- Societal role
- Economic dimension
- International cooperation and external relations
Sport is fun, exciting and it brings people together. Sport is also based on fairness and respect – regardless of who you are and where you come from.
This makes it a powerful tool for breaking barriers and building a more inclusive society.
The European Commission #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards will recognise organisations using the power of sport to increase social inclusion for disadvantaged groups.
The ability of sport to break down barriers is increasingly being used as a powerful tool to bring together people from all kinds of backgrounds, and in particular from disadvantaged groups – and we want to celebrate this!
With your organisation, you may be working with ethnic minorities, refugees, people with disabilities, youth groups at-risk, or any other group that faces challenging social circumstances.
Mitternachts Sport (Germany)
For ten years, the MitternachtsSport team has been guiding disadvantaged young people, aged 8 to 25, away from the streets and into the gym through the Midnight Sport programme.
Each weekend they open gyms in social hotspots in Berlin and Wuppertal. They have implemented more than 1,500 events over 450 weekends, reaching more than 100,000 young people from 40 different countries.
De Rode Antraciet (Belgium)
Prisoners have crossed the line, and are punished with the loss of their freedom. But it is what happens within the prison walls that determines how they return to society.
De Rode Antraciet sets up activities that get prisoners moving, working together, and focusing on their future. After completing an activity, people are euphoric, whether they win or lose. Then, peacefulness enters their minds and freedom is created, for a moment.
Asociacion danza integrada - MeetShareDance (Spain)
MeetShareDance was born in 2012, when an association was set up in Madrid. Many people with disabilities can be seen on the streets, but rarely on the stage or in the artistic world. This project connects people with and without disabilities through dance, without becoming a therapy.
We are all different and we should embrace that. Hard work and true passion can change society’s perspective of what disability really is.
The Running Charity
The Bike Project
Hungarian School Sport Federation
Cyprus Girls Can
The #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards invites all organisations in the European Union – public or private, commercial or not-for-profit – that have successfully developed sport projects aimed at social inclusion to enter their initiatives. Projects will be evaluated according to their impact, replicability and innovation.
Winning projects will be showcased to inspire other organisations and individuals around Europe – but sharing a project can earn much more than well-deserved recognition:
The winning projects will also be awarded €10,000!
The 3 winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony on 22 November in Brussels, where they will also have the opportunity to present their projects to an audience of sport inclusion experts and receive their €10,000 awards.
The call for entries was open from June 15 to September 15.
Projects were evaluated based on the degree to which they contribute to social inclusion through sport, find below the shortlisted entries:
- Cyprus Girls Can (Cyprus)
- The bike project (United Kingdom)
- SPIN (Estonia)
- MitternachtsSport e.V. - Verein für interkulturelle Jugendsozialarbeit e.V. (Germany)
- The Running Charity (United Kingdom)
- TE IS program (Hungary)
- “Heart, Respect and Love” – HraL (Bulgaria)
- Asociacion danza integrada meet share, dance (Spain)
- De Rode Antraciet (Belgium)
The 3 winners of the #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards will be announced at a special awards ceremony on 22 November in Brussels, where they will also have the opportunity to present their projects to an audience of sport inclusion experts and receive their €10,000 awards