Sport!OP! ‘Opportunities for the inclusion of vulnerable youth through sport’ is a cross-border project which aims to develop local community-based strategies using sport as a vehicle for the social inclusion of youngsters at risk. Within the project, young females are given particular attention.
With a budget of €381,313, the project is co-funded by the European Union Erasmus+ programme, Sport!Op! has a duration of 30 months; lasting from January 2020 to June 2022.
Sport!Op! is being implemented by 7 partners in various regions of 6 different European countries: Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia ,France, Spain and Sweden.
- the Municipality of Granollers (Spain) – Coordinator
- the University of Barcelona (Spain)
- the Municipality of Grigny (France).
- the Het Gemeenschapsonderwijs (Belgium)
- Lugi Handball (Sweden)
- HASK Mladost (Croatia)
- the Sarajevo Marathon (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
The general objective of Sport!Op! falls under the Erasmus+ priority of encouraging social inclusion and equal opportunities in sport. The project contributes to the following objectives:
- To adopt and promote a true participatory approach where beneficiaries and stakeholders are brought together to create and consolidate a local community-based strategy.
- To analyse the requirements and benefits of sport activities as socio-educative strategies for the most socially vulnerable youngsters. Devising best practices in each of the targeted contexts to be scaled up and disseminated.
- To design, develop and execute participatory experimentation of a socio-educational proposition for promoting resilience through sports activities. Expanding capacity and offering a methodological handbook for sports organisations and other stakeholders
- To evaluate and consolidate the knowledge gained in order to define a specific socio-educational proposal replicable in other contexts. Elaborate useful policy recommendations.