Chair, Safe Sport International
Sara MASSINI, Secretary General, ENGSO
Marija CRNKOVIĆ, Head of Service of international cooperation, Ministry of Sport, Croatia
Iris HUGO-BOUVIER, Football and Social Responsibility Coordinator, UEFA
Peter BRULL, Sports Director, European Olympic Committees
Stanislas FROSSARD, EPAS Executive Secretary, Council of Europe

Led by Kole GJELOSHAJ, Chair of the CC and Deputy Secretary General of ISF, the workshop will include 60-minute lectures followed by 30-minute questions and discussions on the following topics:

You can find more information about the event here.

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