We are requesting organisations using sport for social cohesion to complete our short survey, in order to inform future programming and best practice.

The use of sport to promote social cohesion has grown rapidly in recent years. This includes the use of sport for social inclusion and the integration of refugees and migrants. Public, private and third sector organisations are using sport as a vehicle to advance social cohesion in various contexts.

However, there are various challenges which continue to limit our understanding as to how sport and social cohesion programmes can be most effectively designed, delivered, and measured.

As such, sportanddev, the German Sport University and Sport and Social Cohesion Lab project partners, are conducting a survey to identify common features, challenges, and best practices in the use of sport for social cohesion.

The survey is part of a broader mapping exercise which seeks to contribute to better understanding of social cohesion at the practitioner level, and the programmatic factors that may influence success.

There is great diversity of programmes and approaches to sport and social cohesion, including measurement tools. While this is to be celebrated, it poses challenges in identifying standards, common features, and best practices. Further, evangelical notions of sport and top-down approaches remain common, resulting in a gap between theory, policy, and local practices.

Why is this important?

Grassroots practitioners voices are often marginalized and crucial factors such as the type of sport, duration of participation, frequency of participation and non-sporting activities are under-reported and analysed. This makes it difficult to identify factors which enable interventions to be effective.

This survey and mapping exercise is part of the Sport and Social Cohesion Lab, an Erasmus+ funded project. The project adopts a highly participatory Living Lab approach to tackle the gaps in knowledge and implementation.

This approach will directly engage programme participants, generate understanding of the elements that advance sport for social cohesion and develop relevant tools for the exploration, measurement and improvement of programmes and outcomes in highly diverse urban neighbourhoods.

How will the findings be used?

This survey will help us identify the assets, needs and challenges experienced by organisations in the use of sport for social cohesion. This will include shaping activities in the above-mentioned project. Findings will be shared publicly and used to inform policy and practice.

Intercultural challenges and opportunities in the EU arising from increased migration and mobility affect physical education teachers and trainers in particular, who often are insufficiently prepared for intercultural education through sport. 

The EDU:PACT project aims to improve the quality of pre-service and in-service education, to prepare physical education teachers and coaches for inclusive intercultural education.

EDU:PACT recently released the Module Handbook after almost three years of work, combining the expertise of universities and organisations working in the fields of physical education, coaching and intercultural education.

Now the project shares their next important step, new EDU:PACT Interactive Toolkit and website.

While the EDU:PACT Handbook presents the fundamental thematic and theoretical building blocks for successful intercultural education in sport, the EDU:PACT Interactive Toolkit provides more than that. It is also divided into four units, and contains additional material like review quizzes, videos, infographics and surveys. The extras are meant to help the participants adapt the content to different groups and local needs. However, the projects notes that work is still in progress and they will keep updating information throughout the project runtime. 

EDU:PACT also announced Intercultural Sensitivity Survey, which is supposed to give the participants an idea about your overall intercultural sensitivity, and support your self-understanding within the context of the EDU:PACT Toolkit.

To find out more about the project, click here.

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