SPort Education Against Radicalisation (SPEAR)
Start date: 01-01-2020
End date: 31-12-2021
The project is a small collaborative partnership in the field of sport whose goal is to prevent radicalisation of young people encouraging social inclusion and equal opportunities in sport.
The project partners will achieve this objective by creating a network of 8 ambassadors that will reach young people in events at the local level using the Education Through Sport (ETS) methodology. The ambassadors will constitute a transnational network for sport education against radicalisation strengthening the links between project partners and external stakeholders. A comprehensive research will provide the European state-of-the-art about current practices to prevent radicalisation in sport and through sport education. Afterwards, the ambassadors will realise a set of awareness-raising actions online and sport events.
Radicalisation issues are a part of the prevention of and fight against violence and intolerance that are part of the EU strategy on sport.
The EU White Paper on Sport (2007) clearly stated the societal role of sport for prevention of and fight against violence and intolerance. The Communication from the Commission Developing the European Dimension in Sport (2011) declares that “racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance continue to pose problems in European sport, including at amateur level”. For this reason the project activities target young people at grassroots level in order to have an impact on a wide audience using sport as a mean for education. These concepts were recalled by the EU Work Plan for Sport (2011-2014) in its multi-annual strategic plan. The social value of sport was then reaffirmed because sport has a societal role.
As stated by the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN), young people are vulnerable to the phenomenon of radicalisation because they struggle with insecurity, identity and belonging.