2019 #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards

Promoting social inclusion through sport

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About the 2019 #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards

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.

An active and inclusive Europe

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 – in particular from disadvantaged groups – and we want to celebrate this!

Your organisation may be working with ethnic minorities, refugees, people with disabilities, youth groups at-risk, or any other group that faces challenging social circumstances.

2018 Winners

Judo club for people with disabilities Fuji (Croatia)

Judo club for people with disabilities “Fuji” was founded in August of 2012 and is the first of its kind in Croatia. The club gathers around 35 children and young people whose diagnoses include, but are not limited to cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities (special needs), motor impairments and autistic spectre disorders. The primary goal of this project is to include children with different kinds of disabilities into a sporting activity that will enable them to develop their motor skills to the highest possible level, but also to integrate into a sporting environment where they can reach self-actualisation in spite of the limitations they face in their day-to-day life.

Fit4Life (Finland)

Fit4Life project focuses on prevention of social exclusion, promoting social well-being and improving of the quality of life of multicultural women, with the help of sports. In total they engage a growing number of about 250 participants and instructors weekly offering a wide range of opportunities for sports and physical activities. They have found a sustainable way to create activities for women with migrant background that due to cultural and religious restrictions would not be able to participate in sport activities. The main goal is to improve and sustain the health of the participants, but also to encourage them to integrate, to participate in the regular groups.

Sport & Refugees (Germany)

In the program Sport & Refugees 238 cities in the federal state of Hesse are involved. The voluntary sport coach programme takes the central role in the program. Almost 300 sport coaches are involved as networkers and establish contacts between the refugees, the asylum service and the sports clubs on site.

This provides with a replicable format, and a sustainability guaranteed by the presence of the regional government. The project reaches out to the refugee community through the sport fostering a policy of real and concrete integration.

2018 Finalists

Ready, set, go!

The #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards invites all organisations in Europe– 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 contribution to social inclusion through sport.

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 in November at a special awards ceremony in Brussels. They will also have the opportunity to present their projects to an audience of sport inclusion experts and receive their €10,000 awards. Six preselected projects will each receive €2,500.

Rules of the game

The call for entries will be open until 23 July 2019, 12:00 Brussels time.  

Projects will be evaluated based on the degree to which they contribute to social inclusion through sport on the basis of these criteria:

•    Relevance of the proposal
•    quality of the proposal
•    cost-benefit ratio and
•    impact.

See Rules of contest, the Privacy statement (for information only), and the Declaration of Honour (to be signed and submitted with the application)
Organisations willing to submit an application form must have an EU login and be registered in the Participant Portal:

  1. Applicants must have an EU Login (European Commission Authentication Service) account.  If you do not already have an EU Login account, please use the ECAS registration page to create one. For questions on how to complete this process, please refer to the EU Login user manual.
  1. Applicants should be registered in the Participant Portal.  Applicants who already have a PIC (Participant Identification Code) should use it. Otherwise, click please register on the Participant Portal and obtain a PIC. The Participant Portal user manual can provide assistance in completing this process.

Once the two steps above are completed, organisations can submit an entry using the online application form. The user manual of the application form can answer questions regarding this process. 

Note to applicants: Please fill in your application form using either Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Internet Explorer is not recommended because you may encounter technical problems.