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European Prize for Social Integration through sport
Start date: Jan 1, 2015, End date: Dec 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Efus has included recommendations on the preventive role of sport in its Manifestos (2006, 2012). Sport activities especially at the amateur level can play a role in building community links and reinforce social cohesion.Efus is very well placed to work with local authorities and sport organisations towards the reduction of violence, racism and intolerance by means of practices and expertise exchange. This proposal sets up a partnership in line with the aim of the Sport Collaborative partnerships fostering collaboration between sport organisations and local authorities.Efus will involve as much local authorities as possible through their participation in the 1st European Prize for Social Integration through Sport. Five winners will be selected by an independent panel of experts and will then host "Local Sport Days" focusing on the role of sport for social integration. Moreover, some of the French cities hosting the EURO 2016 football cup will be involved in the project hosting the award ceremonies of the Prize. A series of videos will be produced for each Local Sport Days as well as a final guide-book targeting local authorities. The main goals of the project are to:- exchange innovative practices on how to strengthen communities and convey messages of respect, prevention and anti-discrimination through sport in cooperation with sport organisations;- develop locally-based cooperation practices between Municipality’s services strengthening cooperation between sport and security services;- involve local partners in building local strategies for social inclusion through sport.By the variety of partners involved, the relevance of Efus’ network for both the richness of practices and expertise, the innovative idea of organising an European Prize and the inclusion of some of the cities hosting the EURO 2016, this project has a real potential for spreading the positive values of sport at a EU level and reach a remarkable number of EU citizens and stakeholders.
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