Call to Action

We, the participants of the RESPONSIBALL Forum on Sport and Refugees, meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 08 November 2018, and the participants of the ASPIRE Final Conference Programme, meeting in Frankfurt, Germany, on 14 June 2019, and like-minded organisations and individuals, recognise the contribution and enormous potential of sport for the inclusion and integration of refugees.

To realise this potential, we recommend:

establishing a collaboration and coordination mechanism enabling stakeholders to share tools, experiences and create opportunities to exchange.

leadership from sport governing bodies to develop a strategy on sport for refugees, as a high priority within their organisations.

capacity building for governments, non-governmental organisations, sports organisations and clubs in implementing appropriate sport activities with refugees.

support from governments, corporates and foundations to local organisations and clubs to integrate refugees into their activities and management structures.

evidence from researchers and practitioners to demonstrate the impact of sport programmes focused on the integration of refugees.
In addition, we recommend the organisation of follow-up conferences on sport and refugees with a view to setting the agenda and taking stock of the progress that has been made in the last two years in achieving this Call to Action.
Sport has the potential to be a significant tool in guaranteeing that governments, the private sector, international organisations, NGOs and the public can achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda and ensure that no one is left behind.

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Partner organisations

The ASVZ provides refugees with easier access to sport and exercise. They come into contact with the people and culture of Switzerland in an informal atmosphere and can experience carefree moments through sport.
Logo Coubertin meets Dunant
With the Refugee Programme, Coubertin meets Dunant offers young people who are passionate about sport and who are recognised refugees in Switzerland or abroad an ideal training access to reach the performance level to participate in a World Championship or Olympic Games. The Coubertin meets Dunant Foundation aims to demonstrate that the lives of young people can be enriched in a sustainable way through sport and education, with the aim of developing positive values such as passion, courage, resilience and inspiration.
Logo Handball Schweiz

The SHV supports the "sport4refugees" project. Handball clubs are thus given the opportunity to easily integrate people who have fled to Switzerland into the handball community.

Logo Kids Triathlon by Nicola Spirig
After her Olympic victory in 2012, Nicola decided to use her Olympic gold medal to inspire and excite children about sports. She founded the "Nicola Spirig Kids Cup", a children's triathlon series consisting of several events in Switzerland. The triathlons are open to all 5 to 13 year olds, are designed to be fun and exciting, and are intended to motivate children to lead an active lifestyle.
Logo Rotary Bern

The Rotary Club of Bern uses its network to find a nearby club for people who have fled to Switzerland that matches their interests.

Logo Swiss Ice Hockey
Swiss Ice Hockey is standing behind Sport4Refugees. In a letter to all its clubs the federation presented the project and made them aware of the opportunity to register if a club is open to welcoming refugees interested in playing hockey.
Logo Swiss Squash

Swiss Squash provides refugees and asylum seekers - regardless of their origin - with contacts for playing and training opportunities. Often these contacts help the refugees and asylum seekers for other life situations.

Logo Swiss Volley
Swiss Volley (Swiss volleyball federation) started its own offering for Ukrainian refugees last year. Sport4Refugees is joining this initiative and is connecting registered refugees with participating clubs.

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